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Bale: Screamer

Bale: Screamer

Gareth Bale scored twice and Gylfi Sigurdsson was on target as Spurs came from behind to beat West Ham 3-2 at Upton Park.

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The magnificent Bale scored in either half with his second, a wonder strike, coming in the final minute of the game to ensure Spurs jump up over Chelsea to third in the Premier League table, and four points ahead of Arsenal.

West Ham started brightly and Matt Jarvis went close on 10 minutes but Hugo Lloris blocked his effort at the near post after the Hammers' winger got in the left side of the Spurs penalty area and fired through the legs of Michael Dawson.

However, Spurs took the lead on 13 minutes when Bale hit his fourth goal in successive Premier League games.

The Welshman managed to elude Gary O'Neil, James Collins and Guy Demel on the edge of the area, before hitting a low left-foot strike across Jussi Jaaskelainen and into the bottom corner of the net.

It was 1-1 on 25 minutes when Hammers' old boy Scott Parker caught the foot of Andy Carroll as he was about to pull the trigger inside the area. And, in the absence of Mark Noble, the big Geordie hitman stepped up to hammer his spot-kick high into Lloris' net.

Jarvis had a goal-bound strike brilliantly blocked by the body of diving Spurs full-back Kyle Walker on 39 minutes while at the other end, Hammers' keeper Jaaskelainen clawed a Steven Caulker header past his post just before half-time.

Jaaskelainen again denied Caulker early in the second-half when he was again left to head a Bale corner at goal, before he tipped a Sigurdsson effort onto the post and got up to deny Emmanuel Adebayor from heading in the rebound on 57 minutes.

Within a minute West Ham were ahead when Joe Cole brought down a Joey O'Brien ball over the top inside the area and coolly fired into the far corner of the net past Lloris.

Caulker was denied for a third time from a corner by Jasskelainen who then tipped a Bale effort over the bar on 69 minutes.

Matt Taylor could have put West Ham 3-1 ahead on 74 minutes, but Lloris denied the substitute as he raced into the area unchallenged.

Spurs made them pay for that miss by equalising two minutes later when Bale's free-kick from the right was headed down by O'Brien, before bouncing off Caulker and into the path of Sigurdsson who scrambled in from close range.

Jaaskelainen pulled off great saves to deny Bale again and then Adebayor's header at the back post inside the final 10 minutes but he could do nothing about Bale's last-gasp screamer which won the match for Spurs.

Posted: 25/02/13 22:33

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