During the third-to-last weekend of play in the English Premier League, two title contenders faced off at Anfield, in a match that was won by Chelsea, 2-0.
The defensive shutdown by Jose Mourinho's side highlighted a weekend that saw plenty of standout stats from start to finish.
From the Chelsea back four stopping Liverpool to Ryan Giggs' first match in charge of Manchester United, and everywhere in between, the Week 36 edition of Premier League standout stats does not disappoint.
Chelsea Ends Liverpool's Streaky Run
With their victory on Sunday, Chelsea put an end to a few streaks that Liverpool had coming in to the crucial top of the table tilt.
The Blues ended the 16-game unbeaten run that the Reds started the game after they fell at Stamford Bridge on December 29:
Liverpool's 16-game PL unbeaten streak is over. Previous loss was Dec. 29...at Chelsea.— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) April 27, 2014
Mourinho's men also ended Liverpool's first-half scoring streak, which sat at 25:
25 - Liverpool's Premier League record run of scoring in consecutive first halves comes to end at 25. Smothered.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 27, 2014
The win extended Mourinho's strong record against Liverpool, which after Sunday includes seven victories:
7 - Jose Mourinho's Premier League record against Liverpool is P9 W7 D1 L1. Mastery.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 27, 2014
Liverpool Can't Move the Chelsea Bus
In defeat, Liverpool recorded 26 shots and forced Chelsea into 58 clearances.
Brendan Rodgers: "They were very deep. There were two buses parked today, never mind one."— Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) April 27, 2014
However, 21 of the 26 shots from the Reds were sent in from outside the box, which is the second-highest total this season in the EPL:
Liverpool had 26 shots vs Chelsea; 21 from outside the box, 2nd-most by any PL team this season: pic.twitter.com/SHHVnUqXl5— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) April 27, 2014
Connor Wickham's Scoring Run
Sunderland catapulted out of the bottom three with a commanding 4-0 win over relegation rivals Cardiff on Sunday.
In the win at the Stadium of Light, Connor Wickham recorded a brace with strikes in the 26th and 86th minutes.
With the double, Wickham extended his recent run to five goals in three matches, which is good enough for him to be called the best goalscorer in the month of April:
5 - Connor Wickham has now scored more Premier League goals this month than any other player. Rebirth.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 27, 2014
Giggs Follows in Sir Alex's Footsteps
All was well at Old Trafford on Saturday after Manchester United defeated Norwich City, 4-0, under interim manager Ryan Giggs.
The win was the first in the young managerial career of the Red Devils legend, who beat the team that Sir Alex Ferguson earned his first point against in charge of United:
Ryan Giggs gets his first point as Man United manager against Norwich City, just like Sir Alex Ferguson did.— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) April 26, 2014
EPL's Global Reach Extends to One More Country
Fulham's Fernando Amorebieta scored in the 58th minute of the Cottagers' 2-2 draw with Hull City at Craven Cottage.
With his strike, the defender became the first Venezuelan to find the back of the net in the EPL, a league that has now seen players from 90 different nations score a goal:
90 - Amorebieta is the first Venezuelan to score in the @premierleague; meaning players from 90 countries have netted a PL goal. Global.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 26, 2014
Everton Make Some Dubious History
Everton fell to Southampton in the early kickoff on Saturday, and in the process, they earned some dubious honors thanks to two own goals.
The own goals scored by Antolin Alcaraz and Seamus Coleman marked the 20th time an EPL side netted two own goals in a game:
20th - Today is the 20th occasion that a team has netted two own goals in a single @premierleague match. Help.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 26, 2014
As a club, Everton have conceded 43 own goals in EPL history, which is the highest number recorded by any squad:
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