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Fabrice Muamba cardiac arrest used in British Heart Foundation advert

Muamba's cardiac arrest to be shown in new British Heart Foundation TV advert

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Cardiac arrest: Muamba is treated on the pitch at White Hart Lane in March 2012

Cardiac arrest: Muamba is treated on the pitch at White Hart Lane in March 2012

Cardiac arrest victim Patrice Muamba helps to promote the Great…

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The 39-second ad is to be shown on ITV and Channel 4 from Saturday, and Sky Sports during the Tottenham and Manchester City match on Sunday.

Medics had to give Muamba 15 shocks to get his heart pumping again when he collapsed during an FA Cup clash with Tottenham last March.

The advert shows players – including Spurs' William Gallas and Benoit Assou-Ekotto – looking distressed as Muamba lies motionless on the pitch.

Speaking over the emotional scenes, BHF Research Professor Mark Kearney tells viewers: 'I hate my job. I hate the misery heart disease brings.

Tributes: Football fans around the world joined forces to wish Muamba well

Tributes: Football fans around the world joined forces to wish Muamba well

Tributes: Football fans around the world joined forces to wish Muamba well

'It lurks among the places you least expect – it takes the young and the fit and it does not discriminate. But we are fighting back.'

Bolton's club doctor Dr Jonathan Tobin revealed Muamba was 'effectively dead' for 78 minutes when he suffered the cardiac arrest.

He was taken to the London Chest Hospital, in Bethnal Green, East London, and spent a month in intensive care.

Muamba later announced his retirement from football on medical grounds, and thanked the doctors that saved him, adding: 'I thank God that I am alive.'

Emotional return: Muamba thanks fans at the Reebok Stadium in May 2012

Emotional return: Muamba thanks fans at the Reebok Stadium in May 2012

The match was abandoned at 1-1.

BHF Medical Director Professor Peter Weissberg today said: 'We are grateful to Fabrice for allowing us to share his story in a hard-hitting campaign that highlights the potential devastation of heart disease.

'With the support of researchers and heart patients like Fabrice, the Fight For Every Heartbeat campaign centres on the transformational research that will combat heart disease.'

Leo Fernandes, a painter and decorator who had a heart attack at 46 and also features in the ad, said: 'The truth is heart disease affects everyone.'

Muamba – a dad of one – joined the Arsenal academy in 2002 before moving to Birmingham, then Bolton in 2008.

Keeping busy: Muamba is unveiled as the honourary starter of the BUPA Great Manchester Run this week

Keeping busy: Muamba is unveiled as the honourary starter of the BUPA Great Manchester Run this week

This is not the first time the BHF have used a professional footballer in their adverts in a bid to widen their appeal.

Footballer-turned actor Vinnie Jones famously demonstrated how to do life-saving CPR to the Bee Gees' tune Stayin' Alive.

The BHF today released new research about heart disease to coincide with the launch of the latest advert.

Their figures show people living in poor areas of Britain are 2.87 times more likely to suffer heart disease than those from wealthier areas.

Experts say this is likely to be because people living in these areas are more likely to smoke.

QPR keen on West Brom defender Jonas Olsson

Redknapp want 5m Olsson to help save QPR from the drop

By
Lee Bryan

PUBLISHED:

08:15 GMT, 10 January 2013

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UPDATED:

08:32 GMT, 10 January 2013

QPR boss Harry Redknapp has made a 5million bid for West Brom defender Jonas Olsson, according to reports.

Redknapp priority in this transfer window is to strengthen his defence to try and help his side in their battle against relegation and is keen on Olsson, whose outstanding form this season has also seen him watched by Arsenal.

The 29-year-old has a 4m buy-out clause in his contract in the summer and QPR believe they can get him this month.

Top target: Jonas Olsson is the man Harry Redkapp wants to sign

Top target: Jonas Olsson is the man Harry Redkapp wants to sign

According to The Daily Mirror Olsson is keen on a move to London and Redknapp is keen for him to replace Ryan Nelsen, who is off to the MLS to manage Toronto.

Redknapp is also considering a move for Tottenham defender William Gallas.

Looking to strengthen: Harry Redknapp wants to add to his defence

Looking to strengthen: Harry Redknapp wants to add to his defence

The QPR boss is an admirer of the French defender after managing him at White Hart Lane.

But persuading Olsson to join relegation-threatened Rangers from Europe-chasing Albion is his main priority.

Cristiano Ronaldo snubbed by Pep Guardiola at Ballon d"Or

Shake, rattled and goal! Pep leaves Ronaldo hanging with cold snub at Ballon d'Or gala

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

17:35 GMT, 9 January 2013

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17:35 GMT, 9 January 2013

Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra, John Terry and Anton Ferdinand, Samir Nasri and William Gallas, Terry (again) and Wayne Bridge, and now Pep Guardiola and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The snubbed handshake is fast becoming football's equivalent of unfriending someone on Facebook.

But while previous examples have had their origins in personal sleights, it seems the latest entry to the list has its origins in good old fashioned club rivalry.

Snub: Cristiano Ronaldo was left hanging by Pep Guardiola at the Ballon d'Or

Snub: Cristiano Ronaldo was left hanging by Pep Guardiola at the Ballon d'Or

Pep Guardiola

Cristiano Ronaldo

Tensions between Real Madrid and Barcelona are well known. Styles, cultures and attitudes both on and off the field are all wildly different, and with the competitive edge thrown in, it makes for a fractious relationship.

One can only speculate on the reason behind Guardiola's seemingly deliberate decision to ignore Ronaldo, though with the recent history in El Clasico gives a pretty large hint.

Red cards, close games, touchline clashes, title clinchers and cup finals have all made the meeting of Spain's top two the most enticing of matches in world football.

But when former Barca boss Guardiola was approached by Madrid ace Ronaldo, the Spaniard starred for a second before turning away, leaving the Portuguese's hand hanging.

The look on Ronaldo's face told a story of bemusement, while Pep went back to soaking up the atmosphere.

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Stoke City defence among best in Europe

Europe's meanest defences: Bayern, Juventus, PSG, Malaga and… Stoke

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22:00 GMT, 23 December 2012

It was not the prettiest way to earn a point, but Stoke City will not care about that. The goalless draw for Tony Pulis’s side at Tottenham was their eighth consecutive match unbeaten – their best run since returning to the top flight in 2008.

‘You have to respect them,’ said Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas. ‘I admire other types of football, but you have to respect Stoke.’

The foundation of their form has been defence: the best in the Barclays Premier League in terms of goals conceded (just 13 in 18 games) and clean sheets (nine). Here is a closer look at what Villas-Boas calls one of the ‘best defences in Europe’.

Cornered: Kyle Walker of Spurs faces a wall of Stoke defiance

Cornered: Kyle Walker of Spurs faces a wall of Stoke defiance

HARD WORK

Stoke’s work-rate is frightening. They chase and hurry their opponents, closing them down within seconds, and get back into position quickly. They tired a little during the second half against Tottenham, but you could not help but applaud and admire Stoke’s work ethic and intensity at White Hart Lane.

‘We do work very, very hard,’ said Pulis. ‘There’s a great spirit among the lads. They’ve had a Christmas party by themselves – everybody turned up and had a great night and they took the wives out and had a great night with their wives.’

CONSISTENT SELECTION

Ryan Shawcross and Robert Huth have started every Premier League game in central defence for Stoke this season. Compare that to Steven Caulker of Spurs, who has partnered Michael Dawson, William Gallas and Jan Vertonghen.

Leading by example: Captain Ryan Shawcross marshals the back four

Leading by example: Captain Ryan Shawcross marshals the back four

Stoke’s success is based on each player knowing their role in the system, while the manager offers constant reminders as he barks instructions from the touchline.

‘We spend a lot of time on our system,’ said Pulis. ‘And if the players don’t, they don’t play.’ Simple.

DEFENDING DEEP

Stoke’s back four seem to squeeze the final third of the pitch, leaving no space behind for their opponents to exploit. It took Tottenham at least 20 minutes to realise Jermain Defoe was not going to be effective playing as the most advanced striker because there was no opportunity to sprint on to a through ball – or anything delivered over the top.

Emmanuel Adebayor was sent up to do aerial battle with Shawcross and Huth, but there was no chance for Defoe to pounce on the second ball.

WHO’S GEOFF CAMERON

Stoke’s right back on Saturday used to play for Rhode Island Stingrays. The USA international has been quietly impressive since his move from Houston Dynamo last summer. Not many players frustrate Gareth Bale so much that he moves to the right wing.

The gaffer: Pulis gives his instructions from the touchline

The gaffer: Pulis gives his instructions from the touchline

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HEIGHT

Aaron Lennon had no chance on Saturday, did he Stoke’s back four lines up like a rugby second row: Cameron (6ft 3in), Huth (6ft 3in), Shawcross (6ft 3in) and Wilkinson (5ft 11in). They seize advantage at corners and set-pieces and force opponents to play the ball to feet.

PLAYING ON THE COUNTER

Stoke counter-attack with pace, power and discipline, something Kenwyne Jones and Jon Walters did particularly well on Saturday. But Stoke average less than a goal a game this season as the joint lowest scorers in the top flight along with QPR and Aston Villa. They have scored only 15 goals.

NO-ONE LIKES US, WE DON’T CARE

Stoke revel in their reputation as the so-called enemies of football. It can work against them sometimes when it comes to refereeing decisions, but Tottenham knew exactly what to expect on Saturday and yet still could not break them down.

Villas-Boas said: ‘If it was easy, then Stoke wouldn’t have one of the best defences in Europe. They’ve proved that. There’s no space behind, they’re well organised, they do well on the counter and through crosses they are taller than you.

‘When you play through passes, they outnumber you.’

Fulham 0 Tottenham 3: match report:

Fulham 0 Tottenham 4: Deadly Defoe doubles up for rampant Spurs

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16:54 GMT, 1 December 2012

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17:17 GMT, 1 December 2012

Jermain Defoe upstaged Dimitar Berbatov by scoring twice to sink Fulham and move Tottenham in to fourth place in the Barclays Premier League.

The London derby had been billed as a chance for Berbatov to shine against his former club after such a wonderful start to his career in west London, but it was the man who so often lived in the Bulgarian's shadow at White Hart Lane who stole the show today by bagging his 11th and 12th goals of the current campaign.

Make mine a double: Jermain Defoe fired a brace for Tottenham

Make mine a double: Jermain Defoe fired a brace for Tottenham

Match facts

FULHAM: Schwarzer, Riether (Kelly 28), Senderos, Hughes, Riise, Frei (Duff 61), Diarra, Sidwell, Dejagah, Berbatov, Petric (Rodallega 78). Subs not used: Etheridge, Baird, Karagounis, Richardson.

TOTTENHAM: Lloris, Naughton, Dawson (Gallas 16), Caulker, Vertonghen, Lennon, Dembele (Carroll 83), Sandro, Bale (Sigurdsson 61), Defoe, Dempsey. Subs not used: Friedel, Falque, Walker, Livermore.

Goals: Sandro 55, Defoe 72, 77

Booked: Bale, Gallas

Referee: Chris Foy

Att: 25,426

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The England striker this week spoke
about how working under Andre Villas-Boas had breathed life into his
flagging career, and the 30-year-old delivered once again for his
manager by killing off the game with Tottenham's final two goals.

Berbatov showed flashes of brilliance
in a good first half for Martin Jol's men, but Sandro put Spurs ahead
after the break with a 35-yard drive – his second goal for the club.

Defoe then stepped up to the plate
to seal the match, converting Gylfi Sigurdsson's pass to make it 2-0
before adding a second five minutes later from Clint Dempsey's pass.

The win – Tottenham's third on the
bounce, now means Villas-Boas' team are level with third-place Chelsea
in the table, and given current form, it seems only a matter of time
before the Portuguese moves ahead of the club who sacked him in March.

The only worry for Villas-Boas is
that Gareth Bale and Michael Dawson both hobbled off with injuries.
Berbatov looked determined to make an impression from the start and it
took little time for him to turn on the class.

Going nowhere: Gareth Bale (right) is held back by Fulham's Ashkan Dejagah

Going nowhere: Gareth Bale (right) is held back by Fulham's Ashkan Dejagah

The Bulgarian, who enjoyed two
prolific seasons at Spurs before leaving for Manchester United, produced
a deft touch to skip past Dawson and carve open the Spurs defence, but
Hugo Lloris charged off his lane to collect the ball before Steve
Sidwell had a chance to shoot.

Up the other end Dempsey showed a
moment of brilliance to turn Aaron Hughes and glide past Philippe
Senderos but he shot well wide.

Dempsey, mocked by the home support
throughout the match, was then clattered by Mahamadou Diarra, who was
lucky to escape without a booking.

Sliding in: Tottenham's Kyle Naughton (right) challenges Fulham's Kerim Frei

Sliding in: Tottenham's Kyle Naughton (right) challenges Fulham's Kerim Frei

Stunner: Sandro celebrates his long-range opener

Stunner: Sandro celebrates his long-range opener

Berbatov's class then shone through
once again as he released Ashkan Dejagah with a sublime back heel but
Kerim Frei could only put the winger's deflected cross over the bar.

Villas-Boas was forced into an early change when Dawson suffered an injury while clearing a cross in the 15th minute.

William Gallas came on in his place.
Bale was booked for diving eight minutes later, although replays showed
Sidwell caught the Welshman's trailing leg.

Heading up: Clint Dempsey (right) beats Mahamadou Diarra in the air

Heading up: Clint Dempsey (right) beats Mahamadou Diarra in the air

Rolling Bale: Fulham's Ashkan Dejagah looks for the ball after colliding with Gareth Bale

Rolling Bale: Fulham's Ashkan Dejagah looks for the ball after colliding with Gareth Bale

Berbatov's class then shone through
once again as he released Ashkan Dejagah with a sublime back heel but
Kerim Frei could only put the winger's deflected cross over the bar.

Villas-Boas was forced into an early change when Dawson suffered an injury while clearing a cross in the 15th minute.

William Gallas came on in his place.
Bale was booked for diving eight minutes later, although replays showed
Sidwell caught the Welshman's trailing leg.

Losing out: Bale is tackled by Fulham's Dejagah

Losing out: Bale is tackled by Fulham's Dejagah

The winger, who was booked for the
same offence on Wednesday, was lucky not to see red after sarcastically
applauding Chris Foy's decision.

The game slowed down from its
frenetic opening. Dempsey and Malden Petric both had half chances and
Mark Schwarzer sprinted off his line to deny Defoe.

Berbatov nutmegged Aaron Lennon with
an exquisite piece of skill, but the England winger soon collected the
ball and found Bale, but he skied his finish.

Petric muscled Sandro off the ball
and found Sidwell as Fulham pushed for an opener just after the break,
but he dragged his shot wide.

Bald truth: Martin Jol (left) saw his side second best to everything

Heads we win: Steven Sidwell (left) is beaten by Sandro

Bald truth: Martin Jol's (left) side were second best, as Steven Sidwell (above, left) is beaten by Sandro

On the rise: Andre Villas-Boas saw his side record their third victory in seven days

On the rise: Andre Villas-Boas saw his side record their third victory in seven days

Berbatov prowled on the edge of the box, probing at the Spurs defence, but he could not find a way through.

The away side then took the lead out
of nowhere. Sandro capitalised picked up Mousa Dembele's pass five yards
inside the Fulham half and carried the ball forward before unleashing a
powerful drive that flew in off a post past Schwarzer.

Spurs looked to kill the game off
moments later through Bale, who galloped down the left after picking up
Defoe's pass, but Schwarzer saved well.

That proved to be Bale's last contribution to the game as he hobbled off with what looked like a hamstring problem.

Huddle up: Sandro (not seen) is mobbed after his goal out of nothing

Huddle up: Sandro (not seen) is mobbed after his goal out of nothing

Fulham struggled to get back on the
ball and Defoe took full advantage of Spurs' dominance. The striker
broke down the middle to meet the pass of Sigurdsson, who had turned
Senderos inside out, and he made no mistake from close range.

Five minutes later and it was game
over. Dempsey threaded a perfect through ball past Senderos, Defoe
galloped through and slotted beyond Schwarzer.

Spurs took their foot off the accelerator and eased to a morale-boosting victory.

Going over: Clint Dempsey is fouled by Mahamadou Diarra

Going over: Clint Dempsey is fouled by Mahamadou Diarra

On a run: Fulham's Frei beats Kyle Naughton to the ball

On a run: Fulham's Frei beats Kyle Naughton to the ball

Gareth Bale transfer latest: Andre Villas-Boas admits Tottenham may struggle to keep Wales winger

I'm not sure how long I can keep hold of Bale, admits AVB as Barca and Real circle

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UPDATED:

09:09 GMT, 29 November 2012

Andre Villas-Boas admits Tottenham may struggle to hold on to Gareth Bale after watching the Welsh winger end Liverpool's eight-match unbeaten run in fine style.

Bale ran 50 yards and beat four Liverpool players before setting up Aaron Lennon for Tottenham's first and then beat Pepe Reina with a brilliant 30-yard free-kick to double the hosts' lead.

The fact that Bale signed a new contract last summer has not stopped Barcelona and Real Madrid being heavily linked with the 23-year-old, and Villas-Boas admits he may be powerless to stop the winger leaving.

Holding on: Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas admits he could struggle to keep hold off Gareth Bale (right)

Celebration: Bale delights after his goal against Liverpool

Holding on: Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas admits he could struggle to keep hold off Gareth Bale (right)

'At the moment he is performing extremely well for Spurs and we are amazed at what he can do for us. He is on to a great career,' Villas-Boas said.

'Obviously Tottenham as a football club want to keep him here for as long as we can but we understand players like this have propositions and a market, which is the nature of the game.'

Should either of the Spanish giants have had scouts at last night's game at White Hart Lane, they will have been impressed with Bale's outstanding performance.

His pace, creativity and finishing were sublime throughout the game – with the only negative point coming in the second half when he got in the way of Lennon's clearance, which struck his head and went in to his own net.

Liverpool feel they should have taken something from the match, however. Manager Brendan Rodgers was infuriated at referee Phil Dowd for not awarding Liverpool two penalties – one for a foul on Steven Gerrard by Mousa Dembele, and the other when William Gallas took out Luis Suarez in the dying minutes.

Rodgers earlier this season complained that his team were not getting enough decisions from officials, and he was deeply unhappy tonight that Dowd awarded the free-kick that led to Bale's goal when Clint Dempsey went down under the slightest of touches from Jordan Henderson.

'Nothing is going for us away from home, that's how it's been all season in terms of decisions,' Rodgers said in his post-match press conference.

Stepping up: Bale gets his effort spot on to score for Spurs against Liverpool

Stepping up: Bale gets his effort spot on to score for Spurs against Liverpool

'Clint Dempsey has been clever (with the free-kick)

'He gets a hand in back and goes down. We should have had two [penalties tonight]. It's incredible to have gone through the season without getting a penalty.

'The Steven Gerrard one was nearly assault. How is that not a penalty

On the ball: Bale gives the Liverpool defence the runaround at White Hart Lane

On the ball: Bale gives the Liverpool defence the runaround at White Hart Lane

'Watch the second one. Luis Suarez spins, William Gallas swings his left foot, catches him and he goes down.

'The statistics will tell you that we've been in the box as much as anyone, but to arrive at this stage of season and not get a penalty…'

Brendan Rodgers rages at Phil Dowd

Rodgers furious with ref Dowd after latest penalty claim ignored

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00:32 GMT, 29 November 2012

Brendan Rodgers launched in to a tirade against referee Phil Dowd for his performance as Liverpool's eight-match unbeaten run came to an unfortunate end at Tottenham.

Spurs ran out 2-1 winners at White Hart Lane thanks to a stunning free-kick from Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon's first half tap-in.

Rodgers, whose team pulled a goal back courtesy of a Bale own goal, was infuriated at Dowd for not awarding them two spot-kicks – one for a foul on Steven Gerrard by Mousa Dembele, and the other when William Gallas took out Luis Suarez in the dying minutes.

Stonewall Brendan Rodgers felt Steven Gerrard (left) should have been awarded a penalty

Stonewall Brendan Rodgers felt Steven Gerrard (left) should have been awarded a penalty

Earlier this season, Rodgers complained that his team were not getting enough decisions from officials, and he was deeply unhappy tonight that Dowd awarded the free-kick that led to Bale's goal when Clint Dempsey went down under the slightest of touches from Jordan Henderson.

'Nothing is going for us away from home, that's how its been all season in terms of decisions,' Liverpool boss Rodgers said in his post-match press conference.

'Clint Dempsey has been clever (with the free-kick). He gets a hand in his back and goes down.

Unlucky: Gerrard and Co pushed for an equaliser but were unable to find it

Unlucky: Gerrard and Co pushed for an equaliser but were unable to find it

Aggrieved: Brendan Rodgers believes decisions have gone against his side this season

Aggrieved: Brendan Rodgers believes decisions have gone against his side this season

'We should have had two [penalties tonight]. It's incredible to have gone through the season without getting a penalty.

'The Steven Gerrard one was nearly assault. How is that not a penalty

'Watch the second one. Luis Suarez spins, William Gallas swings his left foot, catches him and he goes down.

'The statistics will tell you that we've been in the box as much as anyone, but to arrive at this stage of season and not get a penalty.'

Tottenham were left desperately hanging on pretty much from the moment that Bale's free-kick doubled the hosts' advantage, with Suarez and Henderson both guilty of missing good chances.

'We will struggle to play as well as that and not get anything,' Rodgers added.

'We were absolutely outstanding. We would have been disappointed had we come away from that game with a point.'

Get in: Gareth Bale fires his goal home for Tottenham

Get in: Gareth Bale fires his goal home for Tottenham

In the end it was Bale's masterclass performance that proved to be the difference between the two sides.

The Welshman eased past four Liverpool players on a 50-yard run before squaring to Lennon for Tottenham's opener and his 30-yard swirling free-kick was a strike Cristiano Ronaldo would have been proud of.

The only negative for the former Southampton winger came with his comedy own-goal in the second half when he found himself in the way of Lennon's goal-line clearance and saw the ball rebound in off his head.

Bale has now scored 10 goals for club and country this season – and Villas-Boas admits the biggest teams on the planet will have been alerted by the winger's form.

Me too! Aaron Lennon scored the opener for Tottenham at White Hart Lane

Me too! Aaron Lennon scored the opener for Tottenham at White Hart Lane

'Tottenham as a club want to keep him here as long as we can but we understand players like this have propositions, have market which is the nature of the game,' the Spurs boss said.

'At the moment he's doing extremely well for Spurs and we are absolutely amazed with what he can do for us. Hopefully, we have no doubt he can become a top player in the future. He is on to a great career.'

Reina was powerless to stop the ball as it dipped and swerved in to the net for Tottenham's first and Bale nearly beat the Liverpool stopper twice more from similar range.

'Ronaldo showed you can almost hit the ball from the bottom to the top and it has an effect it changes direction,' Villas-Boas said.

'Gareth has the power to hit the ball at that pace and that's why the ball gets so many effects.'

Spurs climbed above Arsenal and Everton in to fifth tonight and are now just three points off third going in to Saturday's game against Fulham.

'This is an important result given this is a midweek fixture when most of the teams have dropped points and we have gained some,' Villas-Boas said.

'It puts us in a really good position. If we can sustain this momentum in our next three games we can maybe join the top where we want to be.'

Arsenal 5 Tottenham 2 match report: Emmanuel Adebayor sent off as Gunners win derby

Arsenal 5 Tottenham 2: Adebayor opens scoring before seeing red for desperate lunge as Gunners seal derby delight

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UPDATED:

15:29 GMT, 17 November 2012

A moment of madness from Emmanuel Adebayor sparked a spectacular Tottenham collapse as Arsenal romped to victory in today's entertaining north London derby at the Emirates Stadium.

Adebayor scored against his former employers to give Tottenham a 10th-minute lead, but he pressed the self-destruct button seven minutes later when he was given a straight red for a horrific sliding tackle on the excellent Santi Cazorla.

Tottenham struggled to cope with the numerical disadvantage thereafter and it only took a few minutes for Per Mertesacker to equalise.

Lunge: Adebayor was shown a straight red card for a wild tackle on Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla

Lunge: Adebayor was shown a straight red card for a wild tackle on Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla

Red hot: Theo Walcott scored the final goal as Hugo Lloris shipped five

Red hot: Theo Walcott scored the final goal as Hugo Lloris shipped five

Match facts

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Arteta, Wilshere (Ramsey 72), Cazorla, Walcott, Podolski (Santos 80), Giroud (Oxlade-Chamberlain 86).

Subs: Mannone, Jenkinson, Coquelin, Arshavin.

Booked: Podolski

Goals: Mertesacker 24, Podolski 42, Giroud 45+1, Cazorla 60, Walcott 90+1.

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker (Dawson 46), Gallas, Vertonghen, Naughton (Dempsey 46), Lennon, Sandro, Huddlestone (Carroll 72), Bale, Adebayor, Defoe.

Subs: Friedel, Livermore, Townsend, Sigurdsson.

Booked: Lennon, Sandro

Sent off: Adebayor

Goals: Adebayor 10, Bale 71.

Att: 60,111

Ref: Howard Webb.

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Lukas Podolski's strike, and Olivier
Giroud's fifth goal in his last five games gave Arsenal a comfortable
two-goal cushion by half-time.

Tottenham fared slightly better in the
second half, but their only reward came through a Gareth Bale
consolation after Cazorla killed the contest.

To add insult to injury Theo Walcott
grabbed a deserved goal in injury time to make the score the same as the
5-2 win that Arsenal used as a springboard for their Champions League
assault last season.

Arsenal's victory means they jump
above Tottenham in the table, while Spurs have now suffered four
successive defeats under Andre Villas-Boas, who will have questions to
answer about why he decided to play Adebayor if there were doubts about
whether the striker could keep a lid on his emotions.

It was clear from the off that
Adebayor was pumped up for the clash. After being snubbed by his former
team-mates in the tunnel, he tussled aggressively with Jack Wilshere for
the ball inside the first minute.

The Togolese's every touch was booed
during an opening five minutes which was bereft of goal-mouth action,
but packed with passion thanks to the white-hot atmosphere inside the
Emirates Stadium.

Protest: The Togo international was given his marching orders by referee Howard Webb

Protest: The Togo international was given his marching orders by referee Howard Webb

Protest: The Togo international was given his marching orders by referee Howard Webb

William Gallas, whose status as a
former Gunner also meant he was jeered constantly, thought he had given
Spurs an early lead when he intercepted Tom Huddlestone's shot and
curled a shot past Wojciech Szczesny, but the Frenchman was correctly
given offside.

One minute later Spurs did have the
lead, however, through their controversial number 10. Szczesny palmed
Jermain Defoe's shot in to Adebayor's path and he twisted his body to
tap in to an empty net.

Net gains: Adebayor had given the away side a deserved lead after tapping home with 10 minutes gone at the Emirates

Net gains: Adebayor had given the away side a deserved lead after tapping home with 10 minutes gone at the Emirates

Net gains: Adebayor had given the away side a deserved lead after tapping home with 10 minutes gone at the Emirates

Net gains: Adebayor had given the away side a deserved lead after tapping home with 10 minutes gone at the Emirates

The striker, famed for running the
whole length of the pitch to celebrate in front of Arsenal's fans three
years ago, hurdled the advertising boards and goaded the irate home
support.

Such was the vitriol against Adebayor that some of the home fans were ejected for hurling abuse at the 28-year-old.

Seven minutes later the home fans were jeering Adebayor off after his awful foul on Cazorla.

Studs showing, the Spurs striker
propelled himself in to a high tackle on the Spaniard, who was in
mid-air and Howard Webb had no option but to send the player off.

Head boy: Mertesacker scored his first goal for the club with a well-executed header

Head boy: Mertesacker scored his first goal for the club with a well-executed header

Head boy: Mertesacker scored his first goal for the club with a well-executed header

Head boy: Mertesacker scored his first goal for the club with a well-executed header

Arsenal peppered the Tottenham box as the visitors struggled to cope with the one-man deficit.

The inevitable equaliser came after 23
minutes. Walcott latched on to Wilshere's ball and crossed for
Mertesacker, who headed past Hugo Lloris after Huddlestone went missing
in the box.

Villas-Boas checked his notepad for
inspiration, but he must have known there was little he could do to stop
Arsenal from taking the lead.

Lloris, making just his second league start, did his best to keep the Gunners out, saving twice in succession from Giroud.

On target: Podolski celebrates after giving Arsenal the lead shortly before the interval

On target: Podolski celebrates after giving Arsenal the lead shortly before the interval

Cazorla bent a swirling drive just
over Lloris' bar as Tottenham tried to hold on until the break, but
Huddlestone then gifted the Gunners the lead.

The midfielder, recalled to the
England squad this week, poked Mikel Arteta's pass unwittingly in to the
path of Podolski and his shot deflected off Gallas past Lloris.

Arsenal bagged their third in
first-half injury time. Kyle Naughton knocked Cazorla down but he picked
himself up and squared to Giroud, who beat Gallas to the ball and
dispatched a close-range finish.

French fancy: Giroud celebrates with Walcott after scoring a third for the hosts in first-half stoppage time

French fancy: Giroud celebrates with Walcott after scoring a third for the hosts in first-half stoppage time

Kyle Walker and Bale remonstrated with
Webb as they left the field at half-time, but in reality there was
little they could complain about.

Villas-Boas brought on Michael Dawson
and Clint Dempsey and moved to 3-5-1, but the move made little impact as
Arsenal remained in control.

Lloris managed to keep the hosts out
for 14 minutes before Arsenal hit on the break through Walcott and
Podolski, who found Cazorla at the back post and he made no mistake from
five yards.

Santi Cazorla

Reign in Spain: Cazorla scored the home side's fourth goal after the interval at the Emirates

Santi Cazorla

Only a crucial block by Gallas stopped
Arsenal from scoring their fifth as the hosts threatened a
record-breaking victory margin.

Bale then restored a bit of pride for
the away side with 20 minutes to go when he outpaced Mertesacker and
drove past Szczesny through Laurent Koscielny's legs.

Flashes of Spurs' Bale-inspired near
comeback against Inter Milan flashed in to the minds of the away support
as the winger again went charging down the left and cut in to the box
but this time the his shot flew wide.

Hope: Bale scored with a right-footed effort after 71 minutes

Hope: Bale scored with a right-footed effort after 71 minutes

As the clock ticked towards 90 minutes Tottenham started to throw more bodies forward, but they were left exposed at the back.

Defoe attempted a 10-yard volley while
unmarked at the back post but he missed the ball Thomas Vermaelen shot
just wide and Arsenal finished off the rout in injury time when Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain took advantage of a Jan Vertonghen mistake to play in
Walcott.

Job done: Walcott completes the rout in stoppage time

Job done: Walcott completes the rout in stoppage time

Manchester City 2 Tottenham 1: Match report

Manchester City 2 Tottenham 1: Aguero and Dzeko strikes spares Hart's blushes after howler

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Edin Dzeko lived up to his super-sub billing by firing Manchester City to victory against Tottenham.

Dzeko struck three minutes from time to complete a defiant second-half comeback from the unbeaten Blues, who closed the gap on Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United to two points.

It was the Bosnian's seventh goal of the season, six of which have come from the bench, after Sergio Aguero had cancelled out Steven Caulker's first-half header. It also extended City's unbeaten home Premier League record to an incredible 35, and their present unbeaten league run to 16, adding weight to manager Roberto Mancini's pre-match dismissal of any sense of crisis at the Etihad Stadium.

Edin in the right direction: Dzeko came off the bench to score the winner for City

Edin in the right direction: Dzeko came off the bench to score the winner for City

Edin in the right direction: Dzeko came off the bench to score the winner for City

Edin in the right direction: Dzeko came off the bench to score the winner for City

MATCH FACTS

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic (Maicon 56), Clichy, Toure, Barry, Silva, Tevez (Dzeko 73), Kolarov, Aguero.

Subs: Pantilimon, Maicon, Dzeko, Sinclair, Javi Garcia, Toure, Razak.

Booked: Zabaleta

Goals: Aguero 65, Dzeko 88.

Tottenham: Friedel, Walker (Dawson 78), Gallas, Caulker, Vertonghen, Sandro, Huddlestone, Lennon (Naughton 87), Bale, Dempsey, Adebayor (Defoe 80).

Subs: Lloris, Naughton, Defoe, Dawson, Sigurdsson, Livermore, Carroll.

Booked: Walker, Adebayor.

Goal: Caulker 21.

Attendance:

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

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Arriving at the ground, it was hard to escape the feeling of agitation at City, no matter what soothing words are spoken.

In his programme notes, Mancini
accentuated the positives. That long, unbeaten home run, a 10-game total
of 22 points exceeded only once by the Blues during the Premier League
era – last season – and the opportunity to equal the club's unbeaten
record in this particular competition.

“None of this evidence points to us being as badly out of form as some people would have the world believe,” the Italian said.

There is another view though – that City are now conceding goals that would have been unimaginable 12 months ago.

Two against Ajax in this stadium on
Tuesday leave City knowing even a defeat of the mighty Real Madrid will
probably not save their Champions League skins and midway through the
first half today came another calamity.

A straightforward free-kick delivered
from the touchline by Tom Huddlestone found Caulker, who had been given
too much room to make his run. The header should still have been
stopped. This time, goalkeeper Joe Hart, so often City's saviour, only
managed to shovel it in.

Mancini, seeming to make a conscious effort to curb his trigger-happy temperament, could only watch on in disbelief.

Level terms: Aguero slotted home the equaliser in the 65th minute

Level terms: Aguero slotted home the equaliser in the 65th minute

Level terms: Aguero slotted home the equaliser in the 65th minute

This might not have been so bad if
City had been awarded at least one of the two penalties they were
adamant should have come their way before the break.

William Gallas was the first
offender. And whilst he did block Aguero's flick at close quarters, his
arm was extended in a manner that, in the modern game, tends to result
in an infringement.

On the second occasion, Pablo
Zabaleta was bulldozed over by Huddlestone. That referee Michael Oliver
declined both merely intensified City ire against the official, with
Zabaleta and the returning David Silva among the more demonstrative home
players.

Back after five matches out with a hamstring strain, Silva had started brightly without finding a killer pass.

Howler: Hart allowed Caulker's header to slip through his grasp

Howler: Hart allowed Caulker's header to slip through his grasp

Howler: Hart allowed Caulker's header to slip through his grasp

For the visitors, Emmanuel Adebayor,
starting his first game of the season against his old club, was an
irritation more than anything, luring Zabaleta into a tackle he dived
over to get his one-time colleague a booking.

The introduction of Maicon for his
belated home debut offered an extra twist given it put him up against
Gareth Bale, who famously terrorised the Brazilian during his Inter
Milan days.

It also triggered a return to the much-derided three-man defence.

Yet Mancini's rejig worked.

Salvation: City were made to labour for their equaliser

Salvation: City were made to labour for their equaliser

Salvation: City were made to labour for their equaliser

On a day when little seemed to be
going right for the hosts, they profited from a couple of fortunate
bounces, allowing Yaya Toure to get on the end of Silva's pass, then
Aguero to collect possession inside the Spurs box.

Caulker got a quick lesson in how
swiftly the Argentinian can turn as he found himself heading in
completely the wrong direction as Aguero dispatched his precise shot
into the bottom corner.

From that moment on, there only seemed likely to be one winner.

With Aguero scheming, Andre Villas-Boas was forced into his own reshuffle.

Taking a tumble: Adebayor returned to his former club but failed to get on the scoresheet

Taking a tumble: Adebayor returned to his former club but failed to get on the scoresheet

Silva was denied by Spurs goalkeeper Brad Friedel's flying feet-first save before the veteran American denied Aguero.

Tottenham were creaking though. And
when Silva found Dzeko in the box three minutes from time, the Bosnian
kept his nerve to complete another memorable comeback.

Southampton 1 Tottenham 2: match report

Southampton 1 Tottenham 2: Bale and Dempsey pile pressure on Adkins

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Gareth Bale returned to haunt his former employers as Tottenham held on to win at Southampton.

Spurs had not even scored – never mind won – on their five previous trips to St Mary's but dominated the first half on the south coast.

Bale gave the north Londoners the lead just 15 minutes into the match against the club with whom he began his career, heading home on his return to action following the birth of his first child.

Opener: Gareth Bale heads home to put Tottenham in front at Southampton

Opener: Gareth Bale heads home to put Tottenham in front at Southampton

Match facts

Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Fox (Reeves 79), Puncheon (Mayuka 58), Schneiderlin, Steven Davis (Guly 78), Lallana, Lambert, Rodriguez.

Subs not used: Kelvin Davis, Hooiveld, Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, Chaplow.

Goal: Rodriguez 66

Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Caulker, Gallas, Vertonghen, Sandro, Huddlestone (Livermore 63), Lennon, Dempsey, Bale, Defoe (Sigurdsson 78).

Subs not used: Lloris, Naughton, Dawson, Falque, Townsend.

Goals: Bale 15, Dempsey 39

Booked: Vertonghen, Sandro

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

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Spurs deservedly doubled their advantage as half-time approached through Clint Dempsey, who directed home into an empty net after Jose Fonte's clearance off the line fell straight into his path.

A vastly-improved Saints side re-emerged for the second period and they reduced the deficit in the 66th minute when Jay Rodriguez lashed home his first Premier League goal.

Southampton continued to press for a leveller as the clock wound down but could not find an elusive second goal, much to the frustration of under-pressure manager Nigel Adkins.

The hosts came into the game with just one win to their name since their return to the top flight, although things could have been a lot different had they not conceded 24 goals already this campaign.

That defensive shakiness was evident after just three minutes when Aaron Lennon prodded wide after a Jan Vertonghen cross caused confusion at the back.

It was a quiet opening at St Mary's but one in which Spurs looked the more threatening.

Three amigos: Bale celebrates his opener with Jermain Defoe and Kyle Walker

Three amigos: Bale celebrates his opener with Jermain Defoe and Kyle Walker

Jermain Defoe came agonisingly close to giving Tottenham a 14th-minute lead after connecting with a Kyle Walker cutback and a minute later Southampton's defence was breached by a familiar face.

Tom Huddlestone clipped an excellent weighted ball into the box and Bale met the ball with gusto to arrow a header past Artur Boruc.

The winger kept his celebrations to a minimum in respect to his former employers, who he almost punished again with a driven cross that Danny Fox had to turn behind.

Bale then headed over and Defoe blazed over as Tottenham continued to search for a second.

Doubling up: Clint Dempsey slides in to score Tottenham's second goal against Southampton

Doubling up: Clint Dempsey slides in to score Tottenham's second goal against Southampton

Southampton, by comparison, were looking devoid of ideas going forward and were unable to get away a shot in the first half.

The first period was made all the worse for Saints six minutes before the break as Lennon ran at the defence and played through Defoe.

The England international's effort was cleared off the line by the stumbling Fonte but straight into the path of Dempsey to bundle home, before an exchange between Boruc and home fans capped a miserable first half for the hosts.

Saints looked rejuvenated when play resumed, with Jason Puncheon putting an acrobatic effort just wide soon after the restart.

Back in it: Rodriguez pulls a goal back for Southampton at home to Tottenham

Back in it: Rodriguez pulls a goal back for Southampton at home to Tottenham

Back in it: Jay Rodriguez celebrates pulling a goal back for Southampton against Tottenham

Fox then fired a long-range effort over for the home side, who were fortunate not to concede another when Walker burst through on goal only to screw wide.

Huddlestone was the next to put wide for Spurs, before Adkins brought on Emmanuel Mayuka in a bid to claw their way back.

Rodriguez nodded wide shortly afterwards and Maya Yoshida saw a header blocked behind from a free-kick.

Saints were looking more like the attacking threat they had shown in previous games and reduced the deficit in the 66th minute.

Under pressure: Brad Friedel punches the ball away from Rodriguez

Under pressure: Brad Friedel punches the ball away from Rodriguez

Brad Friedel did excellently to stop Fonte's goal-bound flick from Fox's corner, but could do nothing to prevent Rodriguez smashing in the rebound.

The former Burnley striker came close to doubling his tally three minutes later with a half volley, before William Gallas did well to deflect a Rickie Lambert shot behind.

The Spurs captain had to be alert to clear a Adam Lallana cross out of danger as Saints upped the ante.

Rodriguez fired wide from 20 yards as the home side pushed for a leveller, with substitute Guly do Prado and Morgan Schneiderlin seeing late efforts blocked as Spurs held out for three points.