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Brilliant Bale earns Tottenham last-gasp win

Published: Monday 25 February 2013, 23.19CET
Gareth Bale scored a stunning added-time winner to secure Tottenham Hotspur FC a 3-2 derby victory at West Ham United FC and lift the north London club into third place.
Brilliant Bale earns Tottenham last-gasp win
Gareth Bale has scored six goals in four Premier League outings ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 25 February 2013, 23.19CET

Brilliant Bale earns Tottenham last-gasp win

Gareth Bale scored a stunning added-time winner to secure Tottenham Hotspur FC a 3-2 derby victory at West Ham United FC and lift the north London club into third place.

Gareth Bale scored a spectacular added-time winner as Tottenham Hotspur FC posted a 3-2 comeback victory at West Ham United FC to leapfrog Chelsea FC into third place. 

The home team burst out of the blocks with intent, but soon became the architects of their own downfall. Guy Demel squandered possession to Bale, who arrowed the ball inside a post. The Hammers' response was swift as Scott Parker tripped Andy Carroll inside the penalty area. The England forward swept the resulting spot kick high into the net. 

The contest would continue to be decided by slender margins as goalkeeper Jussi Jääskeläinen clawed out thumping headers from visiting defender Steven Caulker either side of half-time. Substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson's dipping strike then came back off a post only for Emmanuel Adebayor to head the rebound straight at Jääskeläinen.

In the blink of an eye West Ham schemer Joe Cole evaded the Tottenham defence and slid the ball beyond the outstretched leg of Hugo Lloris shortly before the hour mark. Not to be denied an 11th Premier League game without defeat, Spurs levelled when Sigurdsson scrambled in Bale's free-kick 14 minutes from time. Better was to come when Bale found the top corner with a sumptuous left-footed finish.

Last updated: 25/02/13 23.42CET

Results

English Premier League 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 25/02/2013 23:09 CET

25/02/2013

West HamWest Ham2-3TottenhamTottenham

Carroll 25 (P), J. Cole 58

Bale 13, 90, G. Sigurdsson 76

Venue: London

24/02/2013

NewcastleNewcastle4-2SouthamptonSouthampton

Sissoko 33, Cissé 42, Cabaye 67 (P), Hooiveld 79 (o.g.)

Schneiderlin 3, Lambert 50

Venue: Newcastle

24/02/2013

Man. CityMan. City2-0ChelseaChelsea

Y. Touré 63, Tévez 85

Venue: Manchester

23/02/2013

NorwichNorwich2-1EvertonEverton

Kamara 84, Holt 90+4

Osman 39

Venue: Norwich

23/02/2013

West BromWest Brom2-1SunderlandSunderland

Lukaku 35 (P), 75

Sessegnon 79

Venue: West Bromwich

23/02/2013

ArsenalArsenal2-1Aston VillaAston Villa

Santi Cazorla 6, 85

Weimann 68

Venue: London

23/02/2013

ReadingReading0-3WiganWigan

Koné 44, 45+2, Figueroa 48

Venue: Reading

23/02/2013

QPRQPR0-2Man. UnitedMan. United

Rafael 23, Giggs 80

Venue: London

23/02/2013

FulhamFulham1-0StokeStoke

Berbatov 45+2

Venue: London

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