Eto’o strike completes Chelsea comeback

first_img In Suarez’s first match with Chelsea since April’s infamous bite on Branislav Ivanovic earned him a 10-match ban, Jose Mourinho’s side deprived the prolific striker of scoring opportunities and took full advantage. The Blues responded from going behind to Martin Skrtel’s fourth-minute goal with a brilliant Eden Hazard strike and a rare striker’s goal. Samuel Eto’o showed a goal-poacher’s instinct to decide the game with his third Premier League goal of the season – and just the sixth by a Chelsea striker. Liverpool hit the bar through Mamadou Sakho and might have had a penalty when John Terry clumsily clambered over Suarez in the box; although Hazard also had justifiable claims for a first-half spot-kick dismissed by referee Howard Webb. Suarez had another penalty claim denied when Eto’o tripped him off the ball as Chelsea held on to move two points behind leaders Arsenal in third place. Liverpool are six points off the pace at the halfway stage of the season. Mourinho enjoyed a famous rivalry with Liverpool in his first spell, but Chelsea’s recent record against the Reds has been poor as they recorded just a third win in 14 Premier League games between the sides, with the Portuguese achieving victory over Brendan Rodgers, one of his former apprentices. Mourinho’s previous duels with Liverpool came against Rafael Benitez, who he has made numerous veiled barbs towards since succeeding the Spaniard at Chelsea. Mourinho insisted he would not deploy David Luiz in midfield, but he did just that in a side showing four changes in a bid to stifle the attacking threat of Liverpool, particularly Suarez, who had scored 19 goals in his previous 13 Premier League games this term. Chelsea captain John Terry made his 600th Chelsea appearance, while Daniel Agger was the Reds’ sole change following the loss at Manchester City. The visitors led when Suarez got in front of Ivanovic to meet Philippe Coutinho’s free-kick. The ball hit Ivanovic and broke for Skrtel to tap in. Press Association Chelsea starved Luis Suarez of chances in claiming a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Liverpool in a pulsating Barclays Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge. Conceding early roused Chelsea into action in a high-tempo, end-to-end contest. Hazard forced Simon Mignolet to save before going down in the box under the challenge of Lucas Leiva, who was fortunate not to concede a penalty. Mignolet was at full stretch to turn over a Frank Lampard shot from 25 yards which appeared destined for the top corner – but the Belgian goalkeeper was beaten by a brilliant shot from his compatriot Hazard moments later. Oscar drove through the middle and his attempted pass bounced off Sakho into Hazard’s path – and he hit a curled effort into the top corner. Chelsea were now on top, but still had to be alert at the back and Gary Cahill made a brilliant tackle to deny Joe Allen. Ivanovic’s reunion with Suarez lasted less than half an hour after the Serbia right-back’s left leg over-stretched after he collided with Agger, with Cole replacing him and Cesar Azpilicueta moving to right-back. Azpilicueta was involved in the move which took the Blues ahead, making an over-lapping run before Oscar crossed towards Eto’o – who got in front of Skrtel to poke in beyond Mignolet. Cech saved from Allen before the half-time whistle and a truce in proceedings which saw Eto’o and Sakho and Oscar and Coutinho swap shirts. Lampard was replaced by John Obi Mikel as Mourinho made his second change in a breathless encounter. Sakho hit the bar with a looping header after being found by Jordan Henderson before Mignolet saved from Eto’o. Suarez volleyed straight at Cech after tangling with Mikel to earn his first shooting chance of the game and then went down in the box after competing for an aerial ball with Terry, with Webb unmoved. Oscar curled narrowly wide after dispossessing Lucas and Hazard shot off target either side of Cech turning a Johnson effort round the post. Then Eto’o needlessly tripped Suarez off the ball – but again Webb dismissed Liverpool complaints. Fernando Torres replaced Eto’o and immediately ran at the Reds, cutting in from the touchline before forcing Mignolet to save. Brazil team-mates Lucas and Oscar were involved in an angry exchange in stoppage time after the Chelsea man’s tackle left his side defending a free-kick. Suarez scored in the 97th minute in April and when a late set-piece went the visitors’ way, Mignolet went up for the set-piece – but on this occasion there was no late equaliser. last_img read more

Michael Vaughan trashes ICC test team rankings; says India and Australia miles better than…

first_imgImage Courtesy: CricWizz/Fox SportsAdvertisement 2m2r4NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsbxwpWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E51971( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 63lgbh0Would you ever consider trying this?😱if3Can your students do this? 🌚cn1fRoller skating! Powered by Firework The International Cricket Council has started off their much awaited World Test Championship this year, and Team India has been the absolute top performer in the tournament yet. The championship, which plans to run till 2021, is yet to see the Men in Blues lose any series, and Virat Kohli and co have ascended to the peak position in the ICC Test rankings. However, according to English cricketing legend Michael Vaughan, the team that deserves the top spot along with India is Australia.Advertisement Image Courtesy: CricWizz/Fox SportsThe Aussies are currently ranked 5th, behind New Zealand, South Africa and England, and Vaughan feels the ranking is not justified. Currently working as a commentator, Vaughan spoke to Australian daily The Sydney Morning Herald.“I will be dead honest about the ICC rankings. I think they are absolute garbage,” the 45 year old told reporters.Advertisement Although the tie in the Ashes in September, the Aussies won the Pakistan test series earlier this month, and are leading 1-0 at the stumps of the second day of the test series versus New Zealand at home. The Black Caps, although ranked second, were defeated by the hosts on the first day of the series by a staggering 296 runs at the Optus Stadium on 15th December.“I have no idea how – New Zealand have won plenty of series over the course of the last two years – but for them to be second, and where it stands out for me that the rankings can’t be right is that England in Test match cricket are third (now fourth), and England for three or four years have struggled in Test match cricket, particularly overseas.” Vaughan added.Advertisement However, the Yorkshire star justified India’s ranking.Vaughan continued- “I think there are two teams- India and Australia, they are the best test match teams in the world, without question. I think there is only one team that can come here and put Australia under pressure, that was 12 months ago, that they won here India.”During the Pakistan test series earlier this month, Vaughan tweeted on Australia’s marvellous performance, while also concluding its only the Men in Blue are comparable to them on home soil.A monumental 600 test cap holder, Vaughan praised India’s progress in the Batting and Bowling department in the format, especially with Kohli leading the Test Batsmen ranking with a rating of 928.That Indian attack has got the pace, it has also got the spin, the batting unit has got all the experience. I only see only one team at this stage that can compete with Australia here and that is India,” Vaughan added.Also read-Michael Vaughan with high praise for Virat Kohli: He’s the best batsmen across formats in this era!Michael Vaughan: Only India have the tools to beat Australia at home in tests Advertisementlast_img read more