- English Barclays Premier League
- 25 February 2013, 8:00pm
- Upton Park
- Attendance: 35,005
90+4 MINS: IT'S ALL OVER! SPURS THIRD! Gareth Bale has stolen the show yet again for Tottenham! His winning goal was an absolute joy to behold and will no doubt add to the rumours of a summer move. Back to the present though and that victory has put Spurs above Chelsea into third. West Ham are heading towards a relegation battle as they slip to 14th place, just six points off the drop zone. Thanks for following our coverage. Stay tuned for the match report!
90 mins: Four minutes are added on to this incredible, incredible game.
90 MINS: TAKE A BOW GARETH BALE! WHAT an incredible goal! BALE is absolutely miles out, but that doesn't put him off unleashing a stunning drive which crashes into the top-right corner. There is just no stopping him!
87 mins: Typical. It's all getting very scrappy now as both sides struggle to keep the ball. In more sub news, Livermore replaces a cream-crackered Parker.
84 mins: Collison replaces Demel and Collins is shown yellow as we approach what promises to be a thrilling finale.
81 mins: Heroics from Jaaskelainen! He throws his body at Bale's sneaky effort inside the area before palming Adebayor's goal-bound header away from goal!
79 mins: Before Spurs' ugly equaliser, T.Carroll came on for the yellow-carded Dembele. The visitors are in the ascendancy now.
76 MINS: SPURS BACK ON LEVEL TERMS! It just might be you know! Bale cracks the ball into the mixer from a free-kick on the right touchline.The ball bobbles off a couple of West Ham defenders, evades Adebayor and is eventually turned in by SIGURDSSON level with far post!
74 mins: Taylor races through Tottenham's defence and is one-on-one with Lloris who keeps his side in this match! Could that be the turning point?!
71 mins: Bale's losing his touch from set-pieces after another free-kick loops wide. Demel comes off for Pogatetz for West Ham and O'Neil is the latest man to be shown yellow.
68 mins: Jaaskelainen is rolling back the years here! First, he makes a fantastic stop to deny Caulker from heading in a Tottenham corner. Then just seconds later, he's at full-stretch to tip Bale's dipping effort over the crossbar!
64 mins: Bale has the home fans in hysterics as he balloons a free-kick high over the crossbar. It would have been the perfect conversion.
61 mins: J.Cole is shown yellow for taking his shirt off when celebrating his goal. How dare he. Then, Diame follows him in as Tottenham try to haul themselves back level.
58 MINS: WEST HAM ARE IN FRONT! The hosts go up the other end and have turned this game right around! COLE gets in behind the Spurs defence, traps a chipped ball into the area and strokes it past Lloris from an incredibly tight angle!
55 mins: Spurs are hanging on and AVB responds by bringing on Sigurdsson for Holtby. The former Schalke player has struggled to get involved.
52 mins: West Ham continue to pile on the pressure and keep Lloris busy too with a couple of dangerous crosses. The Hammers do not look like a struggling team here tonight!
49 mins: Dembele brings down J.Cole, making that his second foul since his yellow card. He's then given his final warning by Howard Webb.
48 mins: Tottenham almost get lucky there! Adebayor pokes a lovely ball out to Vertonghen, whose poor cross takes a wicked deflection and nearly creeps into the corner. Jaaskelainen tips wide, who then makes another fine stop to deny Walker!
45 mins: Welcome back for the second-half where Tottenham get us back started. No more changes at the break.
HALF-TIME: And it arcs over the goal much to Jaaskelainen's relief! The ref then blows up to signal the end of a busy first-half here at Upton Park. Tottenham took the lead after that man Bale finished expertly in the 13th minute. However, a rash tackle from Parker led to Carroll thrashing in the equaliser from the penalty spot. Will we have a winner come full-time? Stick around for the second-half!
45+2 mins: Collins commits a silly foul which is just inside Bale territory. He's locating the valve of the ball ladies and gentleman...
45 mins: Two minutes added on as West Ham see off another clutch of Tottenham corners.
43 mins: Wonderful reflex save from Jaaskelainen! The chance comes after Holtby wins a corner for Spurs which Bale goes over to take. He drills into towards the penalty spot, where Walker must have thought he had scored with his firm header goalwards.
41 mins: Spurs back off Diame, but with good reason it seems as he blasts one straight into the Tottenham fans.
38 mins: Great block from Walker! Jarvis, who is causing Spurs all sorts of problems this evening, makes a clever run in behind but his volley is cut off by the Tottenham full-back.
35 mins: Nolan has picked up a knock and is unable to continue. On comes Taylor to replaced the West Ham captain.
32 mins: Jarvis thunders down the left wing for West Ham and even has Walker struggling to match. Dawson comes across though to deal with the danger.
29 mins: Tottenham have barely ventured out of their own half since Carroll slammed in the equaliser. West Ham's packed midfield are pressing really well at the moment.
25 MINS: WEST HAM BACK LEVEL! There's no stopping that one! CARROLL steps up and smashes it towards the top-right corner, leaving Lloris with absolutely no chance of saving it.
24 MINS: PENALTY TO WEST HAM! A clumsy decision from Parker on his return to West Ham. Nolan and Carroll do well initially to keep the ball alive inside the area. Then, Parker comes in with a lunge and catches the on-loan striker with his trailing leg. Mr Webb points immediately to the spot.
21 mins: Diame tries to power his way through midfield for West Ham but Dembele sticks with him all the way and wins the ball back inside his own area. Great defensive work from the former Fulham man.
18 mins: Nolan looks to have sent Cole through straight down the centre, but Lloris shows good awareness and comes racing out to intercept.
16 mins: That goal has really rattled West Ham. The home fans are getting frustrated too after Collins hoofs the ball straight out of play.
13 MINS: THERE'S NO STOPPING BALE! It's fourteen goals in the Premier League this season for BALE! Again he gets the ball in the centre and from the edge of the area, he just caresses the ball into the bottom-right corner. Cue the love heart!
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11 mins: Here come West Ham swarming forward again and this time it's worked out to Jarvis on the left. He cuts inside and fires a cheeky shot between Dawson's legs but Lloris is equal to it.
9 mins: Spurs are being getting very busy at the back with Dawson and Vertonghen being dragged all over the place. The Hammers win the ball back deep in opposition terrority but Diame's eventual shot is straight at Lloris.
7 mins: An early booking for Dembele who is initially unhappy that he's not given a free-kick from Howard Webb. He takes his frustration out on Nolan with a meaty swipe.
5 mins: Bale gets involved for the first time this evening. In a central position, he works the ball onto that destructive left foot of his before belting one well wide of Jaaskelainen's goal. An early sighter.
3 mins: Both sides showing plenty of enthusiasm in the opening stages. Walker will be disappointed with his heavy touch after a lung-bursting run down the right for Tottenham.
0 mins: We're off! West Ham get us underway. "Fancy Carroll 1st goal, wham HT spurs FT. Bale to bail spurs out 2nd half, oh dear." predicts Griff in Battersea.
1958: But first we begin with a minute's applause to mark the 20th anniversary since Bobby Moore passed away. The flags at Upton Park are at half-mast and the Hammers are also wearing commemorative shirts to mark the occasion. A lovely touch.
1955: Not long to wait now folks as the two teams are in the tunnel. Judging by the texts so far, the general feeling is that Spurs are going to win and overtake Chelsea in third tonight. We shall see...
1915: Welcome to our build-up to tonight's Premier League clash between West Ham and Tottenham at Upton Park.
The Irons, currently 13th and six points clear of the relegation zone, make four changes from the 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa. James Collins, Guy Demel, Matt jarvis and Gary O'Neil all return.
Spurs will climb above Chelsea into third with a win tonight. AVB makes three alterations from the side that knocked Lyon out of the Europa League as Hugo Lloris returns in goal and Michael Dawson and Steven Caulker come into the backline.
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- English Barclays Premier League
- 25 February 2013, 8:00pm
- Upton Park
- Attendance: 35,005
A sensational Gareth Bale double helped Tottenham leapfrog Chelsea into third place thanks to a sensational 3-2 victory at West Ham.
Bale continued his red-hot form after breaking the deadlock after 13 minutes with a clinical finish. However, Andy Carroll levelled from the spot before Joe Cole put the Hammers ahead on the night the club commemorated the 20th anniversary of Bobby Moore's death.
But the visitors were not to be denied victory as Gylfi Sigurdsson restored parity before Bale's astonishing winner in stoppage time.
West Ham were on top for the first 10 minutes, with Mohamed Diame and Matt Jarvis both drawing saves from Hugo Lloris. Bale shot wide early on and teed up Aaron Lennon, whose shot took a deflection which Spurs thought struck a West Ham hand in the box.
Bale, like former Hammer Scott Parker, was subjected to jeers from the home fans, but he had stunned the West Ham faithful with the opener after 13 minutes. The Welshman, operating up front alongside Emmanuel Adebayor, gained a yard on James Collins and another two Hammers defenders before firing across Jussi Jaaskelainen into the back of the net.
Bale led a rampaging Spurs break soon after but he shot tamely, much to the frustration of the unmarked Jan Vertonghen, who was screaming for the ball at the far post. Soon after, Spurs were made to pay thanks to Carroll's second goal of 2013. Parker put in an ill-advised two-footed challenge on Carroll in the box and Howard Webb pointed to the spot. The former Newcastle striker picked himself up and smashed the ball past Lloris.
Spurs almost took the lead again just after the break when Vertonghen's shot flew off Guy Demel's leg, but Jaaskelainen scrambled across his line and tipped wide. The big Finn then saved brilliantly to tip Sigurdsson's shot on to a post and he quickly regained his ground to save Adebayor's follow-up.
West Ham still had the majority of possession and they made it count with their second just before the hour. Cole timed his run to perfection, gaining two yards on Steven Caulker before slotting past Lloris and removing his shirt in a wild celebration. Sam Allardyce almost spilled his cup of tea in another raucous celebration on the Hammers bench.
Spurs threw everything at the hosts and had it not been for another two outstanding saves by Jaaskelainen from Bale and Caulker, they would have retaken the lead. Lloris pulled off a top-drawer save of his own when Matt Taylor beat the offside trap and fired on goal. The save proved crucial as Tottenham went up the other end and equalised.
The Hammers failed to deal with Bale's free-kick, a melee ensued in the box, but Sigurdsson held his nerve to poke past Jaaskelainen from close range. Jaaskelainen pulled off another two top-class saves to deny Adebayor and Sigurdsson as the clock ticked towards 90 minutes.
Then with 10 seconds left, the man of the moment picked himself up after being flattened by a tackle, collected the ball off Tom Carroll and let fly with an audacious 25-yard bullet that beat Jaaskelainen for his sixth goal in his last four Premier League matches, taking his overall tally for the season to an impressive 19.
Andre Villas-Boas' side now have all the momentum heading into Sunday's north London derby at home to Arsenal.