Rafa claims injury-time blew away Chelsea in 2-2 draw with Liverpool
Chelsea’s interim boss Rafael Benitez claims the match officials were the reason behind the club losing two valuable points against Liverpool on Sunday. Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who played the role of a hero and a villain against Chelsea, scored less than 30 seconds away from the final whistle in injury of seven minutes.
Chelsea midfielder Oscar drew first blood for Chelsea by heading the ball past Pepe Reina following an inch-perfect cross from Juan Mata on a penalty corner. Daniel Sturridge leveled the playing field with an impeccable finish on Luis Suarez’s lofted pass.
The game took an interesting turn when Luis Suarez gave away a penalty-kick to Chelsea for ball handling. Eden Hazard made no mistake in converting the spot-kick into a goal. Chelsea led the game once again and looked destined to win it, but Luis Suarez intervened. The Uruguayan headed on a cross from Daniel Sturridge to end the game at 2-2.
“I was disappointed with the late goal conceded,” said a fuming Rafael Benitez. “Especially because I can't understand why there were six minutes and 45 seconds [stoppage time] - a very strange decision.
“Some games you have six substitutions and they say three or four minutes. In this case six minutes, a throw-in for us and the game was over, and still 45 seconds more. It is difficult to explain.
“We have to analyze why we didn't stop the cross and why Liverpool scored, but still in the normal circumstances we would have finished the game having won against a good team. They were pushing but we were defending well and had our chances in counter-attack in terms of dangerous situations.
“Sometimes when they try to explain added time they put substitutions as 30 seconds, sometimes they say 40 seconds, sometimes one minute - but every single game you have three or four minutes added, five minutes if it is a lengthy incident - but six minutes 45 seconds?”
Luis Suarez stole the spotlight away from Rafael Benitez, although it was the Spaniard’s first visit to Anfield. The Uruguayan striker was a hot topic, not just because he scored a goal, but because he was caught on camera biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.
“I didn't see the incident so I am disappointed with the late goal,” Rafael Beniez added. “A lot of people are telling me this and that but I didn't see. For me the headline would be why six minutes and 45 seconds, that is the only one I have to understand.”