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November 11, 2012 11:00 AM EST
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 41627‎
 
20′ John Terry
Luis Suárez 73′
Top of the Match
Juan Mata
Juan Mata
Chelsea
Luis Suárez
Luis Suárez
Liverpool
Flop of the Match
Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres
Chelsea
Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres
Chelsea

Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool: Suarez and Terry on target in Stamford Bridge stalemate

Roberto Di Matteo's team remains in third place in the league after being made to pay for its profligacy on an afternoon in which the club's captain suffered a serious injury.

By Wayne Veysey

LONDON -- An unconvincing Liverpool made Chelsea pay for its profligacy by coming from behind to steal a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

The home side’s pain at letting two points slip was augmented by a serious injury to Chelsea goalscorer John Terry, who faces an uncertain future after being stretchered off in the 40thminute with suspected knee ligament damage.

Terry’s 20th minute header and a series of dangerous counterattacks had given Chelsea hope the club could climb to within a point of the Premier League leader Manchester United. But Roberto Di Matteo’s team failed to finish off their visiting side and Luis Suarez made it pay 17 minutes from the end with his eighth league goal of the season.

It leaves Chelsea third in the table, three points behind United, while Liverpool remains in a distant 13th position.

To add to the home side’s agony, Terry left the pitch with his head in his hands and a look of rare vulnerability on his face after receiving five minutes of treatment in the wake of his accidental collision with Suarez.

Predictably, Liverpool made eight changes from the side that lost 1-0 in Russia against Anzhi on Thursday. With Pepe Reina failing to make the match-day 18, Brad Jones remained in goal, while Jamie Carragher replaced the ill Martin Skrtel.

Andre Wisdom kept his place despite the return of Glen Johnson, as Brendan Rodgers opted to start with three central defenders flanked by wing backs Johnson and Jose Enrique.

For Chelsea, Terry returned to the starting X1 after being overlooked in midweek. He was paired with Branislav Ivanovic rather than Gary Cahill or David Luiz, who had tonsillitis.

With the injured Ashley Cole replaced by his understudy Ryan Bertrand and Cesar Azpilicueta making only his second league start, there was an even fresher feel to the new-look Chelsea.

It was another exciting addition to the home team, Oscar, who came close to giving Chelsea a sixth-minute lead after Joe Allen lost possession but the Brazilian lifted his shot over the bar from 15 yards out.

Just when Rodgers’ 3-5-2 formation appeared to be bearing fruit, with his team dominating possession, simple human error gifted Chelsea the opening goal midway through the opening period.

Juan Mata curled in a corner from the right and Liverpool’s zonal system, most notably Daniel Agger, failed to track the run of Terry, who gleefully hammered a free header into the top corner for his 50th Chelsea goal in his 558th appearance.

It was one of Terry’s last acts of the afternoon. The captain was stretchered off, in severe pain, after Suarez’s full body weight landed on his knee. Judging by the agonized look on the Englishman’s face, subsequent tests in the Stamford Bridge medical room could reveal ligament damage.

Despite Liverpool having 64 percent of the first half possession, Chelsea was far more dangerous and Mata’s brilliant run shortly before the whistle ended with a wild finish rather than the second goal.

It was the same theme after the break, with Petr Cech little more than an interested spectator as all the action hummed around the opposing goalmouth. Mata arrowed a shot narrowly wide and Jones saved smartly from Torres’ flashed header.

Chelsea should have been out of sight by the time Liverpool made it pay for its profligacy with a smartly worked corner in the 73rd minute.

Substitute Suso curled the ball into the near post, Carragher met it with a neat flick and an unchallenged Suarez applied the headed finish with his 11th goal of the season.

Liverpool finished strongly and Suarez could have gone on to win the game for the club had last man Petr Cech not timed his charge perfectly late on.


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Chelsea

1
Petr Cech
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
3.00
26
John Terry
Defender
20′ 38′
3.50
28
3.50
23
Ryan Bertrand
Defender
3.50
7
Ramires
Midfielder
3.00
11
Oscar
Midfielder
76′
2.50
12
John Obi Mikel
Midfielder
79′
2.50
17
Eden Hazard
Midfielder
3.00
9
2.00
8
Juan Mata
Midfielder
20′
3.50

Liverpool

3.50
1
Bradley Jones
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
3.50
3
2.50
5
3.00
23
3.00
47
2.50
18
Nuri Sahin
Midfielder
59′
3.00
8
Steven Gerrard
Midfielder
67′
2.50
24
Joe Allen
Midfielder
50′
3.00
31
3.50
7

Substitutes

21
Ross Turnbull
Goalkeeper
 - 
20
 - 
24
Gary Cahill
Defender
38′
3.00
6
Oriol Romeu
Midfielder
 - 
12
Victor Moses
Midfielder
76′
2.50
21
Marko Marin
Midfielder
 - 
15
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
42
Peter Gulacsi
Goalkeeper
 - 
19
 - 
26
Joe Cole
Midfielder
 - 
14
 - 
19
3.00
-
Suso
Midfielder
59′
 - 
24

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
15 0