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Tottenham keep CL hopes alive with late goal to deny Chelsea

Tottenham have forced a 2-2 draw with Chelsea in the Premier League to keep their hopes of a top-four finish well and truly alive.

Spurs twice came from behind to deny the Blues the win that would secure their Champions League status for next season, with two spots in the top four still to be decided by these two sides as well as Arsenal.

Oscar gave Chelsea the lead in the 10th minute at Stamford Bridge when he diverted Gary Cahill's header from a Juan Mata corner into the back of the net.

Just over 15 minutes later, Spurs responded through Emmanuel Adebayor who produced a sublime curling effort after nonchalantly running at the Chelsea defence from the edge of the area.

Six minutes prior to the half-time break, Chelsea were again ahead through Ramires who slotted home a neat pass from Fernando Torres who had burnt off Tom Huddlestone before supplying the killer ball.

However, Tottenham did not lay down and again equalised, this time with ten minutes remaining, when Huddlestone pounced on a loose David Luiz pass with the ball finding Adebayor who sent in Gylfi Sigurdsson to finish into the bottom corner.

The draw sees Rafael Benitez's men stay third on the table with 69 points whilst Andre Villas-Boas' Spurs sit three points in arrears of Chelsea in fifth and just one point behind North London rivals Arsenal.

Chelsea: 2 (Oscar 10', Ramires 39') Tottenham: 2 (Emmanuel Adebayor 26', Gylfi Sigurdsson 80') Stamford Bridge, London - 41,581

Andrew Slevison
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