Chelsea end Spurs’ unbeaten run
Chelsea ended Tottenham's unbeaten start to the English Premier League yesterday with a 2-1 victory that capped a miserable week for its London rival.
Chelsea conceded for the first time in around 600 minutes in the league when Christian Eriksen put Tottenham in front but Pedro Rodriguez leveled on the stroke of halftime and Victor Moses completed the comeback after the break.
A seventh consecutive win kept Chelsea at the top of the standings while Tottenham slipped seven points off the pace as its largely unconvincing 12game unbeaten run ended at a ground where it still hasn't won since 1990.
Tottenham's tenacious start suggested the barren run at Stamford Bridge could end, but collapsed just as it did in May when a 2-2 draw saw the north London's team title bid end.
Tottenham has only one win in 10 games and looks incapable of challenging again for its first title since 1961.
Chelsea was struggling to cope with Tottenham's pressing when it fell behind in the 11th minute. Dele Alli received the ball from Moussa Dembele and cut in from the left before squaring to Eriksen, who unleashed a volley past goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Chelsea was being outplayed and Courtois kept out Kane's rising shot to prevent the visitors extending their lead.
And Pedro equalized when he switched the ball before his feet before curling a shot past Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
What advantage Tottenham had was soon lost as Chelsea seized control six minutes after the break.
Diego Costa did the hard work down the left, allowing wingback Moses to surge down the opposite flank and arrive in the penalty area unmarked. Moses met Costa's cutback from the byline and struck past both Lloris and Vertonghen who were on the goal-line.
Liverpool overcame the loss of Philippe Coutinho to a seriouslooking first-half injury to beat Sunderland 2-0 and keep up its title challenge in the English Premier League yesterday.
Coutinho was carried off on a stretcher in the 34th minute with his right leg in a brace after a challenge with Sunderland midfielder Didier Ndong.
Divock Origi came on as Coutinho's replacement and put Liverpool ahead in the 75th minute with a curling shot into the far corner. James Milner converted a penalty in stoppage time to seal victory after Ndong tripped Sadio Mane.
Bob Bradley celebrated his first win as Swansea manager when Fernando Llorente's stoppage-time double clinched a wild 5-4 victory over Crystal Palace.
Swansea led 3-1 with 15 minutes to go but faced a sixth successive winless game after going 4-3 behind by conceding three goals in nine minutes.
The comeback ended Bradley's wait for a Premier League win but Palace manager Alan Pardew was condemned to a sixth loss in a row.
Islam Slimani converted an injury-time penalty as Leicester snatched a 2-2 draw at home to Middlesbrough, the latest disappointing result in the English champion's title defense.
Alvaro Negredo put Middlesbrough ahead twice at King Power Stadium and Leicester replied with two penalties, the first from Riyad Mahrez and then from substitute Slimani in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
Leicester, which qualified midweek for the knockout stage of the Champions League, avoided a third straight Premier League defeat but has only won once in its last eight games and is two points above the relegation zone.
Sergio Aguero scored two scrappy goals as Manchester City recovered from conceding early to beat Burnley 2-1 in the English Premier League yesterday.
Both of Aguero's goals were scored from inside the six-yard box, his first in the 37th minute after the ball was bundled into his path unwittingly off Argentina teammate Nicolas Otamendi.
The winner came in the 60th after a melee and some clumsy defending in Burnley's penalty area, with Aguero eventually deflecting a shot into the net off his knee.
Aguero has scored 10 league goals this season, eight of them coming away from home in the form of four doubles.
Chelsea's Gary Cahill, centre, battles for the ball with Tottenham's Kyle Walker, left, and Tottenham's Dele Alli