Sensational Spurs put five goals past shell-shocked Chelsea in London derby
19:34 01 January 2015
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Tottenham came from behind to stun league leaders Chelsea at White Hart Lane today, with Harry Kane scoring twice in a 5-3 victory.
Jose Mourinho’s Blues took an 18th-minute lead as Diego Costa struck for the 14th time this season, but Kane responded with a 20-yard equaliser on the half-hour mark – and the Lilywhites went on to score twice at the end of the first half as Danny Rose’s goal was followed by an Andros Townsend penalty.
Kane extended Tottenham’s lead after the break, making it 4-1 with his 17th strike of the campaign, and Eden Hazard, Nacer Chadli and John Terry then traded goals before the end.
Terry’s 87th-minute finish ensured Chelsea are still at the top of the table, but Manchester City are now level on points and goal difference.
Meanwhile Spurs moved up to fifth place, leapfrogging Arsenal, and lie two points outside the top four.
There were three changes to the Spurs side that had lined up against Manchester United in their previous outing, with Kyle Walker and Rose coming into the team in the full-back slots and Nabil Bentaleb returning from illness.
Jose Mourinho also made three changes after the 1-1 draw at Southampton, with Cesar Azpilicueta, Oscar and Willian all getting the nod. Oscar made his 100th appearance for Chelsea, while it was Nemanja Matic’s 50th appearance.
The game began in a similar way to the meeting at Stamford Bridge a month beforehand, with Spurs starting brightly, only to suddenly go behind.
Chadli sent a low effort at Thibaut Courtois and Kyle Walker beat two players before seeing a low cross cleared. Ryan Mason limped off early on with a hamstring injury, being replaced by Mousa Dembele, but Spurs were looking confident – until they went behind.
Hazard beat Rose on Chelsea’s right side and his shot hit the far post, with Oscar following up to put the ball back into the goalmouth, where Costa scored.
The Lilywhites looked a little sorry for themselves and, when Federico Fazio gave the ball away, Costa ran at Jan Vertonghen and played in Oscar, who prodded just wide under pressure.
However, everything changed on the half-hour mark as Kane started a comeback with an equaliser which came out of nothing. The 21-year-old cut inside from the left flank, held off Oscar and fired low into the bottom left corner from just over 20 yards.
Chelsea had a chance at the other end as Willian’s shot deflected up in the air, freeing Hazard behind the defence – but the Belgian, facing away from goal and not realising how much time and space he had – sent a hurried back-header over the bar.
After that it was all Tottenham. Chadli went through on goal and saw his shot deflect off Courtois’ leg and hit the post, although he was flagged offside anyway.
Chelsea failed to heed the warning shot and, in the 44th minute, Eriksen freed Chadli again. This time the Belgian was onside, and he hit the post again, but Rose followed up and forced the ball home.
It got even better for Spurs in the dying seconds of the half as Kane beat Gary Cahill to a ball in the Chelsea box and was taken out by the defender. Referee Phil Dowd pointed to the spot and Townsend stepped up to bury his penalty past Courtois.
Mourinho responded with a half-time change, swapping Oscar for Ramires, and the Brazilian got away from Dembele to set up a chance for Hazard, who sent a rising drive high and wide.
Tottenham went up the other end and made it 4-1, with Chadli feeding the ball in to Kane, who span away from Matric in the box and slotted into the bottom right corner.
The Blues pulled a goal back on the hour-mark as Hazard robbed Fazio near the halfway line, exchanged passes with Cesc Fabregas and fired past Lloris – and Spurs’ keeper then had to get down to tip Azpilicueta’s low shot out of the bottom corner.
However, Tottenham restored their three-goal lead in the 78th minute after an excellent quick passing move. Vertonghen fed the ball through to substitute Paulinho, who touched it off to Kane, and the forward advanced down the left before passing inside to Chadli, whose shot deflected off John Terry and into the bottom right corner.
Tottenham’s fans gleefully chanted “we want six”, but it was Chelsea who got the final goal of the day – albeit a minor consolation – as Hazard delivered a low cross from the right and Terry finished at the far post.
Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose (Davies 74), Bentaleb, Mason, Townsend (Paulinho 66), Eriksen, Chadli, Kane
Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Matic, Fabregas, Willian (Salah 71), Oscar (Ramires 45), Hazard, Costa