Chelsea labour to draw, Kane on tar­get again

The Timaru Herald - - CATALYST - FOOTBALL

Misfiring Chelsea missed the chance to climb into sec­ond place in the English Pre­mier League by draw­ing 0-0 at home to 10-man Le­ices­ter yes­ter­day.

It was a third straight goal­less draw in­volv­ing Chelsea in all com­pe­ti­tions, and a fourth in the team’s last seven matches.

Le­ices­ter dom­i­nated at Stam­ford Bridge un­til left back Ben Chilwell was sent off af­ter re­ceiv­ing a sec­ond yel­low card in the 68th minute.

Chelsea, with Gary Cahill leav­ing the field in the 33rd minute with an ap­par­ent ham­string in­jury, ap­plied pres­sure af­ter that but rarely threat­ened Kasper Sch­me­ichel, who eas­ily clawed away a free kick from Mar­cos Alonso in in­jury time.

The re­sult means Chelsea stay in third place, be­hind sec­ond-place Manch­ester United on goal dif­fer­ence and 15 points off leader Manch­ester City.

Mean­while, Harry Kane be­came Tot­ten­ham’s record scorer in the league by grab­bing a sec­ond­half dou­ble in a 4-0 home win over Ever­ton.

The Eng­land striker moved onto 98 goals, sur­pass­ing the pre­vi­ous mark of 97 set by Teddy Sher­ing­ham, thanks to two tap-ins at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium.

Son He­ung-min put Tot­ten­ham ahead in the 26th minute, courtesy of an­other close-range strike, and pro­duced pos­si­bly the high­light of the game with his spin and driv­ing run to set up the first goal for Kane, who is the league’s top scorer, with 20, three more than near­est ri­val Mo­hamed Salah.

There was a hint of luck about Kane’s sec­ond goal, with his fin­ish from Eric Dier’s cross com­ing off his studs and flick­ing up over goal­keeper Jordan Pickford and into the cor­ner.

Chris­tian Erik­sen wrapped up vic­tory in the 81st minute from the edge of the area, af­ter good work by Son and Dele Alli.

Fifth-place Spurs moved level on points with Liver­pool, whose game in hand is against Manch­ester City at An­field.

Ever­ton, which had a headed goal by Wayne Rooney dis­al­lowed when it was 0-0, hasn’t won any of its last five games in the league and sit ninth.

Else­where, Jonny Evans helped end West Bromwich Albion’s long wait for an EPL win with a 2-0 home vic­tory over Brighton.


Ben Chilwell of Le­ices­ter City is shown a red card by ref­eree Mike Jones at Stam­ford Bridge.

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