Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea: Final score 1-1, a point deserved for each side

Clive Rose

Tottenham and Chelsea each had spells of dominance in a draw that will feel like a fair result to both sides.

Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea will both be a bit disappointed, but ultimately content with their 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane on Saturday. Both sides had spells of dominance, but ultimately cancelled each other out.

Spurs were well in control in the early going, with Chelsea looking to sit back a bit and try to catch Tottenham on the counter. They were doing a good job of preventing Spurs from creating chances until the 19th minute, when Gylfi Sigurdsson struck with the game's opening goal.

Christian Eriksen started the move with an excellent turn away from his defender 30 yards away from goal and a pass forward towards Roberto Soldado. Spurs' striker couldn't control the ball, but it took a deflection into the path of Sigurdsson. He skipped over a challenge by John Terry and finished off a bouncing ball in impressive fashion, beating Petr Cech.

Chelsea began to come into the game a bit more after that goal, and for the final 15 minutes of the first half, were very much on top. However, Paulinho did have one good chance in the 44th minute, with Paulinho hitting the post after a great run and pass into the box by Kyle Walker.

Jose Mourinho made a big change at halftime, bringing on Juan Mata for John Obi Mikel. That substitution moved Ramires from right wing into the center of midfield and turned Chelsea into a much more dangerous unit. Spurs were on the back foot from then until the final 10 minutes of the game.

Chelsea's goal came in the 65th minute, off a free kick conceded by Jan Vertonghen, for which he was booked. Mata picked up the assist with a great free kick that found John Terry, who beat both Vertonghen and Michael Dawson to get a free header on the ball.

The game changed considerably in the 81st minute, when Fernando Torres was shown a second yellow card for getting his arm up into the face of Vertonghen on an aerial challenge. There looked to be just as much recklessness from Vertonghen on the play, and the yellow was a harsh one.

Spurs had all of the possession for the final nine minutes plus stoppage time, but couldn't manage to score a winner. Sigurdsson had the best chance with half-volley from 20 yards in the 88th minute, but his effort sailed just wide.

Notes:

- Vertonghen and Torres had one hell of a battle. Torres' first yellow came for slapping Vertonghen after the Spurs defender dived to win a free kick from Torres. Both could have been booked on a few other occasions as well.

- Wow, Eriksen's turn to set up the goal. And Siggy's finish. Gorgeous.

- Kyle Walker had a weird day. Definitely more shaky than usual, but nothing leading to a big chance. He made up for his errors with his athleticism, more than he usually has to.

- Bobby Soldier was particularly disappointing in this one.

- We were pretty disappointing between the goal and the red.

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