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Spurs down Chelsea

2010-04-17 20:52

London - Tottenham Hotspur breathed fresh life into the English Premier League title race with a 2-1 win over leaders Chelsea on a dramatic day of top-flight action in England on Saturday.

Spurs's win in front of their White Hart Lane faithful cut Chelsea's lead over champions Manchester United to just a point with three games left to play.

And to make matters worse for Chelsea, they finished the match against their London rivals down to 10 men after captain John Terry was sent-off for two bookable offences

Tottenham's win meant Harry Redknapp's men, who last weekend lost an FA Cup semi-final to Portsmouth, climbed up into fourth place and two points clear of Manchester City in the race for the final Champions League spot on offer to English clubs.

Jermain Defoe put Spurs ahead from the penalty spot in the 15th minute after England defender Terry handled in the box and Gareth Bale, on target in the 2-1 midweek north London derby win over Arsenal, doubled Spurs' lead a minute before half-time when he beat Petr Cech at the goalkeeper's near post.

Terry, already booked for a foul on Roman Pavlyuchenko, was sent off for a second yellow card offence by referee Phil Dowd after he went to ground and brought down Wales international Bale in the 67th minute.

Spurs, who wasted numerous chances to kill the game off, saw Chelsea pull a goal back in stoppage time through England midfielder Frank Lampard.

Earlier, veteran midfielder Paul Scholes kept United's title ambitions alive with a stoppage-time goal in a 1-0 derby win away to Manchester City.

There were barely 20 seconds left in the three minutes of added-on time at the end of the match when Scholes headed in Patrice Evra's cross at Eastlands.

"Towards the end, City made a bit of a charge, it got a bit open, the game, and I decided to push Scholesy forward a bit and it paid off," explained United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

City's Italian boss Roberto Mancini, while disappointed by defeat, insisted his side's bid for Champions League was still on course.

"The crucial match will be against Tottenham here (on May 5)," he said.

Elsewhere, Sunderland edged Burnley nearer relegation with a 2-1 home win while second-bottom Hull remained in the drop zone after a goalless draw away to Birmingham.

Australia international Tim Cahill's 10th goal of the season boosted Everton's European hopes as he scored the winner in a 3-2 victory away to Blackburn Rovers.

Bolton all but assured themselves of Premier League football next season after two goals in the final five minutes from Matt Taylor saw them come from behind to beat Stoke 2-1.

Wolves inched nearer safety with a goalless draw away to Europa League finalists Fulham.

Darren Bent and Alan Hutton set up Frazier Campbell's 25th minute opener for Sunderland. Campbell returned the favour when, five minutes before half-time, his header was volleyed in by England striker Bent.

Steven Thompson gave Burnley hope with an 82nd minute goal.

Everton took the lead at Ewood Park through Mikel Arteta's fourth minute penalty after the Spaniard was brought down by New Zealand's Ryan Nelsen.

But Rovers levelled after Steven Nzonzi let fly with a swerving 30-yard shot in the 69th minute.

Substitutes then scored for both sides, Everton forward Yakubu heading the visitors 2-1 up less than 30 seconds after coming on before Rovers striker Jason Roberts equalised nine minutes from time.

Yakubu then turned provider for Cahill's 90th minute winner.

At the Britannia Stadium, striker Dave Kitson fired hosts Stoke into a 13th minute lead.

Bolton equalised through Taylor's free-kick five minutes from time before, in the 88th minute, he turned in Vladimir Weiss's cross.

Strugglers Wigan are at home to Arsenal on Sunday.

Meanwhile, already-relegated Portsmouth face Aston Villa at Fratton Park.

Liverpool, put up for sale by US co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett on Friday, face relegation-threatened West Ham at Anfield on Monday.

AFP

Comments
  • Ronnie Ginindza - 2010-04-17 22:20

    wow i guess the fans can concentrate on their team it can be beaten

  • Andyjo - 2010-04-18 08:19

    Another great & unexpected win by SPURS. Now if they can beat ManU next week, well who knows - On their way to the Champions League perhaps?

  • Torra - 2010-04-18 09:13

    Anybody who is as passionate as I am of the Priemiership would have appreciated the fantastic matches that took place this past week. Great results alround and the atmosphere second to none. Singing, chanting, clapping and cheering whatever was needed to raise the roof and not the sound of a vuvuzela to turn it into a nightmare.

  • Lamps_8 - 2010-04-18 10:01

    Well deserved win for Spurs!no sour grapes.it could have been 3 or 4 atleast.John Terry WTE were you thinking!?

  • Soccer!! - 2010-04-18 15:49

    Go Manchester United!!!!!!!!

  • Raven - 2010-04-18 17:15

    Arseanl & Chelsea in 4 days, would be aweasome if we can do one over Man U too. Can't believe how Bale is playing, its almost like a new signing!

  • AJ - 2010-04-19 06:54

    @Lamps_8: I am so glad that Terrible Terry finally got his long due red card. Also the officials finally saw that Terry only uses his hands to defend! J Cole was so arrogant in also saying that by 19h30 on Sat, the title could be Chelseas. What a toss! Bwahahahahahahahaha! IN YOUR FACE CHELSEA SUPPORTERS!!!!! Anyway, well played Spurs you guys truly deserve 4th place and hope next season you can challenge for the title!!!! Look forward to meeting Spurs this Sat!

  • Hopkins - 2010-04-19 07:59

    Well done Spurs you deserve the win. Chelsea will bounce back.

  • ManUtd4Eva - 2010-04-19 08:26

    To all the SOBs that hate ManUtd. What now? The whole of last week, I read Man City is winning and Chelsea is taking the league, not looking at the other side of the coin, that ManUtd is burying Man City aon their home ground and Spurs will sort out Chelsea with a red card for Terry.... EGG IN YOUR FACE. Let this be a reminder...Never count the defending Champions, 3 seasons in a row, out! GGMU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kerz - 2010-04-19 08:59

    Come on you spurs!!!!!

  • Harold - 2010-04-19 09:47

    It is not over until Fergy says it is. This forum is awfully quite. Where are all the United-haters?

  • Ryan - 2010-04-19 10:08

    As a United supporter I have to say a big THANK YOU to Spurs for holding two of our challengers for the title at bay and throwing the title race wide open again. Going by their performances against Arsenal and Chelsea this is a Spurs team that should be challenging for the league , not just fourth spot . Chelsea finally got their just desserts after being let off so many times . This Spurs side was a pleasure to watch and I sincerely hope that do not play as well against United ..

  • Up Ye Spurs - 2010-04-19 10:53

    It's of course all in the name! `Hot Spurs!' - Get it! Spurs when they play the entertaining style of `footie' that they've developed under `Arry Redknapp' & when they truly believe in themselves as is evident against Arsenal and then Chelsea are indeed a team to be reckoned with! Imagine just imagine if they can acomplish the impossible by drawing or still even better doing the impossible, by beating the rampant Houdini like Man Utd who somehow seem to magically haul the rabbit out the hat in the dying seconds of extra time.....time and time again! Well bearing in mind that the Man U fixture is at the Theatre of Dreams this Saturday....would'nt it be simply incredulous if Spurs could exact the same punishment against their illustrious foes and in the process virtually assuring the Spurs faithful a place in the UEFA Chamions League for 2010/11! With so much at stake let's hope that Spurs bring their `A+' game to Old Trafford later this week and dare we say acieve the impossible with 3 Big Hits in a row! Go Spurs Go!

  • Dronkie - 2010-04-19 10:56

    Spurs are fighting for a 4th spot - they did what they had to against Arsenal and then took out Chelsea in style - now they just need to win against Man U then I will DEMAND the respect SPURS deserve amoung the supporters @ the office

  • Nash the Gunner - 2010-04-19 11:18

    well done Spurs, would love to see u guys in next season's CL

  • fan - 2010-04-19 11:53

    All i have to say is...LOL @ Chelsea and Arsenal!! haha GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED!!! its not over til its over!!

  • Never Walk Alone - 2010-04-19 13:11

    Methinks that Liverpool could hand the League title to MU on a plate by beating Chelsea - hell we aint gonna make 4th place - so we might as well try and get some glory ! Or maybe LFC decide that they would prefer MU to fight another year to eclipse their record, and lay down to a Chelsea beating !! Benitez will probably play Lucas and Ngog - and f#@&k up the rest of the team selections - so it's all academic in the end. Oh well looking forward to another unpredictable team with the continuous Benitez circus ! Jeez , cant wait for the end of this miserable season !!

  • STRIKE - 2010-04-19 17:45

    Hell what a game. If Spurs plays with that passion and drive this weekend then we better be on our guard cos a team who plays like that can beat any team on their day. Anyways as much as i hate to say it, we might just rely and punt on Pool winning against the Blues. But whatever happens it's the most interesting finish to the EPL in a while. Well goodluck to all teams that is vying for 1st and 4th. GGMU

  • Big K - 2010-04-20 09:44

    Be Afraid, We Coming!!!

  • magents - 2010-04-20 14:44

    not over 4 Chelsea,lets wait & see.

  • magents - 2010-04-20 15:01

    tough lucky guys

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