• Date: Sat 17 April 2010
  • Venue: White Hart Lane
  • Ref: Dowd, P
  • Attendance: 35,814
Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur

Defoe (15) P

Bale (44)

2 - 1


Lampard (90)

Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea

Team Lineups

Tottenham Hotspur

Heurelho Gomes
Gareth Bale
Younes Kaboul
Sebastien Bassong
Michael Dawson
Benoit Assou-Ekotto
David Bentley
Tom Huddlestone
Luka Modric
Roman Pavlyuchenko (Peter Crouch, 90)
Jermain Defoe (Eidur Gudjohnsen, 78)


Petr Cech
Paulo Ferreira (Branislav Ivanovic, 46)
John Terry
Rodrigo da Costa Alex
Frank Lampard
Joe Cole (Nicolas Anelka, 46)
John Obi Mikel (Michael Ballack, 33)
Florent Malouda
Yuri Zhirkov
Souza Deco
Didier Drogba

Match Report
Tottenham blew the Premier League title race wide open with a convincing 2-1 victory over Chelsea at White Hart Lane on Saturday evening. Just hours after Paul Scholes headed Manchester United back into title contention with an injury-time winner at Eastlands, goals from Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale denied Chelsea a response - boosting Tottenham's own Champions League ambitions in the process. A bad day for Chelsea turned dreadful when captain John Terry was sent off 13 minutes from time, and Frank Lampard's late goal was little consolation in a game that Spurs dominated. Carlo Ancelotti's side now hold a one point lead at the summit of the Premier League, with three games remaining. Spurs, on the other hand, are now two points ahead of Manchester City and take over as favourites in the race for fourth. In stark contrast to the Manchester derby earlier in the day, the clash between these two London rivals at White Hart Lane was full of quality and excitement from the very start. Fresh from a stunning series of saves in Tottenham's 2-1 victory over Arsenal on Wednesday night, Heurelho Gomes was the first goalkeeper forced into action, palming away Florent Malouda's stinging strike from distance. The hosts, however, appeared to have the extra bounce in the early stages, particularly through explosive surges down the left by Bale. The Welshman brought a huge shout for a penalty on 13 minutes when he was too quick for John Obi Mikel and appeared to be fouled. Chelsea got away with it on that occasion but a minute later referee Phil Dowd was pointing to the spot. David Bentley whipped in a cross that Roman Pavlyuchenko flicked onto the arm of Terry, who had no complaints. His England team-mate, Jermain Defoe, stepped up to slam home his 24th goal of the season. Malouda appeared to have poked in a leveller for Carlo Ancelotti's side in the 38th minute but the French winger was correctly ruled to have been in an offside position. To make matters worse, Tottenham doubled their advantage just before half-time through Bale's fine effort. After being put through down the left by Pavlyuchenko, he cut inside the struggling Paulo Ferreira and fired into the near corner with his weaker right foot. Ancelotti responded to a lacklustre opening period by bringing on Branislav Ivanovic and Nicolas Anelka, completing his full set of changes after Mikel was forced off during the first-half due to injury. The second period, however, started in the same fashion, with the excellent Cech bravely denying Defoe five minutes after the re-start as Tottenham's top scorer charged through on goal. The anticipated Chelsea onslaught did not arrive and the Blues' awful day was capped off in three second-half minutes as Terry made reckless challenges on first Pavlyuchenko and then Bale to bring two yellow cards. Bentley then watched his nonchalant lob tipped over by Cech. Bale poked wide and Pavlyuchenko missed a sitter as the hosts cut Chelsea to ribbons but could not score a third. Frank Lampard stabbed in for Chelsea in added-time but the day belonged to Tottenham - and Manchester United.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

The referee blows the whistle for full time


Pavlyuchenko comes off for Peter Crouch


Pavlyuchenko misses when it looked easier to score, with the whole goal to aim at


Lampard steals into the box and scores after a brilliant cross from Ballack


We're into injury time here and there are 5 minutes of added time to play


Kaboul has picked up an injury and is struggling here


Pavlyuchenko stretches to reach Bale's cross and misses a glorious chance to score from a tap-in


Bale breaks forward for Spurs on the right and should score but the ball goes just wide of the far post

Yellow Card

Pavlyuchenko picks up a needless booking for preventing Zhirkov from taking a free kick


Malouda gets into a good position but the offside flag is raised


Dawson comes sliding in as Drogba looks certain to score and nicks the ball away. That was brilliant defending


Bale forces a great save from Cech. He should have scored from that position

Yellow Card

Zhirkov is the next Chelsea player to be booked


Eidur Gudjohnsen, the former Chelsea man, replaces Defoe


On the evidence of this performance, you would think Spurs are the team top of the league. Chelsea have been awful


Bentley's dipping effort is tipped over by a backpedaling Cech


Drogba's ball into the box is headed away by Spurs towards Bentley, who picks out Bale. Defoe receives the ball in a threatening position and wins a free kick after a foul from Alex


Defoe cuts inside a number of Chelsea defenders but sends his shot well wide


Modric drives the ball just wide of the target


Ballack tries to break for Chelsea but Spurs win back possession again all too easily

Red Card

Terry trips Bale as Spurs break forward in numbers and picks up a second booking and a red card


Bale's free kick is too high and fails to hit the target

Yellow Card

Pavlyuchenko is hauled down by Terry on the edge of the box and the Chelsea captain picks up a booking for that


Drogba still doesn't look 100% but remember no more Chelsea substitutions can be made


This game is rapidly running away from Chelsea. They've enjoyed more possession in this half but there's no urgency to their play


Cech parries the ball out for a corner after a shot from Pavlyuchenko that caught all the Chelsea defenders out


Pavlyuchenko tries to pick out Modric in the box but he puts too much pace on the ball and the chance goes begging


Ballack tries to tee up Drogba in the box but Spurs do well to win the ball back

Yellow Card

Deco also picks up a booking for that needless episode in midfield

Yellow Card

Huddlestone is booked for that clash


Tom Huddlestone and Souza Deco clash in the middle of the pitch and suddenly all the players are involved. The referee has some decisions to make here


Anelka runs towards the edge of the box but Dawson charges down the striker's shot. Amazingly, the referee gives a goal kick rather than a corner


Pavlyuchenko manages to get a volley in after a Spurs corner but the ball flies over the bar


Defoe is one on one with Cech but the Chelsea goalkeeper dives to his right and makes a brilliant save


Spurs still look comfortable at the start of this half and Chelsea's changes haven't made an impact yet


Gomes saves a left-footed shot from Drogba


Brave move from Carlo Ancelotti making two substitutions at half time. Drogba was complaining of an injury a few minutes ago but should be OK to continue... if he isn't, Chelsea will have to play with 10 men

Second half

The second half is underway


Nicolas Anelka is on for Joe Cole


Ferreira comes off for Branislav Ivanovic

Half time

The referee blows the whistle for half time


Gomes saves a stinging shot from Lampard. That was a brilliant save


Bale beats Cech with a right-footed effort after awful defending from Ferreira


Ballack's cross is deflected away from Joe Cole with the Chelsea man in a good position to attempt a header


Lampard's ball towards Joe Cole is a little too strong and the ball goes out for a Spurs goal kick


Ballack's ball is controlled by Lampard and he looks like he's about to take a shot but the chance goes begging


Malouda has the ball in the back of the net but the offside flag is raised, much to the away side's disappointment


Kaboul has a free header after awful defending from Chelsea but he sends the ball straight at Cech


Bale sends a testing ball across the box and Ferreira is forced to clear for a Spurs corner


Malouda goes down on the edge of the box under a challenge from Younes Kaboul but the referee isn't interested


Michael Ballack comes on for the injured Mikel


Modric finds Pavlyuchenko but his lack of movement allows Terry to come across and make the challenge


Luka Modric plays the ball across the box and Bentley has a brilliant chance to add a second goal for Spurs but his attempt is off-target


Drogba fails to connect with Cole's teasing ball into the box and that was a good opportunity for Chelsea


Chelsea look lethargic in midfield at the moment; all the energy is with Spurs right now


Pavlyuchenko forces a one-handed save from Cech with a stinging, unexpected shot on the turn from just outside the box


Yuri Zhirkov attacks with pace down the left but commits a needless foul and the break forward comes to nothing for Chelsea


Bale bombs down the left for Spurs but Alex comes across to make a decent sliding tackle and clear the ball


Didier Drogba sends a weak attempt towards goal but Gomes is able to make an easy save

Yellow Card

Alex picks up the first booking of the game


Spurs thoroughly deserve their lead; they've been entirely dominant here


Defoe scores from the spot with real pace and power


After a succession of penalty appeals, a decision goes Spurs' way with a John Terry handball


Cech comes out to challenge Bale but misses the ball and the Spurs man can send an attempt goalwards but Rodrigo da Costa Alex is on hand to clear


Bale tees up Defoe but he can't get his shot away. The ball falls to Pavlyuchenko but he takes far too many touches before getting his shot away and the chance disappears


Gomes sends the ball all the way up the pitch and it ends up in the arms of Cech. Poor play from the goalkeeper there


Michael Dawson's header clears the crossbar from a Spurs corner. The pressure is mounting from the home side


Spurs break with real pace and Bentley goes for goal but the ball deflects off the shins of Ferreira


It's Chelsea's turn to attack now, as Malouda goes for goal with a speculative long-range effort, which Gomes pushes out for a corner


Roman Pavlyuchenko gets into space and drags the ball onto his left foot. He shoots towards goal but his attempt just misses the target


Heurelho Gomes comes out bravely to claim the ball at the feet of Florent Malouda


Gareth Bale does well for Spurs on the left and wins a corner, which comes out to David Bentley but his cross is too high for Defoe


Benoit Assou-Ekotto's cross is aimed straight at John Obi Mikel, who is able to clear for the away side


Spurs are on the attack in these opening exchanges but Jermain Defoe's low cross goes straight to Petr Cech


Referee Phil Dowd gets the game underway

Awaiting Kickoff

The lunchtime kick-off has cast a new light on this game; Spurs will want to make the most of Manchester City's slip-up, whilst the pressure is back on Chelsea at the top of the table after United's win