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Played
November 11, 2012 5:00 PM WAT
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 41627‎
 
20′ John Terry
Luis Suárez 73′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

Two set-piece goals see the spoils shared at Stamford Bridge as John Terry's opener is cancelled out by Luis Suarez's late header, which earned the Reds a deserved point

By Ewan Roberts

  • Petr Cech
    20
    9
    3.00

    Petr Cech

    Was untested for much of the match. Rarely forced into saves despite Liverpool's superior possession, and was powerless to stop Suarez's close-range header. Did brilliantly to race out of goal and tackle Suarez when the Uruguayan was clean through.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    12
    11
    3.00

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Largely untroubled, forming a solid partnership with both Terry and Cahill. Liverpool's sustained possession meant the danger was always ahead of him, which played to his strengths. A threat on set-pieces.

  • John Terry
    17
    5
    3.50

    John Terry

    Had a mixed evening on his return from suspension, grabbing a goal before leaving the pitch on a stretcher after half an hour. Gave Agger the slip to power a header past Jones for Chelsea's opener, and had shown signs of his leadership and authority before then.

  • César Azpilicueta
    16
    9
    3.50

    César Azpilicueta

    Very active down the right flank, expoiting the space left behind Enrique. Linked well with Mata, then Moses, ahead of him. Kept Liverpool's left flank under wraps. Solid and effective.

  • Ryan Bertrand
    6
    20
    3.50

    Ryan Bertrand

    Largely dealt with Johnson's threat well in the first half, though was rarely troubled. Liverpool's change in shape in the second half saw him match-up against Sterling and he competed well. Got forward with more frequency, worrying Wisdom.

  • Ramires
    4
    16
    3.00

    Ramires

    As busy as ever in midfield, and has formed a solid, central midfield wall alongside Mikel that is incredibly tough to break through. Played Suarez onside for Liverpool's equaliser, and didn't contest the header with the Uruguayan.

  • Oscar
    17
    10
    2.50

    Oscar

    Drifted in and out of the match with a less consistent threat than Mata or Hazard. Could have given Chelsea an early lead, racing onto Hazard's through-ball, but he put too much power into his attempted dink. Replaced by Moses with 15 minutes remaining.

  • John Obi Mikel
    24
    16
    2.50

    John Obi Mikel

    Starved Gerrard and Suarez of space in the hole, closing gaps and stifling their influence. But didn't use the ball especially well, passing backwards and sideways. Should have scored but kicked only air when six yards out from goal. Lost Carragher for Liverpool's equaliser. Gave away a lot of fouls, chopping down players.

  • Eden Hazard
    21
    8
    3.00

    Eden Hazard

    Showed his final third threat in bursts, playing Oscar in for an early chance. Should have doubled Chelsea's lead but hit his volley wide when in space in front of goal. Looked dangerous, with his speed a particular worry for Carragher, but didn't play on that weakness enough.

  • Fernando Torres
    17
    34
    2.00

    Fernando Torres Flop of the Match

    For all Chelsea's attacking talent, their Spanish forward was given few chances to score and carved out none for himself. He was quiet until subbed with ten minutes remaining. Had a near-post header well saved by Jones. Showed flashes of his old acceleration, but was largely ineffective.

  • Juan Mata
    28
    13
    3.50

    Juan Mata Top of the Match

    Played well, orchestrating Chelsea's attacks. Look very dangerous coming inside off the right flank and onto his wonderful left foot. Should have doubled Chelsea's lead after racing onto Oscar's through-ball, nutmegging Carragher only to blast the ball over the bar. Produced a trademark pin-point cross from which Terry headed Chelsea into the lead.

Substitutions

  • Gary Cahill
    13
    5
    3.00

    Gary Cahill

    Came on for the injured Terry towards the end of the first half and slotted in alongside Ivanovic well. Rarely troubled defensively and composed with the ball at his feet.

  • Victor Moses
    13
    10
    2.50

    Victor Moses

    Replaced Oscar with 15 minutes remaining but made little impact.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    2
    16

    Daniel Sturridge

    Came on for Torres with a little under ten minutes remaining, but had no time to affect the match.

  • Bradley Jones
    20
    3
    3.50

    Bradley Jones

    The back-up keeper was largely solid, producing a fine save to deny Torres' near-post header. Not always as commanding as he should have been at set-pieces, but powerless to stop Terry's bullet header.

  • Glen Johnson
    14
    7
    3.00

    Glen Johnson

    Was a bit more penetrative in the final third than Enrique, but his final ball often let him down. Left quite a lot of space behind him for Hazard to exploit, forcing Wisdom to cover. A stricter referee might have sent him off for his elbow on Oscar. Moved to left-back in the second half.

  • José Enrique
    32
    2
    3.50

    José Enrique

    Brought a lot of width down the left flank, but rarely got the better of Azpilicueta, being forced inside. Frustratingly flagged offside unnecessarily on several occasions. Used the ball well and brought solidity down the left. Had a shot well saved by Cech in the final moments.

  • Daniel Agger
    15
    5
    2.50

    Daniel Agger

    Lost Terry for the Chelsea captain's opener, allowing him a free run at Mata's cross. Used the ball well, stepping up and carrying the ball out of defence. More comfortable in a back four, bailing out his defence.

  • Jamie Carragher
    20
    2
    3.00

    Jamie Carragher

    Worried by the speed of Chelsea's attack in transition. More comfortable at set-pieces. Less composed on the ball than the centre-backs either side of him. Lost Mikel to flick Suso's corner onto the head of Suarez for Liverpool's equaliser.

  • Andre Wisdom
    12
    6
    3.00

    Andre Wisdom

    Played well in the first half, showing confidence and composure. Often forced out wide to cover Johnson. Played a weak header back towards Jones that Hazard almost intercepted. Shifted to right-back in the second half and worried by the overlapping runs of Bertrand. Looked good going forward.

  • Nuri Sahin
    12
    8
    2.50

    Nuri Sahin

    Used the ball quite well, retaining possession and dictating his team's measured control of the match in the first half. Probably didn't do enough offensively, using the ball quite conservatively, and was sacrificed in the second half as Liverpool pushed for an equaliser.

  • Steven Gerrard
    19
    3
    3.00

    Steven Gerrard

    Worked hard but wasn't hugely influential, only coming into the match more offensively as Chelsea pushed forward. Much of his best work was done in his own half, pressing Chelsea, tracking back, covering space, blocking shots.

  • Joe Allen
    12
    10
    2.50

    Joe Allen

    Showed for the ball and fought to find space, providing an out-ball for his centre-backs. Contributed to Liverpool's good first-half possession, but regularly lingered on the ball too long, losing possession and allowing Chelsea's spring-loaded attack to counter.

  • Raheem Sterling
    29
    0
    3.00

    Raheem Sterling

    Lined up much more centrally than he has done in the past, allowing Enrique to bomb down the left flank. Was quiet as a result in the fast half, but perked up the second when he moved to the wing, committing players and running at defenders, proving a lightning-quick threat.

  • Luis Suárez
    32
    3
    3.50

    Luis Suárez

    Struggled to get into the game, with Ivanovic and Terry, and then Cahill, repelling him. Dropped deep but was swarmed by Mikel and Ramires. His team-mates carved out few chances for him, but was in the right place to grab Liverpool an equaliser, heading in from close-range. Could have got a winner but was tackled by Cech.

Substitutions

  • Suso
    22
    6
    3.00

    Suso

    Came on for Sahin with half an hour remaining. Brought some direction and energy to Liverpool, committing players. Took the corner from which Suarez scored.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
15 0