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Liverpool wilts, Chelsea recovers to depart Manchester Metropolis the winner


LONDON — The one winner Sunday was Manchester Metropolis. And Romelu Lukaku actually misplaced out.

What a pulsating, entertaining encounter for Lukaku to overlook — not out of his personal selecting — as Chelsea recovered to attract 2-2 with Liverpool with out the quickly exiled striker.

It left Metropolis 10 factors clear from Chelsea on the high of the Premier League with Liverpool an extra level again.

The sky blue ribbons appear to be remaining on the trophy for an additional 12 months due to the fading problem from the chasing pack.

That is even earlier than Liverpool is the toughest hit by gamers heading to the African Cup of Nations. Earlier than leaving for what may very well be greater than a month away, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah did contribute Liverpool’s targets.

Liverpool appeared to be coasting however was stung twice on the finish of the primary half with Mateo Kovacic’s volley and Christian Pulisic’s strike pulling Chelsea stage.

It was an engrossing and wild recreation that was solely tempered after the break by the goalkeeping of Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy denying Salah and Liverpool’s Caoimhin Kelleher’s reflexes thwarting Pulisic’s pursuit of a winner.

Flip away and you can miss one other wondrous second.

“For the general public it will need to have been an unbelievable recreation,” stated Liverpool assistant supervisor Pepijn Lijnders, deputizing for coronavirus isolating Jurgen Klopp.

It was a recreation to maintain followers on their toes — which they may do legally in elements of a Premier League stadium for the primary time in 28 years as a part of standing trials.

“It was a superb match,” Chelsea supervisor Thomas Tuchel stated. “Everyone not within the stadium missed one thing.”

None extra so than Chelsea record-signing Lukaku who was dropped by Tuchel for an outburst questioning his restricted position within the staff.

Solely 15 seconds into the sport, it seemed like Mane may additionally have had no additional position within the recreation.

Elbowing Cesar Azpilicueta within the face whereas making an attempt to beat the Chelsea captain, Mane instantly confronted motion from the referee. However he escaped with solely a reserving — the earliest recorded in a Premier League match.

It meant Mane was nonetheless on the pitch to attain the opener within the ninth minute.

Trevoh Chalobah’s weak-headed clearance created the opening for Mane to spherical Mendy and place the ball within the internet previous the helpless Azpilicueta.

Chelsea had wilted and seemed rattled. Particularly when Salah’s brilliance prolonged Liverpool’s benefit within the twenty sixth minute.

The highest scorer was concerned within the buildup earlier than receiving the ball again from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s go and controlling it previous the befuddled Marcos Alonso and squeezing a shot previous Mendy at his close to submit.

It was simply the most recent second of awe from a striker having fun with one other standout season that is seen him hit 23 targets, together with 16 within the league.

Liverpool was cruising. Quickly it was cursing.

The sport swung round inside three minutes on the finish of the primary half.

A free kick from the proper was punched clear by Kelleher however solely to the sting of the penalty space. Unbalanced however nonetheless capable of make a clear first-time connection, Mateo Kovacic volleyed impressively into the highest nook off the within of the submit.

Chelsea’s nervousness that the objective may very well be dominated out for an offside quickly subsided for contemporary celebrations. And Chelsea was celebrating once more shortly once more in stoppage time when Pulisic leveled after being launched by N’Golo Kante and lifting the shot over Kelleher.

The third objective from Pulisic in 11 league appearances this season rescued a degree for Chelsea that had appeared to be out of attain.

“There have been lots of causes to say this was possibly not our day,” Tuchel stated. “However we didn’t give in.”

OTHER GAMES

Alexis Mac Allister scored twice to guide Brighton to a 3-2 win at Everton that piled extra strain on supervisor Rafael Benitez, Mads Roerslev gave Brentford a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa, and Stuart Dallas and Dan James scored second-half targets as Leeds beat Burnley 3-1.

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