Lampard's brace snaps Everton's unbeaten run
By Sports Network
|Chelsea's Frank Lampard (L) celebrates scoring with Juan Mata during their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park in Liverpool, northern England December 30, 2012. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Liverpool, England - Frank Lampard played a starring role in Chelsea's 2-1 victory at Goodison Park on Sunday, scoring both goals for the Blues to put an end to Everton's impressive unbeaten streak.
The Toffees came into Sunday's tilt without a loss in their last seven league matches, and they looked to be on their way to another positive result when Steven Pienaar opened the scoring in just the second minute of play.
The South Africa international was waiting on the doorstep to hammer home a loose ball after Victor Anichebe had his header come back into play off of the post. It was Pienaar's fourth goal of the season.
Everton remained in front until the 42nd minute when Lampard took advantage of some slack defending from the Toffees, getting free in the box and guiding a wide open header into the back of the net.
Chelsea finally got in front in the 72nd when Lampard capitalized on a scramble in the penalty area and sliced a shot over Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard.
The Blues climb back into third place, improving to 38 points to keep pace with Manchester United at the top of the table. Chelsea has taken 12 points over its last four league games, outscoring opponents 14-2 over that stretch.
Everton remains in sixth place with 33 points.
Liverpool 3, QPR 0
London, England - Liverpool cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory over QPR at Loftus Road on Sunday, scoring all three goals inside the opening half-hour.
Luis Suarez continued his fine scoring season by opening the game with a brace, striking in the ninth and 16th minutes to bring his tally to 13 goals this term.
Daniel Agger piled more misery on QPR by scoring in the 27th minute, dooming Harry Redknapp's side to a third straight defeat.
QPR remains bottom of the league on 10 points while Liverpool improves to 28 points to go level with Swansea City on points and goal differential.