Liverpool, Chelsea breeze to wins
Liverpool piled on the misery for QPR as they comfortably beat Harry Redknapp's beleaguered side 3-0 at Loftus Road in the final Premier League match of the year Monday morning (Thailand time).
- Published: 31/12/2012 at 05:58 AM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
In the early match, a Frank Lampard brace saw Chelsea end Everton's unbeaten home record with a 2-1 win at Goodison Park.
QPR have won just once all season and were utterly devoid of confidence in an abject and insipid first-half showing as Luis Suarez capitalised on some shoddy defending and was rampant in scoring two goals inside the first 16 minutes.
Suarez, who appeared to enjoy the freedom of Loftus Road throughout the first half, has now netted 12 away goals for Liverpool in 2012, while Daniel Agger added a third in the first half as QPR crashed to their 23rd league defeat in the calendar year.
The only down side for Brendan Rodgers was that he missed the match: the Reds boss was taken ill in London, as were back-up goalkeeper Brad Jones and head of performance Glen Driscoll also sent home with the bug.
Everton scored for the 17th Premier League game in succession as early as the second minute through Steven Pienaar, but Lampard was on hand to restore parity with a powerful header just before half-time.
The Toffees, who had been unbeaten in seven games and at home in the league all season, suffered the killer blow in the 72nd minute as Lampard netted his second of the afternoon to stretch Rafael Benitez's side's winning run in all competitions to four games.
Benitez made three changes from the Boxing Day win at Norwich with Ramires, Lampard and Eden Hazard restored to the starting line-up, while Everton boss David Moyes made two changes from the win over Wigan with John Heitinga and Steven Naismith coming in for the injured Phil Neville and Darron Gibson.
Benitez has now won six and drawn one of his last seven Premier League meetings with Everton.
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