Chelsea and Liverpool played out a thrilling and breathless 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge on the second day of 2022. As we’ve already covered this Premier League football match, Liverpool held Chelsea to a home draw on Sunday night.
Although the Blues had made the brighter start, they found themselves two down inside half an hour. But they somehow levelled to 2-2 in the first half itself and that’s how the match ended.
The result is a huge boost to City’s chances of defending their Premier League title. That’s because it leaves Pep Guardiola’s side 10 points clear of second-placed Chelsea and 11 ahead of third-placed Liverpool.
“It was an incredible first half,” Pulisic told the BBC after the match. “You feel after we got the momentum and get back 2-2 it’s a bit frustrating not to get the winner but probably a fair result in the end.”
“It is a big gap,” Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk said. “They [City] have the title maybe to lose at the moment but anything can happen still. We have been there and gave it away, so anything is possible. We focus on ourselves.
“If you are 2-0 up you don’t want to concede that close to half time, give them the momentum to get back into the game, it happened — a fantastic strike, you have to give [Kovacic] credit. That gives them momentum and they score the second.
“For the outside world it was quite a good game to watch, but we came here for three points and didn’t get them.”
Premier League Football Match – Liverpool Held Chelsea to a Home Draw
Sadio Mane was perhaps fortunate to escape a red card inside just six seconds into the match. He caught Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta with his arm when challenging for a high ball.
“A clear red,” Azpilicueta said afterwards. “I don’t mind if it is five seconds into the game it is a red. I don’t understand, we have had these kind of decisions the other day. It is a clear red card. We are getting these decisions against us and it can change the way of the game.”
However, Liverpool, and Mane especially, was ruthless some moments later when the visitors struck the opening goal at 9 minutes. Mane pounced on Chalobah’s mistake as the defender ducked to head a low ball. The Senegal forward skipped past Mendy before firing a finish past the recovering Azpilicueta.
Chelsea, though, remained on the front foot and Alonso had two chances at the back post.
Then, Mohamed Salah, Premier League’s top scorer, added his 16th goal of the season in the 26th minute. Salah raced to meet a through ball from Alexander-Arnold before feinting around the outside of Alonso. Finally, he slotted in a finish past Mendy at the near post to double Liverpool’s lead against his former team.
At the end of this breathless first half, the hosts struck twice in four minutes for a spectacular Chelsea comeback.
After Kelleher punched a Chelsea free-kick clear, Mateo Kovacic produced an outstanding piece of technique. He sent a first-time volley crashing off the post and into the back of the net from 20 yards.
And the roof almost came off Stamford Bridge with the home crowd’s cheering when Pulisic scored, with N’Golo Kante’s assistance. He tucked a wonderful finish past Kelleher to draw Chelsea level at 2-2 in added time.