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Chelsea beat Liverpool 1-0, remain in race for Premier League top-four: Match highlights

Olivier Giroud scored in the 32nd minute of the match and Chelsea maintained that lead till the end of the match.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: May 6, 2018 11:18:40 pm
Chelsea vs Liverpool Live score Giroud scored in the 32nd minute of the match. (Source: Reuters)

 

Olivier Giroud scored in the 32nd minute to throw the race for the Premier League top four wide open. This win now means that Chelsea are on 69 points, two points behind Tottenham and three behind Liverpool. It means that the final two spots will be decided on the final weekend of this season. In a Premier League season in which the title was decided even before the final month began, Chelsea’s win has given the final weeks some much-needed context.

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Highlights

    22:53 (IST) 06 May 2018
    FULL TIME! Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool

    Chelsea are alive, the race for top four will go into the final weekend. The Premier League just got a little more interesting. 

    22:48 (IST) 06 May 2018
    86 mins

    Dominic Solanke loses possession rather sloppily and Cahill even more sloppily passes it straight back to Liverpool. Nothing comes out of it though. 

    22:42 (IST) 06 May 2018
    83 mins

    Henderson sends the ball into the box and the man at the end of it is......Cezar Azpilicueta! The spaniard sticks a foot out and then retracts in the last second when he sees Courtois is on to it. 

    22:39 (IST) 06 May 2018
    78 mins

    Victor Moses races down the right and crosses deep, Alonso comes to the end of it, completely unmarked and goes for his far post with an almost Zidane-esque first-time volley. 'Almost Zidanesque' because it went flying past the far post instead of hitting it on the inside and going into goal. 

    22:35 (IST) 06 May 2018
    70 mins

    Dominic Solanke on for Andrew Robertson. There seems to be absolutely no way in for Liverpool and Solanke is the kind of guy who can make those addition in roads. 

    22:31 (IST) 06 May 2018
    60 mins

    Chelsea crowding out Liverpool whenever they do anything remotely threatening. Salah tries to make his way into the box and make space to shoot but is forced to pass it to Firmino. The Brazilian tries to lay it off for Salah but there are just too many Chelsea feet between the two. Because of this constant obstruction, Liverpool's passing has become quite erratic now. 

    22:24 (IST) 06 May 2018
    63 mins

    Salah moves around inside the box and tries to put the ball through to Mane, Rudiger gets a foot to it and clears. Antonio Rudiger and Mohamed Salah we team mates last year at Roma and it seems the former is using that experience well to keep a lid on the Egyptian. Salah has had little effect on the proceedings so far. 

    22:20 (IST) 06 May 2018
    60 mins

    Antonio Rudiger heads the ball into the back of the net but the linesman's flag is up for offside. Replays show he very clearly was ahead of the Liverpool defensive line. 

    22:20 (IST) 06 May 2018
    58 mins

    Hazard takes the ball to the byline and cuts it in perpendicularly/takes a shot from an impossible angle. Karius gets down and gets a hand to it, the ball pops up and threatens to go into goal but Robertson nicks it away from just behind the goal line. 

    22:12 (IST) 06 May 2018
    53 mins

    Moments after Alexander-Arnold's 'take flight' moment, N'golo Kante gives him competition firing the ball high and wide over the post at the end of a Liverpool attack. 

    22:10 (IST) 06 May 2018
    49 mins

    Hazard frees Moses with some nifty play and the latter takes the shot that is off target. His marker seems to have causes considerable damage to his shirt while wriggling with him. Liverpool then attack and that move ends with Trent Alexander-Arnold booting the ball that has certainly crashed through the window of Arsene Wenger's office at the Emirates. 

    22:03 (IST) 06 May 2018
    Wenger's farewell

    A few kilometres away from Stamford Bridge, at the Emirates stadium, this was the scene before the match started:

    21:48 (IST) 06 May 2018
    HALF TIME! Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool

    Olivier Giroud is the difference between the two sides then. Liverpool have hogged possession but who cares about that? Chelsea have been potent on the counter and while he did let in that goal, Laurius Karius has been impressive so far. 

    21:46 (IST) 06 May 2018
    43 mins

    A brief lull in play as Liverpool try to find a way through the Chelsea defence. That period is livened up when Chelsea take the ball and Moses crosses from the right trying to find Giroud. It is headed away by Lovren. 

    21:40 (IST) 06 May 2018
    38 mins

    Salah runs along the Chelsea box from left to right and goes down seemingly tripped by Gary Cahill. Referee calls his bluff and gives Salah a yellow card for diving. 

    21:38 (IST) 06 May 2018
    36 mins

    Now Chelsea are putting the pressure on Liverpool. They pass the ball around the box and that move fizzes out when Hazard, who dallies the ball around faced with three Liverpool defenders down the left flank, passes to the more central Fabregas and he tries to set off Bakayoko, ends up passing the ball around the ground out of play. 

    21:36 (IST) 06 May 2018
    GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool (Giroud 32 mins)

    Against the run of play. Moses crosses at the near post ad Giroud heads it to the far corner. Exquisite header, great counter from Chelsea and they are ahead. 

    21:33 (IST) 06 May 2018
    30 mins

    Chances on both ends! First Liverpool take two shots at goal through Mane and Firmino, both saved by Courtois. Chelsea counter and the header from a cross is saved by Karius. 

    21:27 (IST) 06 May 2018
    25 mins

    Mane drills a low shot at goal and Courtois does well to get down in time and keep the score 0-0

    21:27 (IST) 06 May 2018
    24 mins

    Salah wins a free kick a few feet outside the Chelsea box on the right, Milner takes and it is aimed at the far post, goes out for a corner, which is viciously swung in and Courtois palms it away. 

    21:25 (IST) 06 May 2018
    20 minutes

    And now it is back to Liverpool hogging possession. It has been an interesting match so far and it seems clear now that Chelsea are trying to do to Liverpool what they did to Barcelona when the latter came to Stamford Bridge for the Champions League Round of 16 first leg. The are letting Liverpool hog possession, cut off the supply lines to the front three and hit the visitors' fragile defence on the counter. 

    21:19 (IST) 06 May 2018
    17 mins

    Marcos Alonso gets the ball about 25 yards away and he has got space all around him. He takes the shot and it is straight at Karius. Some good spells from Chelsea and it is finally looking like a competition. 

    21:16 (IST) 06 May 2018
    14 mins

    Finally something from Chelsea. Victor Moses chases the ball to the byline on the right and cuts in. It misses Fabregas and comes to Giroud who looks for space to shoot but his effort is blocked. 

    21:13 (IST) 06 May 2018
    11 mins

    Firmino breaks free and has Salah ahead of him as they both charge into the Chelsea area. He tries to release Salah but his forward pass is cut off. Liverpool currently resort to passing the ball between their center half who are standing near the halfway line mind you. It almost feels like this is the final minute of a cup final and Chelsea are winning. It is not, and Chelsea desperately need to win this match. 

    21:09 (IST) 06 May 2018
    5 mins

    All Liverpool in the first five minutes. Chelsea are absolutely trapped inside their box. They seem to be reluctant to commit themselves completely to an attack in these early minutes, almost as if they are scared of what the Liverpool frontline can do to them. 

    21:04 (IST) 06 May 2018
    KICK OFF

    We are off at Stamford Bridge, Liverpool and Chelsea in their regular reds and blues respectively. Liverpool attacking from left to right and their first chance comes when Firmino receives a long ball forward and enters the box from the right, he takes a shot from a tight angle and it is saved by Courtois. 

    21:00 (IST) 06 May 2018
    Around England

    Quite a lot is happening today in the Premier League. In Manchester, Vincent Kompany has lifted the Premier League trophy with Manchester City for the third time. In London, the Emirates stadium stands as it bids goodbye to Arsene Wenger

    Source: Reuters
    20:30 (IST) 06 May 2018
    TEAMS!

    Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Rudiger, Moses, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Barkley, Pedro, Zappacosta, Willian, Christensen, Emerson.

    Liverpool: Karius, Clyne, Lovren, van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Alexander-Arnold, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane. Subs:Henderson, Klavan, Moreno, Mignolet, Ings, Solanke, Woodburn.

    Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

    20:30 (IST) 06 May 2018
    Hello and Welcome!

    No time to beat around the bush here. Chelsea need to win this, they simply do. They are five points behind Spurs, six behind Liverpool and a loss here would mean that winning their final two matches of the season would not be enough. A draw here would also not be of much use to them as that would mean that their final position could be decided by goal difference, which is less than Spurs by a factor of 10. But a shared result would give Liverpool some breathing space, though. While they are fighting for a spot in next season's Champions League, they have also got a big date with Real Madrid coming up in three weeks for this season's Champions League title. 

    (Source: Reuters)

    Had Tottenham Hotspur beat bottom-placed West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, this match would have decided the fourth spot unless it ended in a draw, that is. But even after West Brom pulled that little bunny out of the hat, a win for Liverpool would nevertheless mean that they seal a top-four place. That would be disastrous for Chelsea though, as they would then need to win their final two matches and hope Tottenham lose both. However, a win here for Liverpool seems quite unlikely with the match being at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea on a four-match winning streak.

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