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Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea: Salah cancels out Havertz’s header, Reece James sent off

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Kai Havertz gave the European champions an early lead but his opener was cancelled out by a Mohamed Salah penalty in first-half stoppage time..



Thomas Tuchel’s side started lively and found themselves ahead midway through the half. James swung a corner towards the near post where Havertz arrived and produced an exquisite header that looped over Alisson Becker and into the far corner.

Romelu Lukaku had a chance to double Chelsea’s lead but Andy Robertson deflected it wide, before a moment of controversy allowed the Reds to level.

James made a goal-line block, only for VAR to intervene and rule that a handball had occurred after the ball deflected off of his leg. A penalty was correctly awarded, though Chelsea were unhappy and will feel aggrieved with the decision to give James his marching orders. Salah madone mistake from 12 yards.

The second half saw Chelsea excellently keep Liverpool at arm’s length, never really conceding a chance to their hosts despite the numerical disparity.

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