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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Liverpool pins Chelsea ...Simon Mignolet saves Costa's penalty


Costa’s penalty saved by Mignolet
Liverpool avoided their fourth consecutive home defeat but only just, coming back from a goal down to hold Chelsea as Diego Costa missed a late penalty for the visitors. Despite looking tired in recent weeks, Liverpool started the game quickly, pushing Chelsea back even if they could not create any chances. But then on 24 minutes Adam Lallana was adjudged to have fouled Eden Hazard just outside the box, and while Simon Mignolet was busy organising his wall, David Luiz floated a beautiful knuckleball over the wall and into the net.

Liverpool started the second half strongly too, and on 57 minutes, Jordan Henderson's excellent pass over the top was turned back into the middle by James Milner, and Georgino Wijnaldum headed home from close range. Though Liverpool were the better side thereafter, Costa ought to have won it for Chelsea when he won a penalty, but Mignolet saved well. And then, in injury time, Sadio Mane flipped a cross into the box, only for the unmarked Roberto Firmino to head straight at Thibaut Courtois.

Chelsea's David Luiz celebrates scoring a goal against Liverpool
Both sides will be relatively satisfied with a point, but to varying degrees: Chelsea are a step closer to the title with an eight-point lead over second-placed Spurs, while Liverpool face a fight for the top four.

Snap Summary of the day's proceedings:
David Luiz scored his first goal since returning to the club but Diego Costa's missed penalty meant the Premier League leaders had to settle for a 1-1 draw at the Reds's home ground. Costa had the chance to restore Chelsea's lead in the 76th minute but his spot kick was saved by Mignolet.

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