Defoe celebrates his crucial 15th-minute penalty at White Hart Lane
By Sam Lyon
Tottenham stunned Chelsea to blow the Premier League title race wide open with a second derby win in four days.
Manchester United's earlier victory at rivals City had pulled them to within a point of leaders Chelsea - but the Blues succumbed to an inspired Spurs.
Jermain Defoe opened the scoring from the spot after John Terry's handball and Gareth Bale slammed in a second.
Terry saw red for two bookings before Frank Lampard's late reply, but Spurs held on to move above City into fourth.
It means with three games to go, including a tricky trip to Liverpool on 2 May, Chelsea remain top of the table but with United breathing closely down their neck and Arsenal six points behind with a game in hand.
Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti will also be without captain Terry for their next game - against Stoke City - through suspension following a red card few can argue with after two poor tackles.
As for Tottenham, they now have a two-point cushion over fifth-place Manchester City following a couple of wins that not only give their push for a Champions League spot a huge fillip but also delighted a buzzing White Hart Lane crowd.
Redknapp praises Spurs 'character'
Manchester United, chasing an historic fourth successive Premier League crown, got the favour from Spurs they had hoped for, having beaten City in the lunchtime kick-off before Harry Redknapp's men took three points from Chelsea.
But even the most optimistic of United fans will have failed to have foreseen a Spurs performance that confounded those who thought the north Londoners would run out of steam on the back of a jam-packed week.
This was an outstanding display. Bale was superb on the left, Luka Modric controlling in the middle, and Michael Dawson a rock at the back.
And, just as he did in the derby win over Arsenal on Wednesday, goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes once again came up with the goods on the odd occasion he was called upon.
Not that that was very often as the home side came up against an out-of-sorts Chelsea side.
Florent Malouda forced a smart save from Gomes just seven minutes in with a 25-yard stinger, but otherwise it was the hosts who enjoyed the better of the chances.
Roman Pavlyuchenko and Bale had already had snap-shots either saved or cleared when the latter went down in the box under a forceful challenge from Jon Obi Mikel.
Referee Phil Dowd ruled the Chelsea man had got the ball, but the decision went in Tottenham's favour just a minute later when Terry handled Bentley's cross.
Defoe, who had missed six of his last 10 penalties, made no such error this time, drilling an unstoppable spot-kick into the corner with Petr Cech diving the wrong way.
The visitors responded briefly when Didier Drogba's half-chance was easily saved, but at the other end Pavlyuchenko forced Cech to tip over the bar from range before David Bentley was denied a second from six yards out by Terry's outstretched leg.
The west Londoners thought they had levelled when Malouda slid home from Yuri Zhikov's pass, but the Frenchman was correctly ruled offside.
And then, six minutes later, Tottenham doubled their lead, Bale cutting inside full-back Paulo Ferreira and slamming in at the near post with his weaker right foot.
Redknapp's men then had their keeper to thank for the fact they went in at the break two goals to the good, after Gomes spectacularly beat away Lampard's fierce volley from 16 yards out.
Title still in our hands - Ancelotti
Ancelotti responded by making a double half-time substitution - Nicolas Anelka and Branislav Ivanovic coming on for Joe Cole and the tormented Ferreira - to add to his earlier replacement of the injured Mikel with Michael Ballack.
However, at the restart Drogba appeared to double up with pain in his groin, prompting the Blues to appeal to change their substitution. Dowd refused, though, and the game continued with the Ivorian looking far from fully fit.
Immediately, it could - and arguably should - have been three, Defoe sent through on goal by Pavlyuchenko's pass but Cech, standing tall, producing a fine stop to tip the England man's shot wide.
Still, Chelsea's frustrations were only heightened when Terry saw red for two bookings in three minutes, the second a clear trip on Bale that the visiting captain can have few complaints about.
From then on in, Tottenham could have scored a hatful. Cech tipped a brilliant Bentley lob over, saved at his near post from Bale, before watching the hosts waste a succession of chances on the break as Chelsea pressed late on - Pavlyuchenko and Bale, again, guilty of firing wide when well placed.
In reply, Chelsea enjoyed some possession but few chances - only really looking a threat after Lampard had slid Ballack's cross home in injury time.
It was far too little, too late, though, and Tottenham deservedly held on for a precious win that will be as gratefully received in Manchester as on both sides of north London.
90:00+4:21 Substitution (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Peter Crouch coming on for Roman Pavlyuchenko.
90:00+4:05 Effort from deep inside the area by Roman Pavlyuchenko misses to the right of the goal.
90:00+3:37 Roman Pavlyuchenko is ruled offside. Yuri Zhirkov restarts play with the free kick.
90:00+2:40 The assistant referee flags for offside against Roman Pavlyuchenko. Free kick taken by Alex.
90:00+2:13 Michael Ballack sends in a cross,
90:00+1:43 Assist on the goal came from Michael Ballack.
90:00+1:43 GOAL - Frank Lampard:Tottenham 2 - 1 Chelsea Frank Lampard finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea.
89:57 Unfair challenge on Eidur Gudjohnsen by Didier Drogba results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sebastien Bassong.
88:08 Nicolas Anelka challenges Tom Huddlestone unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Huddlestone takes the direct free kick.
87:50 Gareth Bale produces a cross, Roman Pavlyuchenko produces a mishit right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which
goes wide of the right-hand post.
86:48 Roman Pavlyuchenko is ruled offside. Deco takes the indirect free kick.
86:11 Shot by Gareth Bale from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
85:27 Alex restarts play with the free kick.
85:27 Booking Caution for Roman Pavlyuchenko.
85:19 The referee blows for offside.
83:36 The offside flag is raised against Florent Malouda. Heurelho Gomes takes the indirect free kick.
82:49 Short corner worked by Deco.
82:33 Shot from 12 yards by Didier Drogba. Blocked by Michael Dawson.
82:01 Corner taken short by David Bentley.
81:45 Shot by Gareth Bale. Petr Cech makes a brilliant save.
79:17 Free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
79:17 Booking The referee shows Yuri Zhirkov a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
78:59 Yuri Zhirkov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Younes Kaboul.
78:51 The ball is crossed by Didier Drogba, clearance by Michael Dawson.
78:00 Gareth Bale fouled by Michael Ballack, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Luka Modric.
77:09 Substitution Jermain Defoe leaves the field to be replaced by Eidur Gudjohnsen.
76:50 Effort on goal by Branislav Ivanovic from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
75:50 Michael Ballack sends in a cross, clearance made by Michael Dawson.
74:32 Younes Kaboul crosses the ball, save made by Petr Cech.
74:06 Corner taken by David Bentley, save made by Petr Cech.
72:28 Alex challenges Jermain Defoe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jermain Defoe, Tom Huddlestone
takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Effort from 18 yards by David Bentley. Save made by Petr Cech.
70:31 Effort from the edge of the area by Jermain Defoe goes wide of the right-hand post.
69:50 Luka Modric has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.
69:11 David Bentley takes the inswinging corner, Didier Drogba manages to make a clearance.
68:35 Corner taken short by David Bentley.
67:43 Corner from the right by-line taken by David Bentley, clearance by Alex.
66:33 Free kick crossed right-footed by David Bentley, Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.
66:33 Sent off John Terry dismissed for second bookable offence.
66:19 Foul by John Terry on Gareth Bale, free kick awarded.
63:08 Strike comes in from Gareth Bale from the free kick.
63:08 Booking John Terry booked for unsporting behaviour.
62:57 Unfair challenge on Roman Pavlyuchenko by John Terry results in a free kick.
62:22 Sebastien Bassong fouled by Didier Drogba, the ref awards a free kick. Sebastien Bassong takes the free kick.
59:36 Unfair challenge on Michael Dawson by Frank Lampard results in a free kick. Michael Dawson takes the direct free kick.
58:59 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Bentley from the left by-line, save by Petr Cech.
58:47 Drilled right-footed shot by Roman Pavlyuchenko. Petr Cech makes a fantastic save.
58:21 Centre by David Bentley, clearance made by Alex.
56:54 Roman Pavlyuchenko gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Terry. Free kick taken by John Terry.
54:08 Booking Booking for Tom Huddlestone for unsporting behaviour.
54:04 Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.
54:04 Booking Deco booked for unsporting behaviour.
53:40 Free kick awarded for a foul by Deco on Tom Huddlestone.
52:17 Effort on goal by Nicolas Anelka from 20 yards. Michael Dawson gets a block in.
51:06 Didier Drogba concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Dawson. Direct free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
50:08 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Bentley, John Terry makes a clearance. Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot from
just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
49:29 Shot by Jermain Defoe from 12 yards. Fantastic save by Petr Cech.
47:47 The assistant referee flags for offside against Gareth Bale. Free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.
Correction - 46:44 Shot by Didier Drogba. Save by Petr Cech.
46:44 Didier Drogba has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
46:23 Luka Modric gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Ballack. Deco takes the free kick.
45:01 The second half begins.
45:01 Substitution Joe Cole leaves the field to be replaced by Nicolas Anelka.
45:01 Substitution Paulo Ferreira goes off and Branislav Ivanovic comes on.
45:00+1:55 The ref blows to end the first period.
45:00+1:37 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard from the left by-line.
45:00+0:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Florent Malouda by Younes Kaboul. Free kick crossed right-footed by Frank Lampard,
Gareth Bale manages to make a clearance.
44:54 Tom Huddlestone challenges Deco unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Deco.
44:28 Frank Lampard produces a drilled right-footed shot from 12 yards. Fantastic save by Heurelho Gomes.
43:09 The assist for the goal came from Roman Pavlyuchenko.
43:09 GOAL - Gareth Bale:Tottenham 2 - 0 Chelsea Goal scored by Gareth Bale from just outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Tottenham 2-0 Chelsea.
42:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Huddlestone on Deco. Direct free kick taken by Deco.
42:22 Michael Ballack crosses the ball, Michael Dawson makes a clearance.
41:45 The offside flag is raised against Jermain Defoe. Free kick taken by John Terry.
40:31 Younes Kaboul concedes a free kick for a foul on Yuri Zhirkov. Free kick taken by Yuri Zhirkov.
37:46 The referee blows for offside against Florent Malouda. Heurelho Gomes takes the indirect free kick.
36:36 Corner taken by David Bentley from the right by-line, Younes Kaboul takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a comfortable save.
36:29 The ball is delivered by Gareth Bale, clearance by Yuri Zhirkov.
36:01 Corner taken short by David Bentley.
32:18 Free kick taken by Younes Kaboul.
32:18 Substitution Michael Ballack joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mikel.
32:18 Handball by Mikel.
30:37 A cross is delivered by Paulo Ferreira, save by Heurelho Gomes.
29:10 A cross is delivered by Luka Modric, David Bentley has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of
28:21 Yuri Zhirkov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Roman Pavlyuchenko. Free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
27:58 Joe Cole delivers the ball.
24:47 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Bentley, Petr Cech makes a save.
24:27 Shot from 25 yards from Roman Pavlyuchenko. Petr Cech makes a save.
23:48 Corner taken right-footed by David Bentley to the near post, clearance made by Frank Lampard.
23:43 Younes Kaboul delivers the ball, Yuri Zhirkov manages to make a clearance.
21:57 Unfair challenge on Michael Dawson by Yuri Zhirkov results in a free kick. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.
21:03 Didier Drogba concedes a free kick for a foul on Sebastien Bassong. Sebastien Bassong takes the direct free kick.
18:46 Shot by Didier Drogba from 18 yards. Comfortable save by Heurelho Gomes.
18:25 Shot by Joe Cole. Paulo Ferreira gets a block in.
16:08 Booking Alex goes into the referee's book.
14:48 Assist on the goal came from Roman Pavlyuchenko.
14:48 GOAL - Jermain Defoe:Tottenham 1 - 0 Chelsea Power penalty scored by Jermain Defoe. Tottenham 1-0 Chelsea.
14:06 John Terry is adjudged to have handled the ball.
13:22 Corner taken by David Bentley from the left by-line, Shot by Tom Huddlestone. Alex gets a block in.
11:41 Roman Pavlyuchenko has an effort at goal. Blocked by Alex.
8:48 Unfair challenge on Mikel by Roman Pavlyuchenko results in a free kick. Mikel takes the free kick.
8:13 David Bentley takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Headed effort from deep inside the area by
Michael Dawson misses to the right of the target.
8:06 The ball is crossed by Gareth Bale, Alex makes a clearance.
7:24 Corner taken by Florent Malouda.
7:07 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Florent Malouda, clearance made by Gareth Bale.
6:43 Florent Malouda takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
4:56 Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
3:35 Benoit Assou-Ekotto crosses the ball, Yuri Zhirkov makes a clearance.
3:19 Centre by Gareth Bale, clearance made by Alex.
2:20 Centre by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, clearance by Mikel.
0:58 Centre by Younes Kaboul, Yuri Zhirkov makes a clearance.
0:00 The referee starts the match.
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