Reds slip up in title race

Reds slip up in title race
English Premier League
Sunderland's Fabio Borini (R) scores a penalty against Cardiff City during their English Premier League soccer match at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, northern England April 27, 2014.

SINGAPORE - Liverpool 0

Chelsea 2

They are quite a team, Chelsea reserves. They succeeded where everyone else has failed in 2014. They beat Liverpool and, in the process, blew the title race open again.

Goals by Demba Ba and Willian ended Liverpool's 11-game winning run, and if Manchester City win their remaining games, they could pip the Reds on goal difference even if Liverpool win their last two matches.

This game is destined to be remembered less for the scorers than an inadvertent supplier.

Football's essential cruelty was apparent as Steven Gerrard gifted Chelsea the opening goal. It was a horrible error by Liverpool's deserving captain, one he made as his dream of winning the Premier League finally seemed set to become reality.

In contrast Chelsea, who had prioritised the Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid, now find themselves fighting on two fronts again.

Their understudies overachieved. They became only the second side, after Southampton, to win at Anfield this season. They ensured Liverpool's free-scoring, 96-goal buccaneers drew a blank for the first time in 26 league games.

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