Chelsea 1 Liverpool 3

By Paul Lagan
Last updated : 31 October 2015

If this is the end of Jose Moutinho's tenure at Chelsea, then his players have got him the sack.
A quite embarrassing second half performance has never been seen at the Bridge as the Blues, stung by a first-half injury time goal from Liverpool failed to trouble their visitors, had he easiest of 45 minutes to snatch a couple more goals.
Chelsea actually took an early lead, but that was as good as it got. Inexplicable defensive play simply allowed Liverpool time and space to pick their moments and they did it with consummate ease.
Another dire home defeat has plunged the Blues to 15th in the league and if other matches go against them, they could be siting one place above the regulation zone by the end of today.
Chelsea made the best possible start with a goal after just four minutes and it came from the head of Ramires.
The Brazilian, who signed a new four-year deal in midweek, was on hand in the six-yard box, to nod home, past Simon Mignolet, the prefect Cesar Azpicicutea byline cross.
Mikel lost the ball in midfield and Liverpool then put together a fine move which ended up with Nathaniel Clyne flashing the ball just wide of Asmir Begovic's goal.
This was quickly followed by a scuffed Adam Lallana shot which Begovic easily snuffed out.
Another Lallana inspired move on 21 minutes saw the England make a fine left-footed half-volley which was on target. Again Begovic was on the spot to clasp the ball into his midriff.
Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool's manager thought his side deserved a penalty on 34 minutes, but referee Mark Clattenberg gestured that the ball hit John Terry's shoulder, not his arm. The fact that Terry was not in his penalty area did not stop the German from jumping up and down in frustration.
Lucas then out jumped Kurt Zouma at the far post to get a header on target. Needless to say Begovic was untroubled.
Liverpool got their just rewards three minutes into the two minutes of official added time
when another period of play saw Philippe Coutinho slip past Ramires and curl an inch-perfect left-footer past a hapless Begovic from 20 yards out.
The second half started with Chelsea actually making a forward commitment with Oscar and Willian pushing the Liverpool rearguard back.
But Liverpool was soon back in charge much to the irritation of Mourinho who decided that he had seen enough of his lethargic side.
He hauled off ineffectual Eden Hazard for Kenedy on 54 minutes.
The Brazilian wide man almost had an instant impact but his shot zipped past Mignolet.
Mourinho jumped up expecting Lucas to get a second yellow card for downing Ramires on 67 minutes.
Instead, Clattenberg just warned the midfielder. Mourinho then opted to replace Mikel, who was already booked. Cesc Fabregas came on. Mourinho shouted to the fourth official that he had to take him of as he felt he would have been sent off.
Needing some inspiration, Oscar almost provided it on 70 minutes when he tried an audacious shot from the half-way line. Mignolet just managed to claw the ball out of the goal.
But disaster struck with 16 minutes on the clock. Substitute Christian Benteke knocked the ball down to Coutinho who than end his arm with along range effort. The ball clipped off Terry and wide of Begovic to put Liverpool 2-1 up.
Number three was not far behind and Benteke was on hand, untroubled to slot home past Begovic from just inside the penalty area.

Chelsea: Begovic, Zouma, Ramires, Oscar,Hazard, Mikel, Costa, Willian, Cahill,Terry, Azpilicueta
Subs, Amelia, Fabregas, Baba, Falcao, Kenedy, Remy, Matic

Liverpool: Mignolet, Cylne, Milner, Coutinho, Firmino, Sakho, Moreno, Lallana, Lucas,Can, Skrtel
Bog fan, Lovren, Benteke, Allen, Ibe, Teixeira, Randall

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

 

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