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Premiership: Spurs 3-2 Swansea

Tottenham got their top-four tilt back on track by overcoming Swansea 3-2 on a night when Bafetimbi Gomis’ collapse had those inside White Hart Lane fearing the worst.

As play was about to restart following Nacer Chadli’s wonderful, early opener, paramedics and medical staff raced onto the field to tend to the French striker after he went down.

Hush fell on the ground where Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest three years ago, but good news emanated from the Swansea dressing room that Gomis was fine and had not been hospitalised after feinting.

Garry Monk’s side will have unlikely been aware of the positive news when Ki Sung-Yueng drew parity in a match which Spurs would go onto win, with second-half strikes from Ryan Mason and Andros Townsend securing the result after Gylfi Sigurdsson’s late strike.

Having exited the Europa League and lost the Capital One Cup to Chelsea in the past week, this felt like a huge win for Mauricio Pochettino’s side,

Defeat to Swansea would have seriously harmed their hopes of Champions League qualification, so Chadli’s fine, cushioned volley got Spurs off to the best possible start.

That strike was quickly forgotten, though, when Gomis collapsed – an incident which saw him leave the field on a stretcher, but was thankfully not as serious as first feared.

It was a worrying moment Swansea recovered well from, with Ki striking home from an acute angle soon after Sigurdsson sent a free-kick off the post.

However, there was not to be a third straight Premier League win for Swansea, with academy graduates Mason and Townsend striking for Spurs in what was for the most part a comfortable second half.

Sigurdsson’s late goal led to a nervy ending during which Hugo Lloris produced a wonderful save to ensure Spurs held on for victory – a fitting way to remember great Dave Mackay after he passed away on Monday.

Spurs greats led a minute of applause before kick-off and the current squad wore black armbands in remembrance of one of the finest players to ever don the lillywhite shirt.

None of the current side are a patch on Mackay but they got a win for him, opening the scoring inside seven minutes.

Danny Rose found space on the left to send over a cross to Chadli, who showed wonderful skill and vision to hit an unorthodox cushioned volley past Lukasz Fabianski.

It was a fine opener but it was quickly forgotten as the emotion from everyone inside White Hart Lane became one of concern as Gomis collapsed.

The striker had four minutes of treatment before leaving the field on a stretcher – by this point conscious and wearing an oxygen mask.

All corners of the ground applauded Gomis as he left to be replaced by Nelson Oliveira, with good news later filtering through that he would be fine.

The first few minutes after the restart were understandably tense, with the volume only lifting when Townsend saw a low shot saved.

By this point Swansea appeared to have refocused and Sigurdsson hit a wonderful, curled free-kick off the post.

It was a let-off Spurs failed to heed as Swansea worked the ball back in the box and Ki stole in to prod home from an acute angle after a Jan Vertonghen mis-kick.

The 19th-minute leveller led to a more open, end-to-end encounter, with Mason hitting at Fabianski before former Spurs full-back Kyle Naughton fizzed a low strike wide at the other end.

Swansea’s former Arsenal goalkeeper was proving a capable last line of defence for the visitors, getting a slight touch to take a clipped Christian Eriksen cross away from danger.

A powerful Nabil Bentaleb drive was the next effort to test Fabianski, who was not to be beaten before half-time was called.

Jonjo Shelvey saw an effort tipped over when play resumed before Ashley Williams’ tackle on Eriksen only put the ball into Mason’s path, with the midfielder lashing home with his right foot.

The 23-year-old’s first Premier League goal swayed the match in Spurs’ favour, with Eriksen slicing an effort before Townsend broke at speed and cut onto his right foot, firing home when many expected him to square for Kane.

Kyle Walker came close with an effort which deflected just wide as Spurs pushed for a fourth, with Eric Dier hauling back Oliveira on a rare Swansea attack.

Substitute Roberto Soldado glanced a header inches wide, with the Spaniard inches away from directing home a Ben Davies cross – a missed opportunity which allowed Sigurdsson to reduce the deficit, volleying home a Jefferson Montero cross.

The visitors pushed for an equaliser but, try as they might, there was not to be one, with Lloris tipping a Federico Fernandez header wide in stoppage time.

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FA Cup: Burnley 1-1 Spurs

Burnley and Tottenham will require a replay to decide who hosts Leicester in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

It was very much a game of two halves with a dour, chanceless first period giving way to a much-improved second.

Spurs took the lead in the 52nd minute when Nacer Chadli hammered in from inside the box from a Ben Davies cross.

Burnley levelled through Sam Vokes, in only his second appearance since returning from a serious knee injury.

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Premiership: Spurs 5-3 Chelsea

Five-star Tottenham stun Chelsea as Harry Kane leads the way

Tottenham enjoyed an unforgettable start to 2015 as Chelsea were disposed of in remarkable fashion, with Jose Mourinho’s side shipping five goals as the Premier League title race burst wide open.

Spurs have rarely had the bragging rights in this fixture — just three times in 45 Premier League encounters, in fact — but this was a night those inside White Hart Lane will not forget in a hurry.

Harry Kane’s brace was complemented by efforts from Danny Rose, Andros Townsend and Nacer Chadli as league leaders Chelsea were embarrassed 5-3 in an enthralling New Year’s Day battle.

This was the first time the Blues had conceded even four goals in one match under Jose Mourinho and a defeat so heavy that Manchester City joined them on goal difference at the top of the table. It was a result few could have predicted, especially when Diego Costa tapped home from close range after 18 minutes.

Spurs rallied wonderfully, though, and went in at half-time boasting a 3-1 lead as Kane levelled with a fine effort from 25 yards, before Rose netted and Townsend struck from the spot.

Kane won that penalty and added a classy second goal shortly after half-time – his sixth in as many matches – with Chadli adding a fifth after Eden Hazard had pulled one back for the visitors.

John Terry’s late goal led to a nervy ending but Spurs would not be prevented from a famous end to a winless run of 10 matches in league and cup against Chelsea, which stretched back to April 2010.

This was a third match in seven days for both sides, whose managers plumped for three alterations apiece in north London.

Ryan Mason was one of those to have featured throughout the festive period, although lasted less than 11 minutes of this match.

The 23-year-old went to deck with what appeared a hamstring complaint after stretching for the ball, leading to Mousa Dembele’s early introduction, swelling the number of Belgians on the field to five.

Chadli forced compatriot Thibaut Courtois into action with an overhead kick, shortly before another of the contingent acted as the catalyst to an 18th-minute opener.

Hazard showed wonderful skill to wriggle free and strike across Hugo Lloris’ goal – an effort which came back off the post, only for Oscar to strike a cross-shot which Costa directed home from close range.

Angry claims of offside were rejected by referee Phil Dowd and the tension inside White Hart Lane had gone up a notch.

Federico Fazio did well to stop pantomime villain Costa, whose squared ball to Oscar was met by a block which appeared to hit Jan Vertonghen’s hand.

There was to be no penalty, though, and Kane capitalised on the half-hour mark.

Showing impressive strength, skill and confidence, Kane cut in from the left and brushed aside Oscar to fire a low, 25-yard strike past Courtois.

It was a fine goal and started a remarkable Spurs comeback.

Christian Eriksen darted forwards to put through Chadli and the winger’s strike managed to beat Courtois but came back off the far post, where Rose bravely tucked home the rebound while being flattened by Gary Cahill.

It was a goal which appeared to rattle Chelsea and the home side pulled further ahead from the spot. The normally reliable Cahill clumsily fouled Kane, allowing Townsend to fire home the resulting penalty with the final kick of the first half.

Hazard attempted to pull one back when play resumed, only for the deficit to increase seven minutes into the second half.

Chadli was continuing to prove a nuisance down the left and squared the ball to Kane, who brilliantly spun Nemanja Matic and struck past Courtois.

This was shaping up to be a famous win for Spurs but, never ones to do things the easy way, they let the visitors pull one back.

Hazard robbed possession off the dawdling Fazio and dashed forwards, collecting a one-two off Cesc Fabregas before beating Lloris.

Chelsea had the bit between the teeth now and Mourinho was incandescent when officials rejected penalty appeals when Hazard went down under pressure from Fazio.

Lloris produced a wonderful save to deny Cesar Azpilicueta soon after but things were only to get worse for the Blues, with Chadli the latest to get on the scoresheet by cutting inside before firing home Spurs’ fifth.

Ramires and Hazard had efforts to score for Chelsea before Terry eventually did and, while Fabregas hit the post in stoppage time, they were not to add any more.

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League Cup: Spurs 4-0 Newcastle

Tottenham obliterated Newcastle as they stylishly secured their place in Capital One Cup semi-finals.

Mauricio Pochettino’s start to life in north London has not been without its teething problems, yet Spurs fans are now beginning to see the performances they yearn for.

The recent improvements were evident at White Hart Lane on Wednesday evening, when Nabil Bentaleb, Nacer Chadli, Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado all scored in a 4-0 demolition of Newcastle.

It puts Spurs within a two-legged semi-final of Wembley and help made amends for October’s embarrassing 2-1 defeat to Alan Pardew’s men at White Hart Lane.

They certainly impressed in laying that ghost to rest, with Bentaleb capitalising on a mistake by Newcastle’s third-choice goalkeeper, Jak Alnwick, to turn home midway through the first half.

It was a lead doubled by Chadli seconds after half-time and, once Massadio Haidara cleared a Jan Vertonghen header off the line, Kane put the game out of sight.

It continued the England Under-21s international’s record of scoring in every round of this season’s competition and his replacement Soldado added extra gloss, slotting home from close range after Christian Eriksen’s initial effort was saved.

While things are on the up for Tottenham, this defeat is hardly the visitors’ ideal preparation for the Tyne-Wear derby against Sunderland this weekend.

It was a result which looked likely from early on, with Benjamin Stambouli, one of six Spurs changes, seeing a long-range effort loop onto the roof of the net via a deflection.

Chadli got away the evening’s first shot on target after meeting a lovely Andros Townsend pass, before Kane almost latched onto a fine cross-field ball from Danny Rose.

Townsend shot over as Spurs continued brightly and took the lead 18 minutes in after a moment that will haunt Alnwick.

Newcastle’s third-choice goalkeeper inexplicably fumbled an Eriksen corner and Bentaleb reacted quickly to scoop home in front of the befuddled visiting support.

It was a lead Spurs deserved but one which it looked like they were easily capable of squandering.

Michel Vorm did well to prevent Moussa Sissoko ending an impressive run with a thumping goal from distance shortly before the opening goal, which was followed by a major let-off for Pochettino’s men.

Yoan Gouffran was afforded time to swing in a cross from the right which found Emmanuel Riviere unmarked, only for the frontman to direct wide from close range, unaware the offside flag was raised.

Sissoko stung the palms of Vorm from 25 yards as Newcastle’s search for a leveller continued – a task Spurs attempted to make more difficult as half-time approached.

Kane looked likeliest to provide a second Spurs goal and, thanks to Gouffran’s shocking backpass, was allowed to burst forward and unleash a fierce drive just wide.

The academy graduate was proving a nuisance and looked to have won a penalty after going down under pressure from Fabricio Coloccini, only for referee Andre Marriner to infuriate Pochettino by waving play on.

If the Spurs head coach was concerned about that costing his side, those fears were alleviated seconds into the second half.

When the sides last met here Sammy Ameobi’s moments after the restart was the catalyst to Newcastle’s win, whereas this time it was the hosts celebrating when Chadli’s low strike crept past Alnwick.

It was a sucker punch Pardew’s men were unable to recover from, with Remy Cabella and Riviere somehow unable to turn home Ayoze Perez’s cross.

The Magpies’ need for a goal was leaving spaces at the back and Vlad Chiriches forced a save from Newcastle’s third-choice goalkeeper.

A goal-line clearance from Haidara prevented Vertonghen extending Spurs’ lead, but fans’ favourite Kane soon added a third, collecting a pass from Townsend to coolly slot home.

It was Kane’s last action of the night, but his replacement carried on where he left off as Soldado reacted quickly to tap home after Alnwick parried Eriksen’s fizzing drive.

Townsend and Soldado had attempts shortly afterwards and, at the other end, Vorm was held firm under pressure from Perez and substitute Adam Armstrong as Spurs secured their semi-final spot.

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