Match Report: Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham

Match Report_-_Chelsea Vs Tottenham
Match Report_-_Chelsea Vs Tottenham

Chelsea FC were held to a 2-2 draw by Tottenham in their English Premier League clash on Sunday evening.

Goal from Koulibaly and James were replied simultaneously by Tottenham through midfielder, Hojbjerg and striker, Kane in the derby at Stamford Bridge.

In all fairness, Chelsea thoroughly deserved a win, but, no one can argue about Tottenham’s hunger to fight back for a draw.

This entertaining derby unsurprisingly ended with a red card to both side’s coaches, Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte.

In the 18th minute, Kante played Sterling in the box who, then, cut back for Havertz to shoot but Lloris, in goal for Spurs, parried the ball for a corner.

The resulting corner was swung in by Cucurella straight to Koulibaly, who volleyed it into the net for the game’s first goal on the 19th minute mark.

Another corner from James in the 27th was almost whipped in by Koulibaly, whose shot went wide.

More pressure was piled on by Chelsea as, in the 37th minute, Mount made room for himself on the edge of the box, but got underneath his shot which blazed high.

By now, Tottenham had been restricted to near half chances but, almost started a counter attack through Son, who was pulled down by a retreating Reece James for the game’s first yellow card.

A brilliant lob into the box by Jorginho in the 44th minute mark was narrowly missed by Loftus Cheek, who failed in his attempt to nod from close range was missed.

The first-half was brought to an end by the referee, with Chelsea extremely dominant from start to finish.

The second half began more or the same with Chelsea, again, dominating play.

Mount’s cross cum shot kept Hugo Lloris honest as she tipped it over his crossbar with his fingernails.

Richarlison coming in for Sessengnon in the 57th minute meant Spurs changed shape to “4” at the back in a bid to get something out of the game.

Loftus Cheek could have given Chelsea a two goal lead but shot wide from inside the box in the 61st minute.

Sterling, followed up by misses a sitter, failing to stretch the lead.

Harry Kane had a glorious chance to draw level for Spurs after being played through on goal only to scoff his shot wide in a 1v1 situation in the 61st minute.

Chelsea began to feel some of the heat as Mendy was booked for time wasting a minute later.

Hojbjerg’s shot from just outside the box creeped into the bottom corner in the 68th minute to draw Tottenham level.

A melee began on the torch line between the two sets of coaching staff after Tottenham gaffer, Conte, went, chest up in celebration in front of Tuchel.

After a lengthy review, the Video Assistant Referee, Mike Dean, confirmed the goal despite Havertz began tackled earlier and Richarlison, in an offside position, interfering with play.

A sensational cross from James into box was somehow missed completely by an unmarked Havertz in front of goal in the 75th.

The 77th minute mark spelt do for Tottenham as Kante played a short pass to an unchecked Sterling who passed it on to an on-rushing James in the box to shoot past Lloris.

This time, Tuchel, returned the favour: running past Conte in celebration!

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Looking to get something from the game, once again, Conte brought in winger, Luca Moura, in place of Emerson Royal.

An injured Kante was subbed off for Gallagher I’m the 84th minute.

Tempers flared in the match as Havertz received a yellow card for an altercation with Romero.

By now, Gallagher was already impressing, involved in one or two half chances to extend the home lead.

Havertz eventually came off for Armando Broja in the 89th minute to a warm applause from the impressed home fans.

6minutes of added time at the end of the official 90minutes set the tone for a nervy ending.

A foul on Kane by James led to a promising free-kick for Spurs.

Substitute, Bissouma’s shot was blocked for a corner.

A Ben Davies header from the resultant corner was tipped over the crossbar by Mendy for another corner.

A VAR check for a foul on Cucurella by Romero went without any punishment.

This time, the corner by Spurs was headed home by an unmarked Kane at the far post.

Shortly after the goal, the game was brought to an end with blast of the final whistle.

More drama was to follow as Conte and Tuchel confronted each other after Tuchel refused to let go of the dormer’s hand after a handshake.

Both coaches were flashed red cards for their roles in the burst-up.

2-2 was how things ended. All square at Stamford Bridge in a very entertaining clash.

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