LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea fought back from two objectives down to draw 2-2 with Liverpool in a breathless encounter between the 2 title chasers at Stamford Bridge on Sunday however the stalemate left Manchester City 10 factors clear on the prime.
The draw meant Chelsea remained second on 43 factors from 21 video games, one level forward of Liverpool, who’ve a recreation in hand, and leaders Manchester City who’ve 53 factors from 21.
With each side weakened by key absences – and Chelsea dropping striker Romelu Lukaku after he criticised the techniques of coach Thomas Tuchel – Liverpool shortly appeared to have the sport of their grip after objectives from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah earlier than they depart for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Mane capitalised on an error by Trevoh Chalobah to open the scoring within the ninth minute and Salah doubled the lead 17 minutes later when he ghosted previous Marcos Alonso to raise the ball over goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from a decent angle.
But the Blues clawed their means back into the sport within the forty second minute when Mateo Kovacic majestically volleyed in off a publish from the sting of the field after a punched clearance by Liverpool reserve keeper Caoimhin Kelleher.
Four minutes later, Chelsea had been degree when Christian Pulisic latched onto a cross by N’Golo Kante that beat Liverpool’s offside entice and the American ahead coolly lifted the ball over Kelleher into the web.
Both sides went shut within the second half with Mendy and Kelleher pulling off good saves.
(Reporting by William Schomberg; Editing by Ken Ferris)