Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham: Harry Kane scores a dramatic 96th minute equalizer to salvage a point from Spurs

Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham: Harry Kane scores a dramatic 96th minute equalizer to salvage a point from Spurs

Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham: Harry Kane scores a dramatic 96th minute equalizer to salvage a point from Spurs

Both managers sent off, a 96th-minute equalizer, brilliance and wonderful mayhem, it’s fair to say the Premier League got off to a serious start at Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Conte and Thomas Tuchel had already been reprimanded for events that occurred after Tottenham’s first equalizer goal. And then, after Reece James put Chelsea ahead for the second time, Tottenham scored again.

This one was even more dramatic than the first, making it pretty much into the final act of an extra six minutes in the second half. It was an easy goal, a Harry Kane header from Tottenham’s third consecutive corner, but there was precious little time to absorb the impact before referee Anthony Taylor blew the final whistle.

Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham: Harry Kane scores a dramatic 96th minute equalizer to salvage a point from Spurs

Harry Kane took a corner in the 96th minute to salvage a point in Spurs’ death against Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte were sent off for collision on the touchline after the final whistle at Stamford Bridge

Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte were sent off for collision on the touchline after the final whistle at Stamford Bridge

At that point, Conte and Tuchel came together again for the cordial sports handshake, and the opposite unfolded.

Now they were facing each other again, the coaches rushing to contain them, the players too. A giant melee that ended with a flash of red from Taylor to both managers. The only red on display in this stadium for the entire afternoon. This was blue on blue. The heat also a time to die.

Conte could be seen exchanging fierce words with his former player César Azpilicueta. Without a doubt, the Football Association will also participate. But it was quite a show. And the game wasn’t bad either.

Kalidou Koulibaly scored on his home debut with an impressive 19th-minute volley to put Chelsea 1-0 up at half-time.

Kalidou Koulibaly scored on his home debut with an impressive 19th-minute volley to put Chelsea 1-0 up at half-time.

Chelsea probably thought she had won it: twice. The second time through Reece James with just 13 minutes left. The club may spend more in this transfer window than any other during the Roman Abramovich era, but James showed there’s still nothing like a crack scored by one of their own.

So when James ran into Kai Havertz’s pass in the 77th minute and simply lobbed the ball both through Hugo Lloris and past him, the roof came off this place, proper, for the first time since Todd Boehly took over. the control.

The new owner, celebrated with a faux stars and stripes banner being passed around the Matthew Harding Stand, was also here to witness it. He first he is a businessman, of course; but now perhaps he has an even clearer idea of ​​why he was all the fuss, despite the ultimate disappointment.

This was Premier League football at its finest. A lot of emotion, a lot of energy, a lot of tension, the frenzy extends to the touchline and the stands.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg reconciled Tottenham in the second half after Jorginho was caught sleeping in the penalty area.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg reconciled Tottenham in the second half after Jorginho was caught sleeping in the penalty area.

Reece James' 77th-minute goal erupted at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea fans thought the England star had won the fiery derby.

Reece James’ 77th-minute goal erupted at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea fans thought the England star had won the fiery derby.

MATCH FACTS

chelsea: Mendy, James, Silva, Koulibaly, Loftus-Cheek, Kante, Jorginho, Cucurella, Mount, Havertz, Sterling

Substitutes: Arrizabalaga, Pulisic (84′), Chalobah, Broja, Hudson-Odoi, Chilwell, Ziyech, Gallagher (85′), Azpilicueta (73′)

Manager: Tuchel

Goals: Koulibaly (19′), James (77′)

Yellow: James, Mendy, Havertz

Red: Tuchel

tottenham: Lloris, Romero, Dier, Davies, Emerson, Bentancur, Hojbjerg, Sessegnon, Kulusevski, Son, Kane

Substitutes: Doherty, Sánchez, Richarlison (57′), Gil, Perisic (79′), Forster, Tanganga, Moura (82′), Bissouma (79′)

Manager: I counted

Goals: Hojbjerg (68′), Kane (96′)

Yellow: None

Red: I counted

Referee: Anthony Taylor

After Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg equalized for Tottenham, Tuchel’s complaint was that Conte had invaded the Chelsea box with his celebrations, and both managers were booked.

When James scored Chelsea’s second, Tuchel’s own elation prompted him to run José Mourinho-style down the touchline and, no doubt intentionally, through Tottenham territory at high speed. Childish, yes. But fabulous fun.

By this time, Chelsea already had a heightened sense of injustice caused by the fact that, prior to Tottenham’s first goal, Rodrigo Bentancur seemed to have committed a fairly obvious foul on Havertz which referee Anthony Taylor saw but deemed fair.

So when Jorginho lost possession and messed up too much in his own box, and Hueng-min Son finally passed the ball to Hojbjerg, Chelsea were already upset by previous events.

The foul had occurred a minute before, mind you, so it was never going to be taken into account. But amidst the chaos, this was an exciting game of football. And we go.

This was the match that was considered the marker of Tottenham’s progress under Antonio Conte and Chelsa gave them a considerably more rigorous test than previous opponents Southampton. So with so much invested, financially and spiritually, in Conte’s revolution, the first half must have been a disappointment.

Chelsea was much better, they deserved their advantage, and Tottenham’s impression in the game was negligible.

His only real chance, a clever and quick free kick deep by Harry Kane that left Ryan Sessgnon in a one-on-one with Edouard Mendy, was ruled offside. The Chelsea goalkeeper stops the shot with his legs anyway.

Apart from that, it was Chelsea who dominated. Conte has built a strong, physical, very tall, very combative Tottenham and the rivals will have to stand up to him this season. The smaller, slimmer Chelsea did just that. In Marc Cucurella they have an impressively feisty presence and, preferred to Ben Chilwell on the left, he did not disappoint. He clearly loves tackles and made a lot of them.

A fellow left-winger, Christian Romero, brought down and it was only when Cucurella ran in to take a quick throw-in that the Tottenham man began to roll clutching his ankle. Anthony Taylor bought it and stopped Chelsea’s counter-attack from developing so Romero could get treatment. He stayed down, but no physios crossed the white line. It was clearly an act.

But Kane's strike in Tottenham Hotspur's death earned Spurs a share of the spoils and a place in the top four.

But Kane’s strike in Tottenham Hotspur’s death earned Spurs a share of the spoils and a place in the top four.

Thomas Tuchel knew how he wanted to get a Tottenham and was comically infuriated when N’Golo Kante chose to roll the ball wide rather than find a way up the middle. He spun around, literally jumping like crazy and cursing loudly above the crowd – the first capacity event at Stamford Bridge since penalties were applied.

But Chelsea was growing in confidence. In the 18th minute, a pass from Kante of the kind that had Tuchel’s approval found Raheem Sterling, who unloaded sharply on Kai Havertz, Chelsea’s false nine earning a corner. Cucurella struck from the left and, aided by a desperate Tottenham strike, fell to an unprotected Kalidou Koulibaly, who volleyed with his right foot into the cut, past a melee of players and into the net. Since he was recruited for his no-nonsense defense, it was a huge advantage.

Tottenham’s response was understated, to say the least, with the best being a break through Hueng-min Son that Reece James finished with an obvious foul. Son hadn’t even gotten to the middle of Chelsea. Better was a chance early in the second half, Kane to Son, but Mendy came out to frustrate him from a tight angle.

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