Chelsea managed to leave Anfield with a deserved point on Saturday afternoon, despite having to play the entirety of the second half with just 10 men after Reece James’ sending off.
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Kai Havertz gave the European champions an early lead but his opener was cancelled out by a Mohamed Salah penalty in first-half stoppage time.
Thomas Tuchel’s side started lively and found themselves ahead midway through the half. James swung a corner towards the near post where Havertz arrived and produced an exquisite header that looped over Alisson Becker and into the far corner.
Romelu Lukaku had a chance to double Chelsea’s lead but Andy Robertson deflected it wide, before a moment of controversy allowed the Reds to level.
James made a goal-line block, only for VAR to intervene and rule that a handball had occurred after the ball deflected off of his leg. A penalty was correctly awarded, though Chelsea were unhappy and will feel aggrieved with the decision to give James his marching orders. Salah madone mistake from 12 yards.
The second half saw Chelsea excellently keep Liverpool at arm’s length, never really conceding a chance to their hosts despite the numerical disparity.
0′ The match is about to start!
4′ CHANCE! Elliott’s long shot inches wide
10′ CLOSE! Henderson misses a good chance
21′ GOAL! Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea (Havertz)
33′ Kante’s long shot saved
35′ CLOSE! Mount’s shot wide out
36′ MISS! Elliott’s shot flies into the sky
42′ Sub! Jota replaces Firmino
47′ Red Card! Reece James sent off
49′ Penalty Goal! Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea (Salah)
49′ Ardent conflict between Henderson and Mendy
51′ CHANCE! Jota’s header over the bar
59′ Fabinho’s long shot denied by Mendy
74′ Sub! Henderson replaced by Thiago
85′ CHANCE! Kovacic’s shot denied by Alisson
Liverpool XI: Henderson, Matip, Alisson, Firmino, Salah, Van Dijk, Mane, Fabinho, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Elliott
Subs: Thiago, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Joe Gomez, Naby Keita, Tsimikas, Jota, Kelleher, Konate
Chelsea XI: Azpilicueta, Lukaku, Alonso, Jorginho, Rudiger, Christensen, E. Mendy, Kante, Mount, Havertz, Reece James
Subs: Thiago Silva, Kovacic, Kepa, Werner, Ziyech, Loftus-Cheek, T. Chalobah, Chilwell, Hudson-Odoi