Chelsea end Spurs’ un­beaten run

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

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

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