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Lampard keeps Chelsea buoyant as Reds sink QPR

Published: Sunday 30 December 2012, 18.32CET
There were conflicting emotions on Merseyside as Liverpool FC eased to victory while Frank Lampard ensured Everton FC had no reward for their bright start against Chelsea FC.

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Published: Sunday 30 December 2012, 18.32CET

Lampard keeps Chelsea buoyant as Reds sink QPR

There were conflicting emotions on Merseyside as Liverpool FC eased to victory while Frank Lampard ensured Everton FC had no reward for their bright start against Chelsea FC.

Frank Lampard was at his predatory best, scoring twice as Chelsea FC recovered from a sluggish start to end Everton FC's formidable home run and move back to third in the Premier League.

The 34-year-old headed in Ramires' cross just before half-time, cancelling out Steven Pienaar's opener for the hosts after just 62 seconds. Everton had enjoyed the better possession before the equaliser, with Victor Anichebe and Nikica Jelavić hitting the woodwork, but Lampard went on to secure the points for Chelsea.

Jelavić first hit the frame of the goal a second time, his header beating Ross Turnbull – a half-time replacement for the injured Petr Čech – though not the bar. Three minutes later Lampard set the visitors on course for their fourth successive league win, volleying in after Juan Mata's initial effort had been palmed back into the danger area.

The reward for ending Everton's 14-match unbeaten sequence at Goodison was a return to third spot, four points behind Manchester City FC with a game in hand. Liverpool FC ensured one half of Merseyside go into the new year on a high as they beat bottom side Queens Park Rangers FC in the later kick-off, Luis Suárez scoring twice in a 3-0 win in west London.

Last updated: 04/12/13 7.36CET

Results

English Premier League 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 16/01/2013 17:52 CET

30/12/2012

QPRQPR0-3LiverpoolLiverpool

Suárez 10, 16, Agger 27

Venue: London

30/12/2012

EvertonEverton1-2ChelseaChelsea

Pienaar 2

Lampard 42, 72

Venue: Liverpool

29/12/2012

ArsenalArsenal7-3NewcastleNewcastle

Walcott 20, 73, 90+1, Oxlade-Chamberlain 50, Podolski 64, Giroud 84, 87

Ba 43, 69, Marveaux 59

Venue: London

29/12/2012

FulhamFulham1-2SwanseaSwansea

Ruiz 56

Graham 19, De Guzmán 52

Venue: London

29/12/2012

ReadingReading1-0West HamWest Ham

Pogrebnyak 5

Venue: Reading

29/12/2012

Aston VillaAston Villa0-3WiganWigan

Ramis 3, Boyce 52, Koné 56

Venue: Birmingham

29/12/2012

StokeStoke3-3SouthamptonSouthampton

Jones 16, Upson 67, Jerome 90

Lambert 10, Rodriguez 24, Wilkinson 36 (o.g.)

Venue: Stoke

29/12/2012

Man. UnitedMan. United2-0West BromWest Brom

McAuley 9 (o.g.), Van Persie 90

Venue: Manchester

29/12/2012

NorwichNorwich3-4Man. CityMan. City

Pilkington 15, Martin 63, 75

Džeko 2, 4, Agüero 50

Venue: Norwich

29/12/2012

SunderlandSunderland1-2TottenhamTottenham

O'Shea 40

Cuéllar 48 (o.g.), Lennon 51

Venue: Sunderland

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