Chelsea vs. Liverpool: Final Score 1-1, wasted chances the story of the day

Clive Rose

Chelsea were the better team all day, but they couldn't overcome their own poor play in the attacking third and an ugly injury to John Terry as they drew 1-1 with Liverpool

It wasn't a dull match at Stamford Bridge between Chelsea and Liverpool, but it wasn't the stuff of legend either as a late second half goal from Luis Suarez helped Liverpool snatch a point after Chelsea had dominated most of the match. John Terry scored for Chelsea in the first half before leaving the match with an apparently serious knee injury.

The real story of the day was wasted chances and poor passing in the final third by Chelsea. Their first and most obvious example of this was in the first ten minutes when Liverpool's Joe Allen got caught in possession, gave the ball way cheaply, allowing Chelsea to break on goal. Oscar ended up with the chance, but sent shot just over the cross bar as Brad Jones came quickly off his line and cut down Oscar's shooting options.

Chelsea scored in the 20th minute after John Terry, left wide open in space, headed in Juan Mata's corner kick. Daniel Agger inexplicably drifted away from Terry go and Steven Gerrard failed to close down the space.

Liverpool first and really only good chance of the half came in the 30th minute when Nuri Şahin got free in space on the left and sent a low shot that beat Petr Cech, but rolled just wide of the far post.

John Terry was stretched off in the 38th minute after Ramires shoved Luis Suarez, sending the striker crashing in to Terry's right knee. The defender's knee was in a locked position and the shout of pain at the point of contact was audible in the stadium and on the broadcast.

Chelsea should have scored in stoppage time but Juan Mata blew a brilliant chance. All alone at the top of the box, he unleashed an off-balance shot, sending it over the cross bar. There was no need to rush, Mata had time to settle the ball or make a pass to Eden Hazard who was completely unmarked to his left. They would rue that missed chance and several others later.

Liverpool made Chelsea pay for their ineffective finishing in the 73rd minute. Jaime Carragher flicked on a corner that spun towards the far post where Suarez was waiting behind Branislav Ivanović who remained flat footed as the Uruguayan surged forward and headed the ball past Cech.

Howard Webb ended the match after five minutes of stoppage time, ending things in a 1-1 draw. Great result for Liverpool as they were clearly outplayed. Roberto Di Matteo will be left to point at a useless pile of wasted chances as his attack never really seemed to click. Chelsea drops to third place in the Premier League, three points behind the leaders Manchester United. Liverpool remain in 12th position.

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