Cardiff - Paulinho has scored his first English Premiership goal in stoppage time on Sunday as Tottenham broke through Cardiff's resistance to win 1-0.
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dominated large sections of the game in south Wales but goalkeeper
David Marshal made crucial saves from Roberto Soldado, Christian
Eriksen, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Paulinho.
Paulinho finally ensured
Tottenham left Cardiff with something to show for its dominance as the
Brazil midfielder tapped in Erik Lamela's pass from close range in the
third minute of stoppage time.
The victory ensured Tottenham
finished the weekend level at the top of the Premier League with Arsenal
but behind its north London rival on goal difference. Arsenal beat
Stoke 3-1 on Sunday.
Cardiff created few clear chances but felt it had twice come out on the wrong end of decisions by the officials.
first came when Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris appeared to handle
outside his area as Fraizer Campbell attempted to round him, although
replays suggested it was a very tight call.
The second saw Ben Turner's header from a corner chalked off after Aron Gunnarsson was adjudged to have impeded Lloris.
Spurs would take a stranglehold on proceedings, Cardiff made a
purposeful opening, with Kevin Theophile-Catherine heavily involved on
his home debut.
The Bluebirds should have led in the seventh
minute. Kyle Naughton's misdirected pass was left by Michael Dawson, but
lacked the weight to get back to Lloris.
Campbell pounced but he
was robbed of the ball as he attempted to round Lloris on the edge of
the box, with replays suggesting the goalkeeper had handled outside his
Tottenham steadily assumed control, crafting a fine chance
for Soldado, after a thrilling burst from Andros Townsend, but Marshall
was able to turn the striker's shot round the post.
followed the winger's lead as he took off from inside his own half on a
run that took him into the Cardiff box, where Ben Turner made a crucial
Marshall soon found himself severely overworked saving
twice from Eriksen, the second coming after Turner had recovered from
being horribly exposed by Soldado to get a block in.
also stung the Scotland goalkeeper's palms, but Cardiff then enjoyed a
better spell up to half time, and was aggrieved not to be leading at the
Lloris' poor control of a back pass gifted Cardiff a
corner, which Turner headed in at the far post, but referee Mark
Clattenburg ruled the keeper had been impeded by Gunnarsson.
gradual improvement continued at the start of the second half, with
Craig Bellamy racing clear only for Lloris to cut out his pull-back for
But the hosts were again indebted to Marshall
moments later. Sigurdsson's shot from the edge of the box came back off
the crossbar to fall to Soldado in acres of space, but he was again
denied by the 'keeper's legs.
Sigurdsson was involved once more
when he scampered around Theophile-Catherine to tee up Paulinho, but
again Marshall was up to the task.
The hosts spurned a great
chance to win it as Peter Odemwingie evaded Jan Vertonghen and pulled
back for Gunnarsson, who fired high over the bar.
from Paulinho at the other end, but could do nothing to keep out the
Brazilian's final effort from inside the six-yard box.