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USA 2737 8 Americans Abroad - April 19-21 31709398 Perfect timing Perfect+timing USA

Samir Nasri placed Tottenham's Champions League hopes in jeopardy when he opened the scoring for Manchester City after five minutes on Sunday. Clint Dempsey revived them when he drew Spurs level with a quarter of an hour to play. The American international poked home Gareth Bare's inviting low cross at the back post to spark a three-goal outburst within seven minutes and turn the match in favor of the home side.

The equalizer marked a timely intervention by a player who has voiced his Champions League aspirations repeatedly. Now the former Fulham man must continue to influence games in similar fashion to ensure Spurs overhaul either Arsenal or Chelsea to book their place among the European elite next season.

Dempsey's opener at White Hart Lane offered the high point in a weekend filled with talking points. Read on to learn more about Stoke City's boost in the relegation battle and the pair of American internationals sent off in Tijuana.

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USA 2737 8 Americans Abroad - April 19-21 31709399 Clint Dempsey, M/F, Tottenham Clint+Dempsey%2C+M%2FF%2C+Tottenham USA

Dempsey popped up at the perfect time to help Spurs claim a 3-1 home victory over Manchester City on Sunday. The crafty operator slid at the back post to turn Gareth Bale's cross into the net with a quarter of an hour to play. Jermain Defoe and Bale then scored in quick succession to secure the points and sustain Tottenham's push for a Champions League place.

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USA 2737 8 Americans Abroad - April 19-21 31709396 Geoff Cameron, D, Stoke City Geoff+Cameron%2C+D%2C+Stoke+City USA

Stoke eased its relegation concerns with a 2-0 victory at Queens Park Rangers on Sunday. Peter Crouch struck a minute before halftime to place the Potters in front. Jonathan Walters secured the points from the spot with a quarter of an hour to play after Crouch prompted Clint Hill to concede a penalty kick. Cameron entered the match with moments to play to see out the victory and send his club six points clear of the relegation zone with four matches to play.

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USA 2737 8 Americans Abroad - April 19-21 31709397 Michael Bradley, M, Roma Michael+Bradley%2C+M%2C+Roma USA

Bradley once again found himself confined to the substitutes' bench at the start of Roma's 1-1 home draw with Pescara on Sunday. The U.S. international midfielder emerged for the final 18 minutes in a bid to capture the full complement of points for the home side. Bradley fired two shots during his brief spell, but Roma eventually settled for a draw and slipped one point behind Inter Milan in the race for a guaranteed place in next year's Europa League.

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USA 2737 8 Americans Abroad - April 19-21 31712086 Herculez Gomez, F, Santos Laguna Herculez+Gomez%2C+F%2C+Santos+Laguna USA

Santos Laguna and Monterrey prepared for the CONCACAF Champions League final by meeting in Liga MX play this weekend. Felipe Baloy separated the teams after 17 minutes to give the home side a 1-0 victory and a potential mental edge heading into the showcase fixture in midweek. Gómez will hope to retain his place in the side for the first leg after featuring for the opening 74 minutes on Friday night.

One other bonus from this positive result for Santos: the triumph clinched a berth in the Liguilla with two domestic matches to spare.

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USA 2737 8 Americans Abroad - April 19-21 31709400 Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona, Club Tijuana Edgar+Castillo%2C+Joe+Corona%2C+Club+Tijuana USA

Both American internationals earned their walking papers in the late stages of the Xolos' frustrating 2-1 home defeat to Morelia on Saturday. Daniel Márquez placed the Apertura winners in front ten minutes before halftime to boost their hopes of a first Liga MX victory since Feb. 23, but Héctor Mancilla scored twice in three second-half minutes to give Morelia the points.

Castillo and Corona compounded the Xolos' misery by procuring dismissals as the Xolos searched for an equalizer. Corona ended his night early by drawing a red card a minute before full time, while Castillo garnered a second yellow card in second-half stoppage time. Both players will miss Tijuana's vital trip to San Luis on Saturday.

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