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Premier League round-up: Torres shoots down Chelsea

Monday, February 2, 2009

Liverpool
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2 - 0
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Chelsea
Fernando Torres 89

Fernando Torres 90



Fernando Torres scored a last-gasp brace as Liverpool got their title challenge back on track with a 2-0 victory over Chelsea at Anfield.

It is the first time the Reds have done the double over the Blues since 1990, which coincidentally was when Liverpool last won the championship.

The victory enabled Liverpool to leapfrog Chelsea into second place behind Manchester United, which beat Everton 1-0 on Saturday and have a game in hand on both their rivals.

Liverpool controlled the match and Ashley Cole almost put through his own goal just before half-time.

After a goalless first period, Frank Lampard was controversially sent off on the hour mark after a challenge on Xabi Alonso, but the replay showed he got the ball.

John Terry was booked for protesting, while Chelsea will point out that Steven Gerrard was only warned for a similar tackle a few minutes earlier.

Alex then deflected an Alonso drive onto the bar as Liverpool cranked up the pressure.

The match appeared to be headed for a draw, which would have delighted United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, but Torres broke the deadlock after 89 minutes as he got in front of Alex to guide home a cross from Fabio Aurelio with a top-quality glancing header.

Two minutes later, the Spaniard scored the second with a simple tap-in after latching onto a loose ball from a Cole howler.

On Sunday's early match, Shola Ameobi scored an equalizing penalty to earn Newcastle a 1-1 draw with arch-rivals Sunderland.

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