England Premier League — 31 December 2012

Frank Lampard scored a brace at EvertonIn yesterday’s Premier League games Chelsea won 2-1 at Everton, while Liverpool won 3-0 at QPR. Chelsea became the first opposition team to win at Goodison Park this season.

It started badly for the European champions, as Steven Pienaar fired the home side into the lead with less than two minutes on the clock, after Victor Anichebe’s header hit the post.

Chelsea were all over the place in the first 15 minutes. Everton striker Nikica Jelavic was unlucky not to add to Everton’s lead, the Croatian’s superb free-kick striking the post.

Chelsea got into the game as the first half progressed and the visitors got back on level terms in the 42nd minute.

Brazilian midfielder Ramires produced a pinpoint cross which Frank Lampard headed home past Tim Howard. The visitors got lucky in the second half, as Nikica Jelavic’s superb powerful header cannoned off the crossbar.

Chelsea hit Everton on the counter attack in the 72nd minute. Juan Mata’s initial effort was saved by Tim Howard, only for Lampard to score from close-range with the rebound. Everton tried they could to preserve their unbeaten home record, but Chelsea’s defence held firm to collect three vital points.

At Loftus Road Liverpool defeated QPR 3-0. Liverpool took control of the game in the first 16 minutes and were two goals up courtesy of a Luis Suarez brace. The Uruguayan took on Clint Hill, before firing past Julio Cesar after just ten minutes.

The striker doubled his tally in the 16th minute from close-range, after his initial effort was blocked by Nedum Onuoha. The Reds took a three goal lead when Daniel Agger headed home from Steven Gerrard’s cross.

QPR played better in the second half, but their opening half hour display had already consigned the bottom club to defeat. The Hoops are now eight points away from safety, while the Reds moved up to ninth place in the Premier League table.

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