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.