Date:Sunday November 11 2012
Chelsea once again failed to beat Liverpool, in the Premier League, after conceding an equalizer.
However, despite dropping two points and dropping to third in the table, Chelsea supporters will be worried about a bad injury that John Terry looked to have picked up.
Team News - For this clash, Chelsea were without the injured Lampard and Cole. Terry came back into the heart of the defence, partnering Ivanovic, with Azpilicueta being given a start in the right-back slot. Moses, who had scored the winner in the Champions League cash with Shakhtar Donetsk, had to be content with a place on the bench. David Luiz was ruled out through illness whilst a certain Joe Cole was on the Liverpool bench.
As for Fernando Torres playing against his former club and hoping to break his duck against; Roberto Di Matteo had this to say before kick-off:
'Sometimes, playing against your old team gives you extra motivation. Sometimes, it inhibits you a little bit. So, it depends how his frame of mind is playing against his old team.'
First Half - After a minutes silence, for Remembrance Sunday had been observed it was Liverpool who got the action underway. The visitors had the better of the possession but it was Chelsea that carved out the first chance after Allen had been caught in possession; unfortunately Oscar was to lift his shot over the bar.
Liverpool forced two corners in quick succession but a neat claim by Cech averted the danger. Ivanovic fired a free kick, from thirty-five yards out, wide before a minute later Chelsea took the lead. Torres won a corner and when Mata swung it over there was Terry, having lost his marker, to head home the 50th goal of his Chelsea career.
Hazard then burst through the center and when he slipped the ball to Torres, the Spaniard saw his shot parried by Jones in the Liverpool goal only for Hazard to hook the rebound wide. Liverpool responded with a shot from Sahin that flew wide before Terry was to suffer what looked a bad injury.
The ball ran free and when Suarez`s momentum kept him going forward, his body clattered against Terry`s lower leg and the captain was carried away on a stretcher to be replaced by Cahill. As the half came towards a close, Cech saved a low shot from Gerrard and in the five minutes of stoppage time, Mata burst through and looked to be on for a goal until a late bobble saw the Spaniard blast his shot over the bar.
Second Half - Neither side many any changes at half time and the first piece of meaningful action saw Allen booked for pulling back Torres. From the free kick Chelsea won a corner but it was easily cleared at the near post.
Mata, trying to get that vital second goal failed to get enough bend on a shot that went wide. Johnson then received a yellow card for an elbow on Oscar and from he free-kick, Jones produced an instinctive save to deny Torres.
Gerrard then became the next to receive a yellow card for a late tackle on Oscar before Chelsea, with seventy-three minutes gone, were left to rue the fact that they had so much possession but couldn`t engineer that second goal.
Oscar was caught in possession and when Liverpool broke Cahill was forced to concede a corner. When the ball was floated in Carragher got a flick and Suarez as hand to head home from close range.
Di Matteo rung the changes bringing on Moses for Oscar and later Sturridge for Torres but it was Liverpool that could have snatched a late winner when Suarez looked to be through but Cech foiled him and then right at the death he pulled off a save to deny Enrique.
Definitely two points lost this one!
Team - Cech, Azpilicueta, Terry (Cahill-39), Ivanovic, Bertrand, Mikel, Ramires, Oscar (Moses-77), Mata, Hazard, Torres (Sturridge-81)
Unused Subs - Turnbull, Ferreira, Romeu, Marin,
Chelsea Scorers - Terry (20)
Chelsea Yellow Cards - Mikel
Chelsea Red Cards - Nil
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