Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham
March 24, 2012 § Leave a comment
Tottenham kept their five-point advantage over Chelsea in a goal-less draw at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.
The result means Chelsea will find it difficult to make it into the top four for next year’s Champions League.
In the 27th minute, with Frank Lampard attacking, Chelsea unsuccessfully appealed for a penalty when the mid-fielder collided with Tottenham defender William Gallas.
In a game of missed opportunities, Spurs, looking for their first win since December, had their opening chance in the 32nd minute when attacker Emmanuel Adebayor’s cross-shot went well wide of the post.
In a lacklustre first half, where neither team took the advantage, the game only came alive in injury time when Spurs had a treble chance at goal.
Spurs attacker Rafael van de Vaart started the minute’s scoring opportunity with a shot, saved by Blues keeper Petr Cech. The following rebound gave the Dutchman an even better chance, but was deflected by Chelsea defender Ashley Cole.
Spurs last attempt of the half came from an Adebayor header, which bounced off the roof of the net.
Early in the second half Chelsea mid-fielder Daniel Sturridge missed another scoring opportunity when his right shot went wide on the 50th minute.
Six minutes later Spurs looked to be in control when a slice by Kyle Walker went behind the net after a pass from Gareth Bale.
Roberto Di Matteo’s team had their second unsuccessful penalty appeal in the 62nd minute after Spurs defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto ran into the back of Brazilian Ramires.
The home-team missed another chance when attacker Juan Mata’s free kick bounced off the post in the 72nd minute.
Spurs let another huge opportunity slip by in the 79th minute when Adebayor failed to score into the empty net with a save by Chelsea defender Gary Cahill.
Tottenham’s last chance of the match came four minutes into extra time when Blues keeper Cech made a tricky save from a shot by Bale.