Chelsea recover from opening-round loss

August 21, 2017


LONDON, England (AP):

Marcos Alonso's double reignited Chelsea's title defense by securing a 2-1 victory over Tottenham yesterday with goalkeeper Hugo Lloris blundering to enable the Premier League champions to recover from their opening weekend loss.

For Tottenham, it was a gloomy start to its temporary residency at Wembley Stadium after going unbeaten throughout its final season at White Hart Lane before it was demolished to make way for a new venue.

Tottenham had been well placed to salvage a draw when Alonso's first-half free kick was cancelled out by Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi inadvertently heading the ball into his own net in the 82nd minute just after coming off the bench.

Within six minutes Chelsea was back in front and Batshuayi's blushes were spared in the London derby meeting of last season's top two.

Chelsea defender David Luiz intercepted the ball after Victor Wanyama received it from Lloris' throw. Alonso helped to knock the ball along to Pedro Rodriguez on the left flank and the wingback raced forward to receive a return pass in the penalty area. Alonso's shot from a tight angle then squirmed under the normally reliable Lloris in the Tottenham goal.

It was an instant recovery for Chelsea after opening with a home loss to Burnley that saw captain Gary Cahill sent off and suspended for the trip across London to Wembley.

"I think we showed that we are together. We worked so hard this week and we 100 percent deserved the win," he said.

It was Tottenham's seventh loss in 10 matches at the national football stadium, which was also used for the north London club's European matches last season and there was also a visit in the FA Cup semifinals last season when it lost to Chelsea.

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