Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham: Eden Hazard strike sends Premier League trophy to Leicester

2 May

Eden Hazard scored 10 minutes from time to send the Premier League trophy to Leicester City, as Chelsea fought back to secure a 2-2 draw with Tottenham.

Harry Kane and Heung-min Son scored in the first half to give Spurs a well deserved lead, but Hazard, introduced at half-time, and Gary Cahill brought the tie level as the visitors capitulated.

The game was certainly an enjoyable one for the neutral, with both teams going all out for the win, creating some excellent attacking play.

Despite missing star Dele Alli, Spurs started getting in their usual groove after the 10 minute mark, as Danny Rose crashed a long-range drive over the bar, and Christian Eriksen’s in-box attempted cannoned off a Chelsea defender.

The visitors were attacking with verve and creativity, but the Blues had their fair share of chances too.

Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa were linking well, the former dragging a shot wide of the far post, before the latter drew an impressive save from Hugo Lloris – the Frenchman tipping a powerful strike over the bar.

Both teams were registering chances, but it was Spurs who took theirs, taking the lead through Kane.

Eriksen had possession, and the Danish playmaker fed the ball to Erik Lamela, who played a perfect pass between retreating John Terry and Gary Cahill.

Kane had timed his run to perfection, and he dribbled around Asmir Begovic, tapping into the empty net for his 25th Premier League goal of the campaign.

Lamela had the chance to turn scorer minutes later, but Cahill impressively blocked his shot from inside the area, but the Lilywhites evenutally doubled their lead two minutes before half-time.

Heung-min Son, who was a threat unitl he was taken off after 64 minutes, bagged the second, placing a lovely finish past Begovic after being played into the box by the excellent Eriksen.

Tottenham deserved their lead, and Guus Hiddink brought on Eden Hazard for Pedro at half-time to provide a spark for the ailing Blues.

But it was Spurs who looked the livelier side, Kane drawing a save from Begovic, as they chased a third.

Chelsea refused to give up though, and managed to pull one back just before the 60-minute mark, courtesy of Cahill’s rifled volley.

Fabregas took a corner from the right, and some poor defending led to the ball failling to the centre-back. He controlled well, and smashed a left-footed strike past Lloris.

The Blues had chances to draw level as Spurs started to look ragged at the back, knowing that only a victory would be enough for them to keep the title race alive.

Willian had a great chance from the right side of the box, but his poor touch meant the unmarked Brazilian could only hit weakly towards goal, while Kyle Walker sliced a clearance beyond Costa’s touch after a cross from the lively Hazard.

And it was the Belgian who drew the tie level, curling a perfect finish into the far corner after a lovely move through the centre of the pitch. It was a goal of the season contender, and the strike which sent the league title to the King Power Stadium.

Leicester will be presented the Premier League trophy this weekend, when they face off against Everton at home, and Claudio Ranieri is sure to receive a glorious reception when he travels to Stamford Bridge for the final day of the season.


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