Wednesday May 8, 2013 Day 33 Finished Stamford Bridge

Chelsea 2 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur

  • Oscar 11’
  • Ramires 39’
  • Adebayor 26’
  • Sigurdsson 80’

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  1. Premier League - Adebayor keeps Tottenham's European dream alive in draw at Chelsea

    Premier League - Adebayor keeps Tottenham's European dream alive in draw at Chelsea

    Emmanuel Adebayor produced two moments of brilliance to keep Tottenham's European bid alive with a 2-2 draw at Chelsea. More

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    Time:90'
    • Chelsea
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • - Remember, you can watch highlights of this game on site from 00:01.
    • 90+4' There goes the final whistle! A 2-2 draw in this one. Game on in the Champions League race.
    • 90+3' Bale lifts the free-kick over the wall. But the connection is poor. Easy enough take for Cech.
    • 90+2' Bale taken out late by the attention of Ivanovic and Cole. Spurs have a free-kick 25 yards out. Ramires booked for booting the ball away.
    • 90+1' Dempsey drives into the Chelsea box, but his shot lacks the required pace. Easy enough take for Cech.
    • 89' We are heading for four minutes of time added on.
    • 88' Adebayor brought down by Benayoun. Chance for Spurs to apply more pressure, but Huddlestone's free-kick is poor.
    • 87' Tottenham have now scored at least two goals in each of their last five Premier League away matches. Is there one more this evening?
    • 86' Bale is going to be booked here for a late challenge. Chelsea with a free-kick 45 yards out. But Spurs clear Mata's delivery.
    • 85' Those Champions League places right back in the melting pot now. Spurs looking for an unlikely winner.
    • 84' Oscar departs to be replaced by Benayoun for Chelsea. A few of the home fans thought that was Lampard's moment to be introduced.
    • 83' Bale tries his luck from distance, but shot flies over the bar from distance.
    • 82' Adebayor caught offside, but replays showed he was on. Bad decision by the referee and linesmen. But Adebayor is warming to the task.
    • 81' Two moments of brilliance from Adebayor has dragged Spurs level in this contest tonight.
    • 80' GOAL! Sigurdsson takes the backheel from Adebayor before passing the ball into the corner of the net. No chance for Cech. Brilliant goal in every sense. Spurs level at 2-2.
    • 79' Vertonghen then collects a booking for a sliding tackle on Torres. Won the ball, but is still booked. Harsh call.
    • 78' Assou-Ekotto with a clear foul on Oscar as he failed to run away from the Brazilian.
    • 77' Chelsea look to break at speed, but Moses is sent sprawling by Adebayor at the halfway line. Free-kick.
    • 76' Huddlestone throws over the corner, but Luiz is on hand to clear the danger.
    • 75' Bale and Moses battle for the ball out wide. But Spurs given the nod. AVB trying to come up with a formula that will bring this equaliser.
    • 74' Dempsey winning some space on the edge of the area, but Ivanovic does well to make a timely block. Corner to Spurs.
    • 73' Dempsey has never been on the winning side against Chelsea in the Premier League – six defeats, five draws. A Huddlestone ball flies straight out of play.
    • 72' Chelsea going to make their own change with Hazard making way for Victor Moses. Hazard limping off the field.
    • 71' Holtby departing the scene to be replaced by Dempsey for Spurs.
    • 70' Torres almost colliding with the advertising boards in a foot race with Vertonghen.
    • 69' Some more fine play by Hazard and Mata, who just sticks the ball too deep in trying to find Torres.
    • 68' Gareth Bale has scored 11 goals in the final 30 minutes of Premier League matches this season - more than any other player.
    • 67' Holtby picks out Bale, who ends up running into the back of Cole. Clever play by Cole. No foul despite Bale's pleas to the referee.
    • 66' Walker doing well to cut out the attempted cross by Luiz. Chelsea again taking up residence in the Spurs half.
    • 65' Holtby late on Hazard and now Chelsea will have their own free-kick just wide of the Spurs box.
    • 64' Lovely delivery from Huddlestone, but Vertonghen can only knock the ball well over the bar with Holtby better placed to convert.
    • 63' Oscar deemed to have tripped Assou-Ekotto and that will be a free-kick to Spurs outside of the Chelsea box.
    • 62' Victor Moses could well be introduced here for Chelsea. Benitez having a word or three with him.
    • 61' Spurs take the chance to bring on Gylfi Sigurdsson with Lennon departing the scene.
    • 60' Hazard sends Mata speeding clear. Breathtaking pass. He slips the ball to Ramires, who falls over when he seemed set to pull the trigger. He takes a blow to the head in falling.
    • 59' Huddlestone drives the free-kick into the heart of the Chelsea box, but Luiz makes the clearance.
    • 58' Cole watching Lennon like a hawk to come across as cover and make the clearance.
    • 57' Looks like Spurs are going to make a change as Assou-Ekotto knocks a pass straight out of play. Poor stuff really.
    • 56' Nine of the 11 Premier League goals scored by Brazilians for Chelsea this season have come at Stamford Bridge. Will there be more this evening?
    • 55' Glorious chance for Hazard. Did superbly well to give Walker the slip, but leans back and lifts the shot over the bar.
    • 54' Azpilicueta sends a dangerous ball swirling into the heart of the Spurs box. Lloris forced to watch that clear his bar by a couple of yards. Think that was intended to be a cross.
    • 53' Lovely ball into the middle by Luiz, but Torres just fails to get enough pace on the shot across the face of goal as Lloris holds on.
    • 52' Bale back defending well to head clear the Mata delivery. Chelsea continue to push and probe.
    • 51' Parker back to cut off the cross from Oscar and Chelsea continue to seek a third goal from another corner.
    • 50' The only team that managed to come back and win after trailing by one goal at half-time vs Chelsea this Premier League season was West Ham 3-1 (0-1) on December 1 2012.
    • 49' Chelsea clear the danger from Huddlestone's delivery. Plenty of pace on the ball, no white shirts lurking, looking for the initial delivery.
    • 48' Azpilicueta knocks the ball behind for a corner after a strong run up the park by Walker. Spurs have a corner here.
    • 47' An offside flag goes up against Lennon. Smart play by Cole to play the offside.
    • 46' We are off and running then in the second period.
    • 45+2' There goes the whistle for the break! A 2-1 lead for Chelsea at half-time. The correct scoreline at this stage of the match.
    • 44' We are into two minutes of time added on.
    • 43' Can't really argue with this scoreline. Chelsea have looked the likelier side going forward. Hazard picks out Oscar, but he sidefoots the ball into the arms of Lloris.
    • 42' Mata almost picks out Torres, but Huddlestone doing well to make the intervention at the key moment.
    • 41' Walker plays a lovely one-two with Adebayor, but can only knock the ball wide of goal. Real chance not taken. Was difficult with the left foot.
    • 40' Cole showing some nifty footwork to give Adebayor the slip. Spurs trying to find a way back.
    • 39' Goodness knows what is going on in that Spurs defence. Massive amounts of space between Vertonghen and Dawson at the heart of that visiting defence.
    • 38' Bale looking to bring Spurs back on terms, but the ball races away from him. Much to Cech's relief.
    • 37' GOAL! Ramires races onto the pass from Torres to prod the ball into the corner of the net. Brilliant run and finish. Chelsea lead 2-1.
    • 36' Ramires uncorks a shot at goal from 30 yards. Ramires with plenty of time to get that shot in. Always rising over the bar.
    • 35' Dawson miskicks trying to clear. Lloris then punches clear under pressure from Mata.
    • 34' Adebayor searching for his second goal. Goes beyond Cole, but can't control the volley as he shins the ball over the bar.
    • 33' Bale skips away from Cole. Manages to wallop the shot at goal, but that is a superb piece of defending by Cahill to make the block right on cue.
    • 32' Spurs not exactly covering themselves in glory from these corners. Chelsea asking the questions.
    • 31' Mata with Chelsea's latest corner but this time Lloris comes to punch before Azpilicueta nods wide of goal from the loose ball.
    • 30' Emmanuel Adebayor is unbeaten in Premier League matches vs Chelsea when scoring: winning 2-1 with Man City on 5 Dec 2009 and drawing 1-1 with Spurs on 22 Dec 2011.
    • 29' Super run by Lennon off the ball seconds before Adebayor lifted that shot high into the rigging.
    • 28' Spurs continue to look to hit on the break as Azpilicueta does well to deprive Bale of the ball.
    • 27' Emmanuel Adebayor scores his first goal in his fifth Premier League appearance at Stamford Bridge. Suddenly all you can hear are the Tottenham supporters.
    • 26' Chelsea kept retreating and retreating. And are punished. His fourth goal of the season. First real attacking move of the night by Spurs.
    • 25' GOAL! Adebayor bounds up the park from his own half. Looks up before lifting the ball over Cech from 23 yards out. Super finish.
    • 24' Parker manages to block the Hazard shot before Spurs hit on the break.
    • 23' Dawson manages to get his head in the way of a bullet shot by Mata. Brilliant piece of defending. Chelsea have the corner.
    • 22' Benitez out of his technical area. Chelsea on course to virtually secure Champions League football tonight.
    • 21' Luiz slams a free-kick into the Spurs wall. Bit ambitious, but Walker is closed off as he tried to bring the ball up the park.
    • 20' Great work by Hazard to win the ball from Holtby as he prepared to pull the trigger. And on we go here. Chelsea on the move.
    • 19' Walker failing to collect a ball out of defence from Assou-Ekotto. All of a bit of struggle so far for Spurs.
    • 18' Chelsea have only lost in one of the previous 11 matches Oscar scored in this season – the 2-1 loss at Shaktar in the Champions League in October.
    • 17' Tottenham managed only four shots last weekend, fewer than any other team playing on Saturday or Sunday. Need to work harder really in defence and midfield.
    • 16' Spurs again cut apart in defence as Mata knocks the ball over from Azpilicueta's cross. So much time and space in that visiting area.
    • 15' Holtby skips away from Ramires. Manages to get the shot at goal, but never really had the power to trouble Cech as the ball slides wide.
    • 14' Dawson penalised for a late challenge on Torres. The Chelsea fans making themselves heard.
    • 13' Too much passing from Spurs. Adebayor trying to pass his way through to goal, but Cole well positioned to make the intervention.
    • 12' Spurs never picking up properly in their box and were in trouble as soon as Cahill won the initial header on. What can Spurs come up with?
    • 11' GOAL! Oscar nods home from Cahill's header. Spurs caught cold from Mata's corner. A 1-0 lead for the home side.
    • 10' Ivanovic's header deflects wide of goal from Mata's free-kick. Chelsea have a corner here.
    • 9' Referee Mike Dean spotting an off the ball challenge by Huddlestone on Hazard. Free-kick to Chelsea 40 yards or so from goal.
    • 8' Not seen too much of Bale yet, but he does well to muscle the ball away from Azpilicueta.
    • 7' Mata turns on the edge of the Spurs box, but thumps the ball over the bar. A couple of yards over.
    • 6' Jan Vertonghen trying to bound forward before he goes to ground out wide. The outcome is a free-kick to Chelsea that Cech can launch from his own half.
    • 5' Another flag goes up against Chelsea - this time Torres deemed to have wandered offside.
    • 4' Walker trying to get Spurs on the move at the other end, but he can't get the cross in and eventually loses his balance. Goalkick to Chelsea.
    • 3' Some really bright play by Cole on the run. Mata caught offside seconds later when he seemed to be well onside.
    • 2' Benoit Assou-Ekotto having to come up with a brilliant intervention as Chelsea begin on the offensive. Spurs tested in the opening seconds.
    • 1' And off we go then. Plenty of noise at Stamford Bridge ahead of this one.
    • 19:40 Teams out on the park and we are almost ready to go in this one. On the day Sir Alex Ferguson retires as Manchester United manager, both of these teams get the chance to let us discuss something else. For the moment at least.
    • 19:35 Tottenham Hotspur have never won a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge in 20 visits. No side is currently on a longer run without victory at an opponent’s ground than Spurs against Chelsea. When Andre Villas-Boas was manager of Chelsea, he masterminded eight victories in 13 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge (62%).
    • 19:30 Chelsea coach Rafael Benitez is focused on Spurs rather than his future. "My future is Tottenham, after we will see. At the moment, I'm just thinking about Tottenham and what we could do. I have to keep doing my job, that is trying to prepare the team properly for every game, and the agents, they have to do their jobs."
    • 19:25 Tottenham captai Michael Dawson: "If we win our last three games we are in the Champions League. It's as simple as that. We haven't won here in a long time but we won at Old Trafford this season and there's now reason why we can't do that again."
    • 19:20 Andre Villas-Boas: "(Chelsea) is a club which I have gone past. I have good and bad memories like everyone else, but it was a period which did not finish the way I would have liked. (The race for a Champions League place) is still very, very open because of the remaining fixtures. Obviously if Chelsea win they are in (third) which means one less spot available and we wouldn't be depending on ourselves to achieve (a top-four finish)."
    • 19:15 Moussa Dembele misses out due to a hamstring injury which is a big low for a Tottenham midfield facing up to the formidable David Luiz. Emmanuel Adebayor also starts ahead of Jermain Defoe. Meanwhile, Chelsea leave John Terry, Frank Lampard and Demba Ba on the bench.
    • 19:10 TEAMS: Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole, Ramires, Luiz. Oscar, Mata, Hazard, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Terry, Lampard, Ake, Moses, Benayoun, Ba. /// Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Huddlestone, Parker, Holtby, Adebayor, Bale. Subs: Friedel, Caulker, Naughton, Carroll, Dempsey, Sigurdsson, Defoe.
    • 19:05 This game is massive in the battle for the top four. Chelsea are in third place with 68 points and a win today basically gives them a Champions League place for next season. Spurs are in fifth with 65 points, with Arsenal, who have played a game more, sandwiched in between on 67.
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      Defenders
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      Midfielders
      Goal Yellow Card 6.7 -
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      Goal Substitution Out84′ 7.3 -
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      Substitution Out73′ 7 -
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      Subs
      Substitution In84′ 3.5 -
      Substitution In73′ 4.8 -
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      Yellow Card 5.8 -
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      Midfielders
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      Substitution Out62′ 5.2 -
      Substitution Out70′ 4.8 -
      Yellow Card 5.2 -
      Strikers
      Goal 6.6 -
      Subs
      Substitution In70′ 5.1 -
      Substitution In62′ Goal 6.3 -

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  1. Why does the Spanish fool keep upsetting the balance in­ the last quarter and lose the advantage. Sooner he­ goes the better

    From Sadoldgit, on Thu 9 May 22:51
  2. It was a great display of football after all

    From Delyan, on Thu 9 May 8:22
  3. RAFA OUT

    From Sara, on Thu 9 May 8:07
  4. Torres should be coming in only when Chelsea has an­ advantage. he is not precise in his shots n poor in­ flexibility. Lampard, Terry and Ba was the backborne in­ this bench unfortunately coach left them on bench.­ Benitez shld learn how the futbal chemistry btwn­ certain players works. You dont jst leave players on­ the bench when facing an ever unpredicably tactful­ team. Coach miscalculates every time and Chelsea has­ now lost their famous glory of winning with striking­ diffrence in goals and play. Bring the Special one­ here. Michael K. Mukopi NAIROBI-KENYA

    From michael, on Thu 9 May 5:11
  5. unbiased in malta but why benitez persist with torres i­ cannot understand and get the impression that he wants­ to ruin J Terrys and F Lampards careers when they both­ played out there chelsea games with there heart on­ there sleeves and yet they are on the bench my­ understanding is you put out your strongest side and­ yet this manager does not answers on a postcard pleasse

    From Kevin, on Wed 8 May 23:26
  6. It's quite incredible just how bad Chelsea are,­ money no object, a billion spent and struggling to make­ the top four yet again.. I'f I was a Chelsea fan, I­ would be so ashamed and embarrassed by such a sad­ excuse for a football team, I wouldn't tell anyone­ I supported them.

    From Diogenes, on Wed 8 May 23:05
  7. Benites again how canhe this is the fouth time 2-0­ against reading same change (benayoun) end 2-2­ southampton 2-0 same change 2-2 at the end Liverpool­ 2-1 same change 2-2 at the end now 2-1 same change 2-2­ at the end

    From garry, on Wed 8 May 22:59
  8. Spurs will win their last two games , that's a­ given, Arsenal draw at Newcastle on the last day. Oh­ dear gooners, where did it all go wrong?

    From Diogenes, on Wed 8 May 22:51
  9. Olly face it Chelsea are better than spurs

    From Paul, on Wed 8 May 22:48
  10. dempsey should have come on earlier.

    From jeff, on Wed 8 May 22:37
  11. 178 ( Olly ) ... YAWN YAwn yawn

    From wakey wakey, on Wed 8 May 22:28
  12. Leaving Ba and Lampard and Terry on the bench was a­ mistake. Benayoun (84) and Mosses(73) did not enter­ the game to gain advantage over physical Spurs. In my­ opinion, the substitution was poor and another dark­ side in Benite z's calculation. Ba and Lampard­ would have been a better choice. Torres was left in­ the game too long.

    From Jack C, on Wed 8 May 22:11
  13. Benitez mess it up. Seeing Torres flop, no sub, Lamp is­ there, why Benayoun? Most of this gay should prepare to­ go go go go go go go go!!!!

    From Reuben, on Wed 8 May 21:59
  14. Thanks Chelsea, thx TOT #$%$, great result for THE­ ARSENAL draw was perfect result. FOYS

    From PLOPPENHAM HOTTURDS 4Life, on Wed 8 May 21:58
  15. Chelsea? Girls name!

    From , on Wed 8 May 21:53
  16. Look at the stats. Spurs more possession, more passes,­ equally as many shots on target, equally as many goals.­ Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.

    From Olly, on Wed 8 May 21:51
  17. Rafa is sick look at his starting 11 and substitutions­ Ba shouldv been playing in starting 11... instead of­ bringing Ba in game he brought n puseyy Benayoun and­ vistor mosses... so sick he made these sort of blunders­ otherwise we wudv been confirmed in top 4 by now....­ sick Rafa..

    From Gladiator, on Wed 8 May 21:49
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    plastic team, plastic fans, plastic flags, plastic­ owner, plastic trophies, plastic F.C.

    From Olly, on Wed 8 May 21:48
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    Arsenal pip #$%$ into 4th place champions leage!ha ha­ ha ha.

    From miles, on Wed 8 May 21:46
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    enjoy your thursday night football chokers lol tiny­ tiny spurs

    From Blue on crack City, on Wed 8 May 21:44
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