A second consecutive London Derby for Chelsea saw them claim a point off (current) league leaders Tottenham as the 2 sides played to a feisty 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane. It was truly a tale of two halves in the match with Tottenham having the better of the opening one and going ahead after 20 minutes with Gylfi Sigurdsson superbly finished over Petr Cech after running on to a layoff by Roberto Soldado. New boy Christian Eriksen was also a key figure in the goal as it was he who initially set up Soldado was a looping ball. The Blues seemed to find inspiration after the break though in the form of Juan Mata, who came on at the half for John Obi Mikel. Mata picked up where he left off against Swindon in the League Cup midweek and began to create chance after chance for an increasingly threatening Chelsea side. It proved to be John Terry who claimed their equalizer on 65 minutes off a Mata free kick, as JT broke free off his marker and easily nodded past Hugo Lloris from about 6 yards out. There was the possibility of a late twist in the match as well with Fernando Torres being shown a very questionable second yellow for Chelsea on 82 minutes after the Spaniard had a coming together with Jan Vertonghen of Spurs, but nothing came of Tottenham’s brief man advantage and the game ended in a 1 all draw.
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