Reds scrape draw against Blues

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Oct 2018 11:51:31



CHELSEA were close to defeating Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, after Eden Hazard scored a brilliant opening goal in the 25th minute, though Daniel Sturridge equalised the match with a stunning last-minute shot from long distance.
With this 1-1 draw, which comes just three days after Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-1 in the EFL Cup, the Reds are now tied on points with leaders Manchester City, while the Blues are in the third spot, two points down, reports Efe.

Jürgen Klopp’s side on Saturday was quick to go on the offensive, but Mohamed Salah’s and Sadio Mane’s early shots were of no concern for Chelsea’s Kepa. Blues did not need to dominate possession of the ball to feel comfortable, as they relied on fast counterattacks to attempt to take the lead.
In the 22nd minute, Chelsea’s David Luiz made a brilliant long-distance pass to Willian, who surged into the box only to find Liverpool’s keeper Alisson Becker well positioned to make the block.

Just three minutes later, Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic made a precise pass from the middle of the pitch to Hazard, who ran into the box practically without opposition, scoring from the left with a left-footed shot that neatly entered the bottom-right corner of the goal.
Salah was close to equalizing in the 32nd minute, as he managed to surge into the box and take the ball to the right of the goal, around Kepa, though his shot from a tight angle was blocked by defender Antonio Rudiger.