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Torres double gives Liverpool title boost

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  • Fernando Torres scores late double to give Liverpool 2-0 win over Chelsea
  • Spanish star strikes after Chelsea have Frank Lampard sent off on hour mark
  • Newcastle draw 1-1 with Sunderland in tense north-east derby
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(CNN) -- Fernando Torres grabbed a late double as Liverpool revitalized their English title hopes with a 2-0 win against 10-man Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday.

Torres heads past Petr Cech to put Liverpool 1-0 ahead at Anfield.

Torres heads past Petr Cech to put Liverpool 1-0 ahead at Anfield.

Spanish international Torres struck in the 89th minute and sealed victory in injury time to move Liverpool to within two points of leaders Manchester United, who have played a game less.

Chelsea, who had Frank Lampard controversially sent off by referee Mike Riley on the hour mark, are five points adrift and rapidly falling off the pace.

Their players protested furiously to Riley on the final whistle, but did little in the game to indicate they will be serious contenders in the Premier League title race.

Lampard went for a challenge on Xabi Alonso, with television replays indicating he was unfortunate to be shown red in a messy incident.

Liverpool had slowly ratcheted up the pressure in the second half, but it took a classy finish by Torres to unlock Chelsea.

He arrowed a near-post header past Petr Cech after a fine cross from Fabio Aurelio.

Chelsea pushed forward desperately in search of an equalizer, but a mistake by Ashley Cole allowed Torres to slam home his second from close range.

Victory completed the double for Liverpool over Chelsea after ending the Blues' long unbeaten league home record earlier this season.

Rafa Benitez's men went into the game off the back of a poor run in January and with summer signing Robbie Keane left out of the squad altogether, prompting speculation of a move in the transfer window.

But Benitez appeared to rule this out in a post-match interview with a Sky Sports reporter who asked the Spaniard if Keane would still be at the club after the transfer window. "I think so," was the reply.

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Chelsea coach Luiz Felipe Scolari bemoaned the red card for Lampard and said the club would be appealing the decision.

But he gave a frank assessment of the match. "Liverpool were better than us all of the game," he admitted.

In Sunday's other game, Newcastle drew 1-1 with Sunderland in a north-east derby between two sides battling relegation.

Shola Ameobi scored a second half equalizer from the penalty spot for Joe Kinnear's under-pressure Newcastle team.after Djibril Cisse had put Sunderland ahead.

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