In a crazy London city derby, Tottenham Hotspur missed out on returning to the top of the English Premier League table with their first defeat of the season. The Spurs lost 1:4 against Chelsea on Monday evening after two sendings off, many VAR decisions and a total of 21 minutes of stoppage time.
With 26 points, Tottenham is one point behind the defending champions Manchester City. At Chelsea FC, which is tenth in the table, coach Mauricio Pochettino made a successful return to his old place of work. The Argentine was coach of Spurs from 2014 to 2019, which he even led to the Champions League final.
Chelsea goals disallowed
After the hosts’ early lead through Dejan Kulusevski (6th), things went haywire. First, two goals from Chelsea were disallowed by the video referee for handball and offside.
However, the VAR also switched itself off in the event of an excessively hard foul Tottenham’s Cristian Romero in the penalty area, for which the Argentine was shown a red card (33′). Cole Palmer converted the penalty to equalize. (35.)
Things got even worse for the hosts in the second half when Destiny Udogie received a yellow-red card (55′). With two men in the majority, Chelsea scored the opening goal through Nicolas Jackson (75th). But the Spurs didn’t give up and had an offside goal and two great chances.
However, the equalizer would not come in the nine minutes of stoppage time – twelve minutes had already been added to the first half. Instead, Jackson made everything clear on two counterattacks (90+4 and 90+7).
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