Tottenham throw away 2-0 lead to Chelsea, handing Premier League title to Leicester City

Tottenham throw away 2-0 lead to Chelsea, handing Premier League title to Leicester City
Will Eden Hazard score past Hugo Lloris today? (photo: VAVEL)

Unfortunately, that's all we've got time for tonight. I've been Oliver Emmerson, taking you through Chelsea's 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur, which secured Leicester City the Premier League title. Until next time in this rollercoaster season, goodbye.

It did look like their title party was going to be put off for one more week as Spurs raced into a 2-0 lead, but Chelsea pegged them back in the second half to draw 2-2.

A huge congratulations to the Foxes, who are deserved champions of this season's Premier League. An unbelievable season for Ranieri's men, who have done the unthinkable.


Full-time: Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

90+6: This is stupid and disappointing from Spurs. Dier with a brutal tackle that sees him fortunate not to get a second yellow card, off. Advantage was inititally played as Chelsea got up the pitch, Mason then making a poor challenge which he's carded for.

90+5: One minute to go, Leicester are almost champions!

90+4: Little happening, in all honesty. More handbags as Kane gets booked for a poor tackle, surprise surprise...

90: Six minutes of stoppage time! Squeaky bum time, for Leicester! Chadli on for Spurs, replacing Alderweireld.

89: Unless Tottenham can get a winner in the remaining minutes, Chelsea will have secured the title for their former manager Claudio Ranieri. Football, eh?

87: Another brawl! Dier booked for a poor challenge on Hazard. All of a sudden, the Chelsea players rush into the centre of the pitch, like a herd of cheetah's stalking their prey. All very unneccessary to be honest, but entertaining nonetheless.

84: Eden Hazard scored the goal that won the title for Chelsea last season, and he might have won it for Leicester season. He hasn't scored at Stamford Bridge in the league between those two goals, but what a goal it was. The ball broke for him a touch into the area, just on the left hand side, Hazard doing the rest as he curled the ball into the top corner.


82: Change for Tottenham, Danny Rose forced off injured with what looks like a hamstring problem. Ben Davies replaces him.

76: And we go up the other end once more, Walker sliding Ryan Mason in with a nice pass, but Begovic saves once more.

75: 15 minutes left at Stamford Bridge, and as it stands Leicester's title plans will have to be put on hold for one more week.

74: Chelsea go close, Hazard flashing a low ball across the penalty area, diverted just wide of the goal before Diego Costa could get to it.

71: Eriksen and Ivanovic the latest player's to be booked in a fairly long list tonight.

68: Good attacking pressure from Spurs, Son winning a corner. It's eventually worked out to Dembele, who finds Vertonghen with a cross, only for Begovic to come and claim the Belgian's header.

62: Close! Chelsea have Tottenham on the ropes. Costa drives forward with the ball, opting not to pass to Hazard as he checks back inside and sets up Willian. However, the Brazilian's shot is tame and easily held by Lloris.

58: Just as it looked like Spurs were running away with it, Chelsea have woken up. Cahill with a brilliant touch to control the ball from a corner, before lashing in on his left foot from six yards out. 1-2!

GOAL! Chelsea are back in it, Gary Cahill!

54: Kane goes down the right and sprays a fantastic ball across the pitch to Rose, who controls magnificently before cutting inside and setting up Son. Unfortunately for Spurs, the midfielder could only fire wide.

50: End to end start to the second half, Chelsea failing to produce anything from an early corner before Kane draws a smart save from Begovic.

45: Kick-off in the second half.

It looked to be a fairly boring game, until two late Spurs goals in that first half brought it to life. Add to that the few scuffles that we saw, and you've got a pretty action packed 45 minutes. Will the second half be similar? We'll find out soon!

Half-time: Chelsea 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur

45+2: Oh dear, replays showing that Dembele seemed to claw at Diego Costa's eye whilst the scuffle was unfolding. That one might be seen to by the FA in the aftermath of the game.

45+1: Lots of pushing and shoving on the pitch as Willian and Rose come onto blows, Mauricio Pochettino rushing onto the pitch to try and split them up. They're both booked, the referee eventually calming everyone down.

44: Crisp counter-attacking play from Tottenham. They win the ball high up and pounce, Eriksen with a perfect through ball to Son, who tucks a lovely finish into Begovic's near post. 0-2!

GOAL! Spurs at the double, Son with the goal!

38: Diego Costa involved in a scuffle, water is wet, etc. He and Vertonghen go face to face after the striker has his shirt pulled, Spurs' defender getting a yellow.

35: Patient passing through the midfield from Spurs, Terry plays Kane onside as he gets behind the defence, rounding Begovic to tap into an empty net.

GOAL! There's the opener, Kane!

31: Is this game slowly breaking into life? Costa the next player to shoot, again from distance, Lloris tipping the ball over with a strong left hand.

28: Tottenham attempt to respond to that Fabregas chance, Son dancing round a couple of defenders before blasting wide from 20 yards.

27: Just wide! Costa plays in Fabregas on the right hand side of the penalty area, the midfielder going for a cool finish into the corner, just wide. Walker given a yellow for a foul on Pedro in the build up, from which an advantage was correctly played.

22: "We're all going on a European tour" is the chant coming from the away end. As comforting as that is to them, the start that their team has shown hasn't suggested that they'll still be in the title race at the end of the night.

18: Handbags between Pedro and Walker, after the latter has a little kick at the Spaniard once the ball had gone. It was an extremely slight kick, but an unneeded one.

11: That's better from the visitors, Danny Rose firing just over the bar from a fair distance out.

9: Big shouts for a penalty from the home side, Matic going down under a push from Walker in the penalty area, but nothing gets given. Chelsea have made the better start here, Spurs struggling to get into their comfort zone.

4: Chelsea threatening early from set-pieces. Gary Cahill, back in the team as expected, heads just wide from a Willian corner.

0: Kick-off

Not long now until kick-off, the players are out on the pitch and shaking hands with one another. Leicester City fans and players will be watching on with keen interest.

Chelsea line-up: Begovic; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Pedro; Diego Costa.

Tottenham Hotspur line-up: Lloris (c), Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dier, Dembele; Lamela, Eriksen, Son; Kane

Team news is out

John Terry could return to the Chelsea team today, having been out for most of the time since February with hamstring and Achilles problems. Tottenham will be missing Dele Alli after the midfielder was given a three match ban for a punch on Claudio Yacob in the West Brom game.

These two last met towards the back of November, at White Hart Lane. Spurs hadn't quite began their title charge at that point, and sat 5th in the league. Chelsea, meanwhile, were in deep waters in 15th place. However, the two teams couldn't be separated on the day, drawing 0-0 in a performance that then Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho hailed as their best of the season so far.

Spurs have been consistent, and are unbeaten in six straight league games. They'd really kicked on in recent weeks, applying pressure on Leicester with a 3-0 win against Manchester United and a 4-0 away triumph against Stoke City. However, they handed a huge advantage to the Foxes by slumping to a 1-1 draw against West Brom last Monday.

Recent form hasn't been to kind to Chelsea, who having struggled for consistency in recent weeks. They've won two, drawn two and lost two of their last six games. Last time out was a positive day, beating Bournemouth 4-1 down on the South Coast. Eden Hazard bagged a brace, his first goals of the league season.

As previously mentioned, Spurs are second in the league, and will secure Champions League football next season with a point tonight. They'll also go five points ahead of rivals Arsenal, which would put them in an extremely strong position for a top two finish.

Back specifically to the game in hand, and it's one that would have much more meaning for the hosts if they hadn't endured such a terrible season. Last season's champions, Chelsea have suffered a dramatic drop off, currently sitting 10th in the league. They'll go 9th with a win or draw tonight, but don't really have much to play for. However, they could take some motivation from the possibility to deal the final nail in Tottenham's coffin in regards to the title.

Ranieri and co could have claimed the title on Sunday, had they won at Old Trafford against Manchester United. However, they could only muster a 1-1 draw on an exciting day of football, as Southampton and Swansea City recorded unlikely wins over Manchester City and Liverpool respectively.

It's a normal game for Chelsea, a big game for Tottenham, and an even bigger game for Leicester City. Yes, the Foxes aren't even playing in this game, but have huge amounts riding on it. Spurs are the only team left that can catch Claudio Ranieri's men in the league, as they're eight points behind with three games to go (Leicester have two). If Tottenham fail to win tonight, the league goes to Leicester.

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