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PREMIER LEAGUE WRAP: Tottenham produce comeback over Man City, Chelsea held by Liverpool

Tottenham have kept their Champions League hopes well and truly alive with a stunning fightback to beat second-placed Manchester City 3-1 on the weekend.

Spurs remained fifth on the table but sit just two points behind third-placed Arsenal with a game in hand and one point in arrears of fourth-placed Chelsea thanks to late goals from Clint Dempsey, Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale.

The trio struck within seven minutes late in the game after Samir Nasri opened the scoring account in the fifth minute for City who are still 13 points behind league leaders Manchester United.

Chelsea missed out on reclaiming third spot as they conceded in the sixth minute of stoppage time to be held to a 2-2 draw by seventh-placed Liverpool at Anfield.

In a controversial match which saw Luis Suarez bite the arm of Blues defender Branislav Ivanovic, Oscar gave the visitors the lead in the 26th minute before Daniel Sturridge levelled against his former club seven minutes into the second half.

Eden Hazard converted from the penalty spot just before the hour-mark but Suarez managed to fire the Reds level in the 96th minute to give them a share of the points, however, they are five points behind Merseyside rivals Everton in sixth.

The Toffees retained that position despite being beaten 1-0 by Sunderland who have Stephane Sessegnon's goal on the stroke of half-time to thank for putting them into 13th and six points clear of the relegation zone.

Arsenal moved into third spot with a 1-0 victory at Fulham courtesy of Per Mertesacker's first-half header with two players seeing red - Steve Sidwell for the Cottagers and Olivier Giroud for the Gunners.

Elsewhere, Norwich City heaped more misery on bottom-placed Reading with a 2-1 home triumph, Stoke City piled more relegation pressure on QPR with a 2-0 win at Loftus Road, West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United drew 1-1, Swansea City and Southampton played out a 0-0 draw and West Ham United moved to 10th with a 2-0 home victory over West Bromwich Albion.

To round out this weekend's fixtures, Man United can clinch the Premier League title if they can defeat Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Monday night.

2012/13 Barclays Premier League season scores

Fulham: 0 (red card: Steve Sidwell 12') Arsenal: 1 (Per Mertesacker 43', red card: Olivier Giroud 90') Craven Cottage, London - 25,700

Norwich City: 2 (Ryan Bennett 50', Elliott Bennett 51') Reading: 1 (Garath McCleary 72') Carrow Road, Norwich - 26,460

Queens Park Rangers: 0 Stoke City: 2 (Peter Crouch 42', Jon Walters (p) 77') Loftus Road, London - 17,391

Sunderland: 1 (Stephane Sessegnon 45+1') Everton: 0 Stadium of Light, Sunderland - 44,614

Swansea City: 0 Southampton: 0 Liberty Stadium, Swansea - 20,561

West Bromwich Albion: 1 (Billy Jones 64') Newcastle United: 1 (Yoan Gouffran 9') The Hawthorns, West Bromwich - 25,671

West Ham United: 2 (Matt Jarvis 21', Kevin Nolan 80') Wigan Athletic: 0 Upton Park, London - 34,544

Tottenham: 3 (Clint Dempsey 75', Jermain Defoe 79', Gareth Bale 82') Manchester City: 1 (Samir Nasri 5') White Hart Lane, London - 36,121

Liverpool: 2 (Daniel Sturridge 52', Luis Suarez 90+6') Chelsea: 2 (Oscar 26', Eden Hazard (p) 57') Anfield, Liverpool - 45,009

Andrew Slevison
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