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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 September 2005, 20:35 GMT 21:35 UK
Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea
Liverpool and Chelsea cancelled each other out in a Champions League stalemate at Anfield.

Rafael Benitez's side enjoyed more possession, but Liverpool's Jose Reina was the busier goalkeeper.

He saved well from Frank Lampard and Arjen Robben in the first half, while Liverpool were angry a succession of penalty appeals were rejected.

Xabi Alonso tested Chelsea's Petr Cech with a long-range drive late on, but failed to break the deadlock.

Liverpool played a more attacking formation than in recent times, drafting in Djibril Cisse to provide support for Peter Crouch up front.

But it was a cagey first half containing few chances, with Liverpool taking the early initiative but Chelsea battling back as the interval approached.

Liverpool keeper Reina needed to be alert, diving to his right to divert Lampard's free-kick before the England midfield man dragged a left-foot shot wide from a good position.

The holders enjoyed plenty of possession but failed to open up the Chelsea rearguard, although they were unhappy appeals for a penalty were waved away when Sami Hyypia went down under challenge from Didier Drogba.

Reina was in action again after 32 minutes as Robben embarrassed Hyypia for pace, diving acrobatically to turn a rising drive over the bar.

Liverpool had further claims for a spot-kick waved away by Italian referee Massimo de Santis six minutes after the break when Luis Garcia appeared to be tugged by Paulo Ferreira, but contact was minimal.

And there were similar appeals minutes later when William Gallas stopped Jamie Carragher's goalbound header with his hand, but the referee ruled it was accidental.

Liverpool were dominating, and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho made a move to stem the tide after 64 minutes, sending on Shaun Wright-Phillips for the disappointing Robben.

A mix-up between Carragher and Hyypia almost let in Damien Duff, but Reina came to the rescue.

Chelsea then made another change, sending on Hernan Crespo - on the losing side for AC Milan against Liverpool in last season's final - for Duff.

Xabi Alonso gave Petr Cech a rare moment of serious anxiety with seven minutes left, but his volley flew straight into the arms of the Chelsea keeper.


Liverpool: Reina, Finnan, Carragher, Hyypia, Traore, Hamann, Luis Garcia, Gerrard, Alonso, Crouch, Cisse (Sinama Pongolle 78).
Subs Not Used: Carson, Riise, Josemi, Warnock, Zenden, Potter.

Booked: Alonso.

Chelsea: Cech, Paulo Ferreira, Ricardo Carvalho, Terry, Gallas, Essien, Makelele, Lampard, Duff (Crespo 75), Drogba (Huth 90), Robben (Wright-Phillips 65).
Subs Not Used: Cudicini, Joe Cole, Geremi, Gudjohnsen. b Makelele, Robben, Lampard, Terry.

Att: 42,743

Ref: Massimo De Santis (Italy).


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