LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -- Raheem Sterling's exquisite solo goal earned Liverpool a 1-1 draw against Chelsea in the first leg of their English League Cup semifinal on Tuesday.
Sterling canceled out Eden Hazard's first-half penalty when he picked up the ball 40 meters from goal, turned and sped away from Chelsea's defense before applying a low finish in the 59th minute.
Chelsea relied on a string of fine second-half saves from goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to hold onto a draw, which gives the Premier League leaders a slight advantage heading back to Stamford Bridge for next week's second leg.
Hazard won and converted a penalty in the 18th minute in one of the few sights on goal Chelsea had in a defensive display at Anfield.
Tottenham plays third-tier Sheffield United in the other semifinal.