Liverpool Beats Fulham in Premier League as Chelsea DrawsBob Bensch
Liverpool beat Fulham 4-0 to move into second place in English soccer’s Premier League, as a late disputed penalty kick earned Chelsea a 2-2 draw with West Brom.
Luis Suarez scored twice as Liverpool pulled within two points of first-place Arsenal, which plays Manchester United tomorrow.
Eden Hazard scored with a penalty on the last kick in stoppage time to give Chelsea the home draw. Referee Andre Marriner awarded the spot kick after Ramires went down in the area, drawing the anger of the West Brom players.
“I’m sure it was a penalty,” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho told Sky Sports. “I watched it on TV from different angles and it was a penalty.”
Norwich beat West Ham 3-1, Aston Villa beat Cardiff 2-0, Southampton defeated Hull 4-1 and Crystal Palace drew 0-0 with Everton.
Liverpool took the lead in the 23rd minute at Anfield as Suarez’s header went in off Fernando Amorebieta for an own goal. Martin Skrtel doubled the advantage in the 26th minute and Suarez made it 3-0 before halftime.
Suarez then scored again in the 54th minute to tie teammate Daniel Sturridge and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero for the league lead with eight.
Chelsea’s controversial draw prevented Mourinho from suffering his first home league defeat in 66 games in charge.
Samuel Eto’o gave the Blues the lead just before halftime before Shane Long and Stephane Sessegnon scored eight minutes apart in the second half to put West Brom in front 2-1.
The Baggies were on the verge of their first league win at Stamford Bridge since 1978 when Marriner ruled Ramires was fouled by Steven Reid. West Brom players surrounded the referee to complain before Hazard stepped up and converted the penalty.
“For me it was very soft,” Reid told Sky Sports. “It was shoulder-to-shoulder, there was contact but Ramires went to ground very easily,” Reid told Sky Sports.
Southampton’s home win over Hull moved it above Chelsea into third place, three points behind Arsenal. Morgan Schneiderlein, Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Steven Davis scored as the Saints extended their unbeaten run in the league to eight games.
Norwich rebounded from a 7-0 loss to Manchester City last week by beating West Ham to move out of the three relegation places at the bottom of the standings. Gary Hooper, Robert Snodgrass and Leroy Fer scored in the second half as the Canaries won for the first time in five league games.
Leandro Bacuna and Libor Kozak scored as Aston Villa beat Cardiff to end a four-game goalless run in the league. Last-place Crystal Palace picked up its first point in eight games by drawing at home with Everton.