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Christian Pulisic begins 2022 with stunning equalizer vs. Liverpool

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Christian Pulisic retained his spot in Thomas Tuchel’s starting lineup on Sunday and went on to deliver one of his best moments in a Chelsea kit in the process.

Pulisic scored the equalizing goal in a thrilling four-goal first half of an eventual 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge against fellow title challengers Liverpool. It was an impressive comeback for the hosts, which used goals from Mateo Kovacic and Pulisic in a three minute span to hit back after goals from Sadio Mane and Mo Salah gave Liverpool a 2-0 lead.

After Kovacic cut the deficit to 2-1 in the 42nd minute with a dangerous valley off the post, Pulisic tied things up after a confident finish into the top corner. N’Golo Kante hooked a pass upfield and over the Liverpool backline, allowing the U.S. men’s national team star to bury a left-footed effort into the top-right corner.

It was Pulisic’s third Premier League goal of the season and his first since November 20 against Leicester City.

Both teams had ample opportunities to win the match with both Edouard Mendy and Caoimhin Kelleher keeping their respective teams level. Mendy made a key save on Salah after halftime while Pulisic’s volley off of a cross was repelled by Kelleher.

Chelsea sits 10 points behind league leaders Manchester City heading into this week’s Carabao Cup semifinal first leg against Tottenham. The Blues will return to league play on January 15 at the Etihad Stadium, looking to avenge an early season loss to the Citizens.

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  1. PL nightmare officiating continues. Seriously, wtf? PL officials are massage therapists. Just call the flippin games evenly instead of protecting some players for one thing while looking the other way for others. It’s not the American justice system after all

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  2. No mention of the missed chance early in the game, when he was alone with only the keeper to beat? Or his tentative play as the last man back that led to a great shot from Salah and an equally great save from Mendy?

    In the end, it was a good day for CP, but he definitely had a few rough spots to go along with the good.

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  3. So nice to see CP play in a wide position again, he is just so much more comfortable and effective. I don’t even mind him at wingback, he is actually pretty good defensively and can push up high in Tuchel’s system. It was just painful to watch Chelsea’s last couple of games when CP was played as a 9 and they would hoof long balls to him where he would try and fail to outjump 6’5″ centerbacks. So stoked he buried that goal, could tell it changed his confidence immediately.

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  4. Around the 73rd minute both teams seem to have run out of gas. Before that it was some of the finest soccer one could see. Just superb play at times. CP was the best I’ve seen him in quite a while and his goal showed great skill.

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