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Dempsey goal, assist lift Spurs into EPL 4th place


May 12. 2013 1:36PM
Associated Press

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(AP) Clint Dempsey scored the tying goal on a sliding shot into an empty net from 30 yards, then crossed to Emmanuel Adebayor for the a goal-ahead in the 83rd minute to lead Tottenham over Stoke 2-1 Sunday and into fourth place in the Premier League.


Steven Nzonzi gave Stoke the lead in the third minute, and Dempsey put the ball in the net in the 15th, only to have it disallowed for offside.


Five minutes later, goalkeeper Asmir Begovic rushed out for a long ball into the penalty area by Scott Parker only to have defender Mark Wilson clear it near Dempsey. The American midfielder, seeing Begovic off his line, chipped the ball into the net for his seventh league goal of the season and 12th overall.


Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam was ejected in the 47th after earning a second yellow card for a foul on Jan Vertonghen. American defender Geoff Cameron entered in the 75th minute for host Stoke.


In the race for the Premier League's final two berths for next season's Champions League, Chelsea (21-7-9) is third with 72 points, followed by Tottenham (20-8-9) with 69 and Arsenal (19-7-10) with 67.


Arsenal hosts FA Cup champion and relegation-threatened Wigan on Tuesday night. The season ends next Sunday, when Chelsea hosts Everton, Tottenham is home against Sunderland and Arsenal is at Newcastle. Because of a superior goal difference, Chelsea likely needs at most a draw.


Associated Press


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