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Tottenham stay third after Chelsea draw

Published: Thursday 22 December 2011, 22.12CET
Third-placed Tottenham Hotspur FC remain two points clear of Chelsea FC after being held to a home draw by André Villas-Boas's charges at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham stay third after Chelsea draw
Tottenham's Gareth Bale and Chelsea's John Obi Mikel jump for a header during the 1-1 draw ©Getty Images
Published: Thursday 22 December 2011, 22.12CET

Tottenham stay third after Chelsea draw

Third-placed Tottenham Hotspur FC remain two points clear of Chelsea FC after being held to a home draw by André Villas-Boas's charges at White Hart Lane.

Third-placed Tottenham Hotspur FC remain two points clear of Chelsea FC after being held to a home draw by André Villas-Boas's charges at White Hart Lane.

Emmanuel Adebayor gave the hosts an early lead but the match could have swung either way after Daniel Sturridge equalised midway through the first half, Didier Drogba coming closest to deciding the contest when he hit the woodwork before the interval.

Tottenham began the match on the front foot and took the lead on eight minutes after Sandro dispossessed Sturridge on the halfway line and released Gareth Bale. There was no catching the quicksilver Welsh international, whose low centre was met by Adebayor ahead of John Terry and Petr Čech.

Chelsea drew level on 23 minutes with a similar goal, Ashley Cole's left-wing centre converted by Sturridge, who had blazed over moments earlier. Indeed the visitors almost went ahead on 29 minutes when Drogba chested down a whipped cross by José Bosingwa before crashing a venomous shot against the bar just before the half-hour mark.

In an open second half Sandro and Ramires both sent free headers wide, while in the last five minutes Bale blazed over, Čech saved Sandro's deflected effort, William Gallas missed from close range and Terry turned Adebayor's goalbound shot wide.

Last updated: 23/12/11 9.28CET

Results

English Premier League 2011/12

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 22/12/2011 23:13 CET

22/12/2011

TottenhamTottenham1-1ChelseaChelsea

Adebayor 8

Sturridge 23

Venue: London

21/12/2011

WiganWigan0-0LiverpoolLiverpool

Venue: Wigan

21/12/2011

FulhamFulham0-5Man. UnitedMan. United

Welbeck 5, Nani 28, Giggs 43, Rooney 88, Berbatov 90

Venue: London

21/12/2011

QPRQPR2-3SunderlandSunderland

H. Helguson 63, Mackie 67

Bendtner 19, Sessegnon 53, Brown 89

Venue: London

21/12/2011

EvertonEverton1-0SwanseaSwansea

Osman 60

Venue: Liverpool

21/12/2011

Aston VillaAston Villa1-2ArsenalArsenal

Albrighton 54

Van Persie 17 (penalty), Benayoun 87

Venue: Birmingham

21/12/2011

NewcastleNewcastle2-3West BromWest Brom

Ba 34, 81

Odemwingie 20, McAuley 44, Scharner 85

Venue: Newcastle

21/12/2011

Man. CityMan. City3-0StokeStoke

Agüero 29, 54, A. Johnson 36

Venue: Manchester

20/12/2011

BlackburnBlackburn1-2BoltonBolton

Yakubu 67

Davies 5, Reo-Coker 30

Venue: Blackburn

20/12/2011

WolvesWolves2-2NorwichNorwich

Ebanks-Blake 37, Zubar 82

Surman 12, Jackson 76

Venue: Wolverhampton

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