Harry Kane’s equaliser six minutes into stoppage time earned Tottenham a dramatic draw after a fiery London derby at Stamford Bridge ended in an angry confrontation between managers Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte.
Tempers were running high throughout as Chelsea twice led before Kane’s glancing header seconds from the end gave Spurs a point. Chelsea dominated the first half and fully deserved the 19th minute lead they earned when their two summer signings combined, Kalidou Koulibaly flashing home a powerful volley from Marc Cucurella’s corner.
Spurs struggled to make any sort of impression, Kane missing their best opportunity, but drew level after 68 minutes when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s shot beat Edouard Mendy.
Chelsea were furious that referee Anthony Taylor had failed to penalise Rodrigo Bentancur for a challenge on Kai Havertz, the ensuing melee leading to face-to-face fury between the two managers which ended with both Tuchel and Conte receiving yellow cards.
Once order had been restored, Chelsea were back in front as James scored from Raheem Sterling’s pass, the fired up Tuchel celebrating by sprinting past Conte along the touch in sheer elation.
Chelsea thought they had made it six points from two games until Kane headed in Ivan Perisic’s corner – the antipathy not ending there as a handshake between Tuchel and Conte developed into another bust-up between the pair which will surely be investigated further.
Man United suffer worst defeat
Manchester United suffered one of their worst defeats in Premier League history as Erik ten Hag’s side barely laid a glove on Brentford in a 4-0 defeat on Saturday.
Ten Hag was looking for a response to last weekend’s 2-1 home loss to Brighton and Hove Albion and was able to hand Cristiano Ronaldo a start, but all United got was a humiliation, reports DPA.
David de Gea was at fault twice as Josh Dasilva and Mathias Jensen put Brentford two up inside 18 minutes, before Ben Mee and Bryan Mbeumo ensured Brentford became only the third side to put four past United in the first half of a Premier League game. While the Bees could not inflict further misery on Ten Hag and United, it mattered little as the damage was already done.
United gave Thomas Frank’s men a helping hand for the opener as De Gea inexplicably let Dasilva’s 25-yard effort squeeze into the bottom-right corner after Ronaldo had been robbed.
The floodgates then opened.
Shortly after United escaped a similar situation, Christian Eriksen was dispossessed inside his own box following an ill-advised pass from De Gea, and Jensen applied a disguised finish with 18 minutes played.
The off-balance Mee nodded in at the back post as United failed to cope with the hosts’ physicality, and by the 35th minute it was 4-0 — Dasilva racing onto a clearance to play an exquisite pass into the box where Mbeumo held off Luke Shaw to score.
Ten Hag made three changes at the break and that at least helped stem the flow of goal concessions.
United improved as an attacking threat, with Ronaldo presented with a couple of half-chances and Eriksen testing David Raya with a header.
But still Brentford eased to a famous victory.