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Tottenham 5 Chelsea 3: Classy Kane stars in eight-goal thriller

Tottenham 5 Chelsea 3: Classy Kane stars in eight-goal thriller

A Harry Kane-inspired Tottenham left Chelsea tottering at the Premier League summit with a spectacular 5-3 win over their London rivals.

Champions Manchester City battled to a 3-2 victory over Sunderland earlier on New Year’s Day to move level on points with Jose Mourinho’s team, who initially found an assured response through Diego Costa’s 14th league goal of the season.

But it was another striker who truly illuminated the contest, with Kane brilliantly equalising after 30 minutes and winning a penalty that Andros Townsend converted moments after Danny Rose gave Tottenham a 45th-minute lead.

A 3-1 half-time advantage became 4-1 eight minutes into the second period when Kane excelled once more to chalk up a sixth goal in his past six games and 16th of the season overall.

Federico Fazio’s needless error allowed Eden Hazard to reduce the arrears, but Nacer Chadli’s strike put the game beyond the reach of the visitors, though John Terry did have the last say with a late close-range finish.

The result means Chelsea and City now boast identical records.

Chelsea playmaker Oscar returned from illness, while Cesar Azpilicueta and Willian were also restored to the starting XI.

Nabil Bentaleb – one of three players recalled to the home line-up – fired an early long-range strike at Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, but a hamstring injury forced fellow midfielder Ryan Mason off and checked Tottenham’s enterprising start.

Courtois reacted smartly when Chadli hooked an overhead kick goalwards before Chelsea went ahead in the 18th minute.

EPL Results:

Stoke City 1 – 1 Manchester United
Aston Villa 0 – 0 Crystal Palace
Hull City 2 – 0 Everton
Liverpool 2 – 2 Leicester City
Manchester City 3 – 2 Sunderland
Newcastle United 3 – 3 Burnley
Queens Park Rangers 1 – 1 Swansea City
Southampton 2 – 0 Arsenal
West Ham United 1 – 1 West Bromwich Albion
Tottenham Hotspur 5 – 3 Chelsea

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