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Suarez: Saves Reds a point

Suarez: Saves Reds a point

Luis Suarez once again proved his worth to Liverpool as he struck home late on to secure a 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

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The Blues opened the scoring midway through the first-half as John Terry powered home his header from a corner, but the captain's day was brought to a premature end before half-time as he needed to be stretchered off with what appeared a very worrying injury for Roberto di Matteo.

However, with 18 minutes remaining the Reds struck back as Suarez got on the end of a flick-on in the area to head home from just a few feet out.

The result left the west London giants third in the standings, two points below leaders Manchester United and one behind Manchester City after 11 games, while Liverpool finished the day in 13th with 12 points from their opening 11 games.

Both sides struggled to create any clear chances in the opening exchanges of the game, with Oscar gifted possession in the final third but only able to slam his shot well wide of the mark.

The Blues looked sloppy in possession and gave the ball away on a number of occasions, although they threatened again through Branislav Ivanovic's teed-up free-kick, but the defender's shot fizzed just past the angle.

With 20 minutes gone the hosts stormed into the lead as Terry all too easily lost his marker before heading home unmarked from a few feet out, but his afternoon was cut short after Luis Suarez stumbled into the centre-back, who fell awkwardly on his knee and had to be removed from the field of play, but only after plenty of attention from the medical staff.

That injury resulted in five minutes of added time at the end of the first-half, and Juan Mata had a golden chance to double his side's advantage after having a clear sight of goal, but a rush of blood to the head saw the playmaker blaze his shot well wide.

The Blues continued to look the more likely to score in the second period, and Mata again came close but couldn't get enough curl on his shot from outside the area as the ball swerved just the other side of the up-right.

Brad Jones then needed to be at his sharpest to just get a glove on Fernando Torres' goal-bound header from a corner after the goalkeeper had been unsighted by a crowd of bodies.

Three-quarters of the way through the game the visitors finally found a way through as veteran defender Jamie Carragher flicked on Steven Gerrard's corner to find Suarez at the far-post, and the forward could hardly miss from right in front of the goal.

The Reds broke in a really threatening counter in the final few minutes as Gerrard threaded a perfectly-weighted ball through for Raheem Sterling, but he took too long to pick out an option and eventually crossed to no-one in particular and the defence could clear.

In the dying seconds the visitors looked like they might snatch the points as Sterling picked out Suarez on the edge of the area, with the forward in turn feeding the ball to Enrique, but his fierce shot was well saved by Petr cech.

Posted: 11/11/12 17:56

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