Chelsea 2 Spurs 1

By Paul Lagan
Last updated : 26 November 2016

Chelsea ended Spurs' unbeaten league start to the season 2-1 at Stamford Bridge this evening and remain top of the Premier league.

Trailing to an 11th minute blaster from Christian Eriksen, the Spain midfielder collected the ball from Nemanja Matic, before turning on a sixpence and unleashing a wonder strike of his own, that curled around the Spurs defence and zipped into the top left hand corner of Hugo Llori's net.

For the opening 45 minutes, the Blues were second best, but that goal, produced the confidence the home side needed to force their north London neighbours back.
And it was Victor Moses who side-footed powerfully into the Spurs goal, six minutes after the restart that put Chelsea into the lead for the fist time.
They held on to win three vital points and extend their unbeaten league record against Spurs that goes back to 1990.

Spurs stared the brighter, keeping possession well and forcing the Blues to retreat to the edge of their own penalty area.
Harry Kane had the ball in the back of Thibaut Courtois's net on five minutes. But he was a yard offside from Christian Eriksen in-swinging free-kick.
The visitors totally deserved to take the lead on 11 minutes when Eriksen thumped home a sizzling left-footer from just outside the Chelsea penalty area, that swerved out of the reach of the desperate dive of Courtois.
That was the first league goal conceded by Chelsea in 611 minutes.
David Luiz was first in the book of Michael Oliver for a needless foul on 18 minutes.
Chelsea's first shot on target came on 29 minutes when a Luiz 25-yard free-kick dipped over the Spurs defence, but goalkeeper Hugo Lloris easily snaffled the ball to safety.
A Kane thumper forced Courtois to parry the ball over his crossbar as the visitors looked to double their lead.
But with seconds to go to the half-time whistle, Nemanja Matic passed to Pedro, who with a deft clip and turn arrowed a sensational right-footed curler high and wide of loris and the ball slammed into the back of the Spurs net.
It was an undeserved equaliser, but a very welcome one from the majority of the 41, 513 fans crammed in to Stamford Bridge.
There was no change of personnel at half-time by either side.
Within six minutes of the restart, the Blues had taken the lead. Winning the ball in midfield, the ball was fed to Diego Costa on the left. His powerful run to the byline saw him cut the ball across goal. An in-running Victor Moses was on hand to smash the ball goal-bound. Neither Lloris or Jan Vertonghen could keep the ball out.
Marcos Alonso then fired a right-footer over the crossbar as the the Blues went in search of another.
Antonio Conte made his first change, replacing an off-form Hazard with Willian with 13 minutes left on the clock.

His second change came four minutes later Moses off for Branislav Ivanovic. Which was soon followed by Oscar entering the fray for Pedro.
Spurs could not muster a worthwhile attack from their and the Blues clung onto the goal advantage to stay top of the league.
Next up is a trip to the Ethiad to face Manchester City next Saturday.


Teams: Chelsea, Courtois, Alonso, Kante, Hazard, Pedro, Moses, Costa, Matic, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Luiz
Subs: Begovic, Ivanovic, Fabregas, Oscar, Willian, Batshuayi, Chalobah

Spurs, Lloris, Walker, Veronghen, Son, Kane, Wanyama, Dier, Dembele, Alli, Eirksen, Wimmer
Subs, Vorm, Jansen, Nkoudou, Tripper, Onomah, Winks, Carter-Vickers

Referee: Michael Oliver

 

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