Premier League: Mane brace guides Liverpool to 2-0 win over 10-man Chelsea

A Sadio Mane double guided Liverpool to a 2-0 victory over Chelsea in a 2020-21 Premier League game in which Blues defender Andreas Christensen was sent off.

Sadio Mane scored two second-half goals to guide Liverpool to a 2-0 win against Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge on Sunday.   -  Twitter

Two goals from Sadio Mane just after halftime eased champion Liverpool to a 2-0 win over 10-man Chelsea in the Premier League season's first heavyweight clash at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

A dull game never threatened to live up to the eight-goal thriller when the sides met in July, and it proved all-too-easy for Liverpool to lay down the season's first big marker although Chelsea was the architect of its own downfall.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS | Premier League highlights: Liverpool defeats Chelsea 2-0

Chelsea managed only one goal attempt in the first half but was solid enough until Danish defender Andreas Christensen was sent off shortly before the interval for hauling down Mane.

Mane headed Liverpool in front five minutes after the interval and four minutes later took advantage of a dreadful error by Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga as the host crumbled.

Liverpool gave new midfield signing Thiago Alcantara a debut off the bench but the Spaniard's first impact was to offer Chelsea a lifeline by fouling Timo Werner to concede a penalty with a little under 20 minutes remaining.

But Jorginho's effort was saved by the otherwise redundant Alisson Becker to spare Liverpool any late tension.

Liverpool has won both its opening games while Chelsea has three points.

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