Harry Kane scored a last-gasp equalizer to earn Tottenham Hotspur a narrowly deserved 2-2 draw in a tense Premier League derby against Chelsea that ended with both managers shown red cards at the final whistle on Sunday.
In the sixth minute of stoppage time, Kane headed home Ivan Perisic’s corner to rescue a point for the visitors, who have won just once in their last 38 visits to Stamford Bridge.
Rhys James looked set to seal the points for the dominant hosts with a 77th-minute strike after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg had equalized for Tottenham in the 68th minute. Center back Kalidou Koulibaly marked his home debut in style by heading home a corner for Chelsea in the 19th minute as the hosts completely dominated the first period.
Chelsea wasted several chances to extend their lead and Raheem Sterling converted one excellent chance and it was easy to understand Tuchel’s frustration when Hojbjerg equalised.
Tuchel was furious that the goal was allowed, believing Kai Havertz had been fouled in the build-up, and clashed with Conte. Havertz then spurned a great chance to put Chelsea ahead, but the home side regained their lead when the excellent James fired past Hugo Lloris from Raheem Sterling’s pass to score a goal that sent Tuchel racing down the touchline in glee.
However, Tuchel’s spirits were dampened when Kane equalized to score his 42nd London derby goal – one goal shy of former Arsenal forward Thierry Henry’s record. The two managers clashed again after an aggressive handshake before being separated by their coaching staff.
Chelsea and Tottenham, who finished third and fourth respectively last season, have four points from two games. Tottenham arrived full of confidence, but were second for most of the game after Koulibaly was allowed freedom in the box, with a superb free-kick past Lloris.
Conte’s side couldn’t break through and Chelsea were quicker and sharper, with Mason Mount going close to scoring and Ruben Loftus-Cheek inches away from heading home before the break. It was a similar story after the break, with Loftus-Cheek looking set to score after a burst onto the pitch seconds before Sterling volleyed over the bar.
Kane wasted Tottenham’s best chance on a rare counter-attack, but Tottenham equalized when Chelsea lost the ball in their own area and Hojbjerg hit the bar.
Tuchel and Conte were both booked for their involvement in the ensuing melee, but it looked like Tuchel would have the last laugh as Chelsea broke through Tottenham’s defense and Sterling played in James to beat Lloris. However, Tottenham went home happier thanks to Kane.
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