Late Owen strike stuns Chelsea

 

Michael Owen condemned Chelsea to a heartbreaking last minute defeat and stopped Arsenal stealing away from Liverpool at the top of the table today.

The Gunners had produced yet another victory before Liverpool had even started this clash and for a long time, Chelsea looked like they were going to get something from a sterling display at Anfield.

But Owen, who had been kept quiet all afternoon, grabbed the winner in the dying moments after Emile Heskey had hit the post.

Chelsea will feel more than a little aggrieved after a battling display off the back of their European humiliation in midweek.

Milan Baros almost gave Liverpool the lead ten minutes earlier when he surged in from the right, beating Desailly and reaching the corner of the six-yard box before lifting his drive over the bar.

But with just seconds to go, Liverpool finally found the net. Diao's ball found Heskey, who forced his way into the box and saw his shot beat Cudicini's dive and hit the post, only for Owen to arrive first to finish the job.