The match between Tottenham Hotspur and Premier League reigning champions Chelsea turned out the expected way – thrilling. Even though last season’s trailing Spurs were not very close to the table toppers Chelsea, today’s game had a different story as Mauricio Pochettino’s men gave a difficult time to the Blues before they escaped with a victory at the very end of the match. The first London derby of the season, being played at Wembley saw a Marcos Alonso goal and a Mitchy Batshuayi own goal. Here is how it happened:
Tottenham vs Chelsea: In the first London derby of the season, played at Wembley, Chelsea defeat Spurs 2-1.
2222 hrs IST: FULL TIME! Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1
FULL-TIME: TOTTENHAM 1-2 CHELSEA!
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) 20 August 2017
Marcos Alonso brace and an own goal by Mitchy Batshuayi seal the first London derby of the season in Chelsea’s favour as they beat Spurs 2-1. Tottenham were unbeaten last season at home but lost their first home match this season against the Premier League reigning champions. Wembley is Tottenham’s temporary home as their stadium is under renovation.
2219 hrs IST: GOAAAL! Marcos Alonso does it again! What an incredible goal. Chelsea take the lead with few minutes left for the final whistle to go. Will Tottenham be able to equalise again?
2210 hrs IST: GOAL! Batshuayi scores own goal few minutes after he comes in for Morata. To the delight of the home crowd, the scorecard now reads 1-1.
2204 hrs IST: It is hard to believe how Spurs have not scored till now. How longer do they have to wait before converting a chance! Meanwhile, Pedro and Mitchy Batshuayi come on for Willian and Morata. Both William and Morata have played wonderfully well. For the other side, Moussa Sissoko is brought in for Ben Davies
2200 hrs IST: A change for Tottenham as Heung-Min Son comes in for Eric Dier. After the change, Morata shoots but gets deflected, leaving Chelsea with 0-1 lead. And another close shave for Tottenham as Lloris saves a William shoot.
2157 hrs IST: It looks like it just isn’t Tottenham’s day as they miss chance after chance, despite having the ball, the possession and goals on target on their side. Wanayama sends the ball wide.
2154 hrs IST: Spurs have dominated in the second half with 71% possession. The hosts have had 15 attempts on goal compared to Chelsea’s five.
2148 hrs IST: Luiz gets uploaded after some lovely skills with the ball in the second half.
2140 hrs IST: Yellow card! Vertonghen gets booked for a sharp tackle against Moses.
2135 hrs IST: Second half begins with a failed attempt from Tottenham Hotspur.
2119 hrs IST: HALF TIME! Chelsea 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) 20 August 2017
Marcos Alonso scored the first and only goal for Chelsea in the thrilling first half as Tottenham keep pilling pressure on the Premier League reigning champions in search of an equaliser. Mauricio Pochettino’s men do not buckle under pressure after Alonso’s goal in 24 minutes and create several chances with multiple close shoots. The way they are playing, Tottenham are bound to convert one of those chances in the second half.
2115 hrs IST: Another close miss for Tottenham as Eriksen takes corner, met by Kane but header was not strong enough to be converted into a goal. The Spurs are doing a great job by not buckling under pressure, despite conceding a goal as they create multiple chances by taking the ball inside the box.
2108 hrs IST: And another YELLOW! This time Luiz is awarded a yellow card while Tottenham gets free0-kick.
2104 hrs IST: YELLOW! David Luiz leaves the pitch limping after Dier’s tackle. Dier has been booked for the tackle that took Luiz as well as Moses.
2101 hrs IST: YELLOW! Antonio Rudiger picks up a yellow card after he kicks the ball despite it being a free kick for the other side.
2100 hrs IST: The game picks up after Alonso’s goal as Tottenham attempt an equaliser. Two attempts by the Spurs go waste as they fail to put the ball in.
2055 hrs IST: GOAL! Marcos Alonso scores for Chelsea! And what a beauty! Alonso sends the ball towards the left of the net.
2052 hrs IST: Twenty minutes down the game and Tottenham try to convert another opportunity. But too many long shoots steal their chances.
2045 hrs IST: Tottenham try to get the possession back as they build up. And when Alli shoots from 20 yards, it goes above the post but the hosts get corner. However, it ended in a missed chance as the Premier League reigning champions take back the possession.
2040 hrs IST: Another chance for Tottenham as Harry Kane shoots on target but the ball lands in Courtois’ gloves.
2038 hrs IST: Tottenham had a chance but they missed it as Chelsea get the ball possession back.
2036 hrs IST: SO CLOSE! Morata nearly misses a goal as Chelsea dominate. The Spaniard can’t believe he missed it!
2033 hrs IST: New signing Morata is looking dangerous along with William.
2030 hrs IST: Match begins.
2027 hrs IST: An excited Wembley welcomes players of the two best teams of previous season on the field.
1955 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Spurs vs Chelsea from the second matchday of English Premier League. First up, a look at the teams.
Tottenham: Lloris; Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Trippier, Wanyama, Dembele, Davies; Eriksen; Alli, Kane. Subs: Vorm, Walker-Peters, Wimmer, Son, Sissoko, Janssen, Winks.
Chelsea: Courtois; Rudiger, David Luiz, Azpilicueta; Christensen, Bakayoko, Kante, Alonso; Moses, Morata, Willian. Subs: Caballero, Musonda, Batshuayi, Pedro, Kenedy, Tomori, Scott.