Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

3 May

Leicester City have been crowned Premier League champions after Tottenham threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Chelsea.


Match Reports: Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham HotspurMatch Reports: Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

In a stormy London derby, which Spurs had to win in order to take the title race to the weekend, Mauricio PochettinoÂ’s side went two-up in the first half thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son as they also looked set for a first win at Stamford Bridge in 26 years.

However Chelsea came back after the break and salvaged a point via goals from Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard.

Spurs tried in vain to find a winner but only succeeded in totting up their disciplinary record with nine players going into the book overall as the game threatened to really boil over in the closing stages.

And while the final whistle resulted in further scuffles near the tunnel, it sparked huge celebrations in the East Midlands as Leicester were confirmed champions of England for the first time in their 132-year history.

A tetchy opening to the game produced few chances for either side with Danny RoseÂ’s effort which whistled just over the angle of post and bar the only one worthy of note on 11 minutes.

ChelseaÂ’s first real opportunity came in the 27th minute when Diego Costa turned and played in Cesc Fabregas on the right edge of the area but he dragged his shot just wide of the far post.

Spurs went straight down the other end as Kane played in Son who curled an effort wide from the edge of the area when he should have at least hit the target.

On 31 minutes Kyle WalkerÂ’s sloppy pass gifted a chance to Costa who saw his effort from outside the area tipped over by Hugo Lloris.

Spurs took the lead out of nothing on 35 minutes when Erik LamelaÂ’s inch-perfect pass picked out the timely run of Kane who beat the offside trap and went past the grounded Asmir Begovic before scoring into an empty net.

Cahill denied Spurs a second on 40 minutes when he dived in front of LamelaÂ’s effort in the middle of the area to block it and Chelsea scrambled the ball away before Son could force home the rebound.

It was 2-0 on 44 minutes when Christian Eriksen played in the run of Son down the right of the area and he fired a low strike beyond BegovicÂ’s dive at his near post.

A flare up near the touchline just before the break saw both Rose and Willian booked, but the referee missed Mousa Dembele poking Costa in the eye and he is likely to be receiving a call from the Football Association on Tuesday.

Kane had the first effort of the second half with a low angled strike from the left of the area on 50 minutes which Begovic needed two attempts to gather.

It was game on in the 58th minute when Chelsea pulled a goal back after WillianÂ’s right-wing corner dropped to Cahill in the area and he took a touch before slamming in a left-foot strike.

Chelsea were lifted by the goal and could have levelled when Costa teed up Willian down the right on 62 minutes, but his effort lacked the power to trouble Lloris.

On 74 minutes Hazard whipped a low ball across the face of the Spurs area which Walker got a vital touch on to divert it away from Costa.

Two minutes later Spurs should have killed the game but Begovic did well to deny Ryan Mason before EriksenÂ’s follow-up strike was blocked.

They were made to pay for that miss on 83 minutes when Hazard picked up a return pass from Costa just inside the area and curled a wonderful strike into the top corner past Lloris.

The Belgium international scored the goal which sealed the Premier League title for Chelsea last season and he has ensured that former Blues boss Claudio Ranieri and Leicester will be celebrating this time around.

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