Emmanuel Adebayor's double helped reignite Tottenham Hotspur's Champions League push with a dominant Premier League win over Swansea City.
Rafael van der Vaart opened the scoring, side-footing home a loose ball from 20 yards, as Spurs looked to capitalise on Arsenal's slip-up at QPR .
Gylfi Sigurdsson's 25-yard stunner drew Swansea level before Adebayor headed Spurs ahead from van der Vaart's ball.
Adebayor sealed the win as he nodded in Aaron Lennon's deep cross late on.
The Spurs striker's two second-half headers ended a five-match winless league run as Harry Redknapp's side move level on 58 points with north London rivals and third-placed Arsenal.
Tottenham had started unlike a team which had not won in the league for seven weeks, and winger Gareth Bale instantly set about making it an uncomfortable afternoon for Swans right-back Angel Rangel.
And it was Bale who provided his ninth assist this season as van der Vaart coolly side-footed his 11th goal of the season past Swansea keeper Michel Vorm.
SPURS v SWANSEA FACTS
- Tottenham have won their last 11 home league fixtures against Swansea, stretching back to November 1930
- Tottenham are unbeaten against promoted sides in the league this season
- Tottenham's Emmanuel Adebayor had scored just once in open play since Christmas before the game
- Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored five goals in his last three away games
Luka Modric's sublime pass cut out Rangel, Bale's cross to Adebayor was blocked by Ashley Williams but van der Vaart punished the visitors from the loose ball.
Williams could have made amends moments later but the unmarked Wales international was not able to head Sigurdsson's corner goalwards.
Spurs join Arsenal on 58 points as they ended a run of five without a win in the league and it took a bit of doing. And it was two headers from Emmanuel Adebayor that was the difference. Spurs are back on track.
But Swansea had Vorm, so often their hero this season, to thank for keeping out Younus Kaboul on the half-hour as the Dutch goalkeeper tipped the Spurs defender's header around the post.
Bale fired just over twice while Modric narrowly missed a header as Spurs tried to turn their dominance into goals.
And Tottenham may have doubled their lead if Modric had played in an unmarked Adebayor at the end of the first-half. Instead, the Croatian playmaker's mis-hit shot dribbled wide.
Yet, as much as Spurs were on top in a pulsating first half, Swansea controlled the opening of the second period.
Sigurdsson gave Tottenham a warning of what was to come when the Iceland international brought the best out of Brad Friedel.
His stunning left-footed strike was flying into the top corner but the veteran American keeper tipped the effort on to his left-hand post and wide.
Within minutes, Sigurdsson has beaten Friedel with an equally beautiful effort.
Wayne Routledge teed him up, after Joe Allen's shot had been blocked, and Sigurdsson's strike bounced under Kaboul and looped wide of Friedel into the right-hand corner of the net.
The leveller spurred Tottenham's comeback and only another superb Vorm save denied a near-post van der Vaart header from Bale's teasing left-wing cross.
Spurs pressed again and just as Adebayor was ready to tap Bale's low left-wing cross into an empty net, Williams' last-gasp challenge denied the hosts.
Adebayor, though, was not to be denied his 13th goal of the season as he rose unmarked to head van der Vaart's pinpoint right-wing corner into the Swansea net.
Adebayor's 14th was similar as he guided Lennon's cross into the far corner of Vorm's net.
- 24 Friedel
- 04 Kaboul
- 13 Gallas
- 28 Walker
- 32 Assou-Ekotto (Rose - 88' )
- 03 Bale
- 08 Parker
- 11 Van der Vaart (Livermore - 85' )
- 14 Modric
- 30 Sandro (Lennon - 71' )
- 10 Adebayor
- 23 Cudicini
- 33 Nelsen
- 07 Lennon
- 25 Rose
- 29 Livermore
- 15 Saha
- 18 Defoe
- 01 Vorm
- 02 Williams
- 03 Taylor
- 16 Monk
- 22 Rangel
- 07 Britton
- 11 Sinclair
- 15 Routledge (Dyer - 71' )
- 24 Allen (Gower - 90' )
- 42 Sigurdsson
- 10 Graham (Moore - 79' )
- 25 Tremmel
- 05 Tate
- 12 Dyer
- 17 McEachran
- 27 Gower
- 18 Lita
- 19 Moore
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.90:00 +3:09
Corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson.90:00 +2:52
Scott Sinclair takes a shot. Blocked by Younes Kaboul.90:00 +2:08
Jake Livermore concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Moore. Free kick taken by Mark Gower.90:00 +1:04
Neil Taylor takes the direct free kick.90:00 +1:04 Substitution
Substitution Mark Gower joins the action as a substitute, replacing Joe Allen.90:00 +1:04
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Neil Taylor by Emmanuel Adebayor.89:40
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth Bale by Leon Britton. Luka Modric takes the indirect free kick.88:26
Angel Rangel takes a shot. Blocked by Younes Kaboul. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the right by-line, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Ashley Williams misses to the right of the target.87:10
Angel Rangel restarts play with the free kick.87:10 Substitution
Substitution Danny Rose comes on in place of Benoit Assou-Ekotto.87:10
Foul by Emmanuel Adebayor on Nathan Dyer, free kick awarded.85:52
Aaron Lennon provided the assist for the goal.85:52 Goal scored
Goal! - Emmanuel Adebayor - Tottenham 3 - 1 Swansea Emmanuel Adebayor grabs a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Tottenham 3-1 Swansea.85:36
Gareth Bale takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.84:02 Substitution
Substitution Rafael Van der Vaart leaves the field to be replaced by Jake Livermore.82:49
Luka Modric takes a shot. Save made by Michel Vorm.80:53
Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Parker on Luke Moore. Gylfi Sigurdsson produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.78:33 Substitution
Substitution Luke Moore is brought on as a substitute for Danny Graham.77:45
Luka Modric takes a shot. Garry Monk gets a block in.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the right by-line.72:48
Assist on the goal came from Rafael Van der Vaart.72:48 Goal scored
Goal! - Emmanuel Adebayor - Tottenham 2 - 1 Swansea Emmanuel Adebayor finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Tottenham 2-1 Swansea.71:58
Rafael Van der Vaart takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Garry Monk manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart,71:54
Benoit Assou-Ekotto sends in a cross, Ashley Williams makes a clearance.71:25
Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.70:06 Substitution
Substitution Raniere Sandro goes off and Aaron Lennon comes on.70:06 Substitution
Substitution Nathan Dyer on for Wayne Routledge.68:23
Gareth Bale takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.67:27
Gareth Bale produces a cross, Garry Monk makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from the left by-line.66:43
Shot from just outside the area by Benoit Assou-Ekotto goes over the bar.66:19
Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm. Outswinging corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the left by-line, Ashley Williams manages to make a clearance.65:16
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale from the left by-line.63:23
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Gylfi Sigurdsson. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Parker.62:23
Joe Allen concedes a free kick for a foul on Raniere Sandro. Indirect free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.61:37
A cross is delivered by Kyle Walker, clearance by Angel Rangel.61:12
Danny Graham concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Parker. Scott Parker takes the free kick.60:30
Benoit Assou-Ekotto fouled by Wayne Routledge, the ref awards a free kick. Brad Friedel takes the indirect free kick.58:08
Assist on the goal came from Wayne Routledge.58:08 Goal scored
Goal! - Gylfi Sigurdsson - Tottenham 1 - 1 Swansea Gylfi Sigurdsson scores a goal from just outside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-1 Swansea.58:02
Shot by Joe Allen. Blocked by William Gallas.56:54
The referee blows for offside. Kyle Walker takes the free kick.54:35
Wayne Routledge is caught offside. Brad Friedel takes the indirect free kick.51:34
Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart, Angel Rangel makes a clearance.50:04
Joe Allen takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Parker.49:31
Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel. Gylfi Sigurdsson takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Emmanuel Adebayor.47:04
Headed effort from inside the box by Kyle Walker misses to the right of the target.45:01
The second half begins.45:00 +1:11 Half time
Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.44:42
Shot from just outside the penalty area by Luka Modric misses to the left of the target.40:56
Rafael Van der Vaart concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Sinclair. Free kick taken by Neil Taylor.40:17
Wayne Routledge challenges Benoit Assou-Ekotto unfairly and gives away a free kick. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick.38:59
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto by Gylfi Sigurdsson. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.38:49
Rafael Van der Vaart gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Neil Taylor. Free kick taken by Angel Rangel.37:50
Gareth Bale has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.36:17
Unfair challenge on Gylfi Sigurdsson by Rafael Van der Vaart results in a free kick. Angel Rangel takes the direct free kick.35:36
Foul by Danny Graham on Scott Parker, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from right channel, Angel Rangel manages to make a clearance.34:58
Foul by Neil Taylor on Kyle Walker, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from right wing, save by Michel Vorm.33:26
Gareth Bale produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.31:37
Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a shot. Scott Parker gets a block in.30:24
Corner taken by Joe Allen, Header from close range by Ashley Williams clears the bar.29:44
Younes Kaboul gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wayne Routledge. Garry Monk restarts play with the free kick.28:44
Corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from the left by-line, Younes Kaboul takes a shot. Michel Vorm makes a save.28:37
Gareth Bale sends in a cross, clearance made by Angel Rangel.27:53
The ball is delivered by Kyle Walker, clearance made by Ashley Williams.26:53
Raniere Sandro fouled by Leon Britton, the ref awards a free kick. Luka Modric takes the indirect free kick.21:38
Gareth Bale produces a cross, clearance made by Joe Allen.18:58
The assist for the goal came from Gareth Bale.18:58 Goal scored
Goal! - Rafael Van der Vaart - Tottenham 1 - 0 Swansea Rafael Van der Vaart grabs a goal from just outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-0 Swansea.17:45
Scott Parker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leon Britton. Leon Britton restarts play with the free kick.15:30
Leon Britton takes a short corner.11:56
A cross is delivered by Kyle Walker, clearance made by Leon Britton.11:10
The official flags Emmanuel Adebayor offside. Free kick taken by Michel Vorm.9:40
Free kick awarded for a foul by Raniere Sandro on Joe Allen. Ashley Williams restarts play with the free kick.8:17
Wayne Routledge produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.7:24
The assistant referee flags for offside against Gareth Bale. Michel Vorm restarts play with the free kick.6:27
Foul by Ashley Williams on Scott Parker, free kick awarded. Rafael Van der Vaart takes the free kick.4:46
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Emmanuel Adebayor by Garry Monk. Direct free kick taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.3:50
Inswinging corner taken by Joe Allen, Gareth Bale makes a clearance.0:36
Leon Britton fouled by Kyle Walker, the ref awards a free kick. Ashley Williams restarts play with the free kick.0:00
The referee gets the game started.
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