Spurs 1-3 Chelsea: Memorable Comeback seals Hard-Fought Win

An impressive comeback at The Hive Stadium saw the Blues triumph over their North London counter-parts. Emma Hayes’s side stay top of the WSL despite being a goal down and down to 10 players. However, superior quality, grit and a stunning goal meant that the 3 points came back to Kingsmeadow as it finished Spurs 1-3 Chelsea.

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In a rare twist, Emma Hayes chose not to make any changes to the triumphant FA Cup Semi-Final side. This meant Ann-Katrin Berger retained her place in goal. The back 3 of Millie Bright, Aniek Nouwen and Jess Carter were supported by Niamh Charles and Guro Reiten at wingback. Sophie Ingle and Ji So-Yun were in the centre of the park. This left in-form duo Bethany England and Sam Kerr up top.

The bench was stacked with a plethora of other options, including Pernille Harder, Jessie Fleming and Drew Spence.

First Half

Buoyed by a brilliant away support, Chelsea started on the front-foot against Spurs. Tinja-Riikka Korpela made a good stop from Sam Kerr, before Erin Cuthbert shot wide. However, Tottenham dug in for the early minutes and utilised the unpredictable bounce of the ball to win a succession of corners.

In the 15th minute, this bore fruit. Molly Bartrip’s wicked curling delivery had Berger scrambling back. Although the delivery clipped the post, it bounced off Sophie Ingle, back into the net. The German keeper tried hard to stop it, but it definitely crossed the line.

The Blues rallied and equalised in the 26th minute, however. Ji So-Yun released Guro Reiten 1-on-1 with Ash Neville. The in-form Norwegian skipped past the fullback and delivered a cross towards the back post. Instead, however, the delivery turned into a perfect chip into the far top corner.

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The first half drama wasn’t over. A fortunate bounce released Rachel Williams as Berger steamed out. The collision meant a red card was inevitable. Beth England was sacrificed for Zecira Musovic and the free kick was blocked.

A late spell of Spurs pressure meant that at 1-1, Chelsea had it all to do.

Second Half

Emma Hayes made a further two changes with Magda Eriksson and Pernille Harder replacing Ji and Nouwen. Chelsea had a strong penalty shout turned down as Kerr was clattered, before Musovic’s brilliant reflexes denied Kerys Harrop before Jazz Naz shot over.

Another Chelsea change on the 70th minute saw Jonna Andersson replace the injured Niamh Charles. The Swede was instantly involved. A good piece of interplay down the left saw her reach the byline and cross in. Sam Kerr rose between the centre-backs and headed home to make it 2-1.

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Chelsea took charge of the final 20 minutes, limiting Spurs to speculative efforts and the occasional set-piece. Tempers rose with several poor challenges and deserved yellow cards. Jessie Fleming was the final substitute, as she replaced Guro Reiten, who took a knock.

It was the Canuck who would seal the contest in injury time, in stunning fashion. Collecting a loose ball, she strode towards the Spurs box. Some 30 yards out, she let fly. Her right-footed thunderbolt crashed into the top corner to make it Spurs 1-3 Chelsea. Reminiscent of someone else’s worldie against Spurs?

A comeback worthy of champions.

FT: Spurs 1-3 Chelsea

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Final Thoughts: Spurs 1-3 Chelsea

Spurs 1-3 Chelsea was a performance of grit, determination and sheer willpower. The Blues were not at their fluid best on a poor pitch. They lost a key player. Yet still, Emma Hayes’s side came through to take the vital three points and to stay top of the Women’s Super League. Erin Cuthbert’s midfield performance was exemplary, whilst Jess Carter was brilliant again too. 3 more victories and the title is defended.

Up next, it’s Spurs again! This time, the home match at Kingsmeadow on Thursday. We’ve battered them away – time for home?

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