Full-time - 93'
0 - 0
19:45 +00:00, December 6, 2005
Stamford Bridge, England
A fully expected 0-0 at Stamford Bridge then. Liverpool go into the Champions League draw in 10 days time as group winners and will avoid the likes of Barcelona, whom Chelsea could resume their feud with.
Gallas pumps it long but Hyypia is too strong in the air for Cole and heads clear. Chelsea swarm forward but it's too late as the whistle blows for full-time.
Kewell takes the ball into the corner and wins a throw, deep in Chelsea territory, as the seconds tick away.
Liverpool rebuff Chelsea's attmept to break them down. Morientes slides the ball through the Chelsea defence but no red shirt is up in support.
Liverpool were on for a quick break but decided to slow it down and keep possession. It looks like they are happy to settle for a point, which will make them group winners.
Wright-Phillips hooks the ball over Traore's head but the angle is wrong and it bounces out for a throw - good idea though.
The ball bobbles around a congested Liverpool box. Gallas looks to pounce but a Liverpool defender desperately hooks the ball over the bar...the linesman inevitably had his flag up anyway.
Carvalho has gone off to change his footware and re-emerges wearing odd boots...he looks a bit like a kicker in American football.
Pongolle and Gerrard combine on the edge of the box. The Liverpool skipper fires wide under pressure from Terry.
Gerrard drives forward and waits for the overlapping winger that doesn't appear, so he shoots at goal - badly.
The Reds make a change. Off goes Luis Garcia and on comes the pacy striker Pongolle.
Morientes is caught by Carvalho on the flank. The defender gets booked and Liverpool get a freekick.
More offside woe for Chelsea but this time the linesman has got it right - Drogba is caught beyond the last man.
Chelsea are trying to hit high-balls up to the two big strikers, Cole and Drogba, but so far Liverpool have stood firm.
Gudjohnsen lofts the ball over the defence for Lampard, who is wrongly flagged offside by the same dodgy linesman as before. Lampard throws the ball away in disgust and gets booked.
Traore scythes down Wright-Phillips and gets booked for his welcoming tackle.
Chelsea make two changes. Carlton cole replaces Robben and Wright-Phillips comes on for Duff. It's two up front for the Blues now.
Robben's frustration boils over again as he brings down Garcia. Kewell completely wastes the freekick but luckily Carragher stops Drogba's counter-attack.
Carragher stoops low to bravely head clear off the toe of Drogba's raised boot. Kewell is chasing hard in midfield but has hardly had a touch since he came on.
Liverpool make a change. Crouch goes off and Morientes will lead the Reds attack.
Gudjohsen nods down Robben's cross for Duff, who cuts it back for Lampard. The midfielder fires over the bar once again - he has had a poor game by his own standard.
Del Horno plays it down the wing for Duff but Carragher beats him to the ball. Meanwhile, Traore is down injured after a tackle from Gallas.
Robben and Essien combine in midfield before Sissoko fouls the Dutch winger and Lampard has chance to shoot. He blasts it far too high.
Riise fails to get his cross in once again and that is his last contribution. Kewell comes on to replace him.
Robben skips past Traore and delivers a cross for Drogba. Carragher sees the danger and belatedly manages to head clear at full stretch.
Crouch makes a decoy run as Gerrard floats a freekick towards Hyypia. Cech reads it and leaps to collect the cross.
Robben lofts the ball to the back post and Gudjohnsen fires an overhead kick over the bar....he was incorrectly flagged for offside at any rate.
...Robben's delivery is poor and Hyypia heads clear. But Chelsea keep the pressure on.
Drogba spins off Hyypia and the Liverpool defender pulls him back. Robben will take the freekick...
Essien takes the ball down and fires a shot into row Z. The Liverpool fans make their delight audible.
Gerrard finds Riise on the left, but once again the converted defender hits the first man with his cross.
Riise has two chances to cross from the left and messes them both up - much to the dismay of manager Benitez.
Drogbe chests the ball down in the box, Robben is on it in a flash but drives his shot into the side-netting. Some Chelsea fans thought he had scored.
Sissoko cuts out Duff's freekick and then the two of them battle for possession three or four times.
Chelsea make one change for the second-half. Del Horno replaces Ferreira and so Gallas will switch to rightback.
Two organised sides have cancelled each other out here and it is no surprise given that they both have very mean defences. 0-0 is enough for Liverpool to finish top of the group though.
Gudjohnsen is back on his feet and is a little late with a tackle on Finnan. The ref blows for half-time.
Sissoko's foot rolls over the top of the ball and takes out Gudjohnsen. The Icelander needs treatment after another ugly tackle in this match.
Excellent first touch from Duff allows Drogba to cross. Hyypia heads clear and Lampard fires back a shot that Reina collects wide of his goal.
Gudjohnsen provides some craft in the midfield, spins and plays a lovely through-ball for Lampard, who is slightly wrong footed and is beaten to the ball by Reina.
Now it's Liverpool's turn to keep possession. Robben gets frustrated and hacks at Carragher. Freekick in the centre circle.
Hyypia snuffs out yet another Chelsea attack but the relentless blue wave comes again as Liverpool are forced to defend.
Chelsea are enjoying a spell of possession. Lampard takes a long-range shot which Reina fumbles, but gathers at the second attempt.
Chelsea switch the play from flank to flank but still can't find a way through and in the end Carvalho lumps it forward.
Robben breaks forward but is called back for a dubious foul when he won the ball off Sissoko.
Garcia attempts to get onto another Crouch flick on. The tall striker is providing problems for the Chelsea defence.
Lovely lay-off by Crouch finds Gerrard who plays the ball inot the box for Riise. The defender's shot is straight at Cech and the best chance of the match goes begging.
Robben slips the ball through the Reds' defence for Gudjohnsen, who is incorrectly flagged for offside.
Liverpool were opened up a few times early on but they look secure now with the better of the play.
Lampard gives the ball away. Garcia advances and lofts a pass to Crouch, who can only produce a back-header the loops over the bar.
Robben gives away a freekick for high feet, but they were only as high as Crouch's ribs - he is 6'7" though.
The dirty side of Essien coming out there, like it did against Bolton.
Two Liverpool players tackle Essien, who goes over the top of the ball and Hamann is down needing treatemnt. That could have been a red card but the freekick has gone the other way!
Cheslea need to win this match to top this group ahead of Liverpool but neither team can find that killer ball at the moment.
Crouch gets away from Carvalho and Finnan looks to pick him out. The defender's ball is too straight and runs through to Cech.
Liverpool play on with Drogba down injured in the box. They won't put the ball out of play but Chelsea eventually do.
...Gerrard aims for the head of Hyypia but Cech punches clear.
Crouch chests the ball under control and brings Gerrard into play. Essien fouls the Liverpool skiiper and the Reds have a freekick to the left of the area....
Sissoko dances past two midfielders, Garcia battles with Terry in the box and they both hit the deck....no penalty, the ref waves play on.
Terry backs off Gerrard, whose shot strikes the defender in the face. Traore launches a long throw into the box which Chelsea clear.
Sissoko wins a 50/50 ball with Essien. But the Ghana international wins it back and misplaces a throughball intended for Robben.
Gerrard scampers onto a Crouch knockdown and lashses a shot wide of Cech's far post. The match is picking up pace now.
Robben plays a short freekick to Lampard, whose long-range shot hits a Liverpool defender and trickle through to Reina.
Reina makes a poor clearence and Lampard blats a shot form the edge of the box. Reina makes the save and the ball loops over the bar.
Essien is playing the Makelele role and curbing his desire to get forward.
Riise can't get past Ferreira and plays it square. Finnan whips in the first cross of the night and Crouch wins his first header but the ball falls safely towards Cech, in the Chelsea goal.
Gudjohnsen brings the ball down and looks to play it on the deck. But the attack breaksdown in a congested midfield.
It's a scrappy opening few minutes. Essien shoves Gerrard off the ball and fails to spot the through-ball to Robben.
Liverpool kick-off a fixture that usually struggles to produce goals. They play from left to right, wearing all red - Chelsea in all blue.
Liverpool Team: Reina, Finnan, Carragher, Hyypia, Traore, Gerrard, Hamann, Sissoko, Riise, Crouch, Luis Garcia. Subs: Carson, Kewell, Cisse, Josemi, Morientes, Sinama Pongolle, Warnock.
Chelsea Team: Cech, Paulo Ferreira, Ricardo Carvalho, Terry, Gallas, Essien, Robben, Lampard, Duff, Gudjohnsen, Drogba. Subs:
Cudicini, Del Horno, Carlton Cole, Geremi, Diarra, Wright-Phillips, Huth.
Asier Del Horno
Asier Del Horno
John Arne Riise
Fernando Sanchez Morientes
Fernando Sanchez Morientes