What happened? Ultimately, Chelsea won with two convincing goals just after the half-time break. However, that result may have been different if Kane’s first half goal had stood. After all, going into the break with a lead is something to build upon, and would have given the Spurs team the momentum they need to press on.
Kane put Tottenham ahead during the first-half away at Stamford Bridge but his joy was short-lived. The coveted Tottenham striker soon saw his strike ruled out as he was penalised for having pushed Thiago Silva just before slotting the ball past Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Whilst opinions vary as to whether the decision was correct or not, Roy Keane believes the referee made the correct decision in ruling out Harry Kane’s first-half goal. The former Manchester United legend said:
‘At the time I thought it was a good goal but he [Kane] does just lean into him and I think the referee has got it 100 per cent right…When you are 36, 37 you are going to go down….When you are at that pace, a little touch is all you need.’
‘there is nothing in that at all’
To be fair, whilst both opinions can’t be correct, there are obviously merits to both arguments. After all, Neville felt that Silva didn’t receive enough to have gone down, Keane felt that at that age you can go down easily. So, in reality, both points, whilst arriving at differing opinions, do contain the same valid point…Thiago went down easily….in comparison to a younger player.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink also noticed there merits in both viewpoints. This is how he felt.
‘You can see he pushed him a little bit. I must say, what a finish, very calm, very Kane-like, but he does give him that little nudge and that was enough for Thiago to make a little bit more of it.’
So, all in all, the 3 pundits agreed that Silva did go down a little easily, however Hasselbaink and Keane agreed with the decision, whereas Gary Neville didn’t. Who knows what would have happened if Spurs had gone in 1-0 up..but that didn’t happen. In the end, Chelsea proved the better London team on the day.