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Spurs snatch draw in eight-goal Chelsea thriller

PUBLISHED: 12:07 20 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:52 07 September 2010

LONDON - MARCH 19:  Jonathan Woodgate of Tottenham rises above the Chelsea defence to score his teams first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at White Hart Lane on March 19, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

LONDON - MARCH 19: Jonathan Woodgate of Tottenham rises above the Chelsea defence to score his teams first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at White Hart Lane on March 19, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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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.

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.

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.


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