Chelsea vs. Tottenham Hotspur: Live Score, Highlights, Recap
Premier League: Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur
08 May 2013
Stamford Bridge, London
Referee: Mike Dean
11' Oscar; 26' Adebayor; 39' Ramires; 80' Sigurdsson
Chelsea XI: Cech; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole; Ramires, D.Luiz; Oscar, Mata, Hazard; Torres
Tottenham Hotspur XI: Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto; Huddlestone, Parker; Lennon, Bale, Holtby; Adebayor
Gylfi Sigurdsson scored an 80th-minute equalizer as Tottenham Hotspur came back from 2-1 down to earn a draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The result keeps Spurs’ Champions League hopes hanging by a thread, although they’ll now need Arsenal to drop points if they’re to participate in Europe’s most prestigious club competition next season.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are two points above Arsenal and three in front of Spurs with two matches to play and have all but sealed a top-four spot.
It was the hosts who looked the strongest side from the opening whistle on Wednesday, and after just 11 minutes they led their London rivals thanks to Oscar’s header at the far post after Gary Cahill had knocked down Juan Mata’s corner kick.
But Emmanuel Adebayor, who was Spurs’ best attacker on the night, restored level terms in the 26th minute with a spectacular goal.
Jogging calmly into the attacking third without a Blue shirt near him, he calmly arched a delightful shot just inside the far, top-hand corner of the Chelsea goal as ‘keeper Petr Cech watched on helplessly.
Ramires put Chelsea back in the driver’s seat with six minutes to play in the first half, and when Spurs came out shockingly flat after the restart it looked as though the Blues would cruise to a comfortable win.
But a late fightback delivered an entertaining final 20 minutes of football that culminated in Sigurdsson’s equalizer.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto, who was otherwise poor over the 90 minutes, arched a clever ball deep into the Chelsea box with 10 minutes to play and Adebayor, who looked to be offside, set up Sigurdsson with a splendid back-heeled effort.
The Iceland international made no mistake with his finish, driving a low shot inside the far post to bring Spurs back from a goal down for the second time in the match.
That's all for me, folks. Here's one more look at the Sigurdsson equalizer.
FULL TIME: Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur. Fair result, although Chelsea might wonder how they let it get away from the.
Frantic stuff now at the end.
90+3' Bale's free kick curls up and over the wall but right into the hands of Petr Cech.
90+2' Ivanovic booked for bringing down Bale.
There will be four minutes of added time.
Suddenly Spurs are all backheels...— Huw Davies (@thehuwdavies) May 8, 2013
Sigurdsson completes a really nice attacking move with a goal for Spurs.
Benayoun on for Oscar. Booing breaks out with chants of 'you don't know what you're doing' aimed at Benitez— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) May 8, 2013
They only have a couple more weeks of him. But that was an odd substitution.
86' Spurs fans making themselves heard now. And they could actually go on and win it yet.
84' Benayoun replaces Oscar for Chelsea. The change is greeted with boos from the home support.
84' Spurs coming on now! They were so sloppy for so long, but it seems Chelsea have tired somewhat, and the guests are taking advantage. Huddlestone stitching play together.
Huddlestone played a short pass to Assou-Ekotto, who chipped one to Adebayor who, in turn, back-heeled a lovely effort into the path of Sigurdsson. The Iceland international made no mistake with his finish just inside the far post.
80' GOAL SPURS!!! Sigurdsson equalizes!
80' David Luiz' free-kick following the Vertonghen foul on Torres is handled easily by Lloris. None of the Brazilian's trademark screamers. So far...
79' Now the tackles are flying in. Vertonghen receives the first yellow card of the night for his challenge on Torres.
77' Huddlestone's corner cleared by David Luiz. Huddlestone's second corner cleared by Torres.
76' A bit better from Spurs the last six or seven minutes. Need to work the ball into a meaningful shooting position, though. (And when they do, actually hit the target.)
74' Huddlestone accepts a pass from Bale and puts it well wide of the target.
73' Moses replaces Hazard for Chelsea. Bit of a surprise, that one.
70' Dempsey replaces Holtby for Tottenham.
We're going to see Dempsey come on shortly.
Here's Ramires hitting the ground.
67' Terrific defending on Bale by Cole. The Welshman has switched to the right, now.
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