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    Saturday, August 28, 2021

    Ten-Man Chelsea Hold Liverpool At Anfield

    Chelsea held out with 10 men for the entire second-half to frustrate Liverpool as the first heavyweight clash of the Premier League season between two title contenders ended 1-1 at Anfield on Saturday.

    Kai Havertz's looping header put the visitors in front before Reece James was sent-off in first-half stoppage time for handball on his own goal line and Mohamed Salah converted the resulting penalty.

    The home side suddenly woke up and took the battle to Chelsea.

    Liverpool got a deserved equaliser from the penalty spot on three minutes added time in the first half.

    Reece James had handed the ball in the 18-yard box and was issued a straight red card as the referee pointed to the penalty spot.

    Mohamed Salah won the battle of wills and sent an unstoppable penalty past Edouard Mendy into the bottom left corner to make it 1-1.

    Liverpool mounted the pressure in the second half but Chelsea have Mendy to thank as he stood solidly in post to deny Liverpool several chances.

    The home side were the better side, garnering 65 percent ball possessions, 23 goal attempts and eight shots on goal.

    Chelsea, with 35 percent ball possessions, six goal attempts and three shots on goal defended for most part of the second half and were luck not to have conceded goals.

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