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Tottenham beats Chelsea to win the Carling Cup

The BBC reported Sunday that the Tottenham Hotspur came from behind to beat the Chelsea Blues 2-1 in overtime at Wembley Stadium in London.

The Spurs beat Chelsea in extra-time to win the Carling Cup, which was Tottenham’s first trophy in nine years. Consequently, the victory prevented Chelsea from earning their third Carling Cup trophy in four years.

It took only four minutes for the Spurs to score in extra-time as Chelsea’s goalkeeper Peter Cech knocked a Jermaine Jenas free-kick into Spur’s defender Jonathon Woodgate. Woodgate headed the ball into the empty net in front of a crowd of 87,660.

Chelsea tried to answer with attacks from Frank Lampard and Salomon Kalou, but both shots were saved by Spur’s goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

The scoring started in the first half when Chelsea’s forward Didier Drogba curled a free-kick into the bottom left of Robinson’s goal. Neither team could gather a goal and Chelsea went into halftime with a narrow lead.

Twenty minutes after the break the Spurs brought the game onto equal grounds. Chelsea’s defender Wayne Bridge was called for a handball in the penalty area, which gave the Spurs a penalty opportunity. Tottenham sent their Bulgarian forward Dimitar Berbatov, who promptly put the ball into the back of the net.

Both sides had several opportunities, but in the end, extra-time was imminent. It took only four minutes before the Spurs scored on Cech’s blunder.

Reuters reported that Tottenham’s Coach Juande Ramos won his first trophy with Tottenham, after taking over as coach midway through the season. Ramos is 100 percent in cup finals.

The victory gives the Spurs automatic entry into UEFA Cup football next season. Additionally, Spurs fans were happy to see the return of star defender Ledley King, who had been out for a month.

“This is a beautiful experience,? Ramos said. “It’s tremendously satisfying to get the title and the trophy for the fans and the club. It’s a long time since we achieved success and for such a big club like Spurs it seems even longer.? (Reuters)