Fernando Torres scored in the 89th and 93rd minutes to give Liverpool a dramatic and vital victory over Chelsea, 2-0 at Anfield Road. The goals came almost exactly a half-hour from Frank Lampard’s straight red card for the Blues, reducing Chelsea to ten men. The three points are a major coup for Liverpool who looked ready to share the home points and remain ahead of Chelsea on differential for second place. Instead the Reds move back within two points of leaders Man United and keep Chelsea ahead of Aston Villa only on differential for third position.
In today’s other, less heralded match, Shola Ameobi’s penalty on 68 minutes drew Newcastle even with Sunderland, where they would remain, 1-1 at St. James’ Park. Djibril Cisse had scored in the first half for the Black Cats. The shared points don’t do much in terms of either team’s standing in the Premiership. Toon move from seventeenth to fifteenth place while Sunderland remain in thirteenth. The two clubs sandwich Tottenham.