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Tottenham 1-2 Chelsea: Marcos Alonso double gives Antonio Conte’s side all three points in first Premier League game at Wembley
- Tottenham hosted Chelsea in the first Premier League match at Wembley Stadium on Sunday
- Marcos Alonso struck a free kick into the top corner to give Chelsea the lead midway through the first half
- Harry Kane struck the post shortly before half-time as Spurs pushed for an equaliser against their fierce rivals
- Willian came close to doubling the away side’s lead but his long-range shot cannoned off the foot of the post
- Michy Batshuayi came off the bench and headed Christian Eriksen’s near-post free-kick into his own net
- Spanish international Alonso won it for the Blues with a fierce strike that squirmed under Hugo Lloris
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One thing is for certain. When it is Chelsea’s turn to make Wembley their temporary home, the national stadium will hold no demons.
This was their ninth win here in 11 visits, an incredible victory against the odds, forged by a starting XI with only two recognised attacking players. What a triumph it was for the organisational skills of Antonio Conte, too.
After last week’s home defeat by Burnley, there were fears this could be a day of reckoning for the champions. Instead, it was a win that demonstrates just what strength they possess.
Marcos Alonso celebrates after a firing a late winner underneath the body of Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris
Antonio Conte leaps for joy after the Blues won Sunday’s London derby in dramatic circumstances
Michy Batshuayi heads beyond the outstretched glove of Thibaut Courtois and into the back of his own net
The Belgian striker is consoled by David Luiz after his error looked to have earned Tottenham a point
Marcos Alonso watches his free-kick nestle into the back of the net and beyond the reach of Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris
Hugo Lloris’ despairing dive isn’t enough to prevent Alonso from putting Chelsea ahead against Tottenham
Marcos Alonso wheels away after giving Chelsea the lead with a magnificent free-kick in the 24th minute of the game
MATCH FACTS, PLAYER RATINGS AND MATCH ZONE
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Dier (Son 68), Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Trippier, Wanyama, Dembele, Davies (Sissoko 80), Alli, Eriksen, Kane
Subs not used: Janssen, Vorm, Wimmer, Winks, Walker-Peters
Booked: Dier, Vertonghen
Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Luiz, Alonso, Willian (Pedro 78), Bakayoko, Morata (Batshuayi 78)
Subs not used: Caballero, Kenedy, Musonda, Tomori, Scott
Goalscorers: Alonso 24
Booked: Rudiger, Luiz
Referee: Anthony Taylor
The Spanish striker realises he should have done better and given the Premier League champions an early lead
David Luiz and Dele Alli come together as they battle for the ball during the early stages at Wembley on Sunday
Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele challenges for a loose ball with Chelsea’s Victor Moses
Dembele goes to ground while Victor Moses and Tiemoue Bakayoko look to nick the ball away from him
Mousa Dembele and Tiemoue Bakayoko grapple with each other as they look to gain control of the midfield battle
Mousa Dembele watches as his fiercely struck long-range shot is tipped over the bar by Thibaut Courtois
A number of seats in the top tier stands at Wembley were left empty for security reasons on Sunday afternoon
Instead: opposite. Moussa Sissoko – another substitute not exactly doing the job the manager asked of him – lost the ball in midfield to Luiz. He fed Pedro on the left, who slipped it inside to Alonso, still with the legs to maraud into the Tottenham penalty area, and not a hair out of place.
His shot was low and straight and Hugo Lloris should have captured it. Instead it squirmed under his body. On the bench, Conte jumped deliriously into the arms of an assistant. Scenes.
Immediately, home fans began marching for the exits. Two wins in 11. That is Tottenham’s record here. This was more drama than crisis, but even so it was an inauspicious start.
One of the biggest mysteries of the summer transfer window – and there have been a few – is the persistent rumour that Chelsea are looking for a left wing-back, to relegate Marcos Alonso. Danny Rose, of Tottenham, has been mentioned.
Here, he took the wind out of Tottenham’s sails midway through the first-half, silencing a home crowd of more than 70,000.
Much has been made of Tottenham’s poor form at their temporary Wembley home, and Chelsea started well. Even so, by the time Alonso struck, Tottenham had forced two reasonable chances – a Harry Kane shot that Thibaut Courtois failed to gather first time, and an effort from Mousa Dembele cutting inside that was clipped over by the goalkeeper’s fingertips.
Harry Kane shoots wide as the home side go close to opening the scoring in a tight opening at Wembley
Tottenham star Dele Alli attempts to dribble between two challenges from Marcos Alonso and Andreas Christensen
David Luiz is shown a yellow card by referee Anthony Taylor during a fiery opening 45 minutes on Sunday
Eric Dier is shown a yellow card as Victor Moses checks up on David Luiz after a strong tackle from the Spurs midfielder
Thibaut Courtois breathes a sigh of relief as he watches Harry Kane’s shot cannon off the foot of the post
Both sets of players watch on anxiously as the ball squirts loose and wide of Thibaut Courtois’ far post
Alvaro Morata sticks his right foot out to control the ball and backs into Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld
So when Dele Alli fouled David Luiz outside the penalty area – and it was a foul, despite the protestations of Tottenham’s fans – it represented a rare opportunity for a patched up Chelsea side to make an impact. Alonso took it, and magnificently.
Most would have expected Luiz to deliver the kick, but it was Alonso, coming in almost square from the right to strike the ball with his left foot, up and over the Tottenham wall, curling out of the reach of Hugo Lloris, despite his best efforts.
It jolted Tottenham into a response and the rest of the half they put Chelsea under immense pressure, but the damage was done, the doubt sown. And it might not have been Chelsea’s first, either.
With only five minutes gone, Chelsea had an excellent chance to open the scoring, one that Alvaro Morato will not wish to see again. Cesar Azpilicueta supplied the cross and Morata was in huge space to deliver the header with the target gaping.
The worst he could do was force a save. Instead, he missed completely. Yards wide, to the relief of most here. It was an inauspicious start for Tottenham at their new home. Thankfully, better was to come.
It may have taken the Alonso goal to inspire them, but with their tails up, the last 15 minutes of the first-half showed Tottenham at their marauding best. All that was missing was the finish.
Kane, Alli, Christian Eriksen, Eric Dier – any one of them could have put Tottenham level; any two of them could have given them the lead.
Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante stretches out his left leg in an effort to dispossess opposite number Victor Wanyama
Chelsea forward Willian falls to the ground as Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen takes the ball off him
Jan Vertonghen gets down early to block Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata’s shot on goal in the second-half
Willian crashes a long-range effort against the foot of the post as the Blues came close to doubling their advantage
The two opposing managers, Mauricio Pochettino and Antonio Conte, embrace before the start of play on Sunday
Kane forced two saves from Courtois in as many minutes, the second put through by Alli, after some fine work. Soon after, Luiz was rightly booked for tugging Eriksen back off the ball, and the midfielder stood over the free-kick on the right.
He delivered a beauty, curling across the face of goal, somehow devoid of a touch. But the pressure was building.
In the 42nd minute, Alli turned Azpilicueta perfectly before releasing Kane again. His low shot hit Courtois’ far post. Is he destined never to score in August? What a strange anomaly that is.
Davies had a run and shot from the edge of the area thwarted by a superb Courtois save with both hands, before Vertonghen defeated Victor Moses on the left sending in a low cross that Die put over at the near post.
The second-half began in much the same fashion. Tottenham piling forward, Chelsea clinging on. But the tension was growing.
A pitch-side sign welcomes supporters to Tottenham’s new home for the duration of the 2017-18 season
Supporters make their way down Wembley way for the first Premier League match staged at the national stadium
Spurs will play all their home matches at the 90,000-seater stadium as construction continues on White Hart Lane
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