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  • December 22, 2011
  • • 3:00 PM
  • • White Hart Lane, London
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 36141
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  • 90' + 4'
    That will do us then. An intriguing game throughout that on reflection a draw was probably a fair result. A fair amount of controversy in the game but when isn't there. Now people just need to wait a few days for the next installment of Premier League games with Goal.com.
  • 90' + 2'
    John Terry has just saved a point here for Chelsea. For one of the first times in the second half Spurs carve Chelsea wide open and Bale's ball to Adebayor is inch perfect. The Togolese striker's finish is past Cech but Terry of all people races past and slides to clear up.
  • 90'
    So we've got three minutes left for someone to sneak a winner here.
  • 87'
    What a miss that is. Mata's free kick is beautifully flighted and the Brazilian is unmarked ten yards out but all he can do is head it over. Both teams throwing chances away willy nilly at the moment.
  • 85'
    There it nearly was as Sandro got the ball 30-yards out then decides to take on three Chelsea players before getting a deflected shot at goal. The ball looks like it's going over Cech but he gets a hand to it. From the resultant corner Gallas is presented with a glorious opportunity but he makes a hash of the ball from the near post.
  • 83'
    It's just all a bit quiet at White Hart Line as both teams have got themselves really organised defensively, it will take something special to get a winner at this rate.
  • 80'
    'Arry still has two changes up his sleeve and they are beginning to look a little sluggish so he may be looking for a substitution sooner rather than later. Rather muted few minutes here. The calm before the storm?
  • 77'
    Substitution Didier Drogba Fernando Torres
  • 75'
    The Cole-Walker battle continues as the Chelsea man slides down the line and puts in a hard cross that is blocked away.
  • 73'
    The ball bounces in to Sturridge at the top of the box and fires one in on Friedel who collects nicely.
  • 71'
    Ramires getting into things down the right as he dinks in a cross to Mata who is a step off the pace and Walker bounces it behind for a corner.
  • 70'
    Yellow Card Gareth Bale
    Another yellow as Bale takes down Cole pretty clumsily. Not the best there.
  • 68'
    From the kick, Sandro gets a free header that he puts wide of the far post. Poor poor effort there.
  • 68'
    More pressure from Spurs as Walker walks off a couple and slides it in to Modric whose first time shot is put behind for a corner.
  • 67'
    Parker dances into the box in a very un-Parker way and nearly has a go at goal but is dispossessed at the last touch. Still waiting for a winner...
  • 66'
    The Blues win a dangerous freekick to the left of goal that Meireles bends in and Ramires just misses at the far post. Good chance there for Chelsea.
  • 64'
    Juan Mata is playing, apparently, and gives Gallas a little trouble along the byline by the French defender doesn't surrender. Yup, read that right.
  • 62'
    Bit of a testy period of the match now. Lots of shouts for fouls, handles, so on and so forth. Blah blah blah.
  • 61'
    Another questionable handle in the box that is dismissed by Howard Webb.
  • 60'
    Spurs defend well as Cole tries to put the ball in down the left but is thwarted nicely. Corner coming.
  • 58'
    From a freekick in the Chelsea end, Modric chips in, bounces off Gallas and then Ade into the net but the Togo striker is deemed offsides.
  • 56'
    Walker tries to bounce the ball into the box off his head and knee. Chips in a cross that goes behind. Spurs trying to get back into things.
  • 55'
    Wonderful start by the Blues to the second half.
  • 54'
    From the corner, Terry gets his head on it but its caught nicely by Friedel.
  • 54'
    Another amazing ball from Drogba who slides one through the middle to Ramires who is in on net but can't beat a charging Friedel. Goes behind for a corner...
  • 53'
    Drogba puts in a dangerous cross to Sturridge who got to the inside of his man but its just a hair over the Englishman's head.
  • 51'
    Now Sturridge...its a long shot fest by the Blues.
  • 50'
    Moments later, Ramires has a turn and his effort goes way over.
  • 49'
    Little bit of room for Meireles again in the middle the pitch. This shot is a bit further off.
  • 48'
    Good start by the Blues, attacking and defending well.
  • 47'
    Drogba looks pretty eager here in the early going as the corner deflects off his head behind for a goal kick.
  • 47'
    Drogba takes the kick and it bounds off the wall and behind for a corner.
  • 46'
    Substitution Rafael van der Vaart Roman Pavlyuchenko
  • 46'
    Early doors, Chelsea wins a freekick in a dangerous area after Sandro takes down Drogba.
  • 45'
    And we're underway!
  • Teams coming out for the second period now. Not long for kickoff now...
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  • 45' + 5'
    There's the whistle to end the first period. Should be an excellent second 45 minutes.
  • 45' + 5'
    We'll have a late corner here as Bale sees his chip in played behind by Ferreira. Comes to nothing.
  • 45' + 3'
    Substitution John Obi Mikel Oriol Romeu
    He'll have to come off, with Romeu his replacement.
  • 45' + 2'
    Mikel goes down with a niggle and slowly walks off. A few more minutes til the half then.
  • 45' + 1'
    Great chance by Ade. BAE bounces in a low cross that the Togo man bounces back slightly and has a hard shot on net that Cech snares well.
  • 45'
    We'll have three minutes of stoppages to end a very exciting first half.
  • 44'
    Modric puts in the freekick from deep left...but it was poor and didn't get past the first man in the box.
  • 43'
    Yellow Card Ramires
    Ramires puts in a very very late tackle on Bale near the touchline. Looks really bad as Bale has barely moved on the floor. Scissor move, too Straight in the book for the Brazilian.
  • 41'
    BAE with a strong shoulder to Ferreira down the right side. The fullbacks are battering each other in this one.
  • 40'
    I can't even put into words how good Bale is. Won't do him justice. Just had three fabulous touches that you only dream of.
  • 38'
    Adebayor seemingly asking for a second yellow with a late boot to the heel of Mikel.
  • 37'
    Walker and Cole do battle down the right and Walker puts in a shoulder to Cole and we get a whistle. Nice little bit of argy bargy.
  • 36'
    After a frenetic first 30 minutes, the pace has slowed a bit in the last five minutes or so. Adjustments have been made, adjustments have been made.
  • 34'
    Walker puts in a hard cross from the far side but it misses everyone. Could have done more there, me thinks.
  • 33'
    Substitution Branislav Ivanovic Paulo Ferreira
    Ivanovic goes off for veteran defender Paulo Ferreira...
  • 33'
    Spurs put a bit of pressure at the other end but aren't able to get a real chance on net.
  • 32'
    And it looks like he's coming off...
  • 30'
    Ivanovic is off getting a hammy rub down. Could spell trouble for the Blues as their defensive cover is thin.
  • 29'
    Steady play by Chelsea now. Some nice passing is worked around to Bosingwa who puts in a lovely cross to Drogba at the far post. The Ivorian settles on his chest and fires a rocket with his left peg that hits off the near post. Brilliant play by the lad.
  • 27'
    Meireles finds a few yards of space straight on and hammers a shot in on Friedel who is able to deflect and catch this time. Won't spill one like that twice.
  • 26'
    Bosingwa have real trouble with Bale down the left. Again, duh.
  • 25'
    Spurs trying to react to the goal from Chelsea with a little play in the final third. Adebayor tries to see VDV in the box his cross is pushed away. Great 25 minutes so far. Chelsea don't really deserve to be level, if I'm being quite honest.
  • 23'
    Assist Ashley Cole
  • 23'
    Goal Daniel Sturridge
    WE ARE LEVEL! A questionable non-handball call is left as Drogba flicks to Cole (the suspected handler) who races down the left and puts in a similar cross to Bale's and finds Sturridge at the far post who taps in for a 1-1 score.
  • 22'
    Twenty minutes in and Chelsea still being dominated. Don't think it has put three passes together yet.
  • 20'
    Little stoppage now as Meireles gets some treatment thanks to Ade's boot on his foot. Bit sore that one.
  • 19'
    Yellow Card Emmanuel Adebayor
    Adebayor imposing himself on the match early. First the goal, then a little late stamp that brings a yellow.
  • 19'
    Chelsea trying to slow things down a bit at the moment...
  • 17'
    Pressure every time Chelsea gets on the ball. The home side is looking much more interested at the moment.
  • 15'
    Bale again causing trouble. 3-on-1 going into the corner and he wins just that. Great player. (Duh).
  • 14'
    Chelsea now with a touch or two on the ball, but really hasn't settled into this match at all so far.
  • 13'
    The set piece is blocked by the wall for a corner. The next set piece is cleared away. Resolute play there by the Blues.
  • 12'
    Yellow Card Branislav Ivanovic
    Down the other end, Bale causes trouble again as he forces Ivanovic to pull him down going into the box. Yellow for the defender, dangerous free kick for Spurs...
  • 11'
    Hello! Chelsea almost get one back right the way as Mata fires a huge shot from deep that Friedel could only deflect in front of him. Sturridge could only put his follow up over the net. Really should have scored there.
  • 9'
    I'd say Harry is pleased with how Spurs have started...
  • 8'
    Assist Gareth Bale
  • 8'
    Goal Emmanuel Adebayor
    WE HAVE A GOAL INSIDE 10 MINUTES! Gareth Bale bounds down the left with blistering speed and puts in a great ball across the box to Adebayor who tips it by Cech for the 1-0 lead to Spurs. Amazing goal, shaky keeping.
  • 6'
    Van der Vaart and Parker work a nice little one-two into the Blues box. Really nice move there. Ball ends up going out for a goal kick.
  • 6'
    First five minutes? 80% possession for Spurs. Usually changes though.
  • 5'
    Lovely little ball along the deck from Ledley King to B.A.E. Some good defending by Chelsea however.
  • 4'
    Some tasty one-touch passing from Spurs to all areas of the pitch. Lots of pressure on the visitors.
  • 3'
    Definitely been all Spurs for the first few minutes. Harry will be pleased with this start. Chelsea hasn't seen much of the ball.
  • 2'
    Bale has a run through the middle, slides to the right and has a shot that John Terry puts a leg on and blocks. Great stuff from the Chelsea captain.
  • 2'
    Lots of noise coming from the Spurs fans, as you'd expect for a match like this.
  • 1'
    Quickly from the start, Adebayor charges forward and nearly forces a corner but it ends up as a goal kick.
  • 1'
    Underway!
  • Teams are set and ready! Here we gooooooooo!
  • What we all feeling for this one? I'm thinking a 2-1 Spurs shocker.
  • Teams yet to come out of the tunnel but they look ready to go! Exciting stuff, people.
  • Chelsea: Cech; Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Mikel, Meireles; Sturridge, Drogba, Mata. Subs: Turnbull, Ferreira, Romeu, Lampard, Malouda, Kalou, Torres.
  • Tottenham: Fridel; Walker, Gallas, King, Assou-Ekotto; Modric, Parker, Sandro, Bale; Van der Vaart, Adebayor. Subs: Gomes, Bassong, Kaboul, Rose, Kranjcar, Livermore, Pavlyuchenko.
  • Hello everyone! Goal.com's Shane Evans here with you for Tottenham-Chelsea. Follow me on Twitter to start @shanevans and @GoalUSA as well. Here come your lineups...