Spurs snatch draw in eight-goal Chelsea thriller
ROBBIE Keane's superb late strike earned Tottenham a deserved point in Wednesday night s eight-goal thriller at the Lane
Spurs 4 (Woodgate 12, Berbatov 61, Huddlestone 75, Keane 88.)
Chelsea 4 (Drogba 3, Essien 20, Joe Cole 52, 80. Att: 36,178
ROBBIE Keane's superb late strike earned Tottenham a deserved point in Wednesday night's eight-goal thriller at the Lane.
Spurs fielded the side that beat Chelsea in the Carling Cup final but it was the Blues who scored first through Didier Drogba after just three minutes. However, Jonathan Woodgate, who headed the Spurs winner at Wembley, rose above Drogba to head Jermaine Jenas's free-kick past Carlo Cudicini for the equaliser nine minutes later.
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But Chelsea soon restored their lead through Michael Essien's clever finish after Joe Cole had unlocked the Spurs defence. The half ended with a high and late tackle on Alan Hutton by Ashley Cole, which merited a red card and not the yellow shown by referee Mike Riley.
Joe Cole looked to have sealed the points for Chelsea when he fired home a third goal in the 52nd minute. But Spurs refused to surrender and the inspirational Dimitar Berbatov started the comeback, heading home Tom Huddlestone's corner on the hour mark. The big midfielder then fired Spurs level with a terrific strike only for Cole to grab his second and Chelsea's fourth 10 minutes from time.
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But there was to be a late sting in the tail. Keane curled home a superb equaliser two minutes from time before Cudicini produced a wonder save to deny Berbatov an unlikely winner.
Spurs man of the game: Dimitar Berbatov. Oozed class throughout and scored.
Tottenham: Robinson, Hutton, Woodgate, King (Bent 68), Chimbonda, Lennon, Jenas (Huddlestone 46), Zokora, Malbranque, Berbatov, Keane.
Subs Not Used: Cerny, Tainio, Dawson. Booked: Keane, Huddlestone.