It was a Premier League classic between
Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on Sunday as the two London
rivals shared the spoils in a feisty 2-2 draw. The Blues took the lead on two
separate occasions through defenders Kalidou Koulibaly and Reece James, only
for Tottenham to equalise through Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Harry Kane, with
the striker heading home in the 96th minute to rescue a point for the visitors.
The tensions of the hotly contested derby
boiled over in the London sunshine after the full-time whistle, with both
Antonio Cone and Tomas Tuchel showed straight red cards for their involvements
in the post-match altercation. The two managers clashed in the aftermath of
Hojbjerg’s equaliser before going face to face again following Kane’s last-gasp
header, causing them both to be sent off.
The frustration for Chelsea and Tomas
Tuchel likely originated from the fact that they let a victory slip through their
fingers at the death despite dominating the majority of the 90 minutes. The
Blues neutralized Tottenham’s front three of Kane, Son, and Dejan Kulusevski
throughout the first half and had plenty of chances to put the game to bed.
Kai Havertz received the first major
scoring opportunity of the game, the German’s shot deflected wide of the post
by Hugo Lloris after some neat inter-play from N’Golo Kante and Raheem
Sterling. The Blues opened the scoring from the resulting corner, with their
two summer signings combining from the set piece. Centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly
perfectly met Marc Cucurella’s delivery at the edge of the area, volleying home
through a crowd to give Chelsea the early advantage.
Chelsea had numerous opportunities to
double their lead, only for Koulibaly, Mason Mount and Raheem Sterling to blaze
their efforts over the bar. Tottenham wasted a chance of their own to find the
back of the net, with Kane scuffing his 1v1 effort vs Mendy, but Antonio
Conte’s found the equaliser when Hojbjerg’s long-range strike sneaked past the
goalkeeper into the net.
Chelsea should have re-taken the lead when
Reece James expertly set up Kai Havertz with a delightful curled cross into the
area, but the Blues eventually did restore their advantage when Sterling
released the right-back, who rifled the ball into the net.
Much to the delight of Tomas Tuchel,
Chelsea seemed to have wrapped up the three points heading into extra time.
However, Tottenham displayed their newfound mettle under Antonio Conte to level
the scores for the second time. After Cristian Romero avoided any trouble for
pulling Marc Cucurella’s hair in the penalty area, Harry Kane redirected Ivan
Perisic’s in-swinging cross in the final minute of stoppage time to cap off a
fiery London derby with one final twist.