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  • April 30, 2011
  • • 17:30
  • • Stamford Bridge, London
  • Referee: A. Marriner
  • • Attendance: 41681
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  • 90' + 4'
    FULL TIME. CHELSEA 2-1 TOTTENHAM. Two huge slices of luck have put Chelsea three points off Manchester United in the title race. Sandro put Spurs ahead with a wondergoal before a Gomes howler resulted in the linesman wrongly awarding Frank Lampard a goal that didn't cross the line. The winner was scored by Kalou in the 89th minute to the huge relief of Carlo Ancelotti's men. Spurs Champions League hopes are now very slim as they sit four points off Manchester City having played one more game then their rivals.
  • 90' + 3'
    Spurs have a late corner that comes to nothing. Looks like Chelsea will be taking all three points from this one!
  • 90'
    Four minutes added on at Stamford Bridge.
  • 89'
    Assist Didier Drogba
  • 89'
    Goal Salomon Kalou
  • 89'
    GOAL!! CHELSEA!! KALOU!! CHELSEA 2-1 TOTTENHAM. They're still in the title face! The ball falls to the feet of Drogba on the edge of the box, he scuffs a left footed shot across the face of goal that finds Kalou, and the substitute slots the ball into the back of the net to the relief of every Chelsea fan inside Stamford Bridge. Replays showed that Kalou was infact offside and Chelsea can count themselves very lucky to be ahead!
  • 86'
    Ramires tries to win the game by himself by running through the heart of Spurs midfield before throwing himself to the floor trying to win a free-kick. Referee Marriner waves away his claims and Spurs clear.
  • 85'
    SubstitutionRafael van der Vaart Jermaine Jenas
  • 83'
    David Luiz wins Chelsea a free-kick on the edge of the box. Drogba curls the ball into the box and Lampard tries to stroke the ball into the bottom corner but can't get a clean connection on the ball and Gomes gratefully gathers.
  • 80'
    Bale has reverted back to left-back whilst Pienaar takes over down the left-wing.
  • 79'
    SubstitutionVedran Corluka Steven Pienaar
  • 77'
    Vedran Corluka looks to have pulled his hamstring whilst ushering the ball back to Heurelho Gomes. He is replaced by Steven Pienaar.
  • 74'
    This game is so stretched at the moment as both teams press for a valuable winner. The camera cuts to Sir Alex Ferguson in the crowd who knows a draw today takes them one step closer to a record 19th Premier League crown.
  • 73'
    SubstitutionFlorent Malouda Nicolas Anelka
  • 71'
    John Terry was booked for his protestations in the aftermath of that penalty shout.
  • 69'
    Yellow Card John Terry
  • 69'
    Andre Marriner has another huge decision to make. Malouda goes down under a challenge from Kaboul and the whole of Stamford Bridge scream 'PENALTY!' however Marriner waves away their desperate pleas to the amazement of Carlo Ancelloti on the sidelines. Spurs fans will say the decisions have evened themselves out after Lampards controversial equaliser on the stroke of half-time.
  • 67'
    John Terry fells Jermain Defoe on the edge of the box and Van Der Vaart stands over the free-kick. He steps up only to hit a tame effort straight into the wall. Poor from the Dutchman.
  • 64'
    Gomes is the centre of attention once again, and it is another long range strike that he fails to deal with. Drogba hits a free-kick from 40 yards out and despite it looking like an easy catch for the Spurs keeper, he palms the ball straight infront of him. Luckily for him the Chelsea players haven't got enough time to react and the ball cannons off one of them and goes out for a goal kick.
  • 62'
    SubstitutionFernando Torres Salomon Kalou
  • 61'
    Not much action to report at the moment as both teams are struggling to find any sort of rhythm since the series of changes that have occurred in the last few moments.
  • 58'
    SubstitutionRoman Pavlyuchenko Jermain Defoe
  • 58'
    Changes for both sides as both managers look to push for a win they vitally needed in their respective pushes for the title and final Champions League place.
  • 57'
    SubstitutionMichael Essien Ramires
  • 57'
    Yellow Card Roman Pavlyuchenko
  • 56'
    More work for Gomes as Malouda gets forced wide but still gets a tame shot away that is easily collected by the Spurs keeper.
  • 54'
    In the aftermath of Gomes' first half howler, Drogba tries his luck from distance and it swerves right to left and Gomes does well to palm the ball away.
  • 52'
    Modric and Van Der Vaart are linking up extremely well in the middle of the park as Spurs begin the second half far brighter than they began the first.
  • 49'
    The frustration that I spoke about earlier regarding Drogba has come to a head as he refuses to give referee Andre Marriner the ball back as he complains about the decision that went against Ivanovic moments before. He recieves a yellow card for his show of dissent.
  • 48'
    Yellow Card Didier Drogba
  • 48'
    A storming run from Ivanovic is brought to a grinding halt by Sandro on the edge of his own area and despite shouts from the home fans the referee ignores their pleas for a free-kick and Spurs breakaway.
  • 46'
    Back underway at Stamford Bridge. Be interesting to see how both clubs react to Chelsea's huge slice of luck at the end of the first half. Both sides are unchanged.
  • 45' + 2'
    HALF TIME. CHELSEA 1-1 TOTTENHAM. A half dominated by Chelsea has ended in huge controversy. Sandro gave Spurs the lead with a fabulous effort from all of thirty yards that flew into the top corner before a Gomes howler gifted Chelsea a road back into this match, despite replays showing the ball didn't cross the line.
  • 45'
    Assist Didier Drogba
  • 45'
    Goal Frank Lampard
  • 45'
    GOAL!! CHELSEA!! LAMPARD!! CHELSEA 1-1 TOTTENHAM. Huge controversy at Stamford Bridge and Heurelho Gomes has done it again. Lampard hits one from thirty yards out that is straight at Gomes and the keeper somehow allows the ball to squirm underneath his body and the ball edges goalwards before Gomes claws the ball away from goal. After moments of indecision the goal is given, despite replays showing that the ball hadn't crossed the line. Quite ironic that Lampard's no goal against Germany in the World Cup was yards over the line and wasn't given, and this time the ball doesn't cross the line and its his goal. Thats football!
  • 42'
    Ashley Cole gets to the bye-line and cuts the ball back looking for Frank Lampard, but more super defending from Spurs means that the Chelsea midfielder is crowded out and the chance again comes to nothing.
  • 39'
    Pavlyuchenko finds a yard of space on the edge of Cech's area and cannons a left footed shot that is well blocked by John Terry.
  • 38'
    Yellow Card Branislav Ivanovic
  • 37'
    Bale goes on a SanSiro like run from the half-way line and is cynically brought down by Ivanovic who recieves a deserved yellow card.
  • 35'
    Drogba sums up the frustration of both the Chelsea fans and the players by whipping in a cross that eludes everybody in the penalty area. As we approach half-time Chelsea seem to have ran out of ideas and Tottenham's lead is looking increasingly comfortable.
  • 32'
    John Obi Mikel is starting to dictate play from the centre circle with some fantastic tackles on Van Der Vaart and Pavlyuchenko halting any Spurs attacks.
  • 30'
    Drogba is starting to lose his temper as he loses a few loose balls before hinting that Van Der Vaart dived under his challenge. Chelsea are growing increasingly frustrated as they are having all the play but simpy cannot break down Tottenham's stubborn defence.
  • 27'
    Despite Spurs breaking the deadlock it's still all Chelsea here at Stamford Bridge. Harry Redknapp's instructions seem to have fallen on deaf ears and this game is far from over!
  • 24'
    Chelsea have come right back at Spurs and had two huge chances in the space of two minutes. Essien is first to try and find an equaliser as he heads a cross straight at Gomes, and from the resulting corner Torres somehow heads the ball over the crossbar from inside the six yard box. He must have thought that was going to be his second goal for his new club!
  • 22'
    Remarkably in the aftermath of that goal Harry Redknapp refused to celebrate with his players, instead he elected to scream instructions at his players who have failed to perform in the first twenty minutes of this match.
  • 19'
    Assist Rafael van der Vaart
  • 19'
    Goal Sandro
  • 19'
    GOAL!!! TOTTENHAM!!! SANDRO!!! CHELSEA 0-1 TOTTENHAM. Out of absolutely nothing Tottenham have the lead, and what a goal to do it. After being on the back foot for the majority of this game, the ball drops to Brazilian midfielder Sandro 25 yards from goal, and he hits an astounding right-footed half volley that leaves Petr Cech utterless helpless as it flies into the top left hand corner. Wow!
  • 17'
    Chelsea are peppering the Tottenham goal now. Essien tests Gomes from the edge of the area before Malouda skips inside before hitting a low right-footed effort that Gomes smothers with ease. Spurs are living very dangerously and allowing the home side far too much play in their half.
  • 14'
    What an unbelievable strike from Drogba. The Ivorian stands over a free-kick around 35 yards out from Heurelho Gomes' goal and hits a wonderful swerving effort that Gomes' tips onto the Spurs crossbar. Fabulous from the Chelsea striker.
  • 12'
    A reinvigorated Torres shows his ability by somehow making his way into the Spurs area after some superb trickery on the right-hand touchline. His cross is deflected behind for a corner though and the resulting corner comes to nothing. Positive signs from the Spaniard though.
  • 9'
    Huge let off for Branislav Ivanovic. The Serbian slips and Roman Pavlyuchenko skips past the defender only to drag his effort horribly wide of Petr Cechs goal to the frustration of his teammates.
  • 7'
    A long ball causes trouble in the Spurs defence and Didier Drogba nods the ball down for Frank Lampard, unfortunately for the Chelsea number 8 he can't get the ball under control and is forced wide allowing Spurs to eventually clear.
  • 5'
    David Luiz is the next player to make a clumsy challenge, bringing down Gareth Bale on the left-hand side. Rafael Van Der Vaart takes the resulting free-kick and looks for Younes Kaboul at the backpost, but he overhits the cross and wastes the opportunity.
  • 3'
    A feisty start here in West London results in Sandro clattering into Florent Malouda just inside the Tottenham half. Both sides look eager to attack in a lively opening.
  • 1'
    Tottenham get us underway attacking from left to right.
  • We are moments away from kick-off here at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea sit six points off leaders Manchester United and desperately need a victory to put pressure on Sir Alex Ferguson's men for their huge game against Arsenal tomorrow. Spurs also need a win in the race for the fourth and final Champions League spot. It's all set for a cracking encounter!
  • Fernando Torres comes in for Salomon Kalou in the only change from last weeks 3-0 victory over West Ham. Harry Redknapp make three changes from the team that drew 2-2 with West Brom last week at White Hart Lane, recalling Aaron Lennon, Vedran Corluka and Sandro to the starting 11.
  • Here are todays teams: Chelsea:(4-4-2) Petr Cech; Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry, David Luiz, Ashley Cole; Michael Essien, John Mikel Obi, Frank Lampard, Florent Malouda; Didier Drogba, Fernando Torres. Subs: Ross Turnbull, Alex, Yury Zhirkov, Ramires, Yossi Benayoun, Nicolas Anelka, Salomon Kalou. Tottenham Hotspur: (4-4-1-1) Heurelho Gomes; Vedran Corluka, Younes Kaboul, Michael Dawson, William Gallas; Aaron Lennon, Sandro, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale; Rafael van der Vaart; Roman Pavlyuchenko. Subs: Carlo Cudicini, Sebastien Bassong, Jermaine Jenas, Steven Pienaar, Danny Rose, Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe
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