John Terry was sent off for a two footed tackle on Leon Osman, as Chelsea dropped another two points with a goalless draw at Everton. The result means that Liverpool remain top of the Premier League for Christmas.
The turning point of the game came on 35 minutes when Terry went for the ball, but just missed it and caught Osman instead, and that was enough to convince referee Phil Dowd to send the England captain off.
It was Terry's second red card of the season, but his first one against Manchester City was rescinded, so he is set to be banned for three games, starting with Friday's home game with West Bromwich Albion.
The game became hot tempered from that point on with Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, and Michael Ballack all booked for dissent. Everton had the ball in the net late on, but Steven Pienaar was adjudged to be offside, and the goal was correctly ruled out.
Chelsea had goalkeeper Petr Cech to thank for saving them a point, with the Czech keeper producing a string of fine saves to keep Everton at bay. It may have been Chelsea's first dropped points on the road this season, and they may currently be a point behind Liverpool, but this could well prove to be a crucial point somewhere down the road, given the circumstances.
Everton remain in seventh place, five points behind the European places. They have still only won one game at Goodison Park this season—as with Chelsea, they are a stronger team away from home.