Harry Kane scored a stoppage-time equaliser as Tottenham Hotspur snatched a 2-2 draw from a bad-tempered encounter against Chelsea in which Antonio Conte and Thomas Tuchel clashed.
Reece James’ strike on 78 minutes looked to have given the Blues all three points in this London derby at Stamford Bridge, but Kane flicked home a corner kick in the 96th minute to salvage a point for the visitors.
Chelsea and Tottenham played out to a thrilling London derby with both teams having to settle for a point each after Harry Kane’s last minute equaliser in a two-all draw. Characteristic of any derby, the game was heated with Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte nearly coming to blows after Spurs’ equaliser.
Sunday’s London derby between Chelsea and Tottenham really was a heated game of two halves, with Thomas Tuchel’s side firmly in control in the opening 45 minutes before things descended into chaos after the break.
The spoils were eventually shared after a stoppage-time goal from Harry Kane drew Spurs level for the second time on the day, but most of the attention was on what was happening on the sidelines between Tuchel and Antonio Conte.
Chelsea had as much as 70 percent of the possession at points in the first half, and Tottenham would have been thankful to go in at half time just one goal behind. Kalidou Koulibaly go the only goal of the half, executing a brilliant volley on the end of a Marc Cucurella corner to score his first goal for his new club.
Conte changed things up after the break and the game changed s a result, with Spurs growing into the occasion.
Conte-Tuchel clash was box office
The Premier League has witnessed many managerial clashes over the years and the growing animosity between Conte and Tuchel was on full show over the course of this match and even after the contest had finished when both coaches were sent off by Anthony Taylor.
But Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s leveller midway through the half sparked controversy. Kai Havertz felt he had been found beforehand, but nothing was given and the leveller stood, while the Blues also felt that Richarlison was offside and interfering with Edouard Mendy.
Chelsea dominated much of the match and opened the scoring through Kalidou Koulibaly who registered his first Premier League goal in spectacular fashion, thumping home a volley from a Marc Cucurella corner.
Spurs levelled in the second half in controversial circumstances when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg struck past Edouard Mendy despite Chelsea’s appeals about a potential foul and offside. This prompted the first clash between Conte and Tuchel on the touchline.
Sterling set up James to put Chelsea 2-1 ahead with just 12 minutes left, but Kane had the final say, nodding home deep into added time. Conte and Tuchel were again involved in an angry confrontation after the final whistle, the Chelsea boss pulling Conte towards him after a handshake, and both were shown red cards.
Things get heated between Conte and Tuchel
Conte’s celebrations didn’t go down well with his former club. The Italian celebrated in front of Chelsea’s bench and Tuchel squared up to him, with the two even bumping chests.
Reece James restored Chelsea’s lead with less than a quarter of an hour to play, prompting Tuchel to run down the touchline and past the away bench as he celebrated, and things were still simmering between the two.
In the last minute of stoppage time, Spurs levelled again. A corner was delayed as a VAR check was going on, and Chelsea looked to have been distracted. Harry Kane was allowed to get free at the near post and he headed into Mendy’s bottom corner.
After the final whistle, Tuchel and Conte exchanged words again. Conte seemed to take issue with the way in which Tuchel shook his hand, and chaos unfolded again. Both coaches were shown red cards.
Kalidou Koulibaly’s thumping volley (19) had given Chelsea a deserved lead after a dominant first-half display, but Spurs somehow stayed in contention and equalised when Hojbjerg’s drilled shot punished Jorginho’s error in the penalty area.
Conte’s exuberant celebration outside of his technical area angered Tuchel and the Chelsea boss responded when Reece James (77) restored the hosts’ lead, streaking past the forlorn Italian and down the touchline in to celebrate with the Chelsea fans.
Tuchel looked to have had the last laugh but, with Chelsea seconds away from successive Premier League victories, Kane’s dramatic stoppage-time equaliser lit the fuse for the final confrontation between the coaches.
How Spurs snatched unlikely Chelsea point
Just three points separated third-placed Chelsea and fourth-placed Tottenham last season but after a decisive summer recruitment drive and resounding opening-day win over Southampton, Spurs travelled across the capital confident of bridging the gap and securing only their second-ever Premier League victory at Stamford Bridge.
There were early glimpses of the attacking threat possessed by the visitors but, in the sweltering west London heat, Spurs withered as Tuchel’s tactical masterclass allowed Chelsea to take hold, with the majestic Jorginho and N’Golo Kante anchoring a fluid and threatening 3-4-3 formation which Spurs simply could not get to grips with.
The outstretched leg of Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris prevented Kai Havertz from firing Chelsea into a deserved lead on 19 minutes, but the deadlock was broken seconds later when Koulibaly was afforded the freedom of the penalty area and emphatically volleyed Marc Cucurella’s corner home.
Chelsea’s dominance continued through to the interval but a second goal eluded them, with Koulibaly and Mason Mount firing over in quick succession.
It would have been impossible for Spurs not to improve on their disjointed first-half performance after the break, but progress was laborious, with Kane feeding Heung-Min Son in behind within minutes of the restart only for Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to smother the South Korean’s scuffed shot.
Chelsea should have had their second soon after but Raheem Sterling blazed over the bar after Ruben Loftus-Cheek waltzed his way into the Spurs area. Seconds later, Kane passed up a glorious opportunity to equalise, scuffing wide after evading the offside trap.