Chelsea v Liverpool
- FT 90 +5
- HT 1-0
Chelsea failed to close the gap on Premier League leaders Manchester United as Luis Suarez's equaliser gave Liverpool a point at Stamford Bridge.
Captain John Terry headed the Blues an early lead but was then taken off on a stretcher after appearing to sustain a serious knee injury in an accidental first-half collision with Suarez.
Oscar and Juan Mata were guilty of missing clear chances to emphasise Chelsea's obvious superiority and, with 18 minutes remaining, Roberto Di Matteo's side paid the price when Suarez headed in his 11th goal of the season after Jamie Carragher flicked on Suso's corner.
Suarez was on target for the fourth successive away league game - further illustrating his vital importance to a Liverpool team that enjoys plenty of possession but, apart from the Uruguayan, carries too little threat.
For Chelsea, this was a disappointment that leaves them three points adrift of United and fearing that influential captain Terry could now be facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Liverpool reverted to a five-man defensive system to counter Chelsea's attacking threat but were almost undone as early as the fifth minute when Oscar burst clear into the area only to send his effort off target with only keeper Brad Jones to beat.
"Liverpool have a very good point at Stamford Bridge. Their manager Brendan Rodgers will be delighted with that. Chelsea now have just two wins in 12 against Liverpool."
It set the tone for early Chelsea domination and Terry - back in Premier League action after a four-match suspension - took advantage of sloppy Liverpool defending to give them the lead after 20 minutes, escaping easily from Daniel Agger to flash a near-post header beyond Jones.
Fernando Torres had started in sprightly mood against his former club and forced a block out of Jones after an exchange with Eden Hazard, who then sent the rebound wide.
Having experienced the joy of scoring, Terry was taken off in agony before half-time after his coming together with Suarez.
Chelsea were still in the ascendancy as the break approached and Mata should have doubled their lead in stoppage time but shot high and wide with Jones once again the only obstacle.
Torres's endeavour demonstrated how desperate he was to hit the target and he almost got his wish with a header that was parried away by Jones.
Liverpool, thanks to Chelsea's profligacy, had been able to stay in range and were back in business in the 73rd minute thanks to Suarez, who headed in from virtually on the line.
Suddenly the visitors had some impetus. Suarez attempted to surprise Petr Cech with an audacious long-range effort then narrowly lost out to the keeper in a race for Jose Enrique's through ball.
Chelsea were also pressing and Branislav Ivanovic was not far away with a header as the game opened up in the closing phase.
The last chance fell to Enrique but he could not force his shot past Cech from an angle in the final seconds.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers:
"We are disappointed with the goal. It was quite a standard corner ball into the box and we lost our man. But once again we showed the character in the team.
"In the first half we were too slow to get the ball forward. In the second half the players were fantastic. Their confidence and belief returned.
"All credit goes to the players. The equaliser was the least we deserved. We were probably unfortunate not to win it at the end."
- 01 Cech
- 02 Ivanovic
- 26 Terry (Cahill - 39' )
- 28 Azpilicueta
- 34 Bertrand
- 07 Ramires
- 10 Mata
- 11 Oscar (Moses - 77' )
- 12 Mikel Booked
- 17 Hazard
- 09 Torres (Sturridge - 82' )
- 22 Turnbull
- 19 Ferreira
- 24 Cahill
- 06 Romeu
- 13 Moses
- 21 Marin
- 23 Sturridge
- 01 Jones
- 02 Johnson Booked
- 03 Jose Enrique
- 05 Agger
- 23 Carragher
- 47 Wisdom
- 04 Sahin (Suso - 60' )
- 08 Gerrard Booked
- 24 Allen Booked
- 31 Sterling
- 07 Suarez
- 42 Gulacsi
- 16 Coates
- 10 Cole
- 14 Henderson
- 19 Downing
- 11 Assaidi
- 30 Suso
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.90:00 +3:15
Sanchez Jose Enrique takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech. Outswinging corner taken by Jesus Fernandez Saez, clearance by Victor Moses.90:00 +1:37
Centre by Cesar Azpilicueta.90:00 +0:12
Luis Suarez is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.89:33
Effort from outside the box by Eden Hazard goes wide right of the target.89:07
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Eden Hazard, clearance made by Steven Gerrard.86:26
Corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Branislav Ivanovic goes harmlessly over the crossbar.85:47
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a comfortable save.85:13
A cross is delivered by Ryan Bertrand, Daniel Agger manages to make a clearance.84:30
The offside flag is raised against Luis Suarez. Branislav Ivanovic takes the indirect free kick.83:48
Raheem Sterling delivers the ball, Jesus Fernandez Saez has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.83:12
Cesar Azpilicueta produces a cross.81:03
Direct free kick taken by Glen Johnson.81:03 Substitution
Substitution Daniel Sturridge on for Fernando Torres.81:03
Free kick awarded for a foul by Cesar Azpilicueta on Sanchez Jose Enrique.80:38
A cross is delivered by Ryan Bertrand, comfortable save by Brad Jones.79:13
The referee blows for offside against Sanchez Jose Enrique. Petr Cech takes the free kick.78:09
Joe Allen restarts play with the free kick.78:09 Booking
Booking Booking for Mikel.78:03
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikel on Jesus Fernandez Saez.
Substitution Victor Moses comes on in place of Emboaba Oscar.75:37
The ball is swung over by Cesar Azpilicueta.72:02
The assist for the goal came from Jamie Carragher.72:02 Goal scored
Goal! - Luis Suarez - Chelsea 1 - 1 Liverpool Luis Suarez scores a headed goal from close in. Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool.71:44
Andre Wisdom sends in a cross, clearance by Gary Cahill. Corner taken by Jesus Fernandez Saez from the right by-line,69:14
Nascimento Ramires takes a long range shot clearing the bar.67:48
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Raheem Sterling by Mikel. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres makes a clearance. Raheem Sterling takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in.66:35
The free kick is delivered left-footed by Juan Mata from right channel, save made by Brad Jones.66:35 Booking
Booking Steven Gerrard goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.66:19
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Emboaba Oscar by Steven Gerrard.64:50
Corner taken by Jesus Fernandez Saez played to the near post, Emboaba Oscar makes a clearance. Joe Allen takes a shot. Blocked by Eden Hazard.63:15
Ryan Bertrand produces a cross.62:48
Branislav Ivanovic fouled by Steven Gerrard, the ref awards a free kick. Branislav Ivanovic restarts play with the free kick.61:14
Outswinging corner taken by Jesus Fernandez Saez from the left by-line, Daniel Agger takes a shot. Clearance by Branislav Ivanovic.59:01 Substitution
Substitution Jesus Fernandez Saez replaces Nuri Sahin.55:42
The ball is crossed by Emboaba Oscar, Fernando Torres takes a shot. Save by Brad Jones.55:42 Booking
Booking The referee books Glen Johnson for unsporting behaviour.55:22
Emboaba Oscar fouled by Glen Johnson, the ref awards a free kick.52:50
Juan Mata has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.51:54
Daniel Agger gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fernando Torres. Free kick taken by Cesar Azpilicueta.51:22
Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Suarez on Branislav Ivanovic. Petr Cech takes the free kick.50:54
Juan Mata concedes a free kick for a foul on Sanchez Jose Enrique. Daniel Agger takes the free kick.49:47
Juan Mata takes the inswinging corner, Steven Gerrard makes a clearance.49:10
Free kick crossed left-footed by Juan Mata from left channel, Daniel Agger makes a clearance.49:10 Booking
Booking The referee cautions Joe Allen for unsporting behaviour.49:05
Joe Allen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fernando Torres.48:27
Cesar Azpilicueta crosses the ball, Sanchez Jose Enrique manages to make a clearance.47:49
Sanchez Jose Enrique is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.45:58
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Raheem Sterling by Mikel. Jamie Carragher takes the direct free kick.45:20
Unfair challenge on Eden Hazard by Steven Gerrard results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ryan Bertrand.45:01
The game restarts for the second half.45:00 +5:05 Half time
Half Time The first half comes to an end.45:00 +4:34
Unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic by Luis Suarez results in a free kick. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.45:00 +4:23
Glen Johnson sends in a cross, Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.45:00 +3:46
Juan Mata takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.45:00 +1:40
Luis Suarez fouled by Gary Cahill, the ref awards a free kick. Joe Allen takes the free kick.45:00 +0:11
The ball is sent over by Steven Gerrard, comfortable save by Petr Cech.44:33
Sanchez Jose Enrique sends in a cross, comfortable save by Petr Cech.42:33
Centre by Eden Hazard.41:50
Unfair challenge on Joe Allen by Emboaba Oscar results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joe Allen.39:58
The ball is swung over by Raheem Sterling, Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance. Nuri Sahin takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Emboaba Oscar.39:45
Sanchez Jose Enrique produces a cross.38:51 Substitution
Substitution Gary Cahill on for John Terry.33:32
Sanchez Jose Enrique is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Petr Cech.32:46
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson by Nascimento Ramires. Direct free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.31:10
The ball is swung over by Sanchez Jose Enrique, clearance by John Terry.30:50
Free kick awarded for a foul by Fernando Torres on Raheem Sterling. Glen Johnson takes the direct free kick.30:00
Nuri Sahin has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.27:20
Free kick awarded for a foul by Andre Wisdom on Eden Hazard. Eden Hazard delivers the ball, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Fernando Torres goes harmlessly over the crossbar.26:40
Fernando Torres takes a shot. Brad Jones makes a save. Effort from the edge of the area by Eden Hazard goes wide of the right-hand upright.25:51
Juan Mata gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sanchez Jose Enrique. Free kick taken by Daniel Agger.24:43
Long range effort by Daniel Agger goes harmlessly over the crossbar.23:34
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nuri Sahin by Eden Hazard. Steven Gerrard restarts play with the free kick.23:21
Juan Mata delivers the ball, Brad Jones makes a comfortable save.20:58
Unfair challenge on Emboaba Oscar by Joe Allen results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Juan Mata from left channel, save made by Brad Jones.19:23
The assist for the goal came from Juan Mata.19:23 Goal scored
Goal! - John Terry - Chelsea 1 - 0 Liverpool John Terry grabs a headed goal from deep inside the penalty box. Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool.19:02
Juan Mata takes the inswinging corner,17:43
Jamie Carragher concedes a free kick for a foul on Fernando Torres. Free kick taken by Juan Mata. Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot from 35 yards and went wide of the right-hand post.15:48
Cesar Azpilicueta delivers the ball, clearance made by Daniel Agger.15:08
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.13:43
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ryan Bertrand.12:39
Centre by Cesar Azpilicueta, clearance made by Sanchez Jose Enrique.11:48
Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line, Petr Cech makes a comfortable save.11:16
A cross is delivered by Glen Johnson, blocked by Ryan Bertrand. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard, Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.6:37
The ball is swung over by Juan Mata.5:48
Effort from deep inside the area by Emboaba Oscar clears the bar.5:04
Luis Suarez challenges Eden Hazard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.4:50
A cross is delivered by Sanchez Jose Enrique, save by Petr Cech.4:05
Fernando Torres gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nuri Sahin. Daniel Agger restarts play with the free kick.1:57
The assistant referee flags for offside against Fernando Torres. Nuri Sahin takes the indirect free kick.1:08
Branislav Ivanovic fouled by Raheem Sterling, the ref awards a free kick. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.0:00
The match gets underway.
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