LIVERPOOL - Two goals by defender Branislav Ivanovic and another from Didier Drogba completed a stunning Chelsea comeback for a 3-1 victory over Liverpool in the Champions League on Wednesday. Fernando Torres had pounced in the sixth minute to give five-times European champions Liverpool the perfect start to the first leg of the quarter-final tie at Anfield. But Chelsea, last season's beaten finalists, will go into next Tuesday's second leg clear favourites to advance to the semi-finals after Ivanovic inspired a turnaround for Guus Hiddink's team. GALLERY: Liverpool 1-3 Chelsea photos The Serbia defender took advantage of poor Liverpool marking to head home an equaliser from a corner before halftime. Ivanovic repeated his effort with a carbon-copy goal after the break before Drogba marked his return from a toe injury with the third goal which leaves Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez praying for a miracle at Stamford Bridge. "We need to score three goals in the second leg. That's going to be very difficult," Benitez told a news conference. Chelsea's loss of captain John Terry to suspension for the return leg after he was booked for a foul on Liverpool keeper Jose Reina will worry them less after this result. "I must give my compliments to the team...They always react which is good to see," Hiddink told Sky Sports. CHELSEA CONTROL "We aimed to score (away) and when you can score three that's luxury." Hiddink, however, told a news conference: "I don't think we can take the rest of the tie very lightly because Liverpool have proved in the past that they can surprise you." Liverpool were left regretting their failure to build on the perfect start after Torres side-footed his side into a sixth-minute lead from Alvaro Arbeloa's pin-point cross. Chelsea ought to have equalised when Drogba was teed-up in the 28th by Michael Ballack but 11 minutes later Ivanovic punished Liverpool's slack marking when he rose unchallenged to nod Florent Malouda's corner past Reina. Only a desperate goal line clearance by Jamie Carragher prevented Drogba from delivering a killer blow in the 51st minute after Frank Lampard's defence-splitting pass. But Chelsea then took control of the tie with two goals in the space of five minutes. Again the Liverpool defence went missing as Ivanovic rose to power Lampard's 62nd-minute corner into the net. Liverpool's night of misery was complete when Drogba finally found the target in the 67th from Malouda's cross from the left. CHELSEA FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Kerry Dixon, Guus Hiddink One on One Gianfranco Zola, Nicolas Anelka Boy's A Bit Special Michael Mancienne, Scott Sinclair Perfect XI Ruud Gullit, Marcel Desailly Celebrity fans Vidal Sassoon And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Ruud Gullit on Weekend Wonders and Chelsea on Talentspotter LIVERPOOL FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Ian Rush, Craig Johnston Q&A Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres One on One Michael Owen, Nicolas Anelka, Kevin Keegan Boy's A Bit Special Danny Guthrie Ask A Silly Question John Barnes, Peter Crouch, Luis Garcia, John Aldridge Perfect XI Jamie Carragher What Happened Next? Julian Dicks And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate Liverpool players (and others) on Talentspotter
8 April 2009
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