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Sports Mane double gives Liverpool 2-0 victory over 10-man Chelsea

02:10  21 september  2020
02:10  21 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Sadio Mane 's second-half double and Alisson's penalty save gave Liverpool a 2 - 0 victory over 10 - man Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Andreas Christensen was dismissed at the end of a closely-contested first half, with referee Paul Tierney reviewing the defender's challenge on Mane on the

Sadio Mane tormented Chelsea as the Liverpool forward struck twice after sparking Andreas Christensen’s dismissal in the champions’ 2 - 0 win, while Liverpool ’s Sadio Mane (left) celebrates scoring their second goal against Chelsea during their Premier League match in London yesterday.

a group of men playing a game of football © Provided by The Canadian Press

LONDON — More than $250 million spent trying to catch Liverpool, and Chelsea is still far from the level of the Premier League champions.

Two months since Chelsea finished 33 points behind Liverpool, a 2-0 loss on Sunday to Jürgen Klopp’s side showed just how far the gap is to be bridged.

For all the attacking options now available for Frank Lampard, the Chelsea manager was let down by a reckless foul by defender Andreas Christensen and yet another blunder by goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

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LONDON, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Two goals from Sadio Mane just after halftime eased champions Liverpool to a 2 - 0 win over 10 - man Chelsea in Chelsea managed only one goal attempt in the first half but were solid enough until Danish defender Andreas Christensen was sent off shortly before the

Liverpool 's Sadio Mane scores during the English Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool . Two months since Chelsea finished 33 points behind Liverpool , a 2 - 0 loss on Sunday to Jürgen Klopp’s side showed just how far the gap is to be bridged.

“I expect us to be competitive with Liverpool,” Lampard said. “We had a few threats for them. The red card changed it completely, obviously.”

What had been a tepid game swung in Liverpool’s favour in first-half stoppage time when Christensen grabbed Sadio Mane from behind with both hands, hauling down the winger and seeing red.

With a man advantage, an assertive Liverpool pressed immediately after the break -- and took just five minutes to go in front.

An interchange between Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah ended with Mane heading into the net.

It took four minutes to double the lead -- helped by Kepa.

The Chelsea goalkeeper stopped Fikayo Tomori’s back pass before trying to clear to Jorginho. It was easily intercepted by Mane, who slotted into the net.

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Sadio Mane took advantage of a first-half red card shown to Andreas Christensen to score both goals in a 2 - 0 win for Liverpool over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Victory takes Liverpool level on points with Everton, Arsenal and Crystal Palace at the top of the table as the only sides with maximum points

Two months since Chelsea finished 33 points behind Liverpool , a 2 - 0 loss on Sunday to Jurgen Klopp’s side showed just how far the gap is to be What had been a tepid game swung in Liverpool ’s favour in first-half stoppage time when Christensen grabbed Sadio Mané from behind with both hands

With spectators still prohibited from stadiums to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the Chelsea players were at least avoided any taunting chants from Liverpool fans.

“It’s a clear mistake that has cost us,” Lampard said. “Those fine margins change games at this level so we have to keep working, Kepa has to keep working. He has to have support around him, that’s very clear. It was a clear mistake on the day.”

A thigh problem for Jordan Henderson had forced the Liverpool captain off at halftime, allowing Thiago Alcantara to come on for his debut.

The recruit from Bayern Munich slotted seamlessly into the side, with his 75 successful passes more than any Chelsea player in the entire game, according to Opta.

“Even without training and, albeit against 10 men," Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp said, “he has done perfect play in that position because everything he did today was completely natural."

The only blot on the Spain midfielder’s first appearance was bringing down former Leipzig striker Timo Werner, another Premier League off-season arrival from the Bundesliga.

But it was Jorginho who took the penalty, and it was saved by Alisson.

It's two wins out of two for Liverpool at the start of its title defence. Chelsea is already three points adrift.

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Rob Harris, The Associated Press

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The Reds are set to focus on outgoings in the final days of the transfer window, with plenty of talent set to leave the clubThe arrivals of Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota, confirmed earlier this month, mean the Premier League champions have a squad which looks, on paper at least, capable of challenging on all fronts this season.

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