Sadio Mane brace defeats Chelsea at the Bridge

Sadio Mane scored both goals as Liverpool made it two wins out of two this season by beating 10-man Chelsea 2-0 in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge.

In the closing moments of a first half the Reds had the better of, Andreas Christensen denied Mane a clear goalscoring opportunity and was dismissed.

And Jürgen Klopp’s men quickly made their numerical advantage show on the scoreboard when the sides returned, with Mane heading in a first and pouncing on Kepa Arrizabalaga’s error for a second moments later.

Alisson Becker had to stop a Jorginho penalty 15 minutes from time to prevent any hope of a Chelsea comeback – and Liverpool eased home to maintain their winning start to 2020-21.

The Blues had been more than a match for their visitors, a regular threat on the break, but when Andreas Christensen was given his marching orders for a last-man foul on the stroke of half-time, Frank Lampard men task became a lot harder against a side adept at taking advantage of space. Tiemoue Bakayoko’s dismissal at Watford in February 2018, some 89 games ago was the last red card earned in the league prior to yesterday.

Chelsea had a chance of their but Jorginho could not convert a penalty. It rounded off a day when things just hadn’t gone their way.

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