Brilliant Bale shoots Spurs up to third

TOTTENHAM moved up to third in the Premier League after a dramatic 3-2 success at London rivals West Ham on Monday.

Spurs were indebted to a wonderful performance from Gareth Bale, who broke the deadlock at Upton Park and then won the match at the death with a special long-range effort which saw Andre Villas-Boas’s outfit cut to 4-7 with Hills and Coral to finish in the top four.

A topsy-turvy encounter had looked destined to finish in a draw with Andy Carroll’s penalty cancelling out Bale’s opener before Joe Cole put the Hammers in front.

Gylfi Sigurdsson levelled for Tottenham and Bale struck with his 15th league goal of the campaign to move within four of leading top-flight marksman Robin van Persie.

Bale is 16-1 (Coral and Ladbrokes) to claim the Golden Boot and 13-8 with Paddy Power to win the PFA Player of the Year, while West Ham are in 14th and can be backed at 10-1 with Blue Square Bet to be relegated.

Match in Focus

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France v Ireland

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • France have won 11 of their last 13 matches
Expert verdict
Ireland have revenge on their minds as they seek to erase memories of Thierry Henry's handball in a World Cup qualifying playoff clash in November 2009. They deserved their 1-0 victory over an under-strength Italy on Thursday but will find it tougher against France, who will strive to leave their unconvincing group stage performances behind them.

 

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