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April 21, 2013 11:00 AM EDT
Anfield — Liverpool
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 45009‎
 
Oscar 26′
90+6′ Luis Suárez
Eden Hazard 57′ (PG)
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea

Luis Suarez grabbed an equalizer with 96 minutes on the clock after Eden Hazard seemed to have won the game for Rafa Benitez against his former club from the penalty spot.

By Oliver Platt

  • Pepe Reina
    28
    19
    3.00

    Pepe Reina

    Generally alert and quick off his line and expressed his frustration with the sluggishness of the players in front of him when he looked to distribute the ball. Had little chance to stop Oscar's header before Hazard beat him from the spot.

  • Glen Johnson
    28
    19
    2.50

    Glen Johnson

    Showed glimpses of his ability to break forward but wasted one good chance when played through by Suarez and did not test Bertrand as much as he might have liked.

  • José Enrique
    37
    10
    2.50

    José Enrique

    Defensively solid, but could have offered more width and support to the winger in front of him.

  • Daniel Agger
    45
    13
    3.00

    Daniel Agger

    Not responsible for the errors that led to the goals and brought the ball out of defence confidently and aggressively despite the lack of life in front of him.

  • Jamie Carragher
    26
    32
    2.50

    Jamie Carragher

    Guilty of losing Oscar at the near post when the Brazilian headed in Mata's corner to put Chelsea in front. Otherwise he and Agger did well in preventing the Blues' front four from playing through them.

  • Steven Gerrard
    47
    12
    3.00

    Steven Gerrard

    Moved the ball left and right in a deeper midfield role and endeavoured to break forward to support the attack to some effect. Denied by Cech when played through on goal by Sturridge early in the second half.

  • Coutinho
    28
    23
    2.00

    Coutinho

    Showed some enterprise early on but nothing really came off for him and he was replaced at half-time by Sturridge.

  • Jordan Henderson
    20
    41
    2.00

    Jordan Henderson Flop of the Match

    Looked uncomfortable as the foremost of Liverpool's central midfielders as he was frequently caught in possession by Mikel and Ramires. In fairness, he had little space to operate in as the Reds struggled to stretch the game.

  • Stewart Downing
    33
    15
    3.00

    Stewart Downing

    Never likely to bring a game to life on his own but he stuck to the task despite Liverpool's poor start and carved out a couple of decent openings. His neat flick back to Suarez led to the equaliser.

  • Lucas Leiva
    45
    7
    3.00

    Lucas Leiva

    Kept his eye on Mata and restricted the Spanish playmaker's influence but he found it more difficult to cope with Ramires' jinking runs forward.

  • Luis Suárez
    85
    69
    3.50

    Luis Suárez

    The best and the worst of the Uruguayan's polarising game was on display. Led Liverpool’s second-half revival and popped up with the last-second equaliser, but courted controversy with his nibble on Ivanovic and gave away a second-half penalty with a clumsy handball.

Substitutions

  • Jonjo Shelvey
    24
    21

    Jonjo Shelvey

    Missed a glorious chance when slipped in by Henderson as Liverpool sought an equaliser in the last 10 minutes.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    107
    15
    4.00

    Daniel Sturridge Top of the Match

    His immediate impact was remarkable after he replaced Coutinho at half-time, as he sent Gerrard through on goal before rattling the post with his own 25-yard drive. Then tapped in on the run to bring Liverpool level and led the charge in the final minutes, first flicking brilliantly for Henderson to set up Shelvey before his cross was nodded in by Suarez at the death.

  • Petr Cech
    33
    12
    3.00

    Petr Cech

    Made an excellent save from Gerrard early in the second half but could not stop Sturridge from levelling. A generally dependable display.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    44
    23
    3.50

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Stuck tightly to Suarez in the first half, and was not afraid to follow the Uruguayan when he dropped into deeper positions. For the most part, he can consider his a job very well done but he could not stop Suarez from sneaking in for a late leveller.

  • David Luiz
    49
    16
    3.50

    David Luiz

    Plays an important part in bringing the ball out of defence when Chelsea choose not to field a natural deep-lying playmaker, and was defensively reliable as he, Mikel and Ivanovic proved difficult to beat until Suarez snuck in for a dramatic equaliser.

  • César Azpilicueta
    28
    19
    3.00

    César Azpilicueta

    Kept Coutinho in front of him in the first half and Sturridge had much more joy on the right or in the middle than on the left. Chose to focus on his defensive duties more than bombing down the flank.

  • Ryan Bertrand
    10
    35
    2.50

    Ryan Bertrand

    Still looks a significant step down from Ashley Cole despite his best efforts, and was stretched by Liverpool's better play down his flank.

  • Ramires
    34
    18
    3.50

    Ramires

    Aggressive in the tackle and dangerous when he was able to manoeuvre into space on the attack, slipping some dangerous through-balls into his team-mates around the opposition penalty area. An accomplished display.

  • Oscar
    35
    23
    3.00

    Oscar

    Connected perfectly with a Mata corner at the near post to send Chelsea into the lead but otherwise struggled to find space in which to operate when he came inside from the left flank.

  • John Obi Mikel
    47
    25
    3.50

    John Obi Mikel

    He and Ramires did an excellent job in denying Liverpool space through the centre of the park. Mikel made some timely interventions and used the ball well despite becoming more stretched after Sturridge's introduction in the second half.

  • Eden Hazard
    72
    21
    3.50

    Eden Hazard

    Looked the most threatening of the Chelsea front four and located Torres on a couple of occasions with some neat one-touch passing. Sent Reina the wrong way to restore the Blues' lead.

  • Fernando Torres
    58
    42
    2.50

    Fernando Torres

    Worked hard and peeled off the Liverpool defenders to good effect but was simply too slow in picking his final ball or shot when he got into dangerous positions.

  • Juan Mata
    33
    28
    3.00

    Juan Mata

    Generally restricted to coming deeper to retrieve the ball as the centre of the pitch became very congested. His corners led to both goals as Oscar headed in before Suarez handballed.

Substitutions

  • Frank Lampard
    21
    16

    Frank Lampard

    Replaced Mata in added time.

  • Victor Moses
    10
    26

    Victor Moses

    Looked to provide a counterattacking threat on the right but did not see much service come his way in his short time on the pitch.

  • Yossi Benayoun
    12
    27

    Yossi Benayoun

    Brought on for Hazard with little more than 10 minutes to go but did not see much of the ball.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
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