Arry Kane headed an equalizer with almost the game-ending touch as Tottenham drew 2-2 in a moody London derby against Chelsea
Thomas Tuchel’s side were dominant for much of the game and took the lead in the first half through Kalidou Koulibaly. They rarely seemed troubled but Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg equalized Spurs 20 minutes from time, sparking a clash between the two benches.
The parity lasted just nine minutes as Tottenham’s dismal record at Stamford Bridge looked set to continue. Spurs have only won at Chelsea once in their Premier League days, and James’ strike put the Blues ahead again.
But Kane headed into the far corner of stoppage time, with the help of a slight deflection from James, with more angry scenes on the touchline at full time as both managers were expelled.
There were home debuts for Marc Cucurella, Kalidou Koulibaly and Raheem Sterling at Stamford Bridge, while Antonio Conte named an unchanged squad to keep his new signings waiting on the bench.
Heung-min Son had a few decent moments on the break early on, but it was more than as good as it got for Spurs in what was a dominant display from Chelsea in the first half.
A fine movement from the Blues forced Hugo Lloris into a superb save to fend off Kai Havertz’s low strike, and from the resulting corner Chelsea took a deserved lead. Koulibaly had the freedom from west London when Cucurella kicked the ball in and he took full advantage to drive home a sensational opener.
Ryan Sessegnon had the chance to equalize almost immediately but was denied by Edouard Mendy after being played clear. The offside flag remained down, but VAR could well have intervened had the ball found the back of the net.
The second goal really should have come for Chelsea as Mason Mount worked from the edge of the box but blazed, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek was unable to make the most of a number of brilliant moments at the back.
It was more or less the same straight after the break, leading Conte to switch to a back four as he brought on Richarlison on his Tottenham debut.
Sterling had a great chance to double the lead on the hour mark, but exploded from inside the box, and seconds later Harry Kane squandered an even greater opportunity. It was played clear but with only Mendy to beat he dragged his effort away from the far post.
The equalizer came for Spurs, with just over 20 minutes remaining. Jorginho was caught on the ball at the edge of his own box, it was sent back to Hojbjerg and he drilled it low into the far corner. Chelsea had a strong case for a free-kick earlier in the move, as Rodrigo Bentancur slipped past Havertz, but play was choppy. Conte’s exuberant celebrations took him to Tuchel’s technical area, where the two managers then clashed and were duly booked.
Chelsea really should have restored their lead five minutes later when Reece James fired a wonderful low cross into the box but Havertz somehow missed from close range.
Tottenham had a letting go but not for a second. The ball came to Sterling in huge space, he slid it wide towards James who was completely free and the wing-back drilled an effort through the middle of Hugo Lloris’ goal to restore Chelsea’s lead.
The Blues appeared to view the game comfortably, but Tottenham pressed deep into stoppage time and Kane returned a late corner. The two managers shook hands full time but even that escalated into another clash and the red card was shown to both as the players tried to calm them down.