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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.
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Gareth Bale netted home an absolutely beautiful goal in the final minutes of Tottenham Hotspur’s match versus West Ham United on Monday.
Bale received the ball from teammate Thomas Carroll, took a touch with his left foot and then let rip an ambitious strike across the face of the goal from about thirty yards out. West Ham keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen was left with no chance and...
Premier League fans should enjoy watching Gareth Bale light up the English game while they can. He could be off to Spain in the near future.
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Gareth Bale sent a scorching 25-meter drive into the top corner in the 90th minute Monday as Tottenham won 3-2 at West Ham to rise to third in the Premier League.
It was the second goal of the match for Bale, who has 15 in the league and 23 overall this season, and it extended Spurs' unbeaten league run to 11 games.
Bale scored in the 13th minute, but Andy Carroll equalized...
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Despite having more than a third of the season left to play, footballers up and down the country are casting their vote for the PFA Player of the Year and just like two years ago, the timing of the vote could be crucial for Tottenham’s Gareth Bale.
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Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas described Gareth Bale as a 'special talent' after his superb late strike sealed a 3-2 win over West Ham.
Bale's low drive gave Tottenham the lead, but West Ham produced a determined response as Andy Carroll levelled with a penalty before Joe Cole made it 2-1 in the second half.
Spurs launched a rally and Gylfi Sigurdsson poked home a...
Gareth Bale on radar of top European clubs - originally posted on Soccerlens.comGareth Bale, the darling of Premier League, is enjoying the form of his life this season and according to many the Wales international can only get better and better with time.
One can only wonder, if the “tip of an iceberg” can wreck such havoc in last few months, what it would be like when he develops...
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce felt a key miss from Matt Taylor was the vital moment in the 3-2 home defeat by Tottenham.
While quick to praise Spurs' Gareth Bale, who won a pulsating match with a superb last-minute winner from long range, Allardyce felt it could all have been different.
The Hammers had come from 1-0 down to lead 2-1 and substitute Taylor was then put through...
Gareth Bale scored yet another brilliant last-gasp winner to move Tottenham up to third after a cracking London derby at Upton Park, as the Spurs defeated West Ham 3-2.
''It was a massive victory,'' Bale said. ''We know what we are capable of. We have scored a lot of last-minute winners. We are confident that if we keep battling to the end we will score....
Earlier this season, ex-Manchester United stalwart Gary Neville wrote a great piece about his former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo. The majority of it, as you might expect, served as a platform for praising the ruthless Portuguese winger, toasting his staggering accomplishments as a scorer and his enduring resolve as a competitor (and that’s really the sort of stuff you have to...
With West Ham being beaten 3-2 at home by Tottenham tonight, Newcastle move one place up the league table – and we go there by having scored more goals that the Hammers, as we are on the same points and same goal difference of -10. Gareth Bale - another brace at Upton Park tonight And [...]