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lunes, 2 de mayo de 2016

Champions Leicester: Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham: Eden Hazard seals Premier glory for Leicester City and ends Spurs' title dream as Belgian's wonder strike secures draw in vicious London derby

Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham: Eden Hazard seals Premier League glory for Leicester City and ends Spurs' title dream as Belgian's wonder strike secures draw in vicious London derby 

  • Harry Kane fired Tottenham into the lead with composed finish in the 35th minute 
  • Son Heung-min doubled the visitors' advantage just before half-time following scything Christian Eriksen pass 
  • Gary Cahill pulled a goal back for the home side early the second-half with powerful strike from close-range 
  • Eden Hazard levels ill-tempered derby with sublime curling effort with seven minutes remaining 
  • Leicester City's failure to win at Manchester United meant title race carried on for at least another day  
  • Chelsea defenders John Terry and Gary Cahill both returned for crunch clash at Stamford Bridge 
  • Deli Alli missing for Spurs as influential midfielder served three-match ban for violent conduct
  • So here's the bad news. The poorest champions in Premier League history got to decide the destination of the title. And the player that summed up their malaise this season, scored the goal.
Chelsea and Eden Hazard. Everything that Leicester are not. But there you go. Sometimes life isn't perfect. And we should not let Chelsea overshadow what has been a quite magnificent season, and the greatest achievement in the history of English football. So celebrate Leicester, yes. But not Chelsea. If these players – Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, you know who they are – had fought like this all season, Jose Mourinho would still be manager and they would have earned considerably more respect from the rest of us.
This was like watching a great team rise from the dead. As inexplicable as their dismal, mid-table title defence. Chelsea went two goals down – against the run of play – and fought back in the second-half to deliver the prize to Leicester in absentia. If only they had the pride to play like this earlier in the campaign. In the jubilation and crowing of the majority at Stamford Bridge that was forgotten. At least they remembered to salute the real heroes. 'Leicester,' they chanted as the minutes ticked away. 
Eden Hazard (left) unleashes a powerful effort on the edge of the goal to level the derby with minutes remaining at Stamford Bridge 
Eden Hazard (left) unleashes a powerful effort on the edge of the goal to level the derby with minutes remaining at Stamford Bridge 
Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris can only watch on as Hazard's wondrous curling effort heads into the corner of the net to make it 2-2 
Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris can only watch on as Hazard's wondrous curling effort heads into the corner of the net to make it 2-2 
After a tense half an hour of action at Stamford Bridge, Spurs striker Harry Kane opens the scoring with a deft finish 
After a tense half an hour of action at Stamford Bridge, Spurs striker Harry Kane opens the scoring with a deft finish 
The Tottenham star collected Erik Lamela's pass before stepping around Blues keeper Asmir Begovic to put the visitors 1-0 ahead 
The Tottenham star collected Erik Lamela's pass before stepping around Blues keeper Asmir Begovic to put the visitors 1-0 ahead 
Kane races away to celebrate after his 35th-minute strike blows the Premier League title race open once more 
Kane races away to celebrate after his 35th-minute strike blows the Premier League title race open once more 
Kane celebrates in front of the jubilant Spurs supporters as his first-half opener turns the contest and the title race on its head 
Kane celebrates in front of the jubilant Spurs supporters as his first-half opener turns the contest and the title race on its head 
Kane celebrates his 25th top-flight goal of the season; the first Spurs player to do so since Gary Lineker during the 1991/92 season
Kane celebrates his 25th top-flight goal of the season; the first Spurs player to do so since Gary Lineker during the 1991/92 season
Blues centre back Gary Cahill is powerless to prevent Son Heung-min doubling Tottenham's advantage just before the break 
Blues centre back Gary Cahill is powerless to prevent Son Heung-min doubling Tottenham's advantage just before the break 
The South Korean forward rifles the ball past Chelsea keeper Asmir Begovic after picking up a superb pass from Christian Eriksen 
The South Korean forward rifles the ball past Chelsea keeper Asmir Begovic after picking up a superb pass from Christian Eriksen 
Begovic and Cahill are left sprawled on the Stamford Bridge turf as Son fires the ball into the back of the Blues net 
Begovic and Cahill are left sprawled on the Stamford Bridge turf as Son fires the ball into the back of the Blues net 
Son looks to the skies as his strike secures a precious two-goal cushion for the Premier League title chasers 
Son looks to the skies as his strike secures a precious two-goal cushion for the Premier League title chasers 
Trailing 2-0, Cahill hands Chelsea a lifeline with a sublime piece of skill inside the Tottenham penalty area 
Trailing 2-0, Cahill hands Chelsea a lifeline with a sublime piece of skill inside the Tottenham penalty area 
Cahill brilliantly controls Willian's corner before launching a left-footed shot to make it 2-1 
Cahill brilliantly controls Willian's corner before launching a left-footed shot to make it 2-1 
Cahill jumps for joy as the England and Blues centre back breathes life into Chelsea's challenge 
Cahill jumps for joy as the England and Blues centre back breathes life into Chelsea's challenge 

MATCH STATS AND RATINGS FROM STAMFORD BRIDGE, PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE AND MATCH ZONE

CHELSEA: Begovic, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Matic (Oscar 78), Willian, Fabregas, Pedro (Hazard), Costa
Subs not used: Baba, Traore, Kenedy, Amelia, Loftus-Cheek
Booked: Ivanovic, Mikel, Willian 
Goals: Cahill 58, Hazard 83 
Manager: Guus Hiddink  
TOTTENHAM: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld (Chadli 90), Vertonghen, Rose (Davies 82), Dier, Dembele, Lamela, Eriksen, Son (Mason 65), Kane
Subs not used: Vorm, N'Jie, Wimmer, Carroll
Booked: Walker, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Dembele, Mason, Eriksen, Lamela, Kane 
Goals: Kane 35, Son 44 
Manager: Mauricio Pochettino
Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Attendance: 41,545
Leicester City sit proudly at the summit of the Premier League standings 
Leicester City sit proudly at the summit of the Premier League standings 
Harry Kane finished off a flowing attacking move to put Spurs ahead. CLICK HERE for more maps and statistics from our Match Zone service.
Harry Kane finished off a flowing attacking move to put Spurs ahead. CLICK HERE for more maps and statistics from our Match Zone service.
From the 58th minute, when Gary Cahill pulled one back, the game seemed to be shifting away from Tottenham. It was their one weakness this season, defending from dead balls. It did for them last week against West Brom, and again here. Willian whipped in the corner and it was allowed to pitch in the area, actually fall at the feet of Cahill who had time to control and fire home.
The equaliser, seven minutes from time, was the sort of play that has been missing here all season. Hazard laid the ball to Fabregas and ran – actually made a hard, lung-bursting run – for the return, which arrived with precision. He curled it past Lloris and the title was won.
By Leicester. Think about that, Chelsea fans. It may have felt like a triumph last night, but it was nothing like it.
Chelsea started stronger, spurred on by a crowd that did seem to regard this as the season's cup final. But they have been a poorer team than Tottenham all season, weaker in spirit and logic suggested that should hold true here, too. By the time the first-half ended, the gap between the teams was easier to understand.

Kane's goal, 35 minutes in with Chelsea very much on top, was beautifully taken. Christian Eriksen found Erik Lamela in midfield and his neat, short, pass allowed Kane to get in behind Chelsea's defence, appealing in vain for offside. His finish belied the enormity of the occasion, skipping around Asmir Begovic before slotting the ball coolly into the now empty net. We used to bemoan the fact that English born strikers could not finish like that. Kane may be one of our own, but he scores with the calm of one imported.
The goal hushed Stamford Bridge. They really thought they would be the architects of Tottenham's downfall. They thought they would inflict the painful denouement to their season. Now they weren't so sure. Tottenham scored against the run of play, as good teams do. As Chelsea did, last season; before the club chose the players over the manager, again. 
It's tough viewing for Leicester City fans watching the match in a pub in the town centre as Spurs establish a two-goal lead in London 
It's tough viewing for Leicester City fans watching the match in a pub in the town centre as Spurs establish a two-goal lead in London 
Tottenham defender Danny Rose collides with Chelsea midfielder Willian as a fiery first-half threatens to boil over 
Tottenham defender Danny Rose collides with Chelsea midfielder Willian as a fiery first-half threatens to boil over 
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino steps onto the pitch as a peacekeeper as the pair square-up following their altercation 
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino steps onto the pitch as a peacekeeper as the pair square-up following their altercation 
Both sides get involved in the fracas with Mousa Dembele appearing to make contact with the eye of Costa 
Both sides get involved in the fracas with Mousa Dembele appearing to make contact with the eye of Costa 
And where has it got them? In the 44th minute, the kind of lazy play that led directly to Jose Mourinho's dismissal inflicted Chelsea yet again., Ivanovic played a sloppy pass to Kane in midfield, he moved it on to Eriksen, and the Dane picked out Hueng-Min Son on the right of the area. His low shot was smart and firm and left Begovic with no chance. Hushed locals, now watched stunned. Gary Lineker was the scorer the last time Tottenham won here, 26 years ago. Paul Gascoigne was in Tottenham's team.
At one stage smoke wafted across the Stamford Bridge pitch from some small incendiary device. It was rather appropriate. This was a battle of a game. Frenzied, often brutal, furious in its intensity. Actually metaphors from combat dignify it. This was a disgrace, really. Chelsea up for a fight in a way they haven't been all season, Tottenham responding when there was really no need. Mark Clattenburg opted to play a version of the rules as referees sometimes do in this country, but may have been regretting that by half-time, after the game descended into some very ugly scenes.
It had been bubbling up throughout the first-half, from the moment when Moussa Dembele and John Obi Mikel got involved minutes into the game. A little bit of pushing and a slap aimed by Dembele, that missed. Clattenburg spoke to both players but no cards were issue. Pity. That might have put a stop to it, early. Instead, the aggravation built, as did the tension, and the tackles grew nastier, more abandoned. In the 16th minute, Branislav Ivanovic hit Danny Rose high and heavy. It was a booking all day long. 
Chelsea centre back John Terry, who has missed the 10 of the past 12 matches with hamstring problems, grapples with Kane 
Chelsea centre back John Terry, who has missed the 10 of the past 12 matches with hamstring problems, grapples with Kane 
Tottenham defender Kyle Walker gets ready to take a throw-in during a feisty opening 20 minutes at Stamford Bridge 
Tottenham defender Kyle Walker gets ready to take a throw-in during a feisty opening 20 minutes at Stamford Bridge 
Spurs midfielder Dembele (left) battles for possession with Blues midfielder Cesc Fabregas at Chelsea HQ 
Spurs midfielder Dembele (left) battles for possession with Blues midfielder Cesc Fabregas at Chelsea HQ 
Chelsea striker Diego Costa appeals for a decision during a nervy opening quarter at Stamford Bridge 
Chelsea striker Diego Costa appeals for a decision during a nervy opening quarter at Stamford Bridge 
Clattenburg gave him one of those lectures that referees deliver when their prime concern it keeping numbers on the field. Start handing out cards now, Clattenburg may have been thinking, and it will end up seven a side. So Ivanovic escaped. As did Kyle Walker when he kicked Pedro off the ball. And so it continued until finally Walker transgressed a second time, tripping Pedro as a swift counter-attack continued, and was deservedly booked. By then it was too late. The pot was now boiling.
In the 37th minute, Jan Vertonghen and Diego Costa tussled, the Tottenham man manhandling Costa to such an extent his shirt ripped. He ran, screaming, after Clattenburg, players on both sides surrounded the official, he calmed them down and issued a second yellow card of the night. And then the pot boiled over. Willian on Rose. Maybe Rose on Willian. It really doesn't matter, both teams were by then so far over the line it was hard to tell the sinned against from the sinner. As they went at it, in front of the dug-outs, Mauricio Pochettino – an Argentina centre-half in his playing days don't forget, and therefore never mistaken for a ray of sunshine – got involved, ostensibly as peace maker. 
The problem was, he made peace by claiming hold of the Chelsea player, not his own, so what may have been good intentions provoked only further fury. Every player within sprinting distance became involved in a carousel of pushing, shoving, holding. On the fringes, Dembele used the opportunity to gouge – or make contact with the eye as it is called in rugby union – the face of Costa. If Clattenburg had seen it, even with his Zen approach to disciplinary matters, he would surely have had to send him off. So that's another one for the Football Association to review when they get back from the long weekend. Marouane Fellaini, Robert Huth – they will be queuing down Wembley Way at this rate.
Not that half-time removed the heat, if Erik Lamela's tackle on Cesc Fabregas five minutes after the restart was any indication. It was vicious, brought an instant yellow card, and his finger wagging protests as if Clattenburg eyes had deceived him was almost comical. The rest of it was no laughing matter at all, as the FA will no doubt agree. 
Tottenham boss Pochettino (left) had a word with Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink during the early exchanges 
Tottenham boss Pochettino (left) had a word with Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink during the early exchanges 
Spurs midfielder Eric Dier, who recovered from concussion to take his place in the starling line-up, tracks the run of Fabregas 
Spurs midfielder Eric Dier, who recovered from concussion to take his place in the starling line-up, tracks the run of Fabregas 
Costa tries a shot from distance as both sides look to break the deadlock at a heaving Stamford Bridge 
Costa tries a shot from distance as both sides look to break the deadlock at a heaving Stamford Bridge 
Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta loses his feet as Dier looks to close the Spaniard down 
Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta loses his feet as Dier looks to close the Spaniard down 

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