Clint Dempsey scored a late equaliser for Tottenham to deny Manchester United victory at White Hart Lane.

The Spurs forward scrambled the ball over the line in time added on, to leave Sir Alex Ferguson's side only five points ahead of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.

Robin van Persie had headed in his 22nd goal of the season midway through the first half to put United in control.

Spurs improved but were relieved to see Wayne Rooney's penalty claim denied.

Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas's clenched fist said it all at the final whistle. It was a reaction every bit as defiant as the performance of his players.

United have built a reputation for scoring late, but on this occasion it was Ferguson who was left to swallow the most bitter of pills.

Earning their Spurs

  • Tottenham's goal came from their 25th and final shot of the game. United had only five shots in the match.
  • United's total of five shots is their lowest in a league game since the away match at Manchester City last season.
  • United have scored at least once in 19 of their 21 league games at White Hart Lane.
  • Source: Opta Sports

For 92 minutes, United had looked on course to restore their seven-point lead at the top of the table. With Phil Jones, Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley driving them forward, they been controlled and efficient, rather than electrifying.

Snow fell throughout, the pitch having been passed fit for play an hour before kick-off, but just when United thought they had weathered the conditions and Tottenham's second-half storm, Dempsey struck.

For most of the game, Van Persie's brilliance had once again looked as if it would gloss over any United weaknesses, with the solidity of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic at the heart of the defence equally impressive.

United goalkeeper David De Gea also shone, keeping his side in the game time and again during a second-half bombardment, only to fail to punch clear in the lead-up to Tottenham's equaliser.

'Really poor' official angers Ferguson

And yet, despite that goal, United have more points after 23 games than all but one team in Premier League history. They remain firmly in control.

White Hart Lane had been curiously subdued for much of the opening 25 minutes when Van Persie sparked the contest in life.

The goal came after a patient build-up that gathered pace when Danny Welbeck found Cleverley in an advanced position on the right-hand side. His cross, whipped into the penalty area, was a good one, but Van Persie made it look even better, pulling away from Kyle Walker to head the ball forcefully beyond Lloris at his near post for his 10th goal in as many league games.

Tottenham were looking for their first double over United since the 1989-90 season but, with Gareth Bale struggling to impose his authority on a midfield in which United scrapped for everything, the first half flickered, rather than blazed.

Much of that was down to United's insatiable work-rate, with their players often doubling up on Tottenham's main threat - in Rafael and Phil Jones, Bale found he had unwelcome, unstinting company.

With half-time approaching, a loose ball broke for Bale on the edge of the penalty area and he was on to it in a flash, letting fly with his right foot. The ball flicked off Ferdinand but, despite being wrong-footed by the deflection, De Gea made the save with an outstretched left leg.

Dempsey aiming for Champions League

The Spaniard was required to make another early in the second half to deny Dempsey from six yards with the goal apparently at his mercy and saved United again by tipping another goal-bound effort from the American just round his right-hand post.

With Spurs growing as an attacking threat, Ferguson responded by introducing Rooney, who almost made an immediate impression. The England striker went down in the penalty area, having been clipped by Steven Caulker only to see referee Chris Foy wave away United's claims.

Still Spurs continued to pour forward - Lennon zipped away from Patrice Evra and freed Defoe in the penalty area but at the crucial moment the England striker hesitated, allowing Ferdinand to appear from nowhere to snuff out the danger.

But with time running out, Spurs finally broke through. De Gea failed to punch Benoit Assou-Ekotto's cross clear, allowing Lennon to cross for Dempsey to prod home.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas: "We dominated the whole game, played well and deserved to win. We had 60% possession against United, 15 shots against four and should have won. Champions like United have to go through moments like this but I think we deserved this last-minute goal.

"We set our targets high, we wanted to win. We understood you are not going to go two or three up but we managed to get at least a point and a deserved point."

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand: "Before the game we would have taken a point. We have a good record here over the years, but Spurs have improved so we would have taken a point, but we are disappointed. We defended well as a team.

"When you play against a team with Gareth Bale in it you have to set yourself up right. We didn't do that at Old Trafford - we were not going to make the same mistake again. They are a team who are improving under a new manager, so we leave here not too down."

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Sunday, 20 January 2013

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Tottenham 1-1 Man Utd FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Dempsey 90+3
  • Van Persie 25

Tottenham

Substitutes

Man Utd

Substitutes

Ref: FoyAtt: 35,956
TOTTENHAM
MAN UTD

Possession

  • Tottenham 52%
  • Man Utd 48%

Attempts on target

  • Tottenham 18
  • Man Utd 4

Attempts off target

  • Tottenham 5
  • Man Utd 2

Corners

  • Tottenham 9
  • Man Utd 4

Fouls

  • Tottenham 7
  • Man Utd 14
  • Final Result
  • 90:00+4:10 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:39 Foul by Antonio Valencia (Man Utd) on Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham). Free kick taken left-footed by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 90:00+2:05 Booking Clint Dempsey (Tottenham) booked for leaving the field of play without the referee's permission.
  • 90:00+2:04 Assist (cross) by Aaron Lennon (Tottenham) from right side of penalty area.
  • 90:00+2:04 GOAL - Clint DempseyTottenham 1 - 1 Man Utd Goal by Clint Dempsey (Tottenham) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).Tottenham 1-1 Man Utd.
  • 90:00+1:41 Shot by Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham) drilled right-footed from right channel (25 yards), blocked by Phil Jones (Man Utd).
  • 90:00+1:09 Danny Welbeck (Man Utd) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 89:54 Shot by Aaron Lennon (Tottenham) drilled left-footed from right channel (18 yards), blocked by Phil Jones (Man Utd).
  • 89:04 Defending throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
  • 87:42 Foul by Phil Jones (Man Utd) on Gareth Bale (Tottenham). Free kick taken right-footed by Mousa Dembele (Tottenham) from own half, passed. Defending throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
  • 87:22 Defending throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
  • 85:28 Shot by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) drilled right-footed from left channel (20 yards), blocked by Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Kyle Walker (Tottenham) to near post, save (caught) by David De Gea (Man Utd).
  • 84:43 Defending throw-in by Rafael Da Silva (Man Utd).
  • 84:18 Attacking throw-in by Gareth Bale (Tottenham).
  • 83:54 Attacking throw-in by Kyle Walker (Tottenham).
  • 83:14 Shot by Clint Dempsey (Tottenham) right-footed from right channel (18 yards), blocked by Phil Jones (Man Utd). Attacking throw-in by Aaron Lennon (Tottenham).
  • 82:23 Shot by Mousa Dembele (Tottenham) drilled left-footed from left channel (25 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by David De Gea (Man Utd).
  • 81:33 Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham) on Antonio Valencia (Man Utd). Free kick crossed left-footed by Robin van Persie (Man Utd) from right channel, clearance by Kyle Walker (Tottenham).
  • 80:50 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Robin van Persie (Man Utd) to near post, clearance by Michael Dawson (Tottenham).
  • 80:13 Shot by Jermain Defoe (Tottenham) drilled left-footed from right channel (20 yards), comfortable save (caught) by David De Gea (Man Utd).
  • 79:26 Attacking throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
  • 79:26 Substitution Tottenham substitution: Scott Parker replaced by Tom Huddlestone (tactical).
  • 78:44 Free kick taken right-footed by Kyle Walker (Tottenham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 78:44 Booking Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 78:41 Foul by Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) on Aaron Lennon (Tottenham).
  • 78:32 Cross by Patrice Evra (Man Utd), clearance by Steven Caulker (Tottenham).
  • 77:52 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) to far post, header by Steven Caulker (Tottenham) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (punched) by David De Gea (Man Utd).
  • 77:39 Shot by Jermain Defoe (Tottenham) drilled left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd).
  • 76:56 Cross by Scott Parker (Tottenham), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by David De Gea (Man Utd).
  • 76:08 Free kick crossed left-footed by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) from left wing, resulting in open play. Cross by Aaron Lennon (Tottenham), resulting in open play.
  • 76:08 Booking Rafael Da Silva (Man Utd) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 75:51 Foul by Rafael Da Silva (Man Utd) on Gareth Bale (Tottenham).
  • 75:42 Attacking throw-in by Rafael Da Silva (Man Utd).
  • 74:55 Cross by Phil Jones (Man Utd), resulting in open play. Robin van Persie (Man Utd) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 73:52 Attacking throw-in by Rafael Da Silva (Man Utd).
  • 73:52 Substitution Man Utd substitution: Tom Cleverley replaced by Antonio Valencia (tactical).
  • 73:26 Goal kick taken long by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham).
  • 72:41 Attacking throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
  • 72:15 Shot by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) drilled left-footed from left channel (30 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by David De Gea (Man Utd).
  • 71:09 Robin van Persie (Man Utd) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 71:00 Goal kick taken long by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham).
  • 70:27 Attacking throw-in by Rafael Da Silva (Man Utd).
  • 69:42 Defending throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
  • 67:40 Shot by Danny Welbeck (Man Utd) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham). Cross by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham), clearance by Rafael Da Silva (Man Utd).
  • 66:07 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) to near post, clearance by Robin van Persie (Man Utd).
  • 65:45 Shot by Jermain Defoe (Tottenham) curled right-footed from left channel (18 yards), blocked by Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd). Shot by Clint Dempsey (Tottenham) left-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.
  • 64:55 Foul by Rafael Da Silva (Man Utd) on Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham). Free kick crossed left-footed by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) from left wing, clearance by Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd).
  • 64:50 Defending throw-in by Gareth Bale (Tottenham).
  • 64:34 Defending throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
  • 63:47 Attacking throw-in by Rafael Da Silva (Man Utd).
  • 63:47 Substitution Tottenham substitution: Kyle Naughton replaced by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (tactical).
  • 62:11 Foul by Robin van Persie (Man Utd) on Michael Dawson (Tottenham). Free kick taken right-footed by Michael Dawson (Tottenham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 61:27 Goal kick taken long by David De Gea (Man Utd).
  • 61:27 Substitution Man Utd substitution: Shinji Kagawa replaced by Wayne Rooney (tactical).
  • 61:17 Cross by Gareth Bale (Tottenham), resulting in ball out of play.
  • 60:35 Shot by Clint Dempsey (Tottenham) left-footed from left channel (20 yards), comfortable save (caught) by David De Gea (Man Utd).
  • 59:59 Attacking throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
  • 59:48 Attacking throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
  • 59:23 Goal kick taken long by David De Gea (Man Utd).
  • 58:30 Cross by Kyle Walker (Tottenham), clearance by Danny Welbeck (Man Utd).
  • 57:51 Foul by Rafael Da Silva (Man Utd) on Gareth Bale (Tottenham). Free kick crossed left-footed by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) from left wing, clearance by Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd).
  • 57:44 Goal kick taken long by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham).
  • 57:14 Attacking throw-in by Rafael Da Silva (Man Utd).
  • 56:49 Attacking throw-in by Rafael Da Silva (Man Utd).
  • 56:16 Foul by Clint Dempsey (Tottenham) on Robin van Persie (Man Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by Michael Carrick (Man Utd) from right channel, passed.
  • 56:12 Defending throw-in by Rafael Da Silva (Man Utd).
  • 55:22 Robin van Persie (Man Utd) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Michael Dawson (Tottenham) from own half, passed.
  • 55:10 Defending throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
  • 54:56 Goal kick taken long by David De Gea (Man Utd).
  • 53:51 Robin van Persie (Man Utd) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) from own half, passed.
  • 53:21 Defending throw-in by Kyle Walker (Tottenham).
  • 53:00 Handball by Scott Parker (Tottenham). Free kick taken right-footed by David De Gea (Man Utd) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 52:37 Cross by Gareth Bale (Tottenham), clearance by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
  • 51:29 Shot by Shinji Kagawa (Man Utd) right-footed from left channel (18 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham).
  • 50:37 Shot by Clint Dempsey (Tottenham) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (tipped round post) by David De Gea (Man Utd). Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) to near post, clearance by Robin van Persie (Man Utd). Attacking throw-in by Gareth Bale (Tottenham).
  • 49:28 Attacking throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
  • 48:49 Shot by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) left-footed from left channel (18 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by David De Gea (Man Utd).
  • 47:48 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) to far post, clearance by Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd).
  • 47:07 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) to centre, clearance by Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd).
  • Correction - 46:25 Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Mousa Dembele gets a block in.
  • 46:25 Shot by Danny Welbeck (Man Utd) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Mousa Dembele (Tottenham). Goal kick taken long by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham).
  • 45:37 Shot by Jermain Defoe (Tottenham) drilled right-footed from right channel (18 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by David De Gea (Man Utd).
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
  • 45:00+2:17 The players leave the pitch at half time.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:08 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Kyle Walker (Tottenham) to near post, resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by David De Gea (Man Utd).
  • 45:00+0:05 Shot by Shinji Kagawa (Man Utd) drilled left-footed from left channel (20 yards), blocked by Scott Parker (Tottenham). Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Robin van Persie (Man Utd) to centre, clearance by Michael Dawson (Tottenham). Defending throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
  • 44:24 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Robin van Persie (Man Utd) to near post, resulting in open play.
  • 43:18 Free kick crossed right-footed by Kyle Walker (Tottenham) from right wing, resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by David De Gea (Man Utd).
  • 43:18 Booking Patrice Evra (Man Utd) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 43:11 Foul by Patrice Evra (Man Utd) on Aaron Lennon (Tottenham).
  • 43:01 Cross by Danny Welbeck (Man Utd), clearance by Kyle Walker (Tottenham).
  • 41:36 Cross by Rafael Da Silva (Man Utd), clearance by Kyle Naughton (Tottenham).
  • 41:10 Foul by Jermain Defoe (Tottenham) on Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by David De Gea (Man Utd) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 40:40 Shot by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) left-footed from left channel (20 yards), blocked by Phil Jones (Man Utd). Goal kick taken long by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham). Attacking throw-in by Kyle Naughton (Tottenham).
  • 39:54 Cross by Aaron Lennon (Tottenham), resulting in open play. Shot by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), save (parried) by David De Gea (Man Utd).
  • 38:48 Foul by Shinji Kagawa (Man Utd) on Scott Parker (Tottenham). Free kick crossed left-footed by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) from left channel, clearance by Michael Carrick (Man Utd).
  • 38:00 Robin van Persie (Man Utd) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 37:41 Attacking throw-in by Rafael Da Silva (Man Utd).
  • 37:06 Defending throw-in by Rafael Da Silva (Man Utd).
  • 36:25 Defending throw-in by Kyle Walker (Tottenham).
  • 35:55 Foul by Scott Parker (Tottenham) on Shinji Kagawa (Man Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by Rafael Da Silva (Man Utd) from own half, passed.
  • 33:45 Foul by Phil Jones (Man Utd) on Clint Dempsey (Tottenham). Free kick taken right-footed by Kyle Naughton (Tottenham) from left channel, resulting in open play.
  • 32:02 Cross by Robin van Persie (Man Utd), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham).
  • 31:31 Corner from left by-line taken short left-footed by Robin van Persie (Man Utd).
  • 31:24 Cross by Patrice Evra (Man Utd), clearance by Michael Dawson (Tottenham).
  • 29:47 Defending throw-in by Kyle Walker (Tottenham).
  • 29:47 Booking Michael Dawson (Tottenham) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 28:07 Attacking throw-in by Mousa Dembele (Tottenham).
  • 27:47 Attacking throw-in by Kyle Naughton (Tottenham).
  • 27:32 Shot by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) left-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by Phil Jones (Man Utd). Goal kick taken long by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham).
  • 27:05 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Kyle Walker (Tottenham) to near post, clearance by Robin van Persie (Man Utd). Attacking throw-in by Kyle Walker (Tottenham).
  • 26:51 Shot by Jermain Defoe (Tottenham) drilled right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), save (tipped round post) by David De Gea (Man Utd).
  • 26:05 Defending throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
  • 24:44 Assist (cross) by Tom Cleverley (Man Utd) from right side of penalty area.
  • 24:44 GOAL - Robin van PersieTottenham 0 - 1 Man Utd Headed goal by Robin van Persie (Man Utd) (bottom-left of goal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards).Tottenham 0-1 Man Utd.
  • 23:50 Goal kick taken long by David De Gea (Man Utd).
  • 22:55 Defending throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
  • 21:52 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Kyle Walker (Tottenham) to centre, resulting in open play.
  • 21:04 Free kick crossed left-footed by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) from left channel, clearance by Michael Carrick (Man Utd).
  • 21:04 Booking Michael Carrick (Man Utd) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 20:57 Foul by Michael Carrick (Man Utd) on Clint Dempsey (Tottenham).
  • 20:29 Attacking throw-in by Kyle Naughton (Tottenham).
  • 19:42 Foul by Kyle Walker (Tottenham) on Tom Cleverley (Man Utd). Free kick taken left-footed by Michael Carrick (Man Utd) from left wing, passed.
  • 19:22 Foul by Danny Welbeck (Man Utd) on Scott Parker (Tottenham). Free kick taken left-footed by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) from own half, passed.
  • 18:43 Robin van Persie (Man Utd) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 18:30 Goal kick taken long by David De Gea (Man Utd).
  • 18:05 Attacking throw-in by Kyle Naughton (Tottenham).
  • 15:42 Goal kick taken long by David De Gea (Man Utd).
  • 14:29 Attacking throw-in by Rafael Da Silva (Man Utd).
  • 14:03 Attacking throw-in by Rafael Da Silva (Man Utd).
  • 13:32 Jermain Defoe (Tottenham) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by David De Gea (Man Utd) from own half, passed.
  • 13:11 Shot by Aaron Lennon (Tottenham) drilled left-footed from left channel (20 yards), save (parried) by David De Gea (Man Utd).
  • 12:25 Cross by Phil Jones (Man Utd), header by Robin van Persie (Man Utd) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham).
  • 10:43 Shot by Scott Parker (Tottenham) curled right-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken short by David De Gea (Man Utd).
  • 10:24 Goal kick taken long by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham).
  • 9:27 Foul by Mousa Dembele (Tottenham) on Phil Jones (Man Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by Rafael Da Silva (Man Utd) from own half, passed.
  • 8:47 Foul by Patrice Evra (Man Utd) on Aaron Lennon (Tottenham). Free kick crossed right-footed by Kyle Walker (Tottenham) from right wing, clearance by Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd).
  • 8:17 Attacking throw-in by Kyle Walker (Tottenham).
  • 8:01 Defending throw-in by Kyle Naughton (Tottenham).
  • 7:42 Attacking throw-in by Rafael Da Silva (Man Utd).
  • 7:13 Goal kick taken long by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham).
  • 6:11 Attacking throw-in by Kyle Walker (Tottenham).
  • 5:13 Shot by Clint Dempsey (Tottenham) volleyed right-footed from right channel (20 yards), blocked by Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd).
  • 3:56 Attacking throw-in by Rafael Da Silva (Man Utd). Foul by Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd) on Jermain Defoe (Tottenham). Free kick crossed right-footed by Scott Parker (Tottenham) from right wing, clearance by Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd).
  • 3:40 Goal kick taken long by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham).
  • 2:52 Foul by Scott Parker (Tottenham) on Phil Jones (Man Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd) from own half, passed.
  • 2:00 Goal kick taken long by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham).
  • 1:01 Attacking throw-in by Rafael Da Silva (Man Utd).
  • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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