Liverpool FC's hopes of taking the FA Premiership title took a massive blow on Saturday as they lost 1-0 at Tottenham Hotspur FC.
The defeat - Liverpool's first in 16 league games - leaves Gérard Houllier's side four points adrift of league leaders Arsenal FC with just two games left to play. The only goal of the game came after 41 minutes when Darren Anderton's deep cross was nudged back across the face of goal by Simon Davies for Gustavo Poyet to jab the ball past Jerzy Dudek.
Teddy Sheringham had already had a good chance for Tottenham before the home goalkeeper Kasey Keller made a superb save to deny Liverpool captain Sami Hyppiä after eight minutes. Mauricio Taricco cleared an Emile Heskey header off the line and John Arne Riise hit the post before Tottenham took the lead. The home side defended soundly in the second half and Davies almost added a second goal with three minutes to go.
Sunderland AFC continue to sweat over their FA Premiership status after failing to hold on for victory at Charlton Athletic FC. The visitors got off to the worst possible start when Jason Euell volleyed Charlton ahead after just 63 seconds. However, the lead lasted less than a minute as Republic of Ireland midfield player Kevin Kilbane took the ball in his stride before calmly slotting past Dean Kiely.
The travelling fans were celebrating again when Kevin Phillips headed in Jason McAteer's free-kick after eleven minutes but just as Sunderland looked to have done enough to pick up three vital points, they failed to clear their lines and allowed Kevin Lisbie to steer the ball home with an acrobatic bicycle kick on 82 minutes.
Vassell strikes twice
England striker Darius Vassell grabbed a first-half double to help Aston Villa to a 2-1 win against Southampton. He netted his 12th goal of the season with a looping header on eight minutes and it was 2-0 three minutes before the interval as his low, first-time shot from the edge beat the goalkeeper. James Beattie sparked hopes of a Southampton comeback with a 52nd minute strike.
Bowyer boosts Leeds
A brilliant chip from Lee Bowyer after 16 minutes saw Leeds United AFC win 1-0 at Derby County FC while Newcastle United FC came from behind to beat West Ham United FC 3-1 in their final home game of the season. Meanwhile in the final game at their Craven Cottage stadium, Fulham FC could only draw 0-0 with relegated Leicester City FC.
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