Premier League champions Chelsea grabbed their first win of the 2017-18 campaign on Sunday, beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 thanks to a brace from Marcos Alonso.
Alonso gave the visitors the lead with a phenomenal free-kick in the 24th minute, but Spurs improved as the first half wore on and came close to tying things up.
The second half was balanced, and Michy Batshuayi equalised with an unfortunate own goal eight minutes before the end, but Alonso doubled his tally in the 88th minute to earn his side three points.
Here's a look at the two teams that started the match:
Tottenham Hotspur @SpursOfficial
#THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Wanyama, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Kane. #COYS https://t.co/gvAztjzbzO2017-8-20 13:59:59
Chelsea FC @ChelseaFC
Here's how the Blues line up... #TOTCHE https://t.co/EoImpRuts32017-8-20 14:00:57
Alvaro Morata nearly gave his team the lead after just five minutes but somehow missed the target from only a few yards out, prompting hilarity on social media. Joe.co.uk joined in the fun:
To be fair to Morata, it's never easy to convert those kind of headers when you're three yards out and completely unmarked.2017-8-20 15:08:56
At the other end of the pitch, Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois needed two tries to deny Harry Kane.
Hugo Lloris nearly made a mistake on a clearance that led to a chance, while Dele Alli was unable to punish a similar error from Andreas Christensen.
Chelsea were marginally the better side in the early part of the first half, and Alonso gave the visitors the lead in spectacular fashion, putting a free-kick straight into the top corner after 24 minutes.
Per MailOnline Sport, the full-back has made plenty of contributions in front of goal for his club:
MailOnline Sport @MailSport
Since the start of last season, no defender has scored more Premier League goals than Marcus Alonso (7) https://t.co/MyElgZwNG8 https://t.co/xWqhuroxHn2017-8-20 15:33:56
Kane went close to an equaliser, but Courtois was up for the challenge. Minutes later, the England international fired wide.
Spurs ended the half on top but were unlucky with their finishing, as a Christian Eriksen free-kick flew wide, Alli hit the post, and both Kane and Victor Wanyama could not get past Courtois. ESPN FC's Dan Kilpatrick was disappointed with the half-time score:
Dan Kilpatrick @Dan_KP
#thfc Just as in the FA Cup semi-final, Spurs do not deserve to be losing this. Buy they are. HT, 0-1.2017-8-20 15:49:34
There was controversy early in the second half, as Jan Vertonghen received a yellow card for a foul on Victor Moses, with plenty of fans calling for a red instead.
Spurs put plenty of pressure on the Chelsea defence, but the momentum of the end of the first half seemed to have gone, with chances not coming as quickly. Alli appealed for a penalty after Christensen appeared to handle the ball, but the official didn't budge.
Substitute Heung-Min Son made an immediate impact by creating a chance for Wanyama with 20 minutes left to play, while Moses failed to put the game away on the counter. Het Laatste Nieuws' Kristof Terreur noted manager Antonio Conte used an odd tactic on the Chelsea sidelines:
Kristof Terreur 📰 @HLNinEngeland
7 mins later, Pedro's still ready to come on, but Conte has asked the ref to wait. https://t.co/wDzoU0dTAS2017-8-20 16:31:33
Willian went agonisingly close to doubling the lead, hitting the post, and the Blues would come to rue their misses. Substitute Batshuayi, who had come on for Morata in the 79th minute, aimed an unfortunate header into his own goal three minutes later.
Bleacher Report's Karl Matchett had to crack a joke at the Belgian's expense:
Karl Matchett @karlmatchett
Impact sub2017-8-20 16:41:04
But the Blues reclaimed the lead two minutes before the end thanks to a second goal from Alonso, who beat Lloris with a shot the Frenchman should have saved.
Despite some late pressure from the hosts, Chelsea held on for the win, handing Spurs their first home loss of the season. Last year, at the old White Hart Lane stadium, they were unbeaten at home.