Tottenham beats Swansea 2-1 in Premier League

Gareth Bale scored another stunning goal Saturday to give
Tottenham a 2-1 win over Swansea that lifted it above Chelsea into
third place in the Premier League.

Bale set up Jan Vertonghen for the first goal in the seventh
minute and then curled home a brilliant effort in the 21st to
double the lead.

Michu pulled Swansea back into the game with his 20th goal of
the season in the 71st, but Tottenham held out over a frantic final
20 minutes to bounce back from consecutive losses against Liverpool
and Fulham.

With Chelsea losing 2-1 to Southampton, Tottenham is now two
points ahead of the London club in third place, but with a game
more played.

”When there are so many things that go well for the team it is
hard to single out individuals but Gareth is a world class player
offensively and defensively,” Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas
said. ”But the whole team deserve credit because coming here after
two league defeats and playing the way we did is never easy.”

Swansea has now lost its last three games since reaching the
40-point mark with victory over Newcastle.

Bale, who scored here for his country in midweek, produced a
sublime lofted pass to catch Dwight Tiendalli out of position and
play in Vertonghen.

The Belgium international brilliantly brought the ball down and
slotted beyond the advancing Michel Vorm to give the visitors the
lead.

Swansea should have been two goals down just six minutes later.
Moussa Dembele put Emmanuel Adebayor through for the Togo striker
to comfortably outpace Ashley Williams, only to fire tamely at
Vorm.

But the lead was doubled in the 21st minute courtesy of a
supreme finish from Bale.

Vertonghen found the forward on the edge of the Swansea box,
where he took one touch before dispatching an unstoppable strike
past a statuesque Vorm.

”They had a very good start but both goals showed a player of
Gareth Bale’s quality can make the difference,” Swansea manager
Michael Laudrup said. ”If you take Bale out, without him the teams
were at the same level.”

Swansea had a spell of pressure after that, and Brad Friedel had
to be alert to deny Michu after Wayne Routledge had fed him from a
quick free kick after the break.

?Michu then wasted another excellent opportunity as he headed
wide from the sort of chance he has made a habit of taking during
his first season in English football.

But he gave the Swans hope as he found the net for the first
time since the League Cup final. Substitute Ki Sung-yueng delivered
a superb corner, and Michu made no mistake as he directed a header
in off the far post.