Harry Kane scored a late equalizer for Tottenham at Chelsea, with Sporting Life supporters winning big on Sunday.
Chelsea and Tottenham shared the spoils in a fantastic game that ended 2-2 on Sunday.
A sweepstakes for Sporting Life
It was a game that had everything from a late equalizer to a manager bust, but importantly to Sporting Life supporters, it also had not one but two winning goalscorer picks.
Our man Tom Carnduff tipped both Reece James at 10/1 and Harry Kane at 2/1 to score in the match, with both duly accommodating.
Even more impressive, Tom also called the 2-2 the correct result!
An exciting game on the bridge
Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte were both sent off after full-time as Harry Kane snatched Tottenham a 2-2 Premier League draw at Chelsea.
England captain Kane remained anonymous until he buried a header from an injury-time corner to take the honors himself in a tumultuous London derby at muggy Stamford Bridge.
Tuchel and Conte were both cautioned after Piere-Emile Hojbjerg scored Spurs’ first goal and the two managers were given their marching orders by referee Anthony Taylor after the final whistle.
The two bosses butted heads twice, first on the sidelines, then on the field after the final whistle in what turned out to be an unwelcome epilogue to a high-class and high-octane contest.
Reece James thought he’d settled the dispute with a cool finish on a hot day in west London, finishing after a fine pass from Raheem Sterling.
Kalidou Koulibaly conjured a thunderous volley from a Marc Cucurella corner to put Chelsea 1-0 up at half-time.
Conte confronted Tuchel after Hojbjerg’s controversial equalizer as tension and sentiment spilled over.
Chelsea were outraged that referee Taylor dismissed the Blues’ appeals for a foul when Rodrigo Bentancur tackled Kai Havertz.
Tottenham pushed upwards and scored a goal from the same game but crucially briefly conceded possession.
Jorginho had a chance to clear but was robbed in his own box and Hojbjerg angled a neat equalizer home.
Blues boss Tuchel protested with fourth official Peter Bankes when it became clear Hojbjerg’s efforts would stand.
Former Chelsea manager Conte swooped in and the pair briefly touched heads, and then both benches piled high in a messy scuffle.
Tuchel, his assistant Zsolt Low and Conte were all cautioned for their aggression but after all the excitement the goal was awarded.
Chelsea returned to duty and James scored a lovely goal only for Kane to emerge with his only significant contribution of a tough afternoon.
In keeping with the tinderbox atmosphere of Stamford Bridge, the match developed at a breakneck pace from the start.
London’s searing temperatures choked the air and Chelsea quickly set about choking Spurs.
The Blues repeatedly pushed their capital city rivals back into their own half with authoritative and regimented pressing.
Chelsea also dominated the ball, with Tuchel’s latest game-specific system outsmarting Spurs’ Conte.
James eliminated Heung-min Son on the right side of a back three, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s physical presence and driving runs lit up full-backs’ right flank.
Koulibaly’s powerful volley gave Chelsea the right lead, and the Senegalese captain whipped Cucurella’s corner in with clear pleasure.
Sterling’s sweet heel had brought Havertz on target for a low strike which Hugo Lloris flicked his foot around the post to give the Blues that corner.
And then two big names combined to devastating effect over the summer as the Blues reflected their superiority in territory and possession on the scoreboard.
Spurs’ only real chance of the first half came when Ryan Sessegnon ran away from the Blues defense, only for Edouard Mendy to deny him with a smart save.
Chelsea dusted off and regained poise and control, with Loftus-Cheek no doubt frustrated at not making contact with Jorginho’s lofted pass as he raced on target with an attempted header.
Spurs attacked the second half with renewed vigor, with Son Mendy quickly eliciting a clever save.
Loftus-Cheek’s jinking run ended with Sterling shooting over the bar as Chelsea pressed as well.
Then Kane sped off the Blues defense at lightning speed, only to miss his shot wide.
Tempers flared when Spurs equalized through Hojbjerg, who drilled home after Jorginho lost the ball in his own area, leading to the first clash between the benches.
Havertz volleyed past James’ lovely cross as Chelsea tried to regain the lead and gave Spurs a huge reprieve.
However, Chelsea refused to back down and Koulibaly and Kante together won the ball high in the Spurs half.
Sterling sent James clear on target and the England full-back shot past Lloris to put Chelsea 2-1 back ahead.
Kane nodded home from an injury-time corner after Christian Romero avoided a censure despite pulling Cucurella’s hair.
Tuchel and Conte shook hands after the final whistle and went in opposite directions and when neither refused to let go, another clash ensued.
Taylor fired both men to add an ugly afterword to a relentless, riveting contest.