Chelsea FC survived Liverpool pressure at Stamford Bridge today as Cameroon’ s international striker, Samuel Eto’o Fils scored the winner in the first half of this very enthralling encounter.
It was the visitors from Mid-land, Liverpool that opened the scoring board with a quick goal just 3 minutes into the game.
Liverpool’s defender, Skrtel was at the right place at the right time and pushed in a re-bounce from Luis Suarez’s header from a free –kick after Eto’o ‘s fault on Jordan Henderson.
The London team, however, refused to give in after the early assault as Eden Hazard fired in the equalizer from a re-bounce this time from a pass to Eto’o that landed on his path just outside Liverpool’s box.
With the game at a tie, both sides needed extra techniques and possible luck to snatch the three points up for grab to stay in the top four rank of the English Premier League as the year draws to an end.
With chances after chances at both end as tension and pressure flared up, it was the number 29 shirted striker of Chelsea, Eto’o who pivoted his team to the lead just 10 minutes into the break – half time.
It was a lucky goal and a winner for Chelsea that desperately needed a victory when Eto’o benefited from a melee in Liverpool’s 18m box to side strike a spinning cross shot just in front of Belgian keeper Mignolet floored helpless as the ball rolled into the lower far post.
Lucky guy, Eto’o
Although Eto’o emerged the star of the day, luck was truly on his side when he pushed Suarez deep in Chelsea’s own box, which would have resulted into a penalty and a red card – send off had the referee saw the tricky act, which could be blamed on fatigue.
Not to take chances or spoil the pudding before the eating, Eto’o ceded his place to Fernando Torres as the game entered injury time, limping out either from an injury or tiredness but could still waved the cheering home fans.
Chelsea moves into the new year, 2014 at the third position following today’s hard-earned win as Liverpool which is still the team to watch out , dropped into the 5th position, not bad as all is still on the table for grab before the season wraps up.
With Manchester United struggling in the mid-table and leaving arch-rival, Manchester City to pull the rope with the support of neighbours, Liverpool and Everton, the Championship title might go south to London to either Arsenal or Chelsea.