Liverpool defeat Chelsea 1-0

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Chelsea slumped to their fourth defeat in seven games, when they lost 1-0 to Liverpool in the English Premier League on Wednesday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:05 IST
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Chelsea slumped to their fourth defeat in seven games, when they lost 1-0 to Liverpool in the English Premier League on Wednesday. Frenchman Bruno Cheyrou scored the only goal of the game as Liverpool won at Stamford Bridge for the first time in the Premiership and Chelsea fell seven points behind league leaders Manchester United as a result. Liverpool climbed to fifth place in the standings. Looking for revenge Liverpool were looking to avenge their early season loss at Anfield, while Chelsea needed to stay in touch with fellow title contenders Manchester United and Arsenal when the two sides met on Wednesday night. The visitors were buoyed by the news that striker Michael Owen would start the game on the bench, after recovering from an ankle injury. Both sides began cautiously, but it was Chelsea who were first to create a goalscoring opportunity. A slick passing move saw Joe Cole feed substitute Eidur Gudjohnsen, and his volley flashed just wide of the Liverpool goal. Gudjohnsen was on in place of Hernan Crespo, who had limped off with a calf injury. Liverpool lead 33 minutes into the game, Liverpool took the lead. Emile Heskey made a surging run down the right flank, before delivering a pin-point cross for Bruno Cheyrou to slot home from close range. It was the Frenchman's first goal in the Premiership. To their credit, Chelsea bounced back immediately and had two opportunities to level the game before halftime. First, Joe Cole produced a skidding shot that went just wide of the Liverpool goal. Then Frank Lampard blasted a powerful shot just over the crossbar, as Chelsea finished the first half in attacking mood. Lost opportunities It was, however, still 1-0 to Liverpool, and the visitors seemed content to just safeguard their lead in the second half. With ten minutes to play, Chelsea had their best opportunity to level the match. From a Geremi corner, striker Adrian Mutu powered a header against the Liverpool crossbar, and with that went the Blues' chances of an equaliser. Mutu had another opportunity to square the match barely seconds later, but Liverpool substitute goalkeeper Patrice Luzi, who took the place of injured Jerzy Dudek, made a good save at the feet of the Romanian striker. Liverpool were reduced to 10 men a few minutes later after El-Hadji Diouf clashed with Mutu in an off the ball incident. Reds climb to fifth spot Referee Steve Dunn decided that Diouf's actions warranted a second yellow card and the Senegal international was sent off. Despite the loss of Diouf, Liverpool managed to hold on for a 1-0 win and a valuable three points. The win helped the Reds climb into fifth position in the table, just two points behind fourth-placed Charlton, with a game in hand. Chelsea remain third, now four points adrift of second-placed Arsenal. (AP)

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