Chelsea drub EPL leaders Liverpool 4-0

Chelsea have hammered English Premiership contenders Liverpool 4-0 at home.

updated: February 25, 2007 08:37 IST
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Chelsea have hammered English Premiership contenders Liverpool 4-0 at home. Liverpool were rocked by a goal in the third minute by Graeme Le Saux and they never recovered. Liverpool's loss to Chelsea ended their 12-match unbeaten run in the league. Chelsea's win comes on the back of a 3-0 win over Manchester United two weeks ago. Hasselbaink, Balla Bona and Gudjohnsen -- all joined in the scoring to keep the premiership title race open. Manchester United vs Middlesbrough Manchester United rested David Beckham for their fourth straight game. The move again paid off. United beat Middlesbrough 1-0 through Ruud Van Nistelrooy's seventh league goal of the season. West Ham United vs Arsenal West Ham United took the lead against Arsenal in the 36th minute after Frederic Kanoute hammered the ball past Stuart Taylor. But Arsenal equalised two minutes later when England defender Ashley Cole scored from close range. The gunners held on for the 1-1- draw. Leeds United vs Leicester City Leeds got off to a perfect start against Leicester City. A neat backheel from Mark Viduka found Harry Kewell, who smashed the ball into the back of the net after just seven minutes. Leeds seemed to have sealed victory when Viduka made it 2-0 in the 59th minute, with a great volley. But Leicester fought they way back scoring two goals in the last 12 minutes to pull off an unlikely 2-2 draw. Leeds manager David O'Leary left shaking his head after some poor defending by his side. Liverpool vs Chelsea Liverpool were on the back foot against Chelsea after just three minutes. Graeme Le Saux who's first shot came back off the post but the rebound found the back of the net for his first goal since January 1998. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink scored Chelsea's second goal when he chipped the ball over Jerzy Dudek as Liverpool looked in a spot of bother. Liverpool had a chance to pull one back in the 52nd minute after John Arne Riise was fouled in the area. But the Chelsea keeper came to his side's rescue, pulling off a great save to deny Gary McAllister the penalty. Liverpool were made to pay for that miss after Chelsea scored two more goals to finish off with a 4-0 hammering to put an end to Liverpool's 12-match unbeaten run in the league. The Reds still manage to hold on to the top spot with 33 points, three points ahead of Arsenal. Chelsea is in the fifth place, two points behind Leeds. Manchester United, who are also on 27 points, are in the sixth place because of goal difference.