Chelsea 2 Tottenham 2: Eden Hazard screamer makes Leicester City champions after feisty draw

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An Eden Hazrad goal wins the title for the second successive season - this time for Leicester City Credit: AFP

Scenes, as Jamie Vardy says. There were plenty of scenes at Stamford Bridge as Leicester City were crowned Premier League champions after an extraordinary night in an even more extraordinary season.

Leicester’s glorious achievement, a true underdog’s tale, is undeniably now the greatest football story ever to unfold, possibly the greatest ever sporting story, but it was sealed on a night of drama, controversy and ugliness as Tottenham Hotspur lost a two-goal lead and lost their heads as well as their title hopes away to the outgoing champions.

Harry Kane battles with Chelsea captain John Terry Credit: PA

Vardy is having that party, the images were beamed around the world of the Leicester striker and his team-mates celebrating wildy as they gathered in his Melton Mowbray home, and it appeared on Monday night that the whole world was joining in as well. This achievement was one that seemed to touch everyone, that transcended sport and entered into the fabric of society. The world was watching, listening, wondering.

There was a tearful phone call at the final whistle from Claudio Ranieri to the Chelsea manager, Guus Hiddink; a call of thanks – thanks given five times over, Hiddink relayed – as the Leicester manager landed back from his brief trip to Rome to have lunch with his 96-year-old mother. Ranieri’s feet did not touch the ground last night even if his plane did.

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Leicester’s Thai owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, and his son Top were at Stamford Bridge and rumours swirled prior to kick-off that Ranieri would be taking an earlier flight to join them. But he did not. Instead there was that call, there were those tears and there was the incredible irony that the nearly man of managers, horribly ridiculed as an old failure by the former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, had won his first league title – as well as Leicester’s first title in their 132-year history – at the home of the club that sacked him 12 years ago.

Kane slots home the opener Credit: Action Images

Oh the irony, the rich incredible irony. Football; bloody hell. This could not, this cannot, be scripted whatever Hollywood is planning. And yet there was more. Chelsea have mounted the most impoverished title defence in league history but roused themselves in an incredibly brutal encounter with the vital equalising goal scored by Eden Hazard, who has epitomised the poverty of it all this campaign as he has slid from being player of the year to a struggling, confidence-shredded substitute. And yet he scored a brilliant goal and transformed this match when he came on at half-time.

Kane is mobbed by team-mates as he runs towards the Spurs fans to celebrate Credit: Rex

The fairy-tale – the Eden that Eden has helped Leicester reach – came to its glorious conclusion. But the party will run and run. As will the repercussions from this match. Goodness knows where the Football Association’s disciplinary department will begin to deal with all of this.

The game had it all. It seemed out of control at times with referee Mark Clattenburg struggling to contain the raw emotions and, frankly, the violence.

The Spurs manager, Mauricio Pochettino, may well be among those in trouble as he entered the field of play more than once and although he will argue that he acted as peacemaker it became heated too often for that to stick. The biggest villain appeared to be Mousa Dembélé who seemed to attempt some kind of eye gouge on Diego Costa while Cesc Fabregas accused Érik Lamela of stamping on his hand.

Son Heung-min steers a right-foot shot in at the near post to make it 2-0 Credit: Getty Images

Fabregas was no angel. Hiddink tried to usher him aside at the end and it developed into another angry scrum with the Chelsea caretaker manager being pushed over as everyone crowded around the tunnel. It was ugly, unseemly and over the top. There is nothing wrong with a full-blooded committed encounter but on this occasion the blood rose and never lowered.

At the end the Chelsea fans gloated, as expected, as their team denied Spurs a first victory at this stadium since 1990 and ended their slim hopes of winning a first title since 1961. “Leicester, Leicester,” they chanted although, in the cold light of day, they may also be wondering why their team have not shown this kind of fight before May.

Dembele sticks his fingers in Diego Costa's eye Credit: Sky Sports

“What a game ... makes me look like an angel,” tweeted the rugged – to say the least – former Chelsea and now Leicester defender Robert Huth, who may receive a ban on Tuesday for his hair-pull on Marouane Fellaini at Old Trafford on Sunday. It was a light touch on an otherwise torridly heavy evening.

It was a horrible night for Spurs but it has been a great season for them also although their manager will have to reflect coolly on how the pressure did eventually tell on him as well as his young players. This was not a Spursy performance, that legendary lilywhite capacity to stuff it up, but they were two goals to the good at half-time and appeared poised to take the title race to at least its penultimate weekend.

Gary Cahill gives Chelsea (and Leicester) hope Credit: Reuters

Both goals were brilliantly constructed and said everything about what Spurs are at under Pochettino. Although most of his players eventually lost their heads one did not – even if he was also booked – and that was Harry Kane, who scored one goal and helped create the other.

The league’s top scorer claimed his 25th goal as Spurs cut Chelsea open with Eric Dier finding Christian Eriksen who quickly moved the ball on to Lamela. The Argentine picked out the run of Kane who had stayed onside and nimbly rounded goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to slide the ball into the net.

Eden Hazard breaks Spurs heats with a stunning equaliser Credit: Getty Images

Then Kane won the ball back, intercepting Branislav Ivanovic’s lazy pass, with John Obi Mikel caught out, and turned it to Eriksen who quickly released Heung-Min Son. Through on goal Son slipped the ball beyond Begovic.

Chelsea were stunned but a flare-up between Danny Rose and Willian seemed to stir them. On came Hazard and the game changed with Willian’s corner falling to Gary Cahill, who Toby Alderweireld, of all people, had failed to track, and he poked the ball home. Then Alderweireld erred again, losing the ball, and Hazard exchanged passes with Costa before arcing a wonderful shot around Hugo Lloris to cue scenes. Incredible, wonderful scenes. But also some more ugly ones as well.