'Biter' Suarez stuns Chelsea
Liverpool - Luis Suarez scored a dramatic late equaliser and controversially
bit an opponent as Liverpool twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Chelsea in
a thrilling English Premier League match at Anfield on Sunday.
The Uruguay striker headed home deep into injury time after Eden Hazard had
initially appeared to have secured the points for Rafael Benitez's side on the
Chelsea manager's return to his former club.
Earlier, Oscar's opening goal had been equalised by Daniel Sturridge.
However, the match was overshadowed by an off-the-ball incident when Suarez
appeared to bite Branislav Ivanovic.
Before kick-off there was a minute of applause for Hillsborough campaigner
Anne Williams as well as those affected by the Boston Marathon attacks.
Williams, who died last week, lost her 15-year-old son Kevin during the
Hillsborough tragedy in 1989 and was one of the leading campaigners in the
fight for justice over the disaster.
Liverpool carved open a chance in the fifth minute when Suarez slid a clever
ball through the Chelsea defence for Glen Johnson to chase but the England
right-back poked it wide.
Chelsea started to find their rhythm and shortly afterwards a neat passing
move culminated in a shooting opportunity for Oscar who saw his near-post
effort saved by Jose Reina.
The Liverpool goalkeeper did not look quite as comfortable in the 20th
minute when he opted to punch away a speculative long-range effort from
Benitez's side grew in confidence as the half wore on although it was a
lapse in concentration from Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher which allowed
Chelsea to take the lead in the 26th minute.
Juan Mata whipped the corner to the near post and veteran centre-back
Carragher failed to track the run of Oscar who pulled away from goal to head
David Luiz almost increased Chelsea's advantage two minutes later when Reina
fumbled a dipping free-kick only to gather at the second attempt.
The hosts briefly threatened before half-time through Suarez, who tested
Petr Cech with a powerful near-post shot which the Chelsea goalkeeper parried.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers introduced Sturridge, a £12m signing from
Chelsea in January, for Philippe Coutinho at half-time and the striker had an
Sturridge put Steven Gerrard through almost from the restart but the
Liverpool captain saw his shot saved by the feet of Cech and then struck the
post with a shot of his own a minute later.
Liverpool's pressure paid off in the 52nd minute when Suarez curled a
brilliant ball into the box which left Sturridge with a simple tap-in from
Uruguay international Suarez then gave the initiative back to Chelsea five
minutes later when he handled the ball inside the penalty area and Hazard
confidently converted the spot-kick.
And shortly afterwards former Ajax striker Suarez, who was once banned for
biting an opponent while playing in Holland, was caught by television cameras
sinking his teeth into Ivanovic's arm.
Liverpool dominated possession in the remainder of the half but struggled to
penetrate an organised Chelsea backline.
Suarez screwed a free-kick wide in the 68th minute and a good opportunity
fell to substitute Jonjo Shelvey who shot wide from a good position late on
after a brilliant backheel from Sturridge.
Inevitably Suarez would turn out to be saviour for the home side and he
rescued a point deep into injury time when he headed home Sturridge's cross
from close range.