Monday, 31 December 2012

Lampard to the rescue for Chelsea, Suarez double against QPR:

Hello and welcome to my latest blog post. This is 1 of 4 in the next couple of days, and this is analysis of the last 2 EPL matches from yesterday - the final 2 matches of 2012.

Yesterday's EPL Matches:

Everton 1 Chelsea 2

The home side broke the deadlock in the 1st minute of the match thanks to midfielder Steven Pienaar's low effort which flew past Petr Cech inside the 16-yard box after striker Victor Anichebe's headed effort hit the crossbar and bounced back into the path of the South African midfielder.

Early lead: Pienaar's low strike beat Petr Cech, and gave the hosts a 1-0 lead in the 1st minute.
Breakthrough: Steven Pienaar celebrates his opener for Everton against Chelsea. 

Everton continued pressing Chelsea, when striker Nikica Jelavic's free-kick from 20 yards out hit the post.

Chelsea's midfield legend Frank Lampard equalised for the away side in the 42nd minute, after midfielder Ramires delivered a swerving cross into the box for him to head the all past Tim Howard into the net just before half-time.

Equaliser: Frank Lampard heads Chelsea into an equaliser before half-time at Goodison.

Chelsea eventually dug deep in the second half to find the winner in the 77th minute, thanks to an inspired Lampard, who was desperate to show The Blues what they would be missing if he left the west London club after contractual negotations have not been sorted out despite him being on his last year of contract at the club, and the rumour that they have said that they do not want him anymore.

He scored the winner to complete his double after a scrappy bit of defending by the home side, after Mata's ball into the box was blocked, but it came back to the Spaniard. 
Mata's follow up volley was parried by goalkeeper Tim Howard, and the ball bounced back out to play but Lampard was lurking inside the 6-yard box to cooly tap the ball straight into the net. 

Winner: Frank Lampard doubles his tally for the day with a strike from 6-yards to give Chelsea the lead.

Chelsea completed a minor comeback away from home against Everton, and have moved up into 3rd place at the end of 2012.
If the rumour is true that Lampard will leave Chelsea, then he will have left with some dignity after winning the match for them yesterday.

QPR 0 Liverpool 3

This match was played at Loftus Road, as QPR hosted an 11th placed Liverpool side who were not going to go easy on Harry Redknapp's men.

The away side instantly got the match underway after two goals from striker Luis Suarez in quick succession, first using lovely footwork to get past two defenders before slotting the ball past Robert Green, and the second one having a shot parried away, but the follow-up hit the top corner of the net.

Pure class: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez beat QPR defenders with pace and skill to score.
Best at what he does: Suarez celebrates his first goal against QPR yesterday.

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger made it 3-0 to the visitors before half-time with a bullet header that Green could only parry, and QPR could not get back into the match.

From a defender: Daniel Agger heads Liverpool into a 3-0 lead.