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UEFA Champions League - Chelsea, Liverpool Held to Draws

UEFA Champions League - Chelsea, Liverpool Held to Draws Photo: TT

The Champions League fifth round of group games produced draws for both Liverpool and Chelsea.

Chelsea drew 2-2 at Spanish side Valencia, meaning their hopes of qualification for the next round will go to the last game.

Valencia had the best of the early chances before Carlos Soler converted a cross from Rodrigo Moreno. However, two minutes later Matteo Kovaci equalised with a low shot from the edge of the area.

Chelsea’s leading striker was stretchered off with a hip injury before half-time, but then Christian Pulisic gave his side the lead after a lengthy VAR review. The Spanish side had a chance to equalise when a penalty was awarded after a foul on Jose Gaya, but Kepa made an excellent save from the spot kick by Parejo. However, they did draw level eight minutes from time, when Kepa allowed Dane Wass to find the net when he misjudged a cross.

Liverpool’s defence of their title suffered a blow when they could only draw 1-1 with Napoli at Anfield. It means they still need to get something from their last group game with Red Bull Salzburg.

It was the Italian side who took the lead midway through the first half when Dries Mertens beat the offside trap, and scored from a tight angle. In the second half Kalidou Koulibaly cleared an effort from Roberto Firmino off the line, before Liverpool did equalise when Dejan Lovren headed home from a corner. Despite late pressure, however, the home side were unable to conjure up a winner.

Barcelona reached the last 16 with a 3-1 home win over Borussia Dortmund.

The home side took the lead when Lionel Messis deft pass found Luis Surez, who promptly scored, and then Messi himself doubled the lead four minutes later, with a left foot shot from eight yards. Antoine Griezmann added a third with a firm drive, before England winger Jadon Sancho pulled a consolation goal back for the German side.

Inter Milan drew level on points with Dortmund in Group F with a 3-1 win away at Slavia Prague. It was the Italian side who took the lead through Lautero Martnez scored from the centre of the goal after an assist from Romelu Lukaku. The Czechs then drew level from the penalty spot, courtesy of Tomas Soucek, before Lukaku restored Inters lead ten minutes before time with a close range finish. And then he set-up Martnez for the third in the 89th minute.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer
@suneerchowdhary ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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