Liverpool defeats Chelsea

LONDON: Fernando Torres struck two late goals on Sunday as Liverpool revived its flagging title hopes in the English Premier League football with a 2-0 victory at home to Chelsea.

The Spaniard headed home in the 89th minute after Chelsea had been reduced to 10 men by a red card for Frank Lampard and then made sure of the points in stoppage time.

Liverpool, which had drawn its previous three matches, moved back above Chelsea into the second place with 51 points from 24 games, two behind champion Manchester United, which rode on Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty for a 1-0 victory over Everton on Saturday. However, United still has a game on hand. Elsewhere, Newcastle United and Sunderland drew 1-1 to leave them both in relegation trouble.

The results: On Sunday: Liverpool 2 (Torres 89, 93) bt Chelsea 0; Newcastle 1 (Ameobi 69-pen) drew with Sunderland 1 (Cisse 32).

On Saturday: Manchester United 1 (Ronaldo 44-pen) bt Everton 0. — Agencies

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