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Sunday, August 20, 2017

#IBsports; As It Happened: Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Chelsea

Hello, and welcome to Nigerianeye's live coverage of the match in the Premier League between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.

After the demolition of White Hart Lane, Spurs will play all of their home fixtures during the 2017-18 campaign at Wembley Stadium and their schedule begins with a showdown with fierce rivals Chelsea.

The Blues are currently reeling from a 3-2 defeat at home to Burnley and with tensions said to be building behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge, the defending champions cannot afford another early setback.

Back in April, Chelsea ran out 4-2 victors when the two teams met in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley.


CHELSEA: Courtois, Rudiger, Luiz, Christiansen, Azpilicueta, Bakayoko, Kante, Alonso, Moses, Willian, Morata

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR: Lloris, Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Tripper, Wanyama, Dembele, Davies, Eriksen, Alli, Kane

The full-time whistle goes at Wembley Stadium and Chelsea have held on for a 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur. The home side probably deserved at least a point, but Alonso's double has earned Chelsea a much-needed victory.

90+4 min FULL TIME: Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Chelsea

90+1 min SUBSTITUTION! Spurs throw on Vincent Janssen for Tripper.

90 min There will be four minutes of added-on time.

88 min Well, maybe not! Chelsea score a second and it's Alonso again! Luiz wins the ball in the middle and after Pedro sets up Alonso, the left-back drills the ball under Lloris, who should do a lot better.

88 min GOAL! Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Chelsea (Alonso)

86 min If there is going to be a winner in this match, it will be Spurs. They are rampant now and Chelsea have aeveryone back in defensive areas. Another fine free kick from Eriksen is well defended by Azpilicueta.

82 min Disaster for Batshuayi. Eriksen's cross is a good one and instead of finding Alderweireld who is all on his own from six yards out, Batshuayi glances in at the near post.

82 min GOAL! Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Chelsea (Batshuayi)

80 min SUBSTITUTION! A second alteration from Spurs as Moussa Sissoko replaces Davies. Just the 10 minutes to go.

78 min SUBSTITUTIONS! Two changes for Chelsea, with Pedro and Michy Batshuayi replacing Willian and Morata.

77 min There is still another goal in this. It has been all Spurs over the past few minutes but the Blues are putting in so many defensive blocks.

73 min WOODWORK! So unlucky from Willian. The Brazilian takes his time on the edge of the area before driving a low shot off the base of the post from 20 yards out.

71 min SHOT! This is the most sustained pressure Chelsea have inflicted all match. Moses is allowed to run into the penalty area but his shot just clears the bar at the near post.

70 min CHANCE! Willian does terrifically to break clear from the Spurs defence and play in Morata. The summer signing wants too much time but he still sends a deflected effort just wide of Lloris's post.

68 min SUBSTITUTION! Now we do. Son Heung-min is on for Dier, which sees Spurs go to a back four.

67 min The chances are starting to dry up, but the game is no less intriguing. These are two top teams and a lot of thought is going into nullifying the other. Still no changes from either head coach.

63 min Pedro would be the perfect introduction for Morata, in my opinion, but the forward is starting to get involved in defensive areas. He has just leaped to make a magnificent header from a Spurs free kick.

59 min We haven't seen a whole lot of Morata in this game. In all fairness, the Spaniard has been left to do a lot of chasing but aside from that sitter he missed in the fifth minute, he hasn't contributed.

55 min Chelsea have had a bit more joy over the past few minutes. Luiz has put in a couple of excellent tackles in midfield. It will be interesting to see how Conte acts this half because as we mentioned earlier, Bakayoko has only had 45 minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly.

51 min BOOKING! Vertonghen is unfortunate that he is partially shoved by Willian, but he could easily be sent off for a crude challenge on Moses. His foot made connection with just below the Chelsea's wing-back's knee.

50 min Chelsea are yet to get out of their own half since the restart. It's very much one-way traffic. I'm not sure how the Blues keep a clean sheet. It is relentless from Spurs.

48 min The home side have picked up exactly where they left off. They have already had a couple of corners, and Kane has had a header blocked when it could have been heading for the back of the net.

46 min Spurs get us back underway.

The half-time whistle goes at Wembley and Chelsea still lead thanks to that wonderful set piece from Alonso. Both sides have had plenty of joy in the respective final thirds but for now, the Spaniard's goal is the difference.

45+4 min HALF TIME: Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Chelsea

45+2 min What a block from Luiz. Vertonghen crosses from the byline and Dier will score from close range if Luiz doesn't deflect it over the crossbar. The referee gives a goal kick...

45 min There will be three minutes of added-on time.

44 min SHOT! Spurs are finishing this half strongly. It's Davies's turn to get a shot on goal, and his deflected strike brings a diving save out of Courtois. Chelsea need the break.

42 min WOODWORK! When will Kane score a Premier League goal in August? He can't come much closer. After receiving the ball from Alli, he cuts inside onto his right foot before lashing a shot against the far post. Courtois was beaten.

39 min How has this not gone in? Eriksen's free kick is pin-point perfect but it evades absolutely everyone. I have no idea how. Courtois couldn't do a thing, aside from watch the ball miss the far post by a yard.

38 min BOOKING! Another easy booking for the referee. Luiz attempts a reverse clothesline on Eriksen as the Dane attempted to move into the penalty area off the ball.

35 min Chelsea are beginning to pick up a few knocks, which they don't need considering their injury situation. Both

31 min BOOKING! Dier follows Rudiger into the book for a lunge on Luiz. The Spurs defender complains, but I'm not sure he should be doing. Definite yellow.

30 min BOOKING! Rudiger goes into the book, I think for kicking the ball away.

30 min CHANCES! Kane is always a threat in and around the penalty area but he fails to convert with two chances in the space of 60 seconds. Firstly, he got the better of Rudiger before Courtois came to the rescue with an instinctive save to his right, before Kane eventually retrieved the ball and sent a low strike wide of the far post from 20 yards.

27 min CHANCE! It has been a positive response from Spurs, but Alderweireld can only head wide after meeting a corner.

24 min Pick that one out! It's Alonso who steps up to take the set piece and he curls a left-footed strike into the top corner of Lloris' net. The French goalkeeper had no chance.

24 min GOAL! Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Chelsea (Alonso)

23 min Luiz wins a free kick around 25 yards from goal. Alli caught his trailing leg. It's in the Brazilian's territory...

20 min SHOT! He doesn't score many, but Dembele lets fly with an howitzer of an effort from 25 yards out with Courtois doing just enough to tip the ball over the crossbar.

18 min The back-and-forth nature to this game has now subsided and we have two teams who are focusing more on the tactical element of the game. Spurs are much more in the game and are beginning to control possession.

15 min CHANCE! Christensen fails to deal with a long ball and Alli is lurking behind him. However, it is an acute angle and the England international's volley goes high over the bar.

14 min Lloris is extremely fortunate here. Lloris takes too long with his clearance and then proceeds to strike the ball straight at Morata. Luckily, the French stopper is able to beat the Chelsea forward to pick up the ball.

10 min CHANCE! Courtois wasn't at his best last weekend, and he almost makes another blunder here. Kane's well-struck shot is straight at the Belgian, but the ball runs free to safety after he fails to claim it.

8 min It has been an impressive start from Chelsea but that Morata could prove crucial. It has gifted Spurs the momentum and they are now making all of the running. This is shaping up into an entertaining match.

6 min CHANCE! Morata has missed a sitter. An absolute sitter. Azpilicueta's cross is sublime and finds Morata all on his own from eight yards out, but his free header goes wide. Conte is furious.

3 min The visitors have started fast, but it takes an interception from Luiz to prevent Spurs from creating the first chance for Eriksen.

1 min Chelsea get us underway.

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