John Terry scored a second-half equaliser for Chelsea as they left White Hart Lane with a point following an action packed 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.
Gylfi Sigurdsson had given the home side the lead, before Chelsea striker Fernando Torres was controversially sent off late on, as Andre Villas-Boas and Jose Mourinho had to settle for a share of the spoils in their first meeting.
An intriguing game, which pitted two of the main contenders for the Premier League title, did little to show which side would fair better this campaign, however the result no doubt underlined Tottenham's credentials as genuine challengers this season.
Chelsea boss Mourinho handed Torres a start following his impressive performance against Swindon on Tuesday, however Juan Mata had to settle for a place on the bench once again.
A cagey start to the game saw few chances early on, however a moment of magic by Tottenham saw them take the lead after Sigurdsson finished a delightful move after 19 minutes, following a neat layoff off from Roberto Soldado.
The Icelandic midfielder curled a right-footed finish home after collecting the Spaniard's pass, with Christian Eriksen instrumental in the build up.
Tottenham almost doubled their lead, however some fine defending from Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic denied Paulinho a tap in with a crucial interception, before the Brazilian went close again as he hit the post after a superb counter attack.
The introduction of Juan Mata sparked Chelsea into life, and the visitors were almost level just after the break when the impressive Torres crossed for Oscar, but the midfielder was unable to stretch far enough to make sufficient contact with the ball.
Torres continued to be at the centre of the action after he was booked for an incident with Jan Vertonghen, with replays suggesting he scratched the Belgian's face.
Torres then drew a fine save from Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham goal, before Mata had a goal ruled out for offside.
However Chelsea's persistence was rewarded in the 65th minute when John Terry met Mata's free kick and guided a header into the net.
And Mourinho's side almost took the lead, but for Lloris making a fine save to deny substitute Andre Schurrle after a fine pass from Torres.
Torres was sent off in the closing stages for an innocuous aerial challenge with Vertonghen, which saw him pick up his second yellow card.
Spurs went close to snatching the points through substitute Jermaine Defoe, while Sigurdsson volleyed narrowly wide to ensure the scores remained level and the points were shared.
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/130seMa
DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.