Tottenham Hotspur 3 - 1 Manchester City

Match info: Premier League at White Hart Lane

Date: 21/04/2013 KO: 13:30 Ref: L Mason Att: 36,121

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Jermain Defoe 79
Clint Dempsey 75
Gareth Bale 82


Man City

Samir Nasri 5

FT (ht: 0-1)

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  • The final whistle goes and Tottenham have beaten Man City 3-1 after a thrilling late fightback which boosts their hopes of a top-four finish. The result also means that Manchester United can win the title by beating Aston Villa tomorrow night. Thanks for following the game, and stay with us for all the reaction.

  • City are still fighting but Tottenham's need is greater and Walker gets back quickly to make an important tackle on Kolarov.

  • City make their final change of the afternoon, bringing on Lescott for Clichy.

  • City win a free-kick in a threatening central position 20 yards from goal, but Kolarov's effort curls narrowly wide of Lloris' right-hand post.

  • Toure sends a hopeful long shot sailing over Lloris' crossbar and into the stands.

  • Spurs can afford to sit back now and protect their two-goal advantage with just a few minutes remaining, allowing City possession in areas that are not really too dangerous.

  • City respond by bringing on Sinclair for Dzeko for the closing stages, although it is Tottenham who continue to look the better team.

  • Tottenham are on fire all of a sudden and it is now the turn of their talisman to get on the score sheet as Bale sprints away from his defender to latch on to Huddleston's pass and dink a classy finish over the onrushing Hart. That is surely game over now.

  • GOAL! Bale

  • Tottenham just need to keep their nerve now and they will secure a vital victory which could provide the springboard for a top-four finish.

  • This game has turned around in a flash, as Defoe fires Tottenham into a 2-1 lead with just over ten minutes remaining. He is given too much space to run at the City defence and is then allowed to get the ball on his right foot, curling a fabulous finish past Hart and into the far corner.

  • GOAL! Defoe

  • That goal has set up a thrilling finale and White Hart Lane is really rocking now.

  • Dempsey draws Tottenham level with a simple finish at the back post from a sublime Bale cross. Walker had set up the chance with a sensible pass out to Bale and the Welsh star, who has been quiet all afternoon, made his first significant contribution with a terrific delivery along the ground with the outside of his boot.

  • GOAL! Dempsey

  • Lloris comes darting through a crowded area to punch away a cross and get good distance on his clearance.

  • Hart is called into action to make a routine stop from Dempsey's 25-yard strike, when perhaps a pass would have been the better option.

  • A huge cheer erupts as Defoe is brought on in place of Adebayor, who has had a quiet game to put it mildly.

  • Tottenham are starting to build up a head of steam here and forcing Man city on to the back foot, but time is against them with just 20 minutes left to play now.

  • Dempsey appeals for a penalty after going down in the area under pressure from a couple of defenders, depriving him of the chance to get on the end of Assou-Ekotto's low cross. The referee is having none of it, though, and waves play on.


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