Premier League

April 30, 2011



2 - 1

Tottenham Hotspur

Premier League

16:30 +00:00, April 30, 2011

Stamford Bridge, England

Referee: Andre Marriner

  • 94'

    FULL TIME Chelsea are breathing down Manchester United's neck after a late winner from Salomon Kalou. A heartbreaking day for Tottenham, who stay four points behind Man City.

  • 94'

    Kaboul's header sails over and that should be that.

  • 93'

    A late, late corner. One more chance...

  • 92'

    Terry is down after a late challenge from Kaboul. He gets up and should be fine to continue.

  • 91'

    Kaboul is up highest, but his downward header is well wide.

  • 91'

    Spurs corner...

  • 90'


  • 89'

    Another controversial goal. Salomon Kalou was offside when Drogba hit the shot which he converted.

  • 88'

    GOAL Kalou with a dramatic goal!!! As the ball breaks loose from a Lampard shot, Drogba gathers and lashes a horror shot miles wide of goal. Before it goes out of play, Kalou prods it into the net to surely hand Chelsea three points.

  • 88'

    Or not...

  • 87'

    Alex Ferguson was at Old Trafford, and he will very much like what he is seeing at the moment.

  • 86'

    Ramires with a strong surge towards goal, but he is well stopped by Gallas.

  • 85'

    Jermaine Jenas on for Rafael Van der Vaart

  • 84'

    Drogba opts against the shot and squares for Terry. His shot from the penalty spot is scuffed and Gomes gathers.

  • 83'

    Luiz tripped by Pienaar on the edge of the box. A chance...

  • 82'

    Will we see a winner? The Chelsea fans are urging their team forward.

  • 81'

    Half a chance for Spurs, Defoe attempts to latch onto a through ball but Cech runs out to clear.

  • 80'

    10 minutes left for Chelsea to keep the pressure on Manchester United.

  • 79'

    Anelka with time and space in the box, but instead of turning and firing on goal, he tries to take on Dawson. The chance passes and Spurs survive.

  • 78'

    Steven Pienaar on for Vedran Corluka

  • 76'

    Vedran Corluka is down and in some pain. It looks like a hamstring injury.

  • 75'

    Very swift link-up between Anelka and Lampard before the midfielder lashes a drive high and wide.

  • 74'

    The game has once again entered a scrappy phase, will we see a winner?

  • 73'

    Nicolas Anelka on for Florent Malouda

  • 71'

    It has been an impressive performance from Spurs, but they need a win in their pursuit of Champions League football.

  • 70'

    20 minutes for Chelsea to rescue three points.

  • 69'

    Is that pay back for Chelsea? The equaliser must have played on the referee's mind?

  • 68'

    Chelsea claiming a penalty as Kaboul lunges in on Malouda. It's a tricky one, the defender grazes the ball, but I've seen them given.

  • 67'

    After a very, very long wait...Van der Vaart clatters a shot in the wall.

  • 66'

    Defoe is tripped right on the edge of the box by Terry...

  • 65'

    A clipped cross for Bale, and the Welshman volleys wide.

  • 64'

    The corner is taken short, Luiz head's Lennon's cross away for another corner.

  • 63'

    A corner for Spurs, Defoe's shot turned wide...

  • 62'

    A long-range free kick again from Drogba, again Gomes saves but it's unconvincing. Luckily, the ball rebounds straight at Ramires who can't react quick enough.

  • 61'

    Salomon Kalou on for Fernando Torres

  • 60'

    Salomon Kalou is warming up for Chelsea...

  • 59'

    Drogba's cross is headed clear at the near post.

  • 58'

    Chelsea free kick, and it looks a little soft. Modric accused of blocking Mikel...

  • 58'

    Jermain Defoe on for Roman Pavlyuchenko

  • 57'

    Ramires on for Michael Essien

  • 56'

    Roman Pavlyuchenko is carded for a cynical trip on Essien.

  • 55'

    Malouda finds space in the box for the first time in the match, his low shot from a tight angle is stopped by Gomes.

  • 54'

    Nothing coming off for Chelsea at the moment. A very accomplished Spurs display thus far.

  • 53'

    A surprisingly lethargic start from Chelsea after the break.

  • 52'

    A swerving drive from Drogba, which Gomes palms away unconvincingly. Chelsea will want to rattle the keeper after his first-half howler.

  • 51'

    Chelsea not seeing much of the ball since the restart. Harry Redknapp will be encouraged by this.

  • 50'

    A fine spell of possession for Spurs, who are feeling their way into the second period.

  • 49'

    More neat play from Spurs, Modric finding Corluka. The Croatian's lay off finds Pavlyuchenko, but he gets the ball stuck under his feet and Luiz clears.

  • 48'

    Didier Drogba in the book for protesting too much at the referee. A stupid booking to pick up.

  • 47'

    A wonderful run from Ivanovic, before he is stopped on the edge of the area by a terrific Sandro tackle. Great defending.

  • 46'

    Spurs launch a break forward and Modric lets fly, but his shot is deflected away from danger.

  • 45'


  • 45'

    The teams are out for the second half...

  • 45'

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  • 45'

    Opta Joe: 11 - Tottenham have scored more goals from outside the box than any other team in the Premier League this season (11).

  • 45'

    Can Spurs rally themselves in the second half, or will Chelsea press on and take three points?

  • 45'

    Tottenham had put in a very solid performance and were dealing with all Chelsea could throw at them. But they have been rocked by the equaliser.

  • 45'

    Chelsea have been handed a lifeline and you have to wonder what a boost this will have given them. Is the title race back on?

  • 45'

    A kick in the teeth for Spurs at the break. The goal should not have been given, but how many errors can Gomes make? It would not have been an issue if he had simply held the shot.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME It is 1-1 at the break. Sandro with a stunning half-volley to open the scoring, before controversy reigned. Replay's show Lampard's shot did not cross the line. What a huge moment in the title race.

  • 45'

    GOAL Gomes with an absolute clanger! Lampard's drive from 25-yards out, the Brazilian goalie lets the ball through his legs and desperately tries to claw it back. He grabs the ball, but the referee gives a goal after discussion with his linesman.

  • 44'

    Huge controversy!

  • 43'

    A second corner, Malouda's cross charged down by Kaboul...

  • 42'

    They have a corner after Corluka puts Lampard's cross behind...

  • 42'

    Can Chelsea create one more chance before the interval?

  • 41'

    The game has gone through a scrappy phase. On the whole, though, it has been a very entertaining match.

  • 39'

    John Terry with a late challenge on Corluka near the touchline. Terry stays out of the book, presumably because no contact was made.

  • 38'

    Pavlyuchenko with a drive from the edge of the area which is blocked by John Terry. Spurs riding this out well.

  • 37'

    Ivanovic in the book after felling Bale.

  • 36'

    Spurs will be happy with how they have coped since going ahead, they have held firm.

  • 34'

    Neat play from Drogba, but his left-foot cross drifts beyond the far post.

  • 33'

    A little lull after what was a frantic opening period.

  • 32'

    John Terry gets his head to the corner, but it's blocked. The rebound falls to Lampard, but his shot is also blocked.

  • 32'

    Another Chelsea corner...

  • 31'

    A cracking opening half hour at Stamford Bridge. Both teams are giving it a real go. I wouldn't say Chelsea have played badly, they were just stunned by that Sandro wonder-strike.

  • 30'

    Good defending from Corluka, who shadows the ball out of play with Ivanovic at his back.

  • 29'

    The referee waves play on after Drogba catches Van der Vaart, Corluka attempts a shot from fully 40 yards which dribbles wide.

  • 28'

    Drogba tries to slide in Torres, but Drogba is across well to make the block.

  • 27'

    Chelsea make a complete hash of the short free kick, before Mikel gives possession away.

  • 26'

    Lennon trips Drogba, a free kick to the home team near the dugout.

  • 25'

    Kaboul's delivery is poor and Bale can't jump high enough to head down. Chelsea break thanks to more neat play from Torres. The final ball to Cole is only slightly over hit.

  • 24'

    Bale hauled down 30-yards from goal, Spurs free kick.

  • 23'

    Essien meets the cross, but Gomes is equal to it. From the second corner, Essien's nearpost flick almost arrives at Torres. The Spaniard can only divert his header onto the roof of the net.

  • 22'

    Chelsea corner after Torres surges forward...

  • 21'

    The free kick is taken short, and the cross-field pass for Bale is intercepted for Bale.

  • 20'

    A set piece chance for Spurs, just inside the Chelsea half.

  • 19'

    That goal has silenced the Chelsea fans, and a fare few Spurs supporters must be speachless too. An exceptional strike.

  • 18'

    GOAL WHAT A STUNNER FROM SANDRO!!! A dipping, curling, half-volley from 30-yards out and Spurs have a shock lead! A wonder goal.

  • 17'

    Torres and Drogba have both started well. Perhaps this the day they finally click?

  • 16'

    A real pace to the game, with plenty of committed challenges.

  • 15'

    Excellent play from Malouda, cutting inside a firing a low drive which Gomes collects.

  • 13'

    On second viewing, Gomes got an impressive finger tip to Drogba's incredible set piece. Great save.

  • 12'

    What an effort from Drogba!!! 35 yards from goal, he curls a sumptuous shot onto the top of the bar with Gomes sprawling.

  • 11'

    A free kick to Chelsea with Drogba looming...

  • 10'

    Ivanovic meets the cross and loops his header wide.

  • 9'

    Fernando Torres has started brightly. He is inches from giving Lampard a tap-in after an intelligent ball. Moments later he wins a corner for the champions...

  • 8'

    An opportunity for Pavlyuchenko after Branislav Ivanovic slipped. His shot from the corner of the box is dragged well wide of the far post.

  • 7'

    Younnes Kaboul attacking from his unusual right-back position. He combines with Aaron Lennon before seeing his deflected cross collected by Petr Cech.

  • 6'

    A lively start, both teams looking to get forward.

  • 5'

    Almost an opening for Chelsea. An excellent chest down from Drogba teeing up Lampard. The bounce is unfortunate, and Lampard is unable to fire off a shot.

  • 4'

    Rafael Van der Vaart's delivery from near the corner flag is woefully over hit.

  • 3'

    Dangerous free kick for Spurs, David Luiz bringing down Gareth Bale...

  • 3'

    Vedran Corluka is the man who has slipped in at left back. With Kaboul on the right, slightly strange.

  • 2'

    First foul of the match, Sandro tripping Malouda on the half-way line.

  • 1'

    A sunny spring evening in west London as both teams eye the sides above them.


    KICK OFF Spurs get us started.


    The teams are out at the Bridge, almost time to get under way...


    Opta Joe: 31 - Chelsea have lost just one of their last 31 Premier League London derbies at Stamford Bridge. Fortress.


    A Spurs defeat this afternoon would open the door for Liverpool to chase down fifth and a Europa League berth. They are three-points clear of the Reds, having played one fewer match.


    Tottenham pair Roman Pavlyuchenko and Rafeal Van der Vaart in attack. William Gallas, playing against his former club, or Younnes Kaboul will line up at left back.


    Chelsea have elected to start with both Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres in attack.Salomon Kalou is the man to make way.


    A derby in the capital today. Tottenham head to Chelsea in search of a first win at Stamford Bridge since 1990.