The Chilean striker pounced to convert a Wilfried Zaha cross and earn a share of the spoils at the Friends Arena. While the story may have been written for Robin van Persie to score on his 30th birthday, it was another Robin, AIK's Quaison, who broke the deadlock with a splendid strike.
Nani and Jonny Evans were both withdrawn due to injury, which is a worry with the Community Shield against Wigan Athletic and new 2013/14 season on the horizon, as the Reds were given a real test against the Swedish outfit. Nani was bright in the opening exchanges - releasing Patrice Evra with a cute backheel and popping up on the right to create a good chance for Zaha that his fellow winger could not keep down.
Nabil Bahoui mustered a couple of decent efforts in response for the home side, striking through the ball to send a drive dipping wide and then screwing off target after Martin Kayongo-Mutumba had a shot blocked. Kayongo-Mutumba then tested Anders Lindegaard with a speculative shot from distance, with the Dane equal to it.
Robin van Persie naturally looked a threat in a lone striker's role and went close when working an angle and sweeping a curling shot just wide following neat passes by Zaha and Rafael. Moments later, when Nani was bundled over by Ebenezer Ofori, van Persie latched onto the loose ball to force a one-handed save out of Kyriakkos Stamatoupolos.
The two keepers then made startling stops inside a minute. Firstly, Rafael was unable to cut out Kayongo-Mutumbu's pass at full stretch, with Kennedy Igboananike forcing a point-blank block by Lindegaard when left in a one-on-one situation.