English Premiership

Spurs' win overshadowed

2015-03-05 00:48
Nacer Chadli (Supplied)

London - Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis has suffered a serious health scare that overshadowed Tottenham's 3-2 win at White Hart Lane on Wednesday.

Gomis collapsed and needed treatment for several minutes before being rushed to hospital for tests.

The south Wales club later revealed that France international Gomis was in a stable condition, but the incident marred an otherwise entertaining encounter.

Determined to make up for their lacklustre League Cup final loss against Chelsea on Sunday, Mauricio Pochettino's side took a quick lead through Nacer Chadli.

South Korea midfielder Ki Sung-yueng equalised after Gomis's collapse.

But Ryan Mason restored Tottenham's lead and Andros Townsend added the third soon after.

Former Tottenham midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson reduced the deficit late on, but it was too late for Swansea to stop the seventh placed north Londoners boosting their bid to qualify for the Champions League via a top four finish.

After an emotional pre-match tribute to Dave Mackay, the club's legendary former captain who passed away on Monday, Spurs fed off the charged atmosphere as they roared into a seventh minute lead.

Danny Rose's cross looped to the far post, where Belgian midfielder Chadli rifled a powerful volley past Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski for his first league goal since New Year's day.

Tottenham's ideal start quickly became an after-thought as Swansea striker Gomis collapsed when the players were making their way back for the restart.

Gomis, who had fainted during matches several times in the past, was attended to for four minutes and left the field on a stretcher, by which point he was conscious and wearing an oxygen mask.

When the game resumed, Swansea didn't seem affected by a worrying moment that recalled the time when Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest, which he eventually recovered from, during an FA Cup tie at Tottenham in 2012.

Garry Monk's side drew level in the 19th minute after Sigurdsson hit the crossbar with a swerving free-kick.

The ball was quickly returned to the penalty area and Ki was on hand to poke home from a tight angle for his sixth goal of the season.

Jonjo Shelvey tested Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris with the rasping drive early in the second half.

But Harry Kane went close for the hosts with a looping header that drifted just wide and it wasn't long before Spurs regained the lead in the 51st minute.

Christian Eriksen's mazy run cut through the heart of the Swansea defence and Mason applied the finishing touch, driving a rising strike into the net for his first Premier League goal.

Townsend put Spurs firmly in control nine minutes later thanks in part to referee Michael Oliver, who allowed play to continue after Nabil Bentaleb was floored by a heavy challenge.

Townsend took full advantage as he surges forward, cut inside a defender and curled home.

Sigurdsson's 89th minute strike set the stage for a nervous last few minutes, but Spurs held on.

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