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Chelsea and Liverpool take it to the Bridge

By Steven Beacom

Chelsea and Liverpool were today preparing for a titanic Premier League showdown on Sunday at Stamford Bridge after moving closer to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

After last night’s games both sides, who are first and second in the title race, now have seven points in their respective group and are just one win away from a place in the last 16.

Chelsea had to wait a while to break down Roma but when the only goal of the game arrived in the second half, it was cheered to the rafters in west London with captain John Terry heading home Frank Lampard’s corner.

On his goal, Terry said: "I think it was my first goal at the Bridge for a couple of years now, so I'm delighted to get off the mark.”

Over in Spain, Liverpool drew 1-1 with Atletico Madrid - a result which slightly disappointed Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez.

Liverpool were in cruise control, leading through a Robbie Keane goal, but Simao Sabrosa levelled late on after both sides wrongly had goals disallowed for offside.

Keane missed a gilt-edged opportunity to double Liverpool's advantage minutes after he opened the scoring, but chose to attempt an elaborate flick from a close-range volley and missed. He admitted he regretted the decision and should have scored.

"I should have had two. It was a great ball from Stevie (Steven Gerrard)," he said.

"It's no excuse but the ball was swerving all over the place. I should have got something on it but it wasn't to be."

Even so Liverpool should still comfortably qualify.

Of more concern to the Reds were injuries to Keane, Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso with all three coming off after the break. It is thought though that they will be fine for Sunday.

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