English Premier League: Liverpool wins 3-1 against Blackburn
MANCHESTER: Liverpool defeated Blackburn 3-1 to maintain a 1-point lead in English soccer’s Premier League over Chelsea, which won at Bolton 2-0.
Xabi Alonso, Yossi Benayoun and Steve Gerrard scored in the final 22 minutes to give Liverpool the away win. Nicolas Anelka and Deco had the goals as Chelsea set a record with its 11th consecutive away win in the top flight.
Manchester United got a late goal in beating Sunderland 1-0, while Arsenal also won 1-0 over Wigan. Hull came from behind to beat Middlesbrough 2-1, Stoke rallied to tie Newcastle 2-2 and Fulham and Manchester City tied 1-1.
Alonso broke the deadlock at Blackburn’s Ewood Park with a goal in the 68th minute and Benayoun doubled Liverpool’s lead 11 minutes later when he fired a shot past Paul Robinson.
Roque Santa Cruz scored for Blackburn, which is 19th in the 20-team standings, in the 86th minute, but Gerrard clinched the victory for Liverpool in stoppage time.
Liverpool improves to 37 points after 16 of 38 games, while Chelsea has 36 following its record-setting victory.
“It was good, we know this is a difficult team to play against,” Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez told Sky Sports. “The first goal in the second half was the difference.”
Anelka opened the scoring at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium in the ninth minute. It was his league-leading 13th goal of the season and his 99th in the Premier League.