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Drogba miss denies Blues a place on top

Chelsea missed the chance to go top in the English Premier League after Didier Drogba saw a late penalty saved in a 1-1 draw away to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

sports Updated: Dec 13, 2010 23:26 IST

Chelsea missed the chance to go top in the English Premier League after Didier Drogba saw a late penalty saved in a 1-1 draw away to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, who’d let substitute Drogba’s shot go through his hands for Chelsea’s 70th minute equaliser, brought down Ramires in stoppage time.

But the Brazilian then produced a fine save to deny Drogba, who took the spot-kick even though fellow substitute and regular penalty-taker Frank Lampard was on the field.

Had the penalty gone in and Chelsea won, the Blues would have gone top.

Instead they stayed fourth, level on points with Manchester United who clash with leaders Arsenal at Old Trafford on Monday.

Tottenham opened the scoring in the 15th minute when

the unchallenged Roman Pavlyuchenko struck from inside the box after a pass from Jermain Defoe.

Drogba, on at the start of the second half, equalised 20 minutes from time when his shot found a way through Gomes’s hands to set-up the game’s dramatic finale as Spurs regained fifth spot from Bolton, who beat Blackburn 2-1 earlier on Sunday.

“I thought we deserved to win the game, especially in the second half, we dominated,” Chelsea captain John Terry told Sky Sports after the Blues avoided a fifth defeat in nine games.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp said a draw was a “fair result.”

Barca beat Sociedad, stay ahead of Real

MADRID: Barcelona produced on a magical display of attacking football to sweep aside Real Sociedad 5-0 and return to the La Liga summit on Sunday.

Following Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory over Real Zaragoza, the onus was on Barcelona to maintain their two-point advantage and they took the game to their opponents from the start.

With just eight minutes gone David Villa gave them the lead by converting a Pedro Rodriguez cross and from there it only got worse for Sociedad.

Barca added to their total when a fine passing movement culminated with an Andres Iniesta goal from a tight angle.

Lionel Messi, at his tantalising best, then hit a brace and there was still time for substitute Bojan Krkic to hit a fifth, a minute from the end.

Earlier Real gave a more workmanlike performance to overturn bottom club Zaragoza.

With several players missing through injury and suspension, Real took the lead when Mesut Ozil cut in from the right and beat the keeper. Either side of the break Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria scored to give Real a commanding advantage.

Gabi Fernandez pulled a goal back from the penalty spot after Nicolas Bertolo had been felled by Ricardo Carvalho.

India Eves win 18-0 against Bhutan

New Delhi: Sasmita Mallick scored seven goals as India mauled minnows Bhutan

18-0 in the opening match of the inaugural SAFF Women's Football Championships at Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh today. Bala Devi scored five and Tababi Devi added four more.

First Published: Dec 13, 2010 23:21 IST