Chelsea and Tottenham are embroiled in a battle for a top-four spot and a place in next season's UEFA Champions League. The game at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night is likely to prove hugely pivotal in finding out who wins out to grab a spot in the top four, and Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor has done his bit in trying to ensure his team are the successful ones.
Adebayor has been woefully out of form for much of the season and had only scored once in the Premier League since New Year's Day—but he suddenly found both form and his shooting boots in the first half against the Blues.
After Oscar had already headed Chelsea into the lead early on, Adebayor strode forward, 30 yards from goal, and curled a magnificent strike over the defence and goalkeeper to level up the scores.
Just his fourth goal of the season in the league, his expertly taken finish must have come as quite a surprise to the Chelsea back line, who continued to back off, dropping far too deep as Adebayor ate up the ground in front of him.
Credit also has to go to Aaron Lennon, who made an intelligent run on the outside to draw Cesar Azpilicueta away from Adebayor, as well as match referee Mike Dean, who let Spurs continue with an advantage after there was a foul in midfield during the buildup.
Adebayor's goal only kept Spurs level for a matter of moments before Ramires struck a second goal for Chelsea. However, with plenty of time still left to play, Spurs will hope the wonderful goal will give their striker renewed belief in his own ability and encourage him to hit the back of the net again.
—Update: Tottenham found themselves rallying late on in the game to snatch a 2-2 draw, with Adebayor providing the assist for Gylfi Sigurdsson's late equaliser. The Togolese front man was therefore key to Spurs taking a point from Stamford Bridge, with his curled finish in the first half especially important.