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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea: Final score 5-3, football is the best thing

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Harry Kane had his Inter Milan moment.

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We've been waiting what seems like years for a huge result in from a great performance against a top team, and this was it. Tottenham Hotspur were spectacular on New Year's Day, sinking Premier League leaders Chelsea, 5-3, at White Hart Lane.

Harry Kane was the big star on the day, like he has been for much of the last month. He scored twice, won a penalty and notched an assist, but that only tells part of the story. His two goals were truly spectacular, while his hold-up play and off-the-ball movement were some of the best we've ever seen from him.

Early on, it looked like it was going to be an awful day for Spurs. Ryan Mason had to come off with a hamstring injury in the 8th minute and 10 minutes after that, Spurs were behind. Eden Hazard broke Danny Rose's ankles, then hit the post from 12 yards. Oscar followed up and squared for Diego Costa, who poked into the back of the net.

The goal was probably deserved for Chelsea, but from then on, the Blues were outplayed. Kane got Spurs back into the game in the 30th minute, and in spectacular fashion. He beat multiple Chelsea players by himself, holding off Oscar at the end of his run, then unleashing a shot before John Terry or Gary Cahill could close him down. It was perfectly placed to the bottom corner, and Thibaut Courtois couldn't make a save.

Just before the end of half, Chelsea melted down. In the 44th minute, a run by Kane opened up space for Christian Eriksen, who went on a brilliant run before hitting an even better through ball to Nacer Chadli. He hit the post, but Danny Rose followed up and finished off the move to put Spurs ahead.

Spurs would get one more before the break, from the penalty spot. Shockingly, Cahill hacked down Kane on a pass by Eriksen into his feet, and Phil Dowd gave a clear penalty. Andros Townsend stepped up and placed a perfect shot into the bottom right corner with the last kick of the half, and Tottenham went into the locker room up two goals.

As good as Kane's first goal was, his second just after the break might have been even better. At the top of the box, he made an unbelievable first touch, spun Nemanja Matic like a top, then scored at the far post before Terry could step up and make a finish difficult for him.

Spurs started playing with a type of confidence that turned into outright arrogance at this point, which eventually cost them. Federico Fazio got way too fancy trying to dribble his way out of defense in the 61st minute, turning the ball over and helping Chelsea to a goal. Cesc Fabregas provided the assist to Eden Hazard, who was by far Chelsea's best player on the night, and perhaps the only one up to their usual standard.

The game was a bit nervy after that, but Chadli sealed the result for Spurs in the 76th minute. Kane got his assist with a very nice bit of hold-up play on the left wing and a pass into the path of the Belgian, whose shot took a wicked deflection and sailed past Courtois.

Chelsea almost got one back through Ramires in the 84th minute and were able to score a third through Terry off a quick free kick a bit later, but weren't able to put the result in any doubt.