Monday, April 22, 2013

Dempsey sparks Tottenham past Man City 3-1

LONDON (AP) ? American midfielder Clint Dempsey tied the game in the 75th minute with the first of three Tottenham goals in a seven-minute span, and Spurs rallied past Manchester City 3-1 Sunday to move the defending Premier League champions to the brink of elimination.

Manchester United (26-4-3) can clinch a record 20th English league title when it hosts Aston Villa on Monday night. City (20-5-8), which led after Samir Nasri's fifth-minute goal, trails by 13 points and has five games remaining.

Dempsey slid to poke in Gareth Bale's cross with his left leg from 2 yards, beating goalkeeper Joe Hart. In his first season with Spurs, Dempsey has six league goals and 11 overall. Jermain Defoe put Tottenham ahead in the 79th, and Bale scored in the 82nd.

Arsenal (18-7-9) is third with 63 points, one ahead of Chelsea (18-7-8), which allowed Luis Suarez's goal in the seventh minute of second-half stoppage time in a 2-2 draw at Liverpool. Trying to finish among the top four and earn a berth in next season's Champions League, Tottenham (18-8-7) is fifth with 61.


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