Mane double eases Liverpool to 2-0 win over 10-man Chelsea

  • Monday 21, September 2020 07:42 AM
  • Mane double eases Liverpool to 2-0 win over 10-man Chelsea
Sharjah24 - Reuters: Two goals from Sadio Mane just after halftime eased champions Liverpool to a 2-0 win over 10-man Chelsea in the Premier League season's first heavyweight clash at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
A dull game never threatened to live up to the eight-goal thriller when the sides met in July, and it proved all-too-easy for Liverpool to lay down an early marker although Chelsea were architects of their own downfall.

Chelsea managed only one goal attempt in the first half but were solid enough until Danish defender Andreas Christensen was sent off shortly before the interval for hauling down Mane.

Liverpool have won both their opening games but trail cross-city rivals Everton at the top on goal difference.

Frank Lampard's Chelsea, who finished 33 points behind Liverpool in fourth place last season, have three points and many improvements to make if they are to close that gap.

Chelsea, who splashed out massively on boosting their attacking threat with the likes of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, looked ponderous in defence and will be anxious to get further new signings Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell involved quickly.