Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-1

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Chelsea's new era got off to a winning start in the English Premiership as they beat Liverpool 2-1 on Sunday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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Chelsea's new era got off to a winning start in the English Premiership as they beat Liverpool 2-1 on Sunday. New signing Juan Sebastian Veron put the London club ahead midway through the first half before Michael Owen levelled for Liverpool with a twice-taken penalty. But Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink ensured that Chelsea's new Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich left Anfield a happy man by scoring the winner three minutes from time. The English Premiership got its first glance at the new look Chelsea, the London club having spent almost $120 million since Russian tycoon Abramovich took control of the club in the close season. But it was Liverpool who started livelier at Anfield, with their new signing Harry Kewell having a brilliant opportunity to open the scoring. The Australian outpaced defender John Terry and fired a shot across the face of goal with Owen possibly better placed. However, against the run of play, Chelsea took the lead in the 25th minute when Jesper Gronkjaer's low cross was met by the onrushing Juan Sebastian Veron. Chelsea were content to soak up the pressure in the second half, but Liverpool's persistence finally told in the 79th minute as Wayne Bridge conceded a penalty after hauling down substitute El Hadji Diouf in the penalty area. The usually precise Owen dragged the spot kick horribly wide - but his anguish quickly ended as the referee's assistant had spotted that Chelsea 'keeper Carlo Cudicini had moved off his line. Owen made the most of his reprieve, blasting the ball into the roof of the net to give Gerard Houllier's side a deserved equaliser. Chelsea's fury over the twice-taken penalty swiftly subsided three minutes from time. Frank Lampard lofted a pass forward to Dutch striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who dragged the ball down and squeezed in a shot into the far corner of the net. (AP)

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