Chelsea emerged victorious at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium over Spurs after Nicolas Jackson scored a late hat-trick, his first for Chelsea and in the Premier League. Tottenham players Cristian Romero and Destiny Udogie saw red cards earlier while Son Heung-min, Eric Dier, Raheem Sterling, Moisés Caicedo, and Nicolas Jackson everyone's goals were disallowed in a thrilling encounter. The result leaves Tottenham in the second spot and Chelsea are now on the 10th spot.
Chelsea came from behind to defeat nine-man Spurs 4-1 on Mauricio Pochettino’s return to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Nicolas Jackson scored a hat-trick in the final crazy 20 minutes to clinch the three points that will go down as one of the most eventful to be played in the Premier League, with five goals disallowed, multiple VAR checks and two red cards shown.
The drama started just six minutes into the game when Dejan Kulusevski’s deflected effort gave Spurs the lead.
Then Son Heung-min’s goal was disallowed for offside after a VAR check before Raheem Sterling suffered similar case on the other side. Moises Caicedo’s fiery shot from distance was then ruled out following a lengthy intervention by VAR which also declared Tottenham defender Cristian Romero shown a straight red card for a foul on Enzo Fernandez in the build-up. Cole Palmer converted the penalty to level the scores.
Ange Postecoglou’s pain was compounded when Romero’s centre-back partner Micky van de Ven was subbed off due to a hamstring injury, and to make matters worse, James Maddison also sustained an injury.
Destiny Udogie, who was fortunate not to be sent off in the first half, was shown a second yellow card for a late foul on Sterling. Chelsea had all the chances to score the winner but the Tottenham shot stopper gave his all to protect the side. Vicario's effort wasn't enough as Chelsea scored 3 second half goals and all were scored by Jackson to ensure the victory.
The result means Spurs remain in second place, a point behind leaders Manchester City, while Chelsea climbed to 10th.
It’s the first home defeat for Postecoglou in 52 games, a run that stretches back to November 2020. He will take huge positives from the performance and spirit of his team, even if he was let down by two moments of madness by his defenders which left his side with an impossible task.