Chelsea will have to wait another day for their Champions League bid.
A smooth pass from Tottenham’s Emmanual Adebayor resulted in an equalizer from Gylfi Sigurdsson in the 80th minute, as Tottenham were able to draw with London-rival Chelsea on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge, 2-2.
A victory would have clinched a Champions League spot for the Blues, but Spurs intensified the three-team race for the three, four, and five spots on the league table. Tottenham is now one point behind Arsenal for fourth place.
Furious back-and-forth play in the first half led to impressive goals on both sides, and after failing to break past the Chelsea back line in the second half, Tottenham opened things up in the final 10 minutes of play.
Chelsea’s Oscar got the scoring started in the early going. Off a corner, an incredible header from defender Gary Cahill placed the ball in front of the net for Oscar’s goal in the 11th minute of play to give the Blues the 1-0 lead.
Tottenham’s Emmanuel Adebayor equalized in the 26th with an excellent curling strike, countering a Chelsea attack into a Spurs goal within 20 seconds.
In the 39th minute, Fernando Torres fed a cutting Ramires on the right side, and the Brazilian delivered a fine right-footed strike from distance as Chelsea regained the lead. It was Ramires’s fifth Premier League goal of the season.
Tottenham forced a corner kick in the 75th minute after Blues defender Branislav Ivanovic deflected a hard shot from substitute Clint Dempsey, but Chelsea quickly squelched any chance for a late rally.
Midfielder Eden Hazard marked his return from a calf injury by leading much of the Blues attack, and nearly sparked a third goal.
Hazard led a fastbreak by himself, and managed to slip a pass to Ramires, who had a chance for a second goal, but slipped before he could accept it 10 yards away from Tottenham’s net.
Despite a 56-44 possession advantage, Spur managed seven shots, with two on target, to Chelsea’s 14 shots and four on goal.
The Blues made the most of their possession time, forcing six corner kicks
The highlights for each goal can be viewed below.
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