Chelsea beat Tottenham 4-1 in an exciting London derby from the 11th round of the Premier League. The match offered plenty of emotion and Spurs finished with nine men after Christian Romero was sent off in the 33rd minute and Udoji in the 55th.
The match will also be remembered for the many interventions of the VAR system.
It was Tottenham’s first defeat of the season, with Ange Postecoglou’s side now in second place with 26 points, while Manchester City are now first with 27. Chelsea are tenth with 15 points.
“Spurs” managed to take the lead in the sixth minute. Pape Sarr found Kuluszewski, who had a lot of free space to shoot, and with the help of a light ricochet flew into the goal of Robert Sanchez for 1:0.
In the 11th minute, Raheem Sterling brought Nicolas Jackson alone against the goalkeeper, but the Senegalese was slow to shoot, allowing Vicario to show a reflex and clear the ball.
In the 14th minute, Hyun-Min Son put the ball into Sanchez’s goal for the second time in the match, but after a VAR review, the goal was disallowed due to offside.
In the 19th minute, Udoji came dangerously into the feet of Raheem Sterling, and VAR again came to Michael Oliver’s aid to assess whether the Tottenham international should receive a red card. In the end, it only got away with yellow.
In the 21st minute, Raheem Sterling managed to knock the ball into Vicario’s goal, but after another VAR, this goal was also disallowed due to handball.
Seven minutes later, Moises Caicedo had a goal disallowed for offside, which Oliver reviewed with VAR, and then, with the help of the video assistant referee, he sent off Christian Romero and awarded Chelsea a penalty. Cole Palmer took care of the execution, sending the ball first into the right side post and then into the net.
In the 37th minute, Jackson also missed a goal due to an ambush.
The added time of the first half was 12 minutes, but the two teams failed to score and went into the break at 1:1.
The second half got off to a nightmare start for Tottenham as Udoji picked up his second yellow card in the 55th minute to leave his side with nine men in the match. Taking advantage of their numerical advantage, the “blues” significantly increased their pressure.
In the 68th minute, Mark Cucurea found himself alone against the goalkeeper, but Vicario managed to reflect this situation as well.
A quarter of an hour before the end of the match, Raheem Sterling assisted Nicholas Jackson, who only had to knock the ball into the empty goal for 1:2.
In the 79th minute, Eric Dier put the ball into Sanchez’s net, but after another stoppage of play for VAR confirmation, the assistant referee’s offside decision was upheld.
Three minutes before the end of regular time, Rodrigo Bentancourt missed a good opportunity to head the ball and level the score.
In the fourth minute of added nine, Hyun Min Son went on a solo raid, but his shot from the edge of the penalty area was deflected by Sanchez, and in the counterattack, Conor Gallagher “served” the ball to Jackson, who scored 1:3.
In the 98th minute, Jackson completed his hat-trick, this time putting more effort into Vicario’s goal after missing him.
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