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Spurs deny United at the death

2013-01-20 20:11

London - Clint Dempsey scored in stoppage time as Tottenham Hotspur drew 1-1 with English Premier League leaders Manchester United at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

On an Arctic-like afternoon in north London Robin van Persie's first-half goal appeared to have secured the points for United until Dempsey slid home an equaliser with virtually the final kick of the game.

The leaders have 56 points from 23 games with Manchester City on 51 and Chelsea, who beat Arsenal 2-1 earlier in the snow-hit capital, on 45, four ahead of Tottenham.

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Dutchman van Persie, often a thorn in Tottenham's side when he was at Arsenal, took his league tally for the season to 18 with a header from Tom Cleverley's cross midway through the opening period of an absorbing game.

Tottenham, whose strong recent run had seen them establish themselves in the top four, were twice denied equalisers by the outstretched legs of United 'keeper David De Gea as they attempted a rare league double over Alex Ferguson's side.

Gareth Bale thought he had equalised shortly before half-time but De Gea performed marvels to keep out his deflected shot and after the break Dempsey wriggled through only to see the keeper again come to United's rescue.

United, who began with Wayne Rooney on the bench, showed another side to their character. With resolute defending rather than fluent attacking play, they were content to absorb pressure and the policy seemed to have earned an important victory.

As the snow poured down, Bale also went agonisingly close to a late equaliser with a shot deflected past the post.

However, the hosts kept plugging away and Dempsey was on hand to equalise after De Gea could only punch a clearance to Aaron Lennon and the winger threaded a pass to the American.

Reuters

Comments
  • lybon1 - 2013-01-20 20:29

    That awkward moment when man united concede in 'fergie time'!!!

  • abdul.cassiem.9 - 2013-01-20 20:37

    Well done Spurs u kept goin until the last kick. Pity about the keeper he was grt. Fergie how does yr own medicine taste? Die hard spurs fan.

      sharmilen.naidoo - 2013-01-21 09:54

      Come back in May and tell us how much that 1 point helped your team get a CL spot and ManUtd fans will tell you how that 1 point helped win them their 20th title.....something you lot have not seen in decades. Can't remember hwn last Spurs actually "won"some sliverware...was it when Gazza was still there....oh that's loooonnng ago! SAF and Man Utd march on........

  • louis.langenhoven - 2013-01-20 20:41

    if my memory serves me correctly Man has won/drawn a couple of games this season after 90 mins so good going Spurs!

  • nick.v.heuvel.1 - 2013-01-20 22:05

    well played Tottenham , With ALL THAT Possession you Eventually had to score........for a change United get shafted at the death. David de Gea still cant catch a bloody ball after being in England for 2 years, time to ship out mate.

  • dehlia.fredericks - 2013-01-21 06:03

    y does every1 make a big woh if either a won or draw against manu! whats sooooo special! 10000% manu!

      jono.qmann - 2013-01-21 09:58

      u are correct...not much special about ManP00! just another sunday for the Spurs though! Well done Spurs!!! YNWA

      Vishen - 2013-01-21 12:46

      @ jono YSB! 96.... Not Enough!

  • jonathan.mumo.3 - 2013-01-23 08:19

    Spurs were de better team

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