Christian Benteke’s last-gasp equaliser denied Chelsea a win at Anfield as they drew 1-1 with Liverpool on Wednesday night.
- Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1
- Begovic denies Lallana early on
- Hazard breaks the deadlock
- Mignolet keeps out Blues trio
- Benteke equalises at the death
The Blues looked on course for victory as the match drew to a close after Eden Hazard had given them the lead on 32 minutes, but Benteke popped up at the death to hand Jurgen Klopp’s side a share of the spoils.
The deposed champions remain ninth in the standings, the best they can manage after failing to win their last three games, while the Reds are 10 points better off in eighth spot with one fixture left to play this season.
The hosts got into their stride early on as Adam Lallana forced Blues goalkeeper Asmir Begovic into a save on seven minutes before Roberto Firmino struck the side-netting after being played in by Daniel Sturridge.
Hazard has been looking sharp in recent weeks, with four goals in as many games, and he produced a save from Simon Mignolet with a low strike from 22 yards out midway through the first half.
The Belgian star had the beating of his compatriot nine minutes later with another fine goal. Hazard went past Lallana, Firmino and Dejan Lovren with ease before bending his shot into the far corner of the net.
Guus Hiddink’s men looked to take control as Bertrand Traore sent a shot curling just wide of the target before the break, while Mignolet had to be alert to keep out Hazard and Pedro in the second half.
Sturridge had a chance to level matters in the closing stages when he found himself one-on-one with Begovic, but the striker was denied by a smart reaction save from the keeper.
With time running out Klopp threw on Sheyi Ojo and the move soon paid off as the winger nearly equalised on the volley before crossing for Benteke to head home from close range in stoppage-time after Begovic had parried the ball up into the air.