Chelsea hold on to beat Spurs after more VAR controversy

Marcos Alonso’s masterclass inspired Chelsea’s 2-1 Premier League win over Tottenham as the Blues tightened their grip on Champions League qualification amid farcical VAR scenes at Stamford Bridge.

Alonso toasted his first league match since the 2-0 win at Spurs on December 22 with a virtuoso performance, drilling a fine finish, blazing just over with a smart 20-yard volley and striking the bar with a whipped free-kick.

Olivier Giroud blasted home after Ross Barkley struck the post at Stamford Bridge, to set Chelsea en route to a first league double over their local rivals in 14 years.

The main talking point, though, came when Spurs midfielder Giovani Lo Celso somehow escaped a red card – and any censure – after a VAR check, despite stamping on Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta.

According to BT Sport, Stockley Park later admitted the decision was wrong and Antonio Rudiger’s own goal teed up a fraught finish, but Chelsea held out for a first win in five Premier League matches.

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