Premier League

April 21, 2013

Full-time

Liverpool

2 - 2

Chelsea

Premier League

15:00 +00:00, April 21, 2013

Anfield, England

  • 98'

    FULL TIME - And there is the whistle! Chelsea will be sick at letting in such a late goal and as Suarez laps up the acclaim he must know he'll get all the headlines for good and bad reasons. He rescues a point for Liverpool and Chelsea lose ground in the top four race. Plenty more to come on his day so keep it locked on ESPN FC.

  • 97'

    That is astonishing - Suarez nods the ball to Sturridge and then gets into the area and flicks past Cech from the resulting cross. He's in line for a lengthy ban but he's signed off with a goal. You couldn't make it up!

  • 96'

    GOAL Suarez equalises! Incredible!

  • 95'

    A very muted atmosphere at Anfield. I think news of the Suarez incident may have filtered through. Still urging their team on though.

  • 94'

    Suarez turns in the area and offloads to Henderson but he was off balance and his volley flashes five yards wide. Tough chance.

  • 93'

    Shelvey fires over from 25 yards after Gerrard takes a short corner to him.

  • 92'

    Story already on site regarding the Suarez bite.

  • 91'

    As six minutes are added on, Lampard replaces Mata.

  • 90'

    Shelvey crosses and Henderson nods on but to no-one.

  • 89'

    Liverpool pressing but Chelsea holding form and trying to profit on the counter.

  • 88'

    Some pushing and shoving now as Sturridge goes over the top of the ball on Bertrand. Liverpool play on, Chelsea go mad, Carragher pushes Luiz, Cech calms it down. Corner.

  • 87'

    Gerrard does well to keep hold of the ball in the area and shoot but he can't get enough power to test Cech.

  • 86'

    And Liverpool should be level! Shelvey played in by Henderson after Sturridge's flick but from 12 yards out and with only Cech to beat he's dragged his shot wide.

  • 85'

    Five minutes left for Chelsea to hold and gain a vital win.

  • 84'

    Oscar hobbles off and Moses comes on.

  • 83'

    A stretcher is coming on for Oscar. Victor Moses readying himself.

  • 82'

    Was it a seven-game ban Suarez got for his last biting indiscretion?

  • 81'

    Shelvey booked already - Oscar down in a heap after an ugly lunge.

  • 80'

    Jonjo Shelvey on for Downing.

  • 77'

    Hazard comes off and Benayoun replaces him.

  • 76'

    Suarez doing his best to get Liverpool back in the game. Perhaps he knows this could be his last game for a little while.

  • 75'

    Sturridge shows nice feet to cross to the back post but Azpilicueta clears behind. Chelsea clear the corner too.

  • 73'

    Each angle of that Suarez incident gets worse. No doubt he tried to bite Ivanovic's arm as they fell to the floor. He slaloms past a few players now before being crowded out.

  • 72'

    An awful pass from Suarez when he had Downing to his right - very unlike him. Perhaps he knows he's in trouble.

  • 71'

    The corner comes out to Hazard who fires in a fierce shot that is flicked over the bar by Enrique.

  • 70'

    Back to the game and Chelsea press for a third - Oscar's shot flicks off Downing and they have a corner.

  • 69'

    Replays show Suarez DID bite Ivanovic. Oh dear me. We'll not hear the end of that. The FA might want to take a look at it.

  • 68'

    Suarez takes it in the end and fires a low shot two yards wide.

  • 67'

    Ne replay of the Suarez incident by the way.

  • 66'

    Luiz blown for a foul on Carragher who screams at the linesman that it was inside the box. It wasn't. Still, free kick right on the edge.

  • 65'

    Chelsea take the free kick short, lose the ball and then Suarez is away, he tries to tee up Gerrard but Ivanovic gets over. Ivanovic insinuating Suarez bit him. He has previous of course.

  • 64'

    Carragher booked for a foul on Torres. He's not happy. Shouting at his former team-mate.

  • 62'

    A horrible shank from Reina practically on his own goalline. Liverpool wobbling.

  • 61'

    Chelsea back on top now as Suarez jostles with Luiz.

  • 60'

    No ban for Suarez reaching ten yellows by the way - the count was scrapped last week.

  • 59'

    Such an unnecessary goal to give away from Liverpool's point of view. Right when they were on top too.

  • 58'

    Silly from Suarez, though he protested. That is his tenth booking of the season too. Liverpool's momentum halted momentarily.

  • 57'

    GOAL Hazard sends Reina the wrong way and scores!

  • 56'

    Suarez gets booked as Hazard prepares to take.

  • 55'

    Chelsea penalty - odd one, as Suarez is squeezed by two players he puts his hand up and it makes contact with the ball.

  • 54'

    Lucas booked when Mata appeared to have dived over his leg. Two harsh bookings in a matter of seconds.

  • 53'

    Azpilicueta adjudged to have handled and is booked, very harshly in my opinion.

  • 53'

    A delightful chip from Suarez to set it up, Downing pulls it back and Suarez's clip is inch perfect for Sturridge who stabs home from close range.

  • 52'

    GOAL Sturridge equalises with a beauty!

  • 51'

    Agger is penalised for a push, Cech saved his header anyway.

  • 50'

    From the corner Enrique shanks the ball up in the air, Reina punches clear then Torres fires a volley miles over.

  • 49'

    Now Chelsea hit back, Torres shooting but finding it blocked, then Ramires feeds him wide and the cross is dealt with by a lunging Carragher.

  • 48'

    Now Sturridge hits the post! He's a man possessed! A fine long range effort beats Cech but not the upright, then Johnson drills a cross right in front of goal without a touch.

  • 47'

    Sturridge makes an immediate impact, cutting in and finding Gerrard and only a fine save from Cech preserves Cech's lead.

  • 46'

    A Liverpool change as we begin again: Coutinho departs and Sturridge comes on.

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    If you missed it earlier, Tottenham came from behind to beat Manchester City 3-1. Here's the match report.

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    Oscar nods Chelsea into the lead

  • 45'

    HALF TIME - Chelsea with the better of that half, despite the odd chance for Liverpool. Rafa's return successful so far, but still plenty of time left.

  • 44'

    Nicely into Suarez from Henderson but his shot rolls into Cech's arms at the near post.

  • 43'

    Mata plays in Hazard and his ball looks for Torres but a little touch from Carragher ensures safety.

  • 42'

    Chelsea's Juan Mata has now assisted 12 Premier League goals this season, two more than any other player (Opta).

  • 41'

    Chelsea playing Liverpool at their own possession game here.

  • 40'

    Genuine chance created by Downing, cutting inside, playing in Suarez and his shot from a tight angle is beaten away by Cech.

  • 39'

    Hazard tries to lift the ball through to Mata but Reina is again out smartly to deny them.

  • 38'

    Reina is out quickly to deny his pal Torres as Oscar tried to slide him in. Johnson lost the ball.

  • 37'

    the crowd enjoyed that one, a little more than Carragher at least.

  • 36'

    Torres booked for catching Carragher with his forearm.

  • 35'

    The final ball is lacking for Liverpool - Coutinho's recent passes and Lucas' just then going astray.

  • 34'

    Chelsea are looking silky here and very nearly opened Liverpool up with a slick, one-touch move but Agger got an important foot in.

  • 33'

    Coutinho gets to the byline and gets a deflected cross in but Suarez can't flick it on at the near post. Cech gathers.

  • 32'

    Downing's corner is awful, right over everyone's head and out for a throw in on the other side of the pitch.

  • 31'

    Downing wins a corner as his cross is turned behind by Luiz.

  • 30'

    Liverpool looking a little ragged now. Chelsea well organised.

  • 29'

    A dipping effort bounces in front of Reina, who fumbles the ball but manages to recover before it crept over the line. Heart in mouth time for the goalkeeper.

  • 28'

    Henderson carded for bringing down Hazard and Chelsea have a free kick 35 yards out. Luiz over it.

  • 27'

    An excellent glancing header that beats Reina at the near post. No-one was marking him as he drifted out from the party scene in the six-yard box.

  • 26'

    GOAL Oscar nods home!

  • 25'

    So very nearly a chance for Enrique as Henderson attempted a lay off. Almost very good.

  • 24'

    Suarez slips in possession.

  • 23'

    Mikel bumps into Suarez, then intercepts a Downing cross so Cech can claim.

  • 22'

    Just found out there has never been a 0-0 draw between these two in the Premier League. Bound to be one today then.

  • 21'

    Henderson volleys a pass out of play way over Downing's head. The game has gone very tight.

  • 20'

    Good shooting chance for Ramires as Hazrd tees it up. Reina, taking no chances, punches clear.

  • 19'

    Carragher's back pass puts Reina under a little pressure. He controls and clears out of play.

  • 18'

    The corner is cleared back to Gerrard, he feeds Downing who cuts inside and fires over the bar.

  • 17'

    Henderson breaks into the box and wins a corner.

  • 16'

    Enrique looks early for Suarez but Luiz had read it.

  • 15'

    Hazard tries to slot Ramires in but the pass takes him wide and Liverpool win the goal kick.

  • 14'

    A shot on target from Oscar but his toe poke lacked power. Not seen much from him yet.

  • 12'

    Another big chorus of Rafa Benitez from Liverpool's manager. Jeered by the away end.

  • 11'

    Fine move from Chelsea as Hazard plays in Torres but Enrique got back to block the cross.

  • 10'

    Coutinho tries a flick over Luiz for Suarez but over cooks it.

  • 9'

    Liverpool neat in possession as ever, with a misplaced Reina pass the only blot.

  • 8'

    Now Suarez nearly finds a through ball to Henderson, who is pushing forward at every opportunity.

  • 7'

    Mikel clears Gerrard's delivery and then Henderson fires over the bar.

  • 6'

    Excellent close control from Suarez, winning a free kick off Mikel.

  • 5'

    A superb, sweeping move from Liverpool, one that he started. He charges in from the right and is slipped in by Suarez but can't wrap his foot round the ball and pokes wide.

  • 4'

    A brisk start to the game - Torres flagged offside now.

  • 3'

    A wave from Benitez as The Kop sings his name. Then a cheer as Torres is penalised for a foul on Agger.

  • 2'

    Good early pressing from Liverpool and a half chance as Johnson's cross is a yard too far ahead of Coutinho.

  • 1'

    KICK OFF

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    A minute's applause before the game for Anne Williams, who lost her son Kevin in the Hillsborough disaster, and who died this week. And also for the victims of the Boston bombings.

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    Lots of hugs in the tunnel between Reina, Mata, Torres, Lucas, Luiz etc

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    But once that oddity is out of the way it is down to business and with Tottenham's win Chelsea can't afford to drop points here. Should they lose they'd only be ahead of Spurs courtesy of goal difference.

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    So, are well prepared for the odd sight of Rafa being cheered by the home fans and booed by the away fans? It'll one of the odder happenings this season, no doubt about it.

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    Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Luiz, Bertrand, Ramires, Mikel, Mata, Oscar, Hazard, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Lampard, Moses, Ferreira, Terry, Ba, Benayoun.

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    Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Jose Enrique, Gerrard, Lucas, Downing, Henderson, Coutinho, Suarez. Subs: Jones, Assaidi, Sturridge, Coates, Shelvey, Coady, Skrtel.

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    ESPN FC will be providing live minute-by-minute commentary of Liverpool versus Chelsea, which kicks off at 16.00 BST. Team News to follow.