First-half goals from Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale were enough to give Tottenham victory over Liverpool in a superb encounter at White Hart Lane.
Lennon opened the scoring inside the first 10 minutes when he tapped in Bale's low cross from the left at the far post.
Bale added a second when his 25-yard free-kick left Reds goalkeeper Pepe Reina virtually motionless on the line.
Liverpool pulled one back when the unlucky Bale headed into his own net.
Buoyed by that lifeline, the Reds pressed hard for an equaliser. Striker Luis Suarez went close with a volley following great acrobatics from Daniel Agger, while Jose Enrique, who almost scored on two other occasions, saw his shot drift inches past the post.
The victory moves Spurs above Arsenal and into the top five, with Liverpool down to 12th.
In the previous 40 Premier League encounters between the teams, 109 goals had been scored at more than 2.5 goals per game, while both Liverpool forward Suarez and Tottenham counterpart Jermain Defoe had the most shots on target - 34 and 30 - in the top flight this season.
And once again the teams delivered during another fascinating Premier League encounter.
Bale shone brightest in the early stages. The Wales left-winger forced Reina into an ungainly save from his free-kick before launching a trademark angled shot, which went wide by two feet.
But on his next foray forward, Spurs scored. Yet again Bale embarrassed Liverpool down the left with his pace and picked out Lennon with a surgical pass, the England international tapping in at the far post.
Tale of Bale
- Gareth Bale is the second Tottenham player to score at both ends in the same match in the Premier League era after Chris Armstrong v Arsenal in March 2000
Tottenham were on the rampage and they got their second nine minutes later when Reina failed to judge the flight of Bale's free-kick and he was left rooted to the spot as the ball flew in.
The potent Suarez, who also has fired in the most shots of any player in the league this season - 69 - had tested Hugo Lloris in the first 10 minutes with a low shot, before going even closer later in the opening half.
On that occasion the sprightly Uruguayan flicked the loose ball towards goal after Lloris had come out to block Steven Gerrard's shot, only to see Kyle Walker win the race to the line and hook his effort to safety. It was a magnificent piece of defending by the England international.
The Reds claimed Gerrard was fouled by Mousa Dembele in the build-up, but referee Phil Dowd waved away appeals.
Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson, who was later substituted, also missed an open goal from 20 yards, but he was under pressure from the Spurs defence, while Enrique had his turn-and-shot saved by France keeper Lloris.
Enrique, who attacked at nearly every opportunity, also went close midway through the second half when his shot from eight yards was deflected wide for a corner.
The Reds finally made their breakthrough from the resulting set-piece when substitute Jonjo Shelvey's corner from the right was flicked on to Gerrard by Daniel Agger.
The England midfielder directed his headed effort towards goal, where Lennon hacked it off the line, but the ball smashed into Bale two yards away and he inadvertently headed into his own net.
Liverpool were on top in the closing moments but a combination of fortune and good defending ensured Spurs earned a second consecutive league win.
- 25 Lloris
- 05 Vertonghen
- 13 Gallas
- 20 Dawson
- 28 Walker
- 02 Dempsey (Sigurdsson - 63' )
- 07 Lennon
- 11 Bale Booked
- 30 Sandro
- 18 Defoe
- 19 Dembele (Huddlestone - 88' )
- 24 Friedel
- 16 Naughton
- 06 Huddlestone
- 22 Sigurdsson
- 29 Livermore
- 31 Townsend
- 46 Carroll
- 25 Reina
- 02 Johnson
- 03 Jose Enrique Booked
- 05 Agger
- 37 Skrtel Booked
- 08 Gerrard
- 14 Henderson (Shelvey - 63' )
- 19 Downing (Assaidi - 78' )
- 24 Allen
- 31 Sterling
- 07 Suarez
- 01 Jones
- 23 Carragher
- 47 Wisdom
- 04 Sahin
- 33 Shelvey
- 11 Assaidi
- 30 Suso
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The match has reached full-time.90:00 +1:14
Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.90:00 +0:33
Aaron Lennon takes the direct free kick.90:00 +0:33 Booking
Booking Sanchez Jose Enrique is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.90:00 +0:17
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sanchez Jose Enrique on Aaron Lennon.88:37
Raheem Sterling concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Bale. Free kick taken by Hugo Lloris.88:00
Jermain Defoe challenges Martin Skrtel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Glen Johnson takes the free kick.87:05 Substitution
Substitution Tom Huddlestone comes on in place of Mousa Dembele.86:28
Long distance effort from Sanchez Jose Enrique misses to the left of the goal.85:23
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jonjo Shelvey from the right by-line, Kyle Walker makes a clearance.84:50
Raheem Sterling crosses the ball, clearance by Raniere Sandro. Jonjo Shelvey takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Gareth Bale.84:15
Free kick awarded for a foul by Raheem Sterling on Jan Vertonghen. Jan Vertonghen takes the direct free kick.79:52
Shot from deep inside the area by Luis Suarez clears the bar.79:27
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jonjo Shelvey, Michael Dawson makes a clearance.79:11
The ball is delivered by Luis Suarez, clearance by Raniere Sandro.78:02
Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.77:39 Substitution
Substitution (Liverpool) makes a substitution, with Oussama Assaidi coming on for Stewart Downing.77:18 Booking
Booking Gareth Bale receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.76:09
The ball is crossed by Glen Johnson, clearance made by William Gallas.75:49
Luis Suarez takes a shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.
Steven Gerrard challenges Jermain Defoe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jan Vertonghen.73:05
Corner taken by Jonjo Shelvey from the right by-line, clearance by Michael Dawson.71:14
The assist for the goal came from Steven Gerrard.71:14 Goal scored
Goal! - Gareth Bale - Tottenham 2 - 1 Liverpool Own goal by Gareth Bale. Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool.71:12
Steven Gerrard takes a shot.70:38
Sanchez Jose Enrique takes a shot. Blocked by Kyle Walker. Corner taken by Jonjo Shelvey from the right by-line.69:52
Joe Allen takes a shot. Hugo Lloris makes a save.69:34
Daniel Agger takes a shot. Blocked by William Gallas.67:58
Jonjo Shelvey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Lennon. Strike on goal comes in from Gareth Bale from the free kick.66:30
Gareth Bale fouled by Glen Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. Gareth Bale delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Steven Gerrard manages to make a clearance.66:04
Jonjo Shelvey challenges Gylfi Sigurdsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kyle Walker takes the free kick.64:05
Kyle Walker fouled by Sanchez Jose Enrique, the ref awards a free kick. Hugo Lloris takes the direct free kick.62:42 Substitution
Substitution Clint Dempsey leaves the field to be replaced by Gylfi Sigurdsson.62:42 Substitution
Substitution Jonjo Shelvey is brought on as a substitute for Jordan Henderson.62:00
Clint Dempsey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.60:51
Joe Allen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clint Dempsey. Clint Dempsey produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.57:52
Jan Vertonghen fouled by Raheem Sterling, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Hugo Lloris.56:25
Unfair challenge on Joe Allen by Clint Dempsey results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.55:58
Handball decision goes against Jordan Henderson. Free kick taken by William Gallas.55:38
Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.55:11
The official flags Luis Suarez offside. Indirect free kick taken by Hugo Lloris.53:37
Clint Dempsey has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.52:10
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard, Hugo Lloris makes a save.51:11
The ball is swung over by Martin Skrtel, clearance by William Gallas.50:42
Corner taken by Steven Gerrard played to the near post, Gareth Bale makes a clearance.50:31
Glen Johnson sends in a cross, Michael Dawson makes a clearance.46:59
Raheem Sterling sends in a cross, clearance by Michael Dawson.45:01
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.45:00 +1:18 Half time
Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.45:00 +0:04
Jordan Henderson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Raniere Sandro. Direct free kick taken by Michael Dawson.44:33
Unfair challenge on Luis Suarez by William Gallas results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joe Allen.44:16
Gareth Bale takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.43:35
Shot from outside the area by Kyle Walker misses to the left of the target.42:14
Inswinging corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line, save by Hugo Lloris.42:00
A cross is delivered by Stewart Downing, clearance by Michael Dawson.40:58
Shot from long distance by Jan Vertonghen goes wide of the left-hand upright.40:12
The ball is delivered by Aaron Lennon, clearance by Joe Allen.37:28
Direct free kick taken by Jan Vertonghen.37:28 Booking
Booking Martin Skrtel is shown a yellow card.37:27
Martin Skrtel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clint Dempsey.36:30
Inswinging corner taken by Steven Gerrard. Martin Skrtel takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Dawson.36:12
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Michael Dawson gets a block in.35:30
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Clearance made by Kyle Walker.34:54
Stewart Downing produces a cross, William Gallas makes a clearance.34:32
Glen Johnson delivers the ball, clearance by Michael Dawson.33:08
The referee blows for offside against Raheem Sterling. Free kick taken by Hugo Lloris.32:33
Sanchez Jose Enrique takes a shot. Save made by Hugo Lloris.26:27
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save made by Hugo Lloris.26:02
The ball is delivered by Stewart Downing, clearance made by William Gallas.24:26
The ball is delivered by Jan Vertonghen, clearance by Martin Skrtel.20:58
Mousa Dembele has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.20:20
Shot from just outside the box by Jermain Defoe misses to the left of the goal.17:29
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line to the near post, Gareth Bale manages to make a clearance.16:45
Raniere Sandro is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Stewart Downing restarts play with the free kick.15:12
Assist on the goal came from Clint Dempsey.15:12 Goal scored
Goal! - Gareth Bale - Tottenham 2 - 0 Liverpool Gareth Bale hits the back of the net with a goal direct from the free kick from outside the area low into the middle of the goal. Tottenham 2-0 Liverpool.14:11
Jordan Henderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Clint Dempsey.13:29
Jordan Henderson has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.9:49
Corner from the left by-line taken by Steven Gerrard, clearance made by William Gallas. The assistant referee flags for offside against Martin Skrtel. Direct free kick taken by Hugo Lloris.9:12
Stewart Downing produces a cross, clearance by Kyle Walker. Corner taken by Steven Gerrard, Raniere Sandro makes a clearance.8:27
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save made by Hugo Lloris.6:37
Assist by Gareth Bale.6:37 Goal scored
Goal! - Aaron Lennon - Tottenham 1 - 0 Liverpool Aaron Lennon finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-0 Liverpool.5:11
Gareth Bale produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.4:36
Gareth Bale takes the outswinging corner, Stewart Downing makes a clearance.3:50
Foul by Joe Allen on Gareth Bale, free kick awarded. Strike on goal comes in from Gareth Bale from the free kick, save by Jose Reina.0:00
The referee gets the match started.
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