Sunday, 21 April 2013

Match Report Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea

Luis Suarez sent a header past Petr Cech in the seventh minute of stoppage time as Liverpool hit back to draw 2-2 with Chelsea.
But there is likely to be much more controversy surrounding the Uruguayan after he appeared to bite Blues defender Branislav Ivanovic earlier in the second half. Suarez served a lengthy ban when he was with Ajax earlier in his career after being found guilty of biting an opponent. The incident marred a lively match that dented Chelsea's hopes of finishing in the top four. Liverpool dominated the opening stages against a Chelsea side led by their former manager Rafa Benitez and which had ex-striker Fernando Torres in their starting line-up. Glen Johnson wasted the best chance of the opening stages, but it was the visitors that took the lead in the 26th minute when Oscar rose above Jamie Carragher to head past Pepe Reina. Reds boss Brendan Rodgers brought on Daniel Sturridge for the second half and the former Chelsea made an instant impact, firing against the woodwork before turning Suarez's clever 52nd-minute cross past Cech. Liverpool were only level for five minutes though as, after Suarez had handled the ball, Juan Mata sent Reina the wrong way from the penalty spot. From then on, Chelsea defended resolutely, and appeared to have done enough to claim the three points that would have sent them back up to third in the table, until Suarez headed Sturridge's cross into the net despite Cech's best efforts to keep the ball out.

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