Sunday, 27 April 2014

The Reds fall against the Blues at Anfield

Sports - Football - Premier League - Liverpool 0:2 Chelsea

Liverpool blew the Premier League title race wide open again, after frustratingly falling to their first defeat of the calendar year, 0-2 against Chelsea at Anfield.

Steven Gerrard of Liverpool

Jose Mourinho's men took advantage of two errors at the end of each half, giveaways which saw them leave Merseyside with two goals and three points.

Despite missing keeper Petr Cech and defender John Terry due to injury and midfielder Ramires banned, the Blues kept a strong back line, slowing Brendan Rodgers' men down, keeping them frustrated by holding them back, no matter how much possession or pressure the Reds held against their visitors.

Steven GerrardSo, when non-other than veteran skipper Steven Gerrard slipped and gave away the ball to Demba Ba, the striker made no mistake and beat Red keeper Simon Mignolet one-on-one, cool as you want, seconds before the break, it was just what Mourinho ordered, taking the lead against the run of play.

The hosts kept pressing after the break, Joe Allen seeing his smacker of a shot saved by stand-in keeper Mark Schwarzer just before the hour-mark.
But no matter how much and how hard the Reds pushed, the London side kept solid.

In one of the few blue attacks, Andre Schurrle was denied by a nice Mignolet stop.

LFC huffed and puffed, but never crossed the line, metaphorically and literally speaking.

Chelsea celebrate a goal at AnfieldWith seconds to go, Chelsea took advantage of another giveaway, this time by Daniel Sturridge, non-other than former Red Fernando Torres and Willian breaking forward, the latter slotting in the prior's return-ball comfortably from close range, to double the score and hammer the nail into the Ref coffin.

The Reds, without suspended Jordan Henderson and ineligible Victor Moses, despite dominating in all areas and stat tables, fell to their first league defeat of the calendar year, and the first since the Blues beat them at Stamford Bridge after Christmas.

Chelsea meanwhile, completed the double over Liverpool, ending their 11-game winning streak, and closing the gap to the top of the table to two points, with two games to go.

Both sides will hope City will slip up, too... The race is heating up hotter than hot...

Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea

Chelsea Goals: 1.: 47:32min Demba Ba (19), 2.: 93:00 Willian (22).

Liverpool Team: 22 Mignolet; 38 Flanagan (9 Aspas 81'), 17 Sakho, 37 Skrtel, 2 Johnson; 24 Allen, 8 Gerrard, 21 Lucas (15 Sturridge 58'); 10 Coutinho, 7 Suarez, 31 Sterling. 4-3-3
Subs not used: 1 Jones, 4 Toure, 5 Agger, 6 Luis Alberto.

Chelsea Team: 23 Schwarzer; 3 Cole (booked 93'), 33 Kalas, 2 Ivanovic, 28 Azpilicueta; 21 Matic, 12 Mikel; 14 Schurrle (23 Cahill 77'), 8 Lampard (booked 42'), 15 Salah (booked 21') (22 Willian 60'); 19 Ba (9 Torres 84') (booked 93'). 4-2-3-1
Subs not used: 16 van Ginkel, 27 Ake, 40 Hilario, 47 Baker.

1st & 2nd half Match Stats: Liverpool-Chelsea
Attempts: 8-6 & 18-5
On target: 0-2 & 8-2
Offsides: 1-0 & 0-0
Corners: 6-3 & 8-0
Free kicks: 4-6 & 3-3
Possession: 69%-31% & 73%-27%

Opta Match Stats: Liverpool-Chelsea
Attempts: 26-11
On target: 8-4
Blocked: 7-4
From outside the box: 21-6
From inside the box: 5-5
Shot accuracy: 42.1%-57.1%
(General Play)
Possession: 73%-27%
Duals won: 47.9%-52.1%
Aerials won: 37.8%-62.2%
Interceptions: 5-14
Offsides: 1-0
Corners: 14-3
Total passes: 624-226
Long passes: 9.6%-20.8%
Passing accuracy: 85.9%-67.7%
Pass.Acc.Opp.Half: 76.8%-62.3%
Total Crosses: 39-6
Successful: 17.9%-16.7%
(Defence & Discipline)
Tackles: 23-19
Won: 69.6%-68.4%
Clearances: 22-54
Fowls conceded: 9-7
Yellow cards: 0-4
Red cards: 0-0

Referee: Martin Atinkson
Attendance: 44,726
Man of the match: Demba Ba

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