A late equaliser from Willian cancelled out Mohamed Salah’s opener as Liverpool and Chelsea played out to a 1-1 draw at Anfield on Saturday night.
Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1
Hazard tests Mignolet
Salah scores opener
Willian equalises late
Courtois denies Salah
Salah scored the opener by calmly beating Thibaut Courtois after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain played him in behind the Chelsea defence to continue his goal-scoring run.
Willian then scored a late equaliser just after coming off the bench as what looked to be a cross towards the back post found its way over Simon Mignolet into the net.
Liverpool started the match brightly and moved the ball around the field freely, but struggled to create any meaningful chances in and around the box.
The first chance of the match came from Chelsea as Eden Hazard controlled a long ball well as he then cut inside from the left flank before firing a venomous shot at Mignolet who got down well to save the effort.
Davide Zappacosta then stung the Liverpool keeper’s fingers with a well driven effort from the top right of the box, but once again Mignolet was equal to the task punching over as Chelsea began to find their stride.
A few minutes before half time, Mohamed Salah, who had looked threatening all evening, managed to turn Gary Cahill inside out on the right-hand side before trying to curl in an effort which flew inches wide of the far corner.
The second half started slowly but sprung into life on the 60-minute mark as Chelsea came close to an opener with a great counter-attack. Hazard broke through the middle before feeding Zappacosta who crossed it across the face of the goal but neither Cesar Azpilicueta nor Alvaro Morata could get a defining touch.
The telling moment came when Salah broke the deadlock in the 65th minute. Tiemoue Bakayoko’s interception fell straight into Alex Oxlade-Chamberlains path who then slid the ball into the Egyptian’s path and he calmly slotted it past Courtois to net his 10th Premier League goal of the season.
As the game entered the last 10 minutes, Zappacosta floated in a good cross from the right-hand side towards the far corner and Marcos Alonso was there but could only volley over the bar from 15 yards out.
It was then Willian who levelled the scores as he bagged a goal just two minutes after being brought on. The Brazilian midfielder drove towards the top right of the box before looking to cross towards the back post with his effort looping over Mignolet into the back of the net.
In extra time, Salah almost netted a late winner when James Milner nodded a cross towards the midfielder who then looked to pick out the right-hand corner, but Courtois saved the effort well as both teams had to settle for a point each.
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