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12 December 2010
• White Hart Lane, London
Referee: M. Dean
• Attendance: 35787
R. Pavlyuchenko 16'
D. Drogba 70'
FULL-TIME!!! It's all over at the Lane. It's ended 1-1 in what was a scintilating game. It could have been so much better for the Blues but they will be happy with the point. Tottenham move back into fifth four points adrift of Chelsea and five behind leaders Arsenal.
90' + 3'
Penalty save Gomes
90' + 3'
Missed Penalty Didier Drogba
90' + 2'
UNBELIEVABLE STUFF!!!! GOMES SAVES DROGBA'S PENALTY!!!! Gomes goes from zero to hero as he saves Drogba's penalty well down to his left. Gomes gave the penalty away in the first place as Ramires got to the ball first and the Brazilian clattered into the midfielder. Mike Dean had no option but to give a penalty. Astonishing few final minutes.
90' + 1'
PENALTY TO CHELSEA!!!!!!!
Yellow Card Didier Drogba
Yellow Card Gomes
The fourth official states there will be four minutes of added time......
Wilson Palacios is replaced by Sandro for the final stages at White Hart Lane.
Crouch gets his head to free-kick but Cech gathers easily and then laiunches a huge clearance down field towards Drogba. The big centre forward tussles with Bassong to get to the ball but is penalised for tugging on the defenders shirt.
Another tricky moment for Gomes as Chelsea break. Anelka travels across the halfway line with the ball and puts in a through ball to Sturridge but the keeper reads the danger and makes the clearance.
James Daly reports from the Lane: Heart in mouth moment as Lampard goes down clutching his leg, but the No.8 gingerly gets to his feet.
Frank Lampard makes his return from injury after three months out by replacing Florent Malouda. The England international has just over 10 minutes to make an impact on this game.
Florent Malouda swings in a corner which Didier Drogba flicks on at the front post and it looks for all the world that Daniel Sturridge will have a tap in , but Assou-Ekotto sticks out a leg and clears the ball. Great defending from the full-back who has had another impressive game.
James Daly reports from the Lane: Ancelotti is no happy with Dean's decision to punish Essien for a challenge on Modric, remonstrating with the fourth official, while Redknapp hands out advice to Bale. Everything about this game; the tempo, atmosphere and intensity has been turned up a notch.
Yellow Card Michael Essien
The away fans can now be heard at White Hart Lane but Tottenham are still coming forward.
Assist Petr Cech
Goal Didier Drogba
GOAL!! AND CHELSEA ARE BACK IN IT THANKS TO DIDIER DROGBA!! You have to say Gomes should have done better with that shot. It's proper route one stuff from the champiosn and Drogba wins a header up aainst Michael Dawson, and the Ivorian spins and hammers a shot on the half volley from the left side of the box. The shot is straight at Gomes who can only plam the ball into his own net. It was a ferocious sht but the keeper will be disappointed with that when he sees it again. 1-1 and the game is wide open.
Salomon Kalou is being replaced by Daniel Sturridge.
This game is still being played at 100 miles per hour. Both sides are really going for it and it is creating a real spectacle.
Alan Hutton dinks in a cross from the right edge of the box and Crouch tries to get his head on the ball but Ivanovic does well to get his body in bewteen the ball and the goal.
Gareth Bale goes on another of his mesmorising runs but his shot is far from what we have come to expect from the Welsh star and does not trouble Cech.
No sign of Harry Redknapp settling for what he's got as Jermaine Defoe is replaced by Peter Crouch.
Chelsea much the livlier team at the moment and the pressure is building on Spurs as they try to hold onto their slender lead.
Drogba stings the palms of Gomes with an ambitious shot. Chelsea play some intricate football involving Ashley Cole who tees up Drogba from 35 yards but the keeper tips the ball around the post.
James Daly reports from the Lane: Frank lampard comes off the bench for a warm up trot towards the Chelsea fans and is greeted with chants bearing his name. Could the all-action midfielder be introduced for his first appearance since August imminently?
Alan Hutton releases Lennon down the right and the winger sends in a cross which Bale eads back into the danger area. Ivanovic clears only as far a Luka Modric who volleys the ball wide of the target.
Drogba is straight into the action as Terry picks him out with a long ball but the Ivorian just strayed into an offside position.
Defoe nearly make it two as Lenon squares the ball to him just outside the box. The England striker's first-time shot just goes past the post.
John Obi Mikel
It hasn't taken long for Carlo Ancelotti to bring on his start striker as John Obi Mikel is replaced by Didier Drogba. Lets see if he can spark the champions into life.
Tottenham get us back underway....
HALF-TIME!! The referee blows for the interval just as Spurs are pushing for a second. What a great half of football and spurs lead at the break thanks to Roman Pavyluchenko's early goal. Join us in around 15 minutes time for the second-half.
45' + 1'
Petr Cech comes to the Champons rescue as he just about cuts out Pavlyuchenko's through ball for Jermaine Defoe. The Czech keeper rushed out of his box and managed to et a toe to the ball just before the lively England striker.
Chelsea have the ball in the net through Anelka but the officials rule it out for offside. Replays clearly show the Frenchman failed to get back onside before the ball was played in by Ramires.
Bassong makes a vital intervention just before Anelka pulls the trigger. The ball goes out for a corner. Gomes punches clear under pressure from John Terry.
Hutton clips in a near inch perfect through ball for Jermaine Defoe but John Terry manages to cut it out.
Florent Malouda stands over a free-kick on the right touchline and swings in an inviting ball which Salomon Kalou gets his head onto the ball. But his glancing header just creeps past the far post, much to the relief od a scrambling Gomes.
Yellow Card Benoit Assou-Ekotto
Malouda delivers a cross into the box but the only Chelsea player in the box is John Terry. Bassong makes the clearance.
James Daly reports from White Hart Lane: Anelka comes over to the dug out for something urgent: a change of boot. One of his blue and white numbers isnt doing the job so he swaps it for a yellow and black effort and now looks like north London's biggest fashion faux pas.
There is a fantastic pace to this game. Both sides are really going for it which is making for a fantastic encounter.
This game has really opened u since the goal as Bale goes on another surging run dow the left but his cross is straight to a grateful Petr Cech.
Chelsea go close to levelling the scores but Gomes saves once again. Salomon Kalou gets his head to a Nicolas Anelka cross but the keeper gets down well to his left to claw the ball away.
James Daly reports from White Hart Lane: Well it's taken five minutesfor a Spurs man to offer retribution to Michael Essien as Pavlyuchenko snaps at his heels and gives away a free-kick. Needless to say the Ghanaian gets no sympathy from the home crowd.
Nasty challenge from Essien on Gareth Bale. The Welsh winger is kicked on the back of the knee and ets his studs caught in the turf. His knee twists and he is very lucky to avoid serious injury.
James Daly reports from the Lane: A hint of offside in the build up to Pavlyuchenko's excellent strike, and Carlo Ancelotti isn't happy, shaking his head as he slumps back in his seat. His opposite number offer even less emotion, with Harry Redknapp getting one high five before sitting back down.
Assist Jermain Defoe
Goal Roman Pavlyuchenko
James Daly reports from White Hart Lane: That's the first time Bale has beaten Ferreira down the left wing, the Portguese standing his ground in opening quarter of an hour against the Premier League's best left midfielder.
GOAL FOR TOTTENHAM! PAVLYUCHENKO MAKES IT 1-0 TO SPURS!! Jermain Defoe is played in down the left by Assou-Ekotto and cuts inside before playing in Roman Pavlyuchenko inside the box. The Russian striker turns away from Ivanovic and fires superbly past Petr Cech into the bottom left corner. great start for Harry Redknapp's side.
Gareth Bale gets his first real involvement as he bursts past Paulo Ferreira and swings in a brilliant first time cross but none of his teammates can capitalise.
Branislav Ivanovic lines up a free-kick from 30 yards but gets it all wrong and fires well wide.
Chelsea have started brightly here with Essien at the heart of his sides sharp passing. The Ghana international fires in another shot from 25-yards but it is straight at Gomes.
Michael Essien fires in a volley at Gomes, but the tall keeper handles the ball well.
Our reporter at the Lane today is James Daly and he writes: Loudest cheer of the day so far is for the returning Michael Dawson, whose name is met with raucaus applause from the home fans. The loudest boo is for John Terry, but no-one is really surprised about that.
Good possession for Chelsea but both sides have started nervously with a few slack passes. Ivanovic nearlly sells John Terry short with Jermaine Defoe lurking, but the former England captain tidies up with a pass to Petr Cech.
Early chance for the visitors as Luka Modric gives the ball away in midfield and Florent Malouda picks out Anelka who turns and shoots weakly wide.
Chelsea get us underway at a rocking White Hart Lane....
The players are on their way out onto the pitch. We are not far away from kick-off...
And here is how the champions line up: Chelsea: Cech; Ferreira, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Mikel, Essien; Kalou, Anelka, Malouda. Subs: Turnbull, Lampard, Drogba, Sturridge, Van Aanholt, Bruma, McEachran.
Here is today's Tottenham line-up: Tottenham: Gomes; Hutton, Dawson, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Palacios, Modric, Bale; Pavlyuchenko, Defoe. Subs: Cudicini, Bentley, Keane, Crouch, Giovani, Corluka, Sandro.
Big team news from the ground is Didier Drogba starts on the bench alongside the returning Frank Lampard for the champions. While Spurs are without William Gallas but are boosted by the return of Michael Dawson to the heart of the defence.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live text commentary of this afternoon's Premier League match between London rivals Tottenham and Chelsea. The two sides go head to head at White Hart Lane with all to play for. Chelsea have the opportunity to leap frog Manchester United and Arsenal and back to the top of the table, while Spurs could move back to fifth and to within one point of the Blues and three points of the leaders.
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