Gareth Bale was involved in all three goals Wednesday as
Tottenham beat Liverpool 2-1 to end the visitors’ eight-match
Premier League unbeaten run.
The Spurs winger eluded several defenders after collecting the
ball in his own half before crossing inside the box for Aaron
Lennon to tap in at the far post in the seventh minute at White
Bale’s swerving free kick then gave Spurs a deserved 2-0 lead by
the 16th minute, the ball looping over the wall to leave unmoved
goalkeeper Pepe Reina no chance.
Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson gave away the foul that
preceded the free kick, although his earlier miss on an open goal
with goalkeeper Hugo Lloris stranded was even more culpable.
The Reds improved after the break by playing at a higher tempo,
but it took a freakish goal to get them back in the match. Steven
Gerrard’s header from a nodded-on corner fell to Lennon guarding a
post, but his attempted clearance smashed Bale in the face and the
ball ricocheted into the net in the 72nd.
Liverpool forward Luis Suarez was a dangerous presence but his
sometimes erratic finishing, despite his league-leading 10 goals
this season, was again in evidence when he shot straight at Lloris
in the first half and blazed over the crossbar on the six-yard line
from Daniel Agger’s hooked cross.
Gerrard and Suarez had penalty claims waved away by referee Phil
Dowd, while Bale continued to be at the heart of the action when he
was booked for diving in the second half.
Spurs rose above top-four rivals Arsenal and Everton to move
into fifth place, only three points out of the Champions League
spots. Liverpool stayed in 11th place after its fourth straight
loss at White Hart Lane.