Premier League

April 17, 2010


Tottenham Hotspur

2 - 1


Premier League

16:30 +00:00, April 17, 2010

White Hart Lane, England

Referee: Philip Dowd

  • 95'

    Bale and Dawson were excellent, John Terry and Chelsea were poor. The race has a long way to run yet.

  • 95'

    Not only are United and Arsenal back in the title race, Spurs have now got a hold of 4th place as they are 2 points clear.

  • 95'

    A calm header back to Gomes from Ekotto. That'll be it, as the title race is open again!

  • 94'

    Crouch on for him now. He's had good chances and taken none of them.

  • 94'

    A break.. it's three on one.. Bale inside to Pavyluchenko who is through on goal and slots it wide. Oh dear.

  • 94'

    Chelsea given the ball, with Alex playing up top. Dawson stands firm.

  • 93'

    Alex gets a header on target, but it won't trouble Gomes, who claims with ease.

  • 92'

    The defence was too far out and Lampard found some space for the first time. Could it be?

  • 92'

    GOAL! Well that's come from nowhere. Spurs defence goes to sleep as Ballack whips it into the box. Lampard runs in and slots it home.

  • 90'

    Five mins left.. none of which are needed.

  • 89'

    Chelsea just waiting for the axe to fall. No-one really even closing the ball down.. it's over.

  • 89'

    It's a training match now. Chelsea have given up the ghost and have three more games left to save their season.

  • 88'

    Bale breaks down the left. Pops it across to Pavlyuchenko who is free in the box, but the Russian misses the volley. A sitter!

  • 87'

    Even Gomes calmly passes the ball around Drogba now. The Oles are out in force.

  • 86'

    Bale almost caps a great performance with another goal. Great energy and pace gets him onto a long ball and he just slips it wide of the post.

  • 85'

    Deco gets a yellow now. Chelsea really do not lose gracefully.

  • 84'

    Huddlestone now does really well after a great chipped ball from Zhirkov, blocking Alex's header with what looks like the back of his head.

  • 84'

    He's been exceptional, and the fact Chelsea have been poor up front is due to Dawson's impact.

  • 83'

    What a tackle! If you want something to show how good Dawson has been, look at this. Drogba free on the left, and he comes crashing across, making up so much ground, blocking his shot as he swings his foot.

  • 82'

    Ballack loses out to Gudjohnsen and Spurs break. Brilliant run from Bale, gets the ball and chooses to shoot when he should have squared it. Cech makes the save.

  • 81'

    Bale now tries to swing the ball in, but gets too much on it.

  • 80'

    Cech launches a clearance up the field, but there's no-one within 50 yards of where it lands. Odd, for a side who need goals.

  • 79'

    Zhirkov gets a yellow for a late tackle.

  • 78'

    Drogba forced to chase down the ball, but Dawson has been immense all game and heads clear.

  • 77'

    Ancelotti looks like he's shouting in Italian - apparently he only does that when he's really annoyed.

  • 76'

    Ivanovic is given a little too much space. He hammers it with his right peg and it hits the top of the netting... close.

  • 75'

    Pavlyuchenko looks tired and a little wasteful. Gudjohnsen looks like he's coming on.

  • 74'

    The game is petering out already? 15 mins left, but slow build up from Chelsea is not getting them anywhere.

  • 73'

    Modric now pulling the strings. Easy passing moves from Spurs and Chelsea are struggling.

  • 72'

    Defoe hits it! Bentley must be annoyed. It rebounds off the wall and Bentley tries a chip.. Cech backpedals and tips it over.

  • 71'

    Chelsea throwing men forward, but they have no-one at home at the back. Defoe senses blood and Alex brings him down. Free-kick.. Bentley's turn now?

  • 70'

    Chelsea look cooked. No chance of a comeback from here surely.

  • 69'

    Defoe now cuts inside and releases a right footed shot. It balloons wide, but Spurs are right on top.

  • 68'

    Modric has a go, but that was a little far out.

  • 66'

    Wonderful break down the pitch by Lampard, but the final ball is poor again. Dawson does well to nick it and release Pavlyuchenko

  • 66'

    A hot-head from the ex-England skipper was not what was needed. An easy decision for Phil Dowd.

  • 65'

    RED CARD! Defoe on the counter, to Bale, and Terry slams into him. Second yellow and he's off.

  • 64'

    Anelka gives the ball away again, and Defoe had a great chance to break. Chelsea look fragile whenever Spurs break.

  • 63'

    Bale directs it over the bar. Couldn't get it up and down quick enough.

  • 63'

    Great chance for a free-kick. Bentley and Bale over it.

  • 63'

    Spurs attempting to play keep ball and Terry challenges Pavlyuchenko as he bursts through. Yellow card.. and it's now significant that he wasn't booked for the pen!

  • 61'

    Zhirkov's inadvertent touch directed that beyond Gomes, but Drogba wasn't quite up to that, as it squirted away.

  • 60'

    Chelsea's fans look very quiet. Spurs' are cheering and screaming. How do Chelsea come back from this?

  • 59'

    Now Cech claims from a corner. He's keeping his side in the tie, but they are struggling up front.

  • 58'

    Pavlyuchenko gets the ball out wide on the left and opts to shoot - smashing the ball hard and low at Cech. Good save.

  • 57'

    What a pass from Modric.. finds Bale out of the left and goes for the long return ball. Now Spurs are firing again.

  • 57'

    Haven't seen much of Bale as yet.. Chelsea are dictating possession.

  • 56'

    Great shape on the cross from Zhirkov, but Drogba couldn't take it down. Tough chance, but he could have done better.

  • 55'

    Drogba finds some space on the left and seems to be moving a bit better now, his ball in is snuffed out though.

  • 54'

    Ref couldn't do much there, but Lampard probably deserved a card. Carlo Ancelotti is angry on the touchline.

  • 52'

    Lots of pushing and shoving. Lampard went in hard on Modric and Huddlestone. Yellow for Huddlestone. Yellow for Deco. Looks like he pushed someone. Oh dear.

  • 52'

    Massive fight on the pitch now. Chelsea have been playing with anger and Lampard's tackle has instigated a battle.

  • 51'

    Dawson again to the rescue, as he flies in to deny Anelka's drive.

  • 51'

    Dawson is showing his strength against Drogba. He's doing really well.

  • 50'

    Drogba is being called over for words, as is John Terry. Chelsea not losing gracefully.

  • 49'

    Pavlyuchenko has a go from the resulting corner, but it flies over the bar.

  • 49'

    But blasts his shot against Cech. Good save from the keeper.

  • 49'

    Poor ball from Lampard to Malouda. Tottenham have a chance now and Defoe has beaten the offside trap, he's through on goal...

  • 47'

    Just to run over the subs. Anelka on for Cole and Ivanovic on for Ferreira, after he was burned by Bale.

  • 47'

    Tottenham getting some early touches. They just need to hold off the attacks.

  • 46'

    Drogba really struggling. Tottenham have a really good chance here.

  • 46'

    Drogba is almost certainly done. He tweaked his groin, but Chelsea will have to play with 10 men.

  • 45'

    Drogba looks injured. He's coming on before the kick-off and Chelsea have used 3 subs already... as 2 came on at the half.

  • 45'

    And that's it! Spurs have been the better side and have two goals to show for it. A penalty, and Gareth Bale's impressive strike has opened up the title race, unless Chelsea can do something about it.

  • 45'

    Lampard's ball is poor. But a corner comes from it.

  • 45'

    Malouda clipped by Kaboul and it's Chelsea last chance before the half.

  • 45'

    Gomes to the rescue again, having done so well against Arsenal.

  • 44'

  • 44'

    Oh what a save. Gomes now saves the day! Zhirkov gets away down the Chelsea left and squares it for Lampard on the volley. Hits it clean and Gomes parries it away.

  • 42'

    Incredible goal and nothing less than Spurs have deserved.

  • 42'

    He was put through and Ferreira was nowhere. He turns and cuts inside on his right, and smashes it beyond Cech!

  • 42'

    GOAL! What a goal! Gareth Bale...

  • 41'

    Chelsea have been missing that cutting edge. They need to be more accurate with their passing in the final third.

  • 40'

    Lampard slots it through to Joe Cole, but again the ball is hit just too far ahead.

  • 39'

    Chelsea are making the better of the game now. Malouda flicks the ball on but Bassong is there to get it away.

  • 38'

    The score stays at 0-0. How frustrating for Chelsea.

  • 37'

    GOAL! Great work from Malouda... but it's ruled offside! He turned his man, but he was just off.

  • 36'

    Kaboul finds himself a free header from a corner. He was unchallenged, but he really should have aimed his header down. Cech claimed with ease.

  • 35'

    Bale with a great cross after a short corner. Chelsea were caught out, but the Blues defend it well.

  • 34'

    Zhirkov wastes it as a good chance developed. A bit of space down the left, but Malouda misunderstood and the ball rolled harmlessly out. That's been the story of the half so far.

  • 33'

    Ballack will give them a bit more thrust. But defensively, they may struggle a bit in the centre.

  • 32'

    Ballack coming on for Mikel, who looks in pain.

  • 32'

    Drogba showing his frustration though. He's not had much of a chance.

  • 31'

    Now they are knocking it around with panache. Bit of possession football will do them good.

  • 30'

    Drogba makes some space now, but they are struggling with the final ball. We've seen that already today...

  • 28'

    Bentley finds space in the box after some great play from Modric. He should have hit it with his first touch, but Alex did well to block it.

  • 27'

    Ballack looks like he's coming on already. A frank admission of poor tactics by Carlo? Or an injury?

  • 27'

    Cole overhits the ball.. good chance there with a few bodies in the box.

  • 27'

    Chelsea still finding space though. Cole out on the right is doing well, but Ekotto blocks him off.

  • 26'

    Fabio Capello watching on. Bet he wishes Bale was English.

  • 25'

    Pavlyuchenko turns on the egde of the area and unleashes a shot. Cech palms it over. A decent effort.

  • 24'

    Tottenham moving the ball really well, and proving tough to break up when they have the ball. Chelsea are struggling to cope with the pace of the game.

  • 23'

    Bale even shows good aerial ability, he's been a real danger.

  • 22'

    Zhirkov breaks past Kaboul, but loses the ball and goes in on Dawson. No booking though.

  • 21'

    Modric seeing a lot of the ball and looking to control the pace of the game. Chelsea are chasing shadows a little bit.

  • 20'

    Ball gets the better of Ferreira, but Alex comes across and gets the ball clear.

  • 19'

    Bassong showing some good strength to keep Drogba off the ball.

  • 19'

    Joe Cole swings the ball back across the box, Drogba is there, but his left footed shot is scuffed and easily saved by Gomes.

  • 18'

    Kaboul is beaten by Malouda.. if there's any chink in the armour, it may be there.

  • 17'

    Spurs playing at a good pace and keeping Chelsea away from the ball at the moment.

  • 16'

    Deco's reverse pass was too strong and the ball goes out for a goal kick.

  • 15'

    Alex was booked for dissent in the melee after the award.

  • 15'

    Chelsea have a long way back now as Spurs have started well.

  • 14'

    Hard and to the keeper's right. Defoe has a bad pen record this season, but that was confident.

  • 14'

    GOAL! Defoe slots it home!

  • 14'

    PENALTY! Now they get one. Just a minute afterwards, John Terry leans into a bouncing ball with his hand... pen!

  • 13'

    Penalty shout! Bale went down under a tackle from Mikel and I didn't think he got the ball.

  • 12'

    Cech comes storming out and Bale gets there ahead of him. Chelsea are lucky though as they have men back.

  • 11'

    Defoe gets a one-on-one with Terry and stumbles past him. Terry was holding him off and had a hold of his shirt. Lucky, lucky boy.

  • 10'

    Pavlyuchenko in the box tries to get free, but his shot is blocked twice.

  • 9'

    Bentley attacks down the right. He's proving to be a thorn in Chelsea's side and Bale is doing the same on the other side.

  • 8'

    Good game so far, both sides have had chances and there could be goals in this one.

  • 8'

    Dawson heads over the bar from a corner.

  • 6'

    Defoe slots it across to Bentley, who breaks. Tottenham look like they could score.. Bale puts it across the box and Alex is there to knock it away.

  • 6'

    Alex got on the end of the corner and Dawson did well to block him off.

  • 6'

    Malouda strikes one! Great hit, far out on the left and it had some dip on it. Gomes palms it away for a corner.

  • 4'

    Good pressure from Lampard, although Malouda could learn a thing or two as he was standing static.

  • 3'

    Pavlyuchenko takes a shot when Chelsea's defence stuttered. It flies well over the bar though.

  • 3'

    First break for Chelsea, Joe Cole picks it up and almost catches Spurs out. Mikel slots it to Malouda and Gomes rushes out to claim.

  • 3'

    Bale again makes ground down the left and it's Chelsea on the back foot.

  • 1'

    Bale does well down the left and Ekotto pulls it back. Mikel is there though, that was a good position.

  • 1'

    Defoe immediately finds space on the right and hits it across the box. Cech grabs it though.

  • 1'

    Bright sunshine here.. Chelsea are under some pressure to perform.




    Frank Lampard likes to score against Harry Redknapp, but Florent Malouda is the man in form for the Blues.


    Gareth Bale is the man to watch for Spurs. He's been in great form and could cause Chelsea problems.


    Jermain Defoe has something to prove as he has not netted in his last three games. Drogba is not in a similar position as he has banged in 25 in 28 this season.


    Spurs have a great home record, especially when it comes to defending, and Chelsea will need to be at their best to break them down.


    Anelka is on the bench, along with Ashley Cole - it's been a while since we've seen him.


    Chelsea look strong, with Drogba, Malouda and Joe Cole in the side. Also, they have Lampard and Deco there and Mikel holding.


    Ledley King is out for Spurs, but Bassong comes in. Otherwise it's a similar looking side to the one that beat Arsenal - minus the hero danny Rose of course.


    Join us at 1730 BST to see if Chelsea can continue their title charge against in-form Spurs.