Chelsea survive, Liverpool and Saints shine

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By Mike Collett

LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea's Eden Hazard scored a controversial penalty deep into stoppage time to salvage a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday and preserve Jose Mourinho's unbeaten home Premier League record.

Referee Andre Marriner was surrounded by furious West Brom players after Brazilian midfielder Ramires went down under what appeared to be an innocuous challenge from Steven Reid.

Belgian international Hazard, fined and left out of the squad for the Champions League match with Schalke 04 by Mourinho for losing his passport, returning from France late and missing a training session, made amends by keeping his cool to score.

The draw took Mourinho's unbeaten home league record at Stamford Bridge to 66 matches following 60 unbeaten games in his first spell there between 2004 and 2007.

However, his team could hardly have left it any later with West Brom seconds away from their first league win at Stamford Bridge since 1978.

Although Chelsea blew the chance to close the gap on leaders Arsenal to two points, Liverpool made no mistake, crushing a woeful Fulham side 4-0 at Anfield to move up to second.

Southampton were the other big winners, beating Hull City 4-1 at St Mary's to go third.

Arsenal, who play Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, top the table with 25 points from 10 matches, followed by Liverpool on 23, Southampton with 22, and Chelsea on 21.   Continued...

 
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge (L) challenges Fulham's Dimitar Berbatov during their English Premier League soccer match at Anfield in Liverpool, northern England November 9, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Noble