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Friday 20 April 2018

Chelsea v Tottenham – Story of the match

Alli ended Tottenham’s hoodoo at Stamford Bridge.

Dele Alli scored twice as Tottenham ended their Chelsea hoodoo
Dele Alli scored twice as Tottenham ended their Chelsea hoodoo

By Jonathan Veal, Press Association Sport

Dele Alli’s double drove Tottenham to a first Stamford Bridge win over Chelsea since 1990 and left the Blues’ Champions League qualification bid in tatters.

England star Alli’s goals and Christian Eriksen’s stunning long-range strike handed Spurs the 3-1 win – and an eight-point Premier League advantage over their fierce London rivals with just seven matches to play.

Chelsea’s first home defeat to Tottenham in 31 matches in all competitions also turned the focus towards the future of manager Antonio Conte.

Tweet of the match

Star man

Subject to recent criticism, especially after his omission from England’s starting XI in their recent friendlies, Alli silenced the doubters with two goals on his 100th Premier League appearance, his first with a brilliant touch and first-time finish.

Moment of the match

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Christian Eriksen celebrates his stunning equaliser on the stroke of half-time

After a frustrating opening 45 minutes for Tottenham, Eriksen brought them level from nowhere in superb fashion as he slammed a long-distance effort past Willy Caballero in added time.

Data point

Not only did Eriksen’s stunning goal bring Tottenham level just before half-time, it also made him the leading scorer from outside the area of all current Premier League players.

Player ratings

Chelsea: Willy Caballero 6, Cesar Azpilicueta 6, Andreas Christensen 6, Antonio Rudiger 6, Victor Moses 6, N’Golo Kante 6, Cesc Fabregas 5, Marcos Alonso 7, Willian 5, Eden Hazard 7, Alvaro Morata 6. Substitutes: Olivier Giroud (for Moses,82) 5, Emerson Palmieri (for Alonso, 83) 5, Callum Hudson-Odoi (for Morata, 88) N/A).

Tottenham: Hugo Lloris 6, Kieran Trippier 6, Jan Vertonghen 7, Davison Sanchez 6, Ben Davies 6, Eric Dier 7, Mousa Dembele 7, Erik Lamela 5, Christian Eriksen 7, Dele Alli 8, Son Heung-min 6. Substitutes: Harry Kane (for Son, 73) 5, Victor Wanyama (for Dier, 81) 6, Moussa Sissoko (for Lamela, 88) N?A.

Who’s up next?

Chelsea v West Ham – Premier League, April 8

Stoke v Tottenham – Premier League, April 7

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