Stur­ridge lev­els it late for Pool

Wales On Sunday - - SPORT -

SUB­STI­TUTE Daniel Stur­ridge hit a su­perb last­minute equaliser as Liver­pool fought back to earn a 1-1 draw with Chelsea in yes­ter­day’s late Pre­mier League clash at Stam­ford Bridge.

The Blues had ended the Reds’ per­fect start to the new cam­paign with a 2-1 Carabao Cup win at An­field on Wed­nes­day night.

Eden Haz­ard, whose fine in­di­vid­ual ef­fort proved the dif­fer­ence on Mersey­side, put Chelsea in front in the 26th minute when he latched onto a through ball from Ma­teo Ko­vacic.

Mo­hamed Salah saw his goal­bound ef­fort clear off the line be­fore, in the sec­ond half, Liver­pool sub­sti­tute Xher­dan Shaqiri sent an ef­fort wide from six yards.

Stur­ridge, though, had the fi­nal say against his old club, lash­ing a long-range drive into the top left cor­ner with just a minute left - hav­ing only just been sent on.

Liver­pool’s late rally sees them stay sec­ond, level on points with Manch­ester City, who ear­lier beat Brighton 2-0.

Ra­heem Ster­ling set City on their way af­ter 29 min­utes, with Ser­gio Aguero wrap­ping up the points mid­way through the sec­ond half.

In yes­ter­day’s lunchtime kick-off, West Ham turned up the heat on Manch­ester United boss Jose Mour­inho with a 3-1 win at the Lon­don Sta­dium.

Af­ter their mid­week home penalty shoot-out de­feat by Derby in the Carabao Cup, the Red Devils once again failed to pro­duce the re­quired per­for­mance.

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