Replays of Chelsea's controversial first goal proved inconclusive
By Nabil Hassan
Controversial goals from Frank Lampard and Salomon Kalou, who struck in the last minute, kept alive Chelsea's hopes of catching leaders Manchester United.
Sandro gave Tottenham the lead when he fired an unstoppable half-volley past Petr Cech from 25 yards on 19 minutes.
When Heurelho Gomes spilled Lampard's 45th-minute shot he scrambled back and appeared to stop it from crossing the line, but the goal was given.
And Kalou looked offside as he bundled home Didier Drogba's shot late on.
Carlo Ancelotti's men will not care one bit about the manner of their goals as the win means they cut United's Premier League lead to three points, with the leaders playing at Arsenal on Sunday.
Chelsea and United then come face to face at Old Trafford next weekend in a game that will go a long way to deciding the outcome of the title.
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For Tottenham the result is a devastating blow which all but ends their hopes of catching fourth-placed Manchester City and securing a second successive appearance in the Champions League.
The first half at Stamford Bridge was pulsating, with Chelsea showing their intent by pairing £50m striker Fernando Torres with Didier Drogba up front.
Tottenham, as ever, came to Stamford Bridge with their team set up to attack - Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Rafael van der Vaart, Aaron Lennon and Roman Pavlyuchenko all started for the visitors.
Both sides had early chances, but it was Drogba who came closest to breaking the deadlock, with his powerful 30-yard free-kick superbly tipped onto the bar by Gomes.
The Brazilian was proving a thorn in Chelsea's side and he also saved well from Lampard and Michael Essien in a frantic opening to the game.
But just as it looked like it was only a matter of time before the hosts opened the scoring, Tottenham took the lead in spectacular fashion with a goal out of nowhere.
Spurs midfielder Sandro opened his account for the club by finding the top right-hand corner of the net with a half-volley from 25 yards that screamed past Cech's helpless dive.
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Chelsea came roaring back as the game went from one end to the other and Lampard's cross to Essien was tipped over the bar by Gomes before Torres attempted to head in from the resulting corner when he should have used his foot.
Tottenham looked threatening on the break and Branislav Ivanovic was booked for a crude challenge on the dangerous Bale, who was lively throughout.
Spurs seemed to be coping with everything that was thrown at them but Chelsea equalised in fortuitous circumstances just before half-time.
Not for the first time this season Gomes was to blame, with the Brazilian allowing Lampard's 25-yard shot to squirt through his legs.
The keeper seemed to have scrambled back and stopped the ball from crossing the line, but the assistant referee awarded the goal when even replays proved inconclusive.
Tottenham's players complained bitterly to referee Andre Marriner but their protests were in vain as the teams headed into the break level.
Gomes was called into action early in the second half as he palmed away Drogba's drive, with the Tottenham keeper looking even more nervy than usual.
Chelsea dominated the early stages of the half but struggled to break down a resilient Spurs defence and on the hour Torres was replaced by Kalou, with the Blues switching to 4-3-3.
The Ivorian had a glorious chance to give Chelsea the lead but he fired over from close range after Gomes had palmed Drogba's free-kick into his path.
Spurs called for Jermain Defoe from the bench and his introduction kicked them into life, with John Terry bringing down his England colleague on the edge of the area as he charged through on goal.
Chelsea appealed unsuccessfully for a penalty moments later after Younes Kaboul appeared to bring down Kalou, but replays showed the Spurs defender had in fact played the ball.
With time running out Chelsea became increasingly desperate and threw on Nicolas Anelka for Malouda, while Lampard went close with a trademark effort from 25 yards that just sailed past the upright.
It looked as though Tottenham were going to hold out for a point but the ball fell to Drogba in the box and although he mis-hit his shot across goal, it found Kalou at the back post and he bundled the ball home.
Replays showed that Tottenham were again unfortunate, with Kalou standing in an offside position, but the goal stood and Spurs left Stamford Bridge with nothing.
90:00+4:53 The referee blows for the end of the match.
90:00+3:43 Outswinging corner taken by Luka Modric, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Younes Kaboul goes harmlessly
over the crossbar.
90:00+0:48 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Luka Modric, Header by Younes Kaboul from deep inside the penalty area
misses to the left of the goal.
89:18 Jermaine Jenas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
88:03 Assist by Didier Drogba.
88:03 GOAL - Salomon Kalou:Chelsea 2 - 1 Tottenham Salomon Kalou gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham.
84:28 Substitution (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Jermaine Jenas coming on for Rafael Van der Vaart.
84:02 John Terry takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
82:56 Steven Pienaar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marinho David Luiz. Didier Drogba restarts play with the
77:53 Substitution Vedran Corluka leaves the field to be replaced by Steven Pienaar.
74:43 Frank Lampard has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
72:48 Substitution (Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Nicolas Anelka coming on for Florent Malouda.
70:25 Rafael Van der Vaart decides to take the corner short.
69:44 Frank Lampard produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
68:39 Booking The referee shows John Terry a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
67:47 Ramires takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Dawson.
66:01 John Terry challenges Jermain Defoe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rafael Van der Vaart produces a strike on goal direct
from the free kick, blocked by Didier Drogba. Luka Modric takes a shot. John Terry gets a block in.
64:58 Corner taken right-footed by Luka Modric from the right by-line, Gareth Bale produces a left-footed shot from outside the
penalty box and misses right.
64:13 Corner taken short by Luka Modric.
63:59 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Blocked by John Terry.
63:26 Effort from inside the area by Salomon Kalou misses to the right of the target.
61:32 Didier Drogba has an effort direct from the free kick, save by Heurelho Gomes.
61:32 Substitution Salomon Kalou on for Fernando Torres.
61:32 Luka Modric is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick.
58:12 Luka Modric concedes a free kick for a foul on Mikel. Free kick crossed right-footed by Didier Drogba, Gareth Bale makes a
57:49 Mikel concedes a free kick for a foul on Luka Modric. Rafael Van der Vaart restarts play with the free kick.
56:17 Marinho David Luiz takes the free kick.
56:17 Substitution Roman Pavlyuchenko goes off and Jermain Defoe comes on.
56:17 Substitution Ramires comes on in place of Michael Essien.
56:17 Booking Roman Pavlyuchenko is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
56:14 Foul by Roman Pavlyuchenko on Michael Essien, free kick awarded.
56:00 Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Blocked by Marinho David Luiz.
52:20 Didier Drogba takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.
50:39 Gareth Bale fouled by Branislav Ivanovic, the ref awards a free kick. Luka Modric restarts play with the free kick.
48:01 Booking Didier Drogba goes into the book.
45:43 Luka Modric takes a shot. Blocked by John Terry.
45:01 The second half has started.
45:00+1:55 The referee blows for half time.
Correction - 44:26 GOAL - Frank Lampard:Chelsea 1 - 1 Tottenham Frank Lampard finds the back of the net with a goal from a long way out low into the middle of the goal. Chelsea 1-1 Tottenham.
44:26 Assist on the goal came from Didier Drogba.
44:26 GOAL - Frank Lampard:Chelsea 1 - 1 Tottenham Frank Lampard grabs a goal from long range low into the middle of the goal. Chelsea 1-1 Tottenham.
43:49 Corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda from the left by-line to the near post, Gareth Bale makes a clearance.
43:01 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Didier Drogba from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Raniere Sandro.
39:29 John Terry concedes a free kick for a foul on Vedran Corluka. Free kick taken by Vedran Corluka.
39:06 Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Blocked by John Terry.
37:35 Free kick crossed left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart, clearance made by Didier Drogba.
37:35 Booking The referee cautions Branislav Ivanovic for unsporting behaviour.
37:31 Foul by Branislav Ivanovic on Gareth Bale, free kick awarded.
32:06 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Dawson.
31:19 Rafael Van der Vaart is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Mikel.
29:24 Vedran Corluka has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.
28:20 Branislav Ivanovic challenges Gareth Bale unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Dawson restarts play with the free
26:42 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba by Aaron Lennon. Florent Malouda takes the free kick.
24:14 Unfair challenge on Gareth Bale by Branislav Ivanovic results in a free kick. Rafael Van der Vaart crosses the ball in from
the free kick.
23:10 Outswinging corner taken by Florent Malouda, Header on goal by Fernando Torres from inside the box goes harmlessly over the
22:57 Michael Essien takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
22:36 Short corner worked by Fernando Torres.
21:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Roman Pavlyuchenko by John Terry. Free kick taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.
19:32 Didier Drogba fouled by Luka Modric, the ref awards a free kick. Didier Drogba takes the free kick.
18:19 Rafael Van der Vaart provided the assist for the goal.
18:19 GOAL - Raniere Sandro:Chelsea 0 - 1 Tottenham A goal is scored by Raniere Sandro from 30 yards to the top left corner of the goal. Chelsea 0-1 Tottenham.
16:10 Foul by Luka Modric on Didier Drogba, free kick awarded. Marinho David Luiz restarts play with the free kick.
15:18 Florent Malouda takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
14:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Essien on Rafael Van der Vaart. Gareth Bale takes the direct free kick.
13:43 Younes Kaboul concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Cole. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Cole.
13:12 Michael Essien takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
12:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba by William Gallas. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes
in from Didier Drogba,
10:03 Corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda from the right by-line, Branislav Ivanovic has a headed effort at goal from deep
inside the area missing to the right of the target.
8:03 Effort on goal by Roman Pavlyuchenko from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
4:06 Michael Essien fouled by Roman Pavlyuchenko, the ref awards a free kick. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.
3:07 Foul by Marinho David Luiz on Gareth Bale, free kick awarded. Rafael Van der Vaart crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed
from left wing.
Correction - 1:55 Unfair challenge on Florent Malouda by Raniere Sandro results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Frank Lampard.
1:55 Raniere Sandro gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Florent Malouda. Frank Lampard restarts play with the free
0:58 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Cole on Aaron Lennon. Heurelho Gomes takes the free kick.
0:00 The game kicks-off.
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