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.
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