Willian netted a brace as Chelsea recorded a deserved 2-0 victory over 10-man Tottenham Hotspur at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this afternoon.
The Brazilian netted at the start and end of the first half of a game which saw racism again hit the headlines.
Chelsea were on top from the off in North London and they took the lead with the first shot on target of the match. Willian found the ball at his feet following a corner kick and he curled an impressive shot into the corner of the net from inside the box.
The first half produced few quality goalscoring opportunities but when the second chance of the match eventually arrived in stoppage time, it produced the game’s second goal.
Home keeper Paulo Gazzaniga seemed to catch Marcos Alonso in the box and following a lengthy VAR review, the referee awarded Chelsea a penalty kick. Willian stepped up to successfully convert from 12 yards.
Chelsea continued to look the better side at the start of the second half and Alonso tested Gazzaniga with an effort from range.
The home side were reduced to 10-men just after the hour mark when Son Heung-Min was adjudged to have gone in dangerously on Antonio Rudiger. That incident angered Tottenham Hotspur fans and there were reports of racist chanting made towards the Chelsea defender whilst objects were thrown at Blues keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from the stand.
A game of very few chances saw Tottenham Hotspur record their one and only shot on target in the 97th minute when Harry Kane’s effort was saved by Arrizabalaga.
Chelsea go into Christmas four points ahead of fifth-placed side Sheffield United while they are now six points clear of Spurs.