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Monday, October 03, 2005

Chelsea and Liverpool

The marquee match between Chelsea and Liverpool LIVERPOOL, England (AP) --

Liverpool and Chelsea drew 0-0 in a spirited Champions League Group G match filled with fierce tackling at Anfield on Wednesday.It was a rematch of last season's semifinalists, where Liverpool upset Chelsea 1-0 to advance to the final and win its fifth European title.

"I'm not 100 per cent (satisfied) but it's a point, so I'm not crazy with happiness but I'm not very sad," Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said. "A point in the Champions League away from home is a positive result."Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez was angry at two penalty claims being denied."The positive thing is that we have a point," Benitez said.

"But we lost today two points because for me we played better than them."Both sides were strong in defence and midfield with the ball going from end to end throughout."It was a good game because it was competitive," Mourinho said. "It was very close, very tough. In midfield there was not a lot of space. There was a lot of power in both teams."Chelsea's best chance in the first half came when winger Arjen Robben dribbled down the right and Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Manuel Reina had to palm his shot over the crossbar.Midfielder Frank Lampard's free kick in the eighth minute was also turned around the post by Reina. Xabi Alonso earned a yellow card for holding back midfielder Michael Essien to give away the free kick.

Liverpool fans jeered when referee Massimo De Santis ignored claims for a penalty when Sami Hyypia was brought down by Didier Drogba on the edge of the six-yard box in what was the Reds' best chance of the half.In the second half, Luis Garcia went close when his headed through ball for himself was cleared by Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech. De Santis then ignored Liverpool's claims for handball in their box by Chelsea defender William Gallas after a powerful header from defender Jamie Carragher."It was clear no? Watching the TV? Unbelievable," Benitez said. "The question is when you play against a big team, the small details are the details and this is a big detail."Added Carragher: "It was a definite penalty. If we had got a penalty there is a 70 percent chance we would have scored and won the game -- but we'll try not to cry about it too much."Chelsea added another striker in the 75th minute when Herman Crespo -- who scored two of AC Milan's goals against Liverpool in the Champions League final -- came on for Damien Duff.

The Blues also introduced giant defender Robert Huth as a forward in the closing moments as they played more directly.Chelsea beat Liverpool to win England's Carling Cup and both league matches on its way to the Premier League title last season, finishing 37 points ahead of the Reds. Liverpool had to get special dispensation from UEFA to defend its title.Owner Roman Abramovich, whose investment turned Chelsea from underachievers into English champions, watched from the stands.The noisy Liverpool fans -- described as the club's 12th man by Liverpool's Benitez -- taunted Chelsea supporters with cries of "We are the champions, champions of Europe" before the teams were on the field -- and later chanted "Where were you in Istanbul?"Chelsea travels to Anfield again on Sunday in the Premier League.Liverpool and Chelsea lead Group G with four points, one ahead of Real Betis, which beat Anderlecht 1-0 also Wednesday. The Belgians have no points.Chelsea edged Anderlecht 1-0 at Stamford Bridge and Liverpool won 2-1 at Real Betis two weeks ago.