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posted by Morning Star in Sport

Alonso’s brace continues Tottenham’s bad luck at national stadium

Tottenham 1-2 Chelsea by Shona Duthie at Wembley

TOTTENHAM were hoping to end their Wembley hoodoo but fell to a 2-1 defeat yesterday at the hands of current champions Chelsea.

Spurs went into the match with an unbeaten record in London derby’s but a Marcos Alonso double put an end to that.

Spurs thought they had found a way back into the game when Michy Batshuayi gifted them an equaliser by heading the ball into his own net.

But the visitors had not lost back-to-back games at the start of the season since the 1973-74 season and the Spaniard ensured they gained the three points.

Chelsea gained the first chance of the game in the fifth minute through Alvaro Morata but he headed wide from a Cesar Azpilicueta cross.

Five minutes later, Spurs created their first chance but Thibaut Courtois saved Harry Kane’s shot from outside the box.

Dele Alli went for glory after a great pass from Toby Alderweireld but he fired straight over the bar from a tight angle.

Courtois came to the Blues’ rescue in to the 19th minute when he tipped over a 20-yard effort from Mousa Dembele.

The visitors broke the deadlock after David Luis was fouled by Alli on the edge of the box. Alonso stepped up and bent the ball over the wall and into the top corner past Lloris.

In the 29th minute, Spurs tried to find the equaliser as Kane came close once again but fired narrowly past the post.

And last season’s golden boot winner came agonisingly close once again in the 42nd minute as he found space in the area but he could only hit the post.

The chances kept on coming for the home side as Ben Davies forced Courtois into a fine diving save to keep his side in the lead.

Spurs got off to a positive start in the second half with Christian Eriksen and Kane both coming close in the opening stages.

After numerous chances for the hosts, Morata had to rise the highest from a Spurs corner to head the ball away in the 65th minute.

Willian nearly got Chelsea’s second but his 20-yard drive hit straight off the post.

And there was agony for Batshuayi in the 82nd minute as he headed the ball into his own net after coming on as a substitute.

But Tottenham’s joy was short-lived as Alonso stepped up once again to put the Blues back into the lead to claim the victory.