Spurs keep top four ambitions alive with battling draw against Chelsea
Huge strike: Gylfi Sigurdsson’s goal maintains Spurs’ top four push.
Tottenham remain in the hunt for a top four finish after drawing 2-2 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Gylfi Sigurdsson cracked home from the edge of the box after Ramires and Oscar had twice put Chelsea ahead, either side of an Emmanuel Adebayor equaliser.
The result sees Chelsea strengthen their grip on third place on 69 points, with Arsenal on 67 and Spurs now on 66 – meaning the race for Champions League football will go down to the wire.
It could have all been so different though, with the Blues, who brought in Fernando Torres for Demba Ba and Eden Hazard for Victor Moses, looking like they would cruise to victory.
They grabbed the lead through a simple set piece after dominating the early stages, with Oscar flicking home Gary Cahill’s header from close range.
Juan Mata nearly doubled the advantage when he lashed over Hazard’s cut-back moments later, as Rafa Benitez’s men sensed the chance for more goals.
But Tottenham soon found their feet and scored a stunning equaliser through Adebayor, who cracked a stunning shot past Petr Cech from all of 25 yards to reignite the game.
It was a lifeline for Spurs, but it didn’t last long, with Chelsea soon carving open their back four and allowing space for Ramires to shoot beyond Hugo Lloris.
The second half brought more of the same, with Chelsea keen to put the game to bed as soon as possible.
Hazard rolled in off the left hand flank and lashed over, while Ramires nearly should have gone on to score when put through by Mata, but he slipped on the Stamford Bridge turf – and smashed his face into the ground in the process.
It was a huge chance, and sensing the game was slipping away, Tottenham dug deep and managed to level the scores once again.
Sigurdsson showed an ice-cool head in the box to control and finish beyond Cech, to make it 2-2 and keep Spurs in the hunt.
It will go down to the wire, and it’s still advantage Chelsea and Arsenal, but Tottenham are hanging on in there.