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EPL: Awoniyi delivers hammer blow as Forest beat West Ham

Last updated on: August 14, 2022 23:52 IST
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Images from the Premier League matches played on Sunday.

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane heads in the equaliser during the match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in London on Sunday

IMAGE: Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane heads in the equaliser during the match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in London on Sunday. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

Harry Kane headed a last-gasp equaliser to earn Tottenham Hotspur a barely-deserved 2-2 draw in a feisty Premier League derby at Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.

Reece James seemed to have sealed the points for the hosts with a 77th-minute strike but Kane rose to head home a corner in the sixth minute of stoppage time.

 

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel and his Spurs counterpart Antonio Conte, a former Chelsea boss, were both shown red cards after the final whistle as tempers boiled over on a sweltering afternoon in west London.

Centre back Kalidou Koulibaly marked his home debut in style by volleying Chelsea in front from a corner in the 19th minute and the hosts totally dominated the opening period.

Chelsea remained in the ascendancy in the second half and should have had the points wrapped up but were rocked when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg equalised in the 68th minute.

Tuchel was furious that the goal was allowed, believing Kai Havertz had been fouled in the build-up, and clashed with Conte.

Havertz then spurned a glorious chance to put Chelsea back in front but the hosts did reclaim their lead in the 77th minute when James fired past Hugo Lloris from a pass by Raheem Sterling -- a goal that sent Tuchel joyfully racing down the touchline.

Tottenham, who began the season in optimistic fashion, could have had few complaints if they had gone home empty-handed but Kane's late intervention means they have four points from two games, the same as Chelsea.

Tottenham have won only once in their last 38 visits to Stamford Bridge in all competitions.

Awoniyi delivers hammer blow as Forest beat West Ham 

Nottingham Forest's Taiwo Awoniyi scores their first goal with teammates during their EPL match against West Ham United at The City Ground, Nottingham, on Saturday

IMAGE: Nottingham Forest's Taiwo Awoniyi scores their first goal with teammates during their EPL match against West Ham United at The City Ground, Nottingham, on Saturday. Photograph: Craig Brough/Reuters

A first-half goal from Taiwo Awoniyi was enough to earn Nottingham Forest a 1-0 win over West Ham United on Sunday, their first victory of the new Premier League season as the City Ground played host to top-flight soccer for the first time since 1999.

On his home debut, Awoniyi scored Forest's first Premier League goal in 23 years in first half stoppage time by bundling home Jesse Lingard's miscued shot from Harry Toffolo's cross moments after West Ham had a goal disallowed by VAR.

Said Benrahma had slotted past on-loan Forest goalkeeper Dean Henderson following a West Ham counter but the goal was chalked off after Michail Antonio was adjudged to have fouled Orel Mangala in the build-up.

Forest also had a goal disallowed after a VAR check when Brennan Johnson was ruled offside in the 54th minute, while Henderson saved a penalty from West Ham captain Declan Rice around 10 minutes later to preserve the hosts' slender lead.

Tomas Soucek's shot was blocked by the slightly extended arm of Forest defender Scott McKenna, resulting in a penalty for the visitors after a VAR replay. Rice's effort, dragged low to his left, was saved superbly by Henderson.

In the closing stages, Forest full back Neco Williams cleared Kurt Zouma's header off the line as Steve Cooper's side saw out seven minutes of stoppage time to pick up their first points of the campaign.

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