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Published: 21:00 | 2/5/16

Chelsea hold Tottenham to hand Leicester the title

Leicester win the title for the first time in their 132-year history

Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard scored second-half goals, as 2015 champions Chelsea came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Tottenham and hand the 2016 title to Leicester City.

Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son were on target, as Tottenham dominated the first half at Stamford Bridge, but Guus Hiddink's side roared back to secure the draw and hand Claudio Ranieri's Leicester City the title with two games to spare

Eight points behind leaders Leicester with three matches to play, all Mauricio Pochettino's side could do is win this game in hand and hope that they could keep up the pressure on those watching the match on Jamie Vardy's big-screen TV.

The Foxes' players had gathered at the Football Writers' Player of the Year's house this evening to see if Spurs would slip up against their great London rivals, and hand them the title by default.

And the crisps and the cheesy dips would have remained untouched and unwanted at half-time, as, inspired by playmaker Christian Eriksen, Spurs glided through the first half to establish a 2-0 lead at the break.

The Dane's one-touch pass was the catalyst for Kane opener's on 35 minutes - it freed up space for Erik Lamela to thread a pass through for the England international to run through on goal, round Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and stroke the ball into an empty net.

Tottenham then doubled the lead shortly the break, as Son ran onto Eriksen's perfect pass to drill a low finish past Begovic at his near post.

Unwisely, though, Pochettino's side got drawn into the physical battle at the end of the half, with Danny Rose clashing with Willian down the left flank, and in the subsequent melee, Mousa Dembele eye gouged Diego Costa as the players converged for a dust-up.

Chelsea, with streetfighters like Costa and Branislav Ivanovic in their ranks, seemed energised by the escalation of hostilities, and they deservedly pulled one back on 58 minutes as Cahill held off a powderpuff Eric Dier challenge to control Willian's corner and drill a low shot past Spurs' goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

The best defence in the league were rocking now, but as the tackles flew in. the serene figure of substitute Hazard kept his composure to sweep home an equaliser on 83 minutes from Costa's first-time pass.

Spurs huffed and puffed but there was to be no way back, and, and after six minutes of injury time, and two more yellow cards to add to the ten referee Mark Clattenburg had already shown, the Vardy party could finally begin.

By Nick Royle.

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