Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte sent off after late equaliser

Harry Kane’s late equalizer sparked wild celebrations among Tottenham’s players

Harry Kane’s equalizer six minutes into stoppage time earned Tottenham a dramatic draw as a fiery London derby at Stamford Bridge ended in an angry confrontation between Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte that resulted in red cards for both managers.

Tempers were high throughout as Chelsea led twice before Kane’s glancing header seconds from the end gave Spurs a point.

Chelsea dominated the first half and fully deserved the 19th minute lead they earned when their two summer signings combined, Kalidou Koulibaly hit a powerful volley from Marc Cucurella’s corner.

Spurs struggled to make any impression, Kane missed his best opportunity, but equalized after 68 minutes when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s shot beat Edouard Mendy.

Chelsea were furious that referee Anthony Taylor failed to punish Rodrigo Bentancur for a challenge on Kai Havertz, the ensuing melee led to face-to-face fury between the two managers which ended with both Chelsea boss Tuchel and Spurs counterpart Conte got a yellow card.

After order was restored, Chelsea were back in front when James scored from Raheem Sterling’s pass, a fired-up Tuchel celebrating by sprinting past Conte along the touchline in elation.

Chelsea thought they had taken six points from two games until Kane headed in Ivan Perisic’s corner – the antipathy didn’t stop there as a handshake between Tuchel and Conte escalated into another row between the pair that ended with them both given their marching orders.

Chelsea’s bitter frustration

Chelsea will feel this was a missed opportunity, as they were the better team for long periods, only to lose the lead twice, once in contentious circumstances, and then with the agony of it being almost the last act of the game.

Tuchel, once his very obvious anger subsides, will be pleased with much of Chelsea’s performance, which really should have produced a win.

Chelsea pressed with greater efficiency than they did when Romelu Lukaku led the line and were a more composed and compact side than Spurs, who struggled to find any rhythm but still had enough to get a point.

Tuchel will question why Anthony Taylor did not award a foul when Bentancur dived in on Havertz, and Chelsea also felt Cucurella was fouled before Perisic’s corner was turned home by Kane.

The scenes between the two managers were part of the drama and showed how high emotions were, but both Tuchel and Conte can expect to hear from the authorities.

Chelsea’s summer signings made their contributions as Koulibaly and Cucurella combined for one goal and Sterling set up James, but there was no doubt who was the happier manager at the final whistle.

Spurs are digging deep for a point

Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg celebrates with Rodrigo Bentancur
Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg (left) scored Tottenham’s first equalizer with a fine shot from outside the box.

Conte’s animation throughout, and especially after the final whistle, showed how much this result meant to him as he returned to the club where he won the title.

He ran at opposite number Tuchel as Hojbjerg equalized and the pair were involved again as the Chelsea manager appeared reluctant to let go of Conte’s hand after the final whistle.

In the end, Spurs will be content with a draw because they were disappointing for long periods, although predictably it was Kane who came to their rescue in those dying moments.

Spurs are accompanied by high expectations under Conte this season, but will need to show character and resilience at times when they fail to hit their best.

This was one of those occasions and the way they celebrated with the fans after the melee broke up at the final whistle was a sign of their satisfaction.

Player of the match

KoulibalyKalidou Koulibaly

Chelsea

  1. Team number26Player nameKoulibaly

  2. Team number24Player nameJames

  3. Team number7Player nameKanté

  4. Team number12Player nameLoftus-Cheek

  5. Team number6Player nameThiago Silva

  6. Team number19Player nameinstall

  7. Team number16Player nameMendy

  8. Team number32Player nameCucurella

  9. Team number29Player nameHavertz

  10. Team number5Player nameJorginho

  11. Team number23Player nameGallagher

  12. Team number17Player nameSterling

  13. Team number28Player nameAzpilicueta

  14. Team number10Player namePulisic

  15. Team number18Player nameThe bridge

Lineups

Chelsea

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 16MendyOrdered in 62 minutes
  • 24JamesOrdered in 41 minutes
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 26Koulibaly
  • 12Loftus-Cheek
  • 7KantéSubstituted forGallagheron 85′minutes
  • 5JorginhoSubstituted forAzpilicuetaon 73′minutes
  • 32Cucurella
  • 29HavertzOrdered in 86 minutesSubstituted forThe bridgeon 90′minutes
  • 19install
  • 17SterlingSubstituted forPulisicon 84′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 10Pulisic
  • 14Chalobah
  • 18The bridge
  • 20Hudson-Odoi
  • 21Chilwell
  • 22Ziyech
  • 23Gallagher
  • 28Azpilicueta

Tottenham

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 17Romero
  • 15Animals
  • 33Davies
  • 12Emerson RoyalSubstituted forLucas Mouraon 82′minutes
  • 5Højbjerg
  • 30BentancurSubstituted forBissoumaon 79′minutes
  • 19R SessegnonSubstituted forRicharlisonon 57′minutes
  • 21Kulusevski
  • 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forPerisicon 79′minutes
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 2Doherty
  • 6D Sanchez
  • 9Richarlison
  • 11Gil
  • 14Perisic
  • 20Forster
  • 25Tanganga
  • 27Lucas Moura
  • 38Bissouma

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