Chelsea got to walk the blue carpet on Sunday as they hosted Liverpool at Stamford Bridge. The blue carpet is a tradition where the league champions gets honored after winning the title and the Liverpool players lined up with the referees to give Chelsea a round of applause as they took the field.
The game was a pretty average affair that was somewhat spoiled by a card-happy referee. Andre Marriner handed out five yellow cards in the first half and added two more in the second. The two captains, and former England national team captains, would be the scorers in the game.
Chelsea took an early lead when John Terry got the upper hand on his marker on a corner kick from Cesc Fabregas and headed in the ball past Simon Mignolet. Terry is now the highest scoring defenseman in Premier League history with 39 goals.
Steven Gerrard equalized right before halftime as he snuck up by the back post and headed in a free kick past Jordan Henderson. The tempo dropped in the second half, and neither team was able to break the deadlock despite a couple of good chances.
Liverpool stays in with place in the table, and now have six points up to Manchester United in that final Champions League spot. But, since United has a +25 goal difference versus Liverpool’s +11, it will take a small miracle for Liverpool to catch up. Instead they will have to make sure that they keep Tottenham at bay — the Spurs are four points behind Liverpool at this point. Liverpool will close out the season with games against Crystal Palace and Stoke City.
In the other Sunday game, Manchester City destroyed the Queens Park Rangers 6-0 and sealed QPR’s relegation fate. After going up 2-0 before halftime, it was pretty much destined to end in a City victory despite QPR being desperate for a win.
Sergio Aguero scored a hat trick and he now has a commanding five-goal lead over Tottenham’s Harry Kane in the Golden Boot race as the league’s top scorer. Aguero’s 25 league goals puts him at an average of a goal every 94 minutes of play.
Aleksandar Kolarov, James Milner and David Silva were the other scorers for City. With the win, City sits in 2nd place with 73 points, three points ahead of Arsenal, although the Gunners have two games in hand on City. Arsenal play host to Swansea on Monday.