Tottenham Maintain Champions League Hunt With Draw at Wigan
Tottenham rallied for a 2-2 draw at Wigan in the English Premier League to stay in the hunt for a place in the Champions League next season.
An Emerson Boyce own goal in the final minute earned Tottenham the draw and sees the north London club join fourth- place Chelsea on 62 points, one fewer than Arsenal, as the three battle for the final two qualifying places in European soccer’s Champions League.
Manchester City, which relinquished its league title to Manchester United earlier this week, strengthened its hold on second place with 2-1 win over West Ham. Three players were sent off as West Brom beat Southampton 3-0, Stoke beat Norwich 1-0, Everton defeated Fulham 1-0 and Liverpool routed Newcastle 6-0.
Wigan was poised to move out of the three relegation places at the bottom of the 20-team standings before a low ball into the box in the final minute deflected in off Boyce’s leg to tie the score.
Spurs almost won in the final seconds of stoppage time as Gareth Bale’s free kick was punched out by goalkeeper Joel Robles, who stopped Tom Huddlestone’s shot off the rebound before another attempt from Jermain Defoe was blocked by the defense.
Bale had given Tottenham the lead in the ninth minute as he jumped and deflected Robles’s clearing attempt with his foot back into the net.
Wigan tied the game two minutes later as Boyce headed in a corner kick. The Latics then took the lead four minutes into the second half as Callum McManaman sent a left-footed shot from the edge of the area past Hugo Lloris.
Tottenham and Arsenal have four games remaining and Chelsea has five. Arsenal hosts league champion United tomorrow, when Chelsea plays Swansea.
Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure scored as Manchester City beat West Ham to move eight points clear of Arsenal. Andy Carroll scored in second-half stoppage time for West Ham.
Marc-Antoine Fortune, Romelu Lukaku and Shane Long scored in West Brom’s win at Southampton. Fortune and Southampton’s Gaston Ramirez were red-carded after a scuffle in the 69th minute. Southampton’s Danny Fox was then sent off for a two- footed challenge 12 minutes later.
Charlie Adam scored early in the second half as Stoke beat Norwich, while Steven Pienaar’s goal lifted Everton pasts Fulham.
Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge scored two goals each in Liverpool’s rout of Newcastle. Liverpool was without top scorer Luis Suarez, who today began a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in an April 21 game.
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