Dele Alli double ends Tottenham's 28-year wait for victory at Chelsea
Chelsea 1 - 3 Tottenham

Dele Alli double ends Tottenham's 28-year wait for victory at Chelsea

01/04/2018

Dele Alli's double drove Tottenham to a first Stamford Bridge win over Chelsea since 1990 and left the Blues' Champions League qualification bid in tatters.

England star Alli's goals and Christian Eriksen's stunning long-range strike handed Spurs the 3-1 win -- and an eight-point Premier League advantage over their fierce London rivals with just seven matches to play.

Chelsea's first home defeat to Tottenham in 31 matches in all competitions also turned the focus towards the future of manager Antonio Conte.

The Chelsea board may not be willing to accept failure to qualify for the Champions League from Conte, who led the west Londoners to the Premier League title just last term.

Spurs' victory cemented their hold on the all-important fourth place in the table, with that growing gap over fifth-placed Chelsea appearing almost unassailable.

Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele were the only members of Spurs' starting lineup to have been born the last time the north Londoners had won at Stamford Bridge.

Mauricio Pochettino's men broke that losing streak in some style, however, shaking off a slow start to storm past the Blues -- and all-but cement their own Champions League qualification.

Alli could have hardly dreamed of better ways to toast his 100th Premier League appearance, revelling in ruining Chelsea's Easter weekend amid raucous Spurs celebrations.

Tottenham's feel-good factor was boosted still further by second-half replacement Harry Kane's return to action -- weeks ahead of schedule after ankle ligament trouble.

Eriksen's sublime goal dragged Spurs out of the first-half mire, a dipping strike allowing the visitors to turn around with an unwarranted share of the spoils.

Save for Alli heading wide from Eriksen's skimmed cross, Spurs created previous little of first-half note.

Chelsea, by contrast, grew in counter-attacking vibrancy throughout the half.

Marcos Alonso volleyed into the net in full knowledge his effort would be chalked off for offside.

Lloris saved from Willian and Victor Moses, but Spurs failed to heed the warnings.

And when Rudiger stormed out of defence and whipped wide to a woefully-unmarked Moses, Chelsea capitalised in full.

Lloris flapped and missed Moses' hanging cross, Davinson Sanchez could not intervene either -- and Morata did the rest, nodding home in facile fashion.

Only Vertonghen's last-ditch intervention denied Chelsea a second goal, with the Belgian flicking off Morata's toe after Lloris had tamely parried Alonso's drive.

Just when the hosts geared up to turn around in control, up popped Eriksen with that stunning salvo.

Moses launched a Chelsea counter-attack -- but Ben Davies had other ideas. The Spurs left-back cut out Moses' lofted drive and fed the lurking Eriksen who was 30 yards from goal.

The Denmark technician looked up, took aim and fired home, flinching as little in the finish as he did the celebration.

Spurs resumed the brighter after the break, but the out-of-sorts Erik Lamela did not even get off the ground in failing to meet Kieran Trippier's fine cross.

Willy Caballero denied Son Heung-Min from distance, but could do little to stop Spurs taking the lead moments later.

Eric Dier's raking pass bisected Chelsea's defence, Alli ghosted clear, plucked the hanging ball with one touch - and tucked home with another.

Just four minutes later Alli settled the contest with his second goal, poking in on the turn after Caballero twice denied Son. In all likelihood the 21-year-old has ended the Champions League qualification argument too.

Related news

Manchester City thrash Swansea 5-0, close in on 100 points

Manchester City thrash Swansea 5-0, close in on 100 points

Manchester City celebrated their title success in style with a resounding 5-0 win over Swansea at the Etihad Stadium.

Chelsea see off Southampton, book FA Cup final against Manchester United

Chelsea see off Southampton, book FA Cup final against Manchester United

Olivier Giroud proved the scourge of Southampton once again, setting Chelsea on course for FA Cup semifinal success and a mouth-watering clash with Manchester United.

Arsenal beat West Ham as late goals lift Arsene Wenger's day

Arsenal beat West Ham as late goals lift Arsene Wenger's day

A late flurry of goals saw Arsenal secure a 4-1 win over West Ham in their first game since Arsene Wenger revealed he is stepping down as boss.

Alexis Sanchez stars as Manchester United defeat Tottenham, advance to FA Cup final

Alexis Sanchez stars as Manchester United defeat Tottenham, advance to FA Cup final

Ander Herrera has Manchester United dreaming of FA Cup glory after Tottenham Hotspur again suffered semifinal sorrow.

Mohamed Salah equals Premier League record as West Brom fightback to hold Liverpool

Mohamed Salah equals Premier League record as West Brom fightback to hold Liverpool

A late strike from Salomon Rondon helped bottom-of-the-table West Bromwich Albion come from behind to draw 2-2 against Liverpool on Saturday at The Hawthorns.

Chelsea edge past Burnley to narrow gap with Tottenham

Chelsea edge past Burnley to narrow gap with Tottenham

Victor Moses was the match-winner as Chelsea eased the pressure on London rivals Arsenal by denting Burnley's surge for sixth place.

Southampton draw with Leicester keeps them in relegation scrap

Southampton draw with Leicester keeps them in relegation scrap

Southampton halted their losing run but a goalless draw at Leicester does little for their Premier League survival hopes.

Man United ease past Bournemouth as Chris Smalling, Romelu Lukaku net

Man United ease past Bournemouth as Chris Smalling, Romelu Lukaku net

Manchester United moved to within two points of securing a place in next season's Champions League with a 2-0 win at Bournemouth.

Brighton hold Tottenham as penalty cancels out Harry Kane strike

Brighton hold Tottenham as penalty cancels out Harry Kane strike

Tottenham's pursuit of Champions League football suffered a minor setback as they squandered a lead to draw 1-1 at Brighton.

RELATED NEWS

Manchester City thrash Swansea 5-0, close in on 100 points
Manchester City 5 - 0 Swansea

Manchester City thrash Swansea 5-0, close in on 100 points

Manchester City celebrated their title success in style with a resounding 5-0 win over Swansea at the Etihad Stadium.

Chelsea see off Southampton, book FA Cup final against Manchester United
Chelsea 2 - 0 Southampton

Chelsea see off Southampton, book FA Cup final against Manchester United

Olivier Giroud proved the scourge of Southampton once again, setting Chelsea on course for FA Cup semifinal success and a mouth-watering clash with Manchester United.

Arsenal beat West Ham as late goals lift Arsene Wenger's day
Arsenal 4 - 1 West Ham

Arsenal beat West Ham as late goals lift Arsene Wenger's day

A late flurry of goals saw Arsenal secure a 4-1 win over West Ham in their first game since Arsene Wenger revealed he is stepping down as boss.

Alexis Sanchez stars as Manchester United defeat Tottenham, advance to FA Cup final
Manchester United 2 - 1 Tottenham

Alexis Sanchez stars as Manchester United defeat Tottenham, advance to FA Cup final

Ander Herrera has Manchester United dreaming of FA Cup glory after Tottenham Hotspur again suffered semifinal sorrow.

Mohamed Salah equals Premier League record as West Brom fightback to hold Liverpool
West Brom 2 - 2 Liverpool

Mohamed Salah equals Premier League record as West Brom fightback to hold Liverpool

A late strike from Salomon Rondon helped bottom-of-the-table West Bromwich Albion come from behind to draw 2-2 against Liverpool on Saturday at The Hawthorns.

Chelsea edge past Burnley to narrow gap with Tottenham
Burnley 1 - 2 Chelsea

Chelsea edge past Burnley to narrow gap with Tottenham

Victor Moses was the match-winner as Chelsea eased the pressure on London rivals Arsenal by denting Burnley's surge for sixth place.

Southampton draw with Leicester keeps them in relegation scrap
Leicester 0 - 0 Southampton

Southampton draw with Leicester keeps them in relegation scrap

Southampton halted their losing run but a goalless draw at Leicester does little for their Premier League survival hopes.

Man United ease past Bournemouth as Chris Smalling, Romelu Lukaku net
Bournemouth 0 - 2 Man United

Man United ease past Bournemouth as Chris Smalling, Romelu Lukaku net

Manchester United moved to within two points of securing a place in next season's Champions League with a 2-0 win at Bournemouth.

Brighton hold Tottenham as penalty cancels out Harry Kane strike
Brighton 1 - 1 Tottenham

Brighton hold Tottenham as penalty cancels out Harry Kane strike

Tottenham's pursuit of Champions League football suffered a minor setback as they squandered a lead to draw 1-1 at Brighton.