Nicolas Jackson netted a hat-trick as Chelsea beat nine-man Tottenham Hotspur in a drama-filled London derby in the Premier League on Monday evening.
The Argentine’s comeback was overshadowed by an epic game that had five goals, five goals that were called off, two red cards, and a lot of VAR decisions. It was one of the craziest Premier League games ever.
Tottenham got off to a great start and deservedly took the lead when Dejan Kulusevski’s shot deflected in off of Chelsea defender Levi Colwill in the sixth minute. Son Heung-min then had a goal almost counted out for offside as the home team tried to build on their early lead.
The crowd was very angry, and Chelsea had two goals taken away: one by Raheem Sterling for handball and one by Moises Caicedo for being offside.
In the second case, Chelsea still scored because Romero was given a penalty for a rough challenge on Enzo Fernandez, who was also from Spain, and the Spurs defender was rightly sent off afterward.
Signing for Chelsea this summer Cole Palmer scored the penalty kick to tie the game, but Spurs were also hurt by what looked like a serious hamstring injury to key defender Micky van de Ven and an ankle injury to James Maddison, who were both taken off before halftime.
After halftime, Destiny Udogie was sent off for an oddly careless tackle on Sterling, which earned him a second yellow card from referee Michael Oliver. This made things even worse for Spurs.
Ange Postecoglou, who got a yellow card on the Spurs bench during the chaos, tried to keep a high line even with nine men, but Chelsea finally broke through with 15 minutes left when Raheem Sterling got through and set up Nicolas Jackson for an easy finish.
The game wasn’t over yet, though, and Spurs almost got a shocking draw when Eric Dier’s great finish was called off for a small amount of offside, and Rodrigo Bentancur headed a late free kick just wide after beating Chelsea’s defence.
Jackson then scored twice more in extra time to get a late hat trick and make it much easier for the home team than it had been earlier in the night.
Before the game, Spurs fans were in a good mood because they were thinking about how they could get back to the top of the Premier League. Unfortunately, their hopes were dashed in a spectacular and event-filled game.
It all started off so well with Kulusevski’s goal, but Spurs paid a high price for Romero’s careless and disrespectful play. He was lucky not to see red for kicking out at Colwill earlier, but there was no getting away when he then tackled Fernandez needlessly.
Udogie was also lucky not to be sent off before he was eventually taken off for a crazy challenge on Sterling. The Italy international also left Oliver with no choice when he jumped on the same player early in the second half because he was already tired.
Postecoglou took a chance by keeping the high line and having goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario hero play as an emergency sweeper a few times. But just as Chelsea started to look frustrated, Spurs were broken, and Jackson scored his hat-trick.
Spurs will be hurt for a while because of the chaos, and this loss will hurt them even more in the short term. Romero and Udogie will be suspended, and Van de Ven and Maddison will be hurt.
Fans of Tottenham praised their players for their hard work after the game, but it was a rough night that could cost them a lot in the long run.
Chelsea took a while to get past Spurs’ nine-man defence, but they eventually did, and Nicolas Jackson, a Senegalese striker, was the one who benefited.
It was getting closer for Pochettino’s team even before Romero showed how careless he was, but Chelsea knew that anything less than a win was impossible once he and Udogie were taken off.
The home team was only 15 minutes away from pulling off an amazing tie before Sterling and Jackson finally found a way to win. This could be a big night for the 22-year-old striker, who has looked like he is still learning since moving to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
Easily, he scored three goals and walked off with the game ball, beaming in front of Chelsea’s thrilled fans.
There were some strange circumstances that led to this win, but Pochettino will want to use it as a boost after a slow start to the season.