Terrace View – Suarez does it again – By Billie Marshall

Luis Suarez scored late into stoppage time to rescue a point for Liverpool, but the game was overlooked after replays shown Suarez had bitten Branislav Ivanovic earlier in the game.

With the focus on the returning Rafael Benitez before the game, it was the controversial Uruguayan who again made the headlines in an entertaining game for the striker.

Brazilian Oscar had put Chelsea ahead earlier in the game before Daniel Sturridge’s half time introduction gave Liverpool extra impetus.

Sturridge tapped in for the equaliser, before the game turned into the ‘Suarez show’. His handball gifted Chelsea a penalty for which Eden Hazard put away to restore the away side’s lead.

But following a tussle in the penalty area, it seemed Suarez had bitten Ivanovic on the arm as frustration again got the better of the Liverpool forward.

However, In typical Suarez fashion it was his late header that rescued a point for Liverpool to cap off a dramatic match.

It is not the first time Luis Suarez has been in trouble for biting. He received a seven game ban when playing for Ajax after he appeared to bite Otman Bakkal. It is now likely the striker may have played his last game of the season for Liverpool with a ban looming.

The first half was a cagey affair, with Liverpool lacking any attacking threat and Chelsea keeping possession well after a slow start.

Glen Johnson drove forward and when Suarez returned him the ball, the former Chelsea man could only steer the ball wide under pressure from Petr Cech.

Chelsea grew into the half as the match went on and were ahead shortly after. An in swinging Juan Mata corner found the head of an unmarked Oscar to head past Pepe Reina.

As Liverpool failed to respond, they very nearly fell two goals behind. A dipping free-kick from David Luiz was spilt, only to be recovered on the line by Reina.

Recognising the lack of attacking intent, Daniel Sturridge came on at half time against his former side and was immediately involved.

The striker set up Steven Gerrard but his first time effort was saved superbly by the legs of Cech in the Chelsea goal.

Moments later, Sturridge again cut inside and his powerful shot bounced back off the post as Liverpool continued to apply pressure on the Chelsea goal.

Liverpool finally equalised just after. A lovely hooked cross from Suarez gave Sturridge a simple tap in to even up the scores.

However the lead wouldn’t last for long. A handball from Suarez gifted Eden Hazard the opportunity to re-take the lead, and he made no mistake, sending Reina the wrong way.

As the game drew to a close, relentless late pressure from Liverpool finally paid off in the seventh minute of injury time. An in swinging Sturridge cross found the head of Suarez to scores his 23rd league goal of the season.

The result will come as a bitter blow to former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez, who received a standing ovation on his entrance to the Anfield pitch.

The result leaves Chelsea in fourth position in the race for the Champions League, but the match itself seems to be overshadowed by a certain Uruguayan’s  controversial antics.

 

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