21 Jan 2015

Liverpool and Chelsea draw in League Cup

11:31 am on 21 January 2015

Liverpool and Chelsea will go into the second leg of their English League Cup football semi-final with everything to play for after their opening encounter ended in a 1-all draw at Anfield.

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard applauds the fans.

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard applauds the fans. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Having stolen an 18th minute lead against the run of play through an Eden Hazard penalty, Chelsea defended stoutly until Raheem Sterling, refreshed and reinvigorated from his mid-season break, levelled just before the hour after a burst of pace.

Both sides had penalty appeals turned down and Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois showed his worth with a series of superb saves to keep the tie level heading into next week's return leg at Stamford Bridge.

The Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers told the BBC he's delighted with the performance, disappointed with the result.

Meanwhile Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he's not sad as a defeat, not as happy as a victory.... they defended defended well and their goalkeeper was good.

Tottenham Hotspur play third tier Sheffield United in the first leg of the second semi-final tomorrow.

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