Chelsea produces remarkable resistance to hold out Liverpool to 1-1 draw

Chelsea produces remarkable resistance to hold out Liverpool to 1-1 draw

Ten-man Chelsea produced a display of remarkable resistance to hold on for a 1-1 draw with Liverpool, in a thrilling Premier League contest.

Chelsea produces remarkable resistance to hold out Liverpool to 1-1 draw

The European champions were leading through Kai Havertz’s brilliant header, as an enthralling contest approached half-time, before controversy erupted moments before the break which instantly transformed the match.

Joel Matip hit the bar as Chelsea struggled to clear a corner and when Sadio Mane fired in a follow-up shot, the ball jumped unto James’ arm off his knee on the goal-line, before the Chelsea defender appeared to flick the ball away with his hand.

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Referee Anthony Taylor then consulted the pitchside monitor on VAR’s advice and angered the Chelsea players by not only awarding a penalty — but also showing Reece James a red card for denying a goalscoring opportunity.

Chelsea produces remarkable resistance to hold out Liverpool to 1-1 draw

The penalty incident and red card then left Chelsea level with Liverpool at 1-1 as Mohamed Salah fired home to level things up — while also facing a second-half onslaught at Anfield as the Blues dug in, defending solidly.

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Chelsea produces remarkable resistance to hold out Liverpool to 1-1 draw

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has now celebrated that resistance – and hard-fought draw against Jurgen Klopp’s side – at the final whistle, which brought to the end a thrilling Premier League contest on Saturday.