Kane heads stoppage-time leveller at the Bridge - on-the-whistle report
Chelsea 2-2 Spurs
Sun 14 August 2022, 18:30|Tottenham Hotspur
Harry Kane headed home a dramatic 96th-minute equaliser to earn us a share of the derby day spoils at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
In a game in which we were below-par for long spells, we stayed in contention after Kalidou Koulibaly had given Chelsea a first-half lead, levelling it up through Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg before Reece James fired the Blues 2-1 ahead with 13 minutes remaining. But we stuck to the task, rode our luck and got our reward in the final seconds through Kane’s late, late goal.
The opening few minutes were quite positive for us as we started on the front foot and pushed the home side back, but Chelsea soon grew into the game and went ahead in the 19th minute, new signing Koulibaly volleying home Marc Cucurella’s corner from the edge of the area.
Edouard Mendy saved well from Ryan Sessegnon soon after, but that was pretty much our only chance of the half as the hosts dominated, although while it was only 1-0 at the break, we still had hope.
The second period was much more even. An early chance fell our way but Mendy was out quickly to deny Heung-Min Son from a tight angle before we made a switch, Richarlison on for his debut, replacing Sessegnon and we changed from a back three to four at the back.
Both sides then spurned great opportunities, Raheem Sterling blazing over from eight yards out and, almost immediately, Hojbjerg put Kane through on goal with just Mendy to beat but he dragged his effort a yard wide. Our equaliser came on 68 minutes, but not without controversy. Chelsea were convinced there was a foul by Rodrigo Bentancur on Kai Havertz deep inside our half but nothing was given and play went on. Instead, we launched an attack, Ben Davies laid the ball back to Hojbjerg 22 yards out and the Dane hit a right-foot shot past Mendy and into the bottom corner.
But, after Havertz had fired wide from a James cross, Chelsea restored their lead on 77 minutes, Sterling finding James in space in the area and he smashed past Hugo Lloris. As the clock ticked down, it looked like it was going to be another defeat in west London, but this team are nothing if not resilient. A spell of late pressure ended with substitute Ivan Perisic whipping over an inswinging corner and Kane climbing highest to glance home, sparking fantastic scenes in front of our travelling support behind that goal.
'I have to praise my players'
Antonio Conte told SPURSPLAY after the game: “It was an intensive game in many aspects, not just tactical, but also this type of game, if you don’t show great personality and character to stay in the game, it’s difficult. We’re talking about one of the best teams in England, in Europe. At the same time, I have to praise my players about the will to suffer, to stay in the game and then, at the end, to get a good result for us."
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Chelsea 2-2 Spurs
Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Mendy, James, Thiago Silva, Koulibaly, Loftus-Cheek, Kante (Gallagher 84), Jorginho (c) (Azpilicueta 73), Cucurella, Mount, Havertz (Broja 89), Sterling (Pulisic 85). Substitutes (not used): Arrizabalaga, Chalobah, Hudson-Odoi, Chilwell, Ziyech.
Spurs (3-4-3): Lloris (c), Romero, Dier, Davies, Royal (Lucas 82), Bentancur (Bissouma 79), Hojbjerg, Sessegnon (Richarlison 57), Kulusevski, Son (Perisic 79), Kane. Substitutes (not used): Forster, Doherty, Sanchez, Tanganga, Bryan.
Goals: Chelsea – Koulibaly 19, James 77; Spurs – Hojbjerg 68, Kane 90+6.
Yellow cards: Chelsea – James, Mendy, Havertz.
Referee: Anthony Taylor.
Venue: Stamford Bridge.
Weather: Sunny, gentle breeze, 33 degrees.