Saturday, October 26, 2013

26 October 2008 - All Good Things Come To An End

On 26 October 2008, Liverpool won 0-1 at Stamford Bridge to end Chelsea's English-record home league unbeaten streak at 86.

The streak started under manager José Mourinho on 20 March 2004 with a 2-1 win over Fulham and included their back-to-back title-winning seasons of 2004-05 and 2005-06. Although Mourinho left in June 2004, the run continued under his replacement Avram Grant (September 2007 to May 2008), then was picked up by Luiz Felipe Scolari, who took charge in July 2008.

It ended courtesy of Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso, who scored with a deflected shot in the 10th minute. That was all the visitors needed, as their defense held firm for the 0-1 victory.

In addition to ending the streak, the win sent Liverpool to the top of the table, though they ultimately finished second behind champions Manchester United. Chelsea, meanwhile, went on to finish three points behind Liverpool in third.

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