Tottenham fulfilled their part of the bargain with a final-day victory over Sunderland - but their Champions League ambitions were shattered by Arsenal's win at Newcastle United.

Gareth Bale added to his catalogue of spectacular goals with a brilliant late strike but that elation soon turned to deflation as the news filtered through from Tyneside that Spurs had been thwarted by their fiercest rivals in the chase for fourth place.

Tottenham's total of 72 points is their highest in the Premier League but this was of little consolation to manager Andre Villas-Boas and his players - their faces pictures of dejection as they trooped down the tunnel after Arsenal's victory was confirmed.

Spurs can still attract 'big players'

Bale at least gave Spurs fans another golden memory to remember him by after a stellar season with a trademark long range strike beyond Sunderland's outstanding keeper Simon Mignolet just as stoppage time was about to begin.

Mignolet kept Spurs at bay with a succession of saves while they were angered by referee Andre Marriner's refusal to award penalties for a foul on Bale by Seb Larsson and a second-half handball by Carlos Cuellar.

To add insult to injury Bale was cautioned for diving, his fifth booking of the season, while Spurs have not been awarded a penalty all season.

Sunderland battled hard, despite being reduced to 10 men when David Vaughan was sent off for a second yellow card in the second half, but Spurs thoroughly deserved their win on sheer weight of pressure and chances.

Sadly, however, they have come up just short on the final day of the season and their pain will only be made more acute by the fact that it is Arsenal who have claimed the place in Europe's elite they so desperately wanted.

Spurs finish in fifth, a place lower than last season when Chelsea's Champions League win took the prize away from them, and must contest the Europa League once more.

Record points total

Tottenham's win against Sunderland has seen them beat their previous record Premier League points haul of 70 - set in 2009-10 - by two.

They responded to the atmosphere of expectation inside White Hart Lane by dominating possession - but Mignolet was well protected by a defence missing Danny Rose, who was not eligible to play against his parent club, and Phil Bardsley.

Referee Marriner's decision to book Bale for diving in the 21st minute almost sent the disbelieving Villas-Boas down the tunnel in pursuit of fourth official Phil Dowd. Bale looked to be very clearly bundled to the floor by Larsson as they chased the ball into the area but the official, some distance away, enraged Spurs by not only ignoring their penalty claims but punishing the Wales international.

The sense of injustice swirling around White Hart Lane could have increased as Danny Graham found the unmarked Connor Wickham at the near post but keeper Hugo Lloris reacted well to save.

Mignolet was called into action as the half drew to a close but saves from Tom Huddlestone and Bale kept Sunderland on level terms.

For all Spurs' pressure, it was Lloris who was being forced into the better saves at this stage and he was in action again to save from Graham after Huddlestone carelessly gave the ball away in midfield.

Sunderland 'dignity' pleases Di Canio

Spurs were protesting furiously when referee Marriner ignored another penalty claim, this time when stumbling Cuellar handled Emmanuel Adebayor's shot.

Frustration was mounting by the minute, no more so than just after the hour when Jack Colback cleared off the line from Scott Parker then deflected Aaron Lennon's follow up shot on to the post.

Mignolet made a meal of saving Michael Dawson's header as Spurs laid siege to Sunderland's penalty box. The keeper was emerging as the central figure in the second half and he denied Spurs again with a vital block from Bale.

Sunderland were reduced to ten men when Vaughan, who had earlier been booked for fouling Parker, needlessly brought down Lennon.

In a predictable late assault, Bale's rising strike offered brief hope to Spurs and their fans - but it is Arsenal who reach the Champions League.

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Sunday, 19 May 2013

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Tottenham 1-0 Sunderland FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Bale 90

    Tottenham

    Substitutes

    Sunderland

    Substitutes

    Ref: MarrinerAtt: 36,063
    TOTTENHAM
    SUNDERLAND

    Possession

    • Tottenham 63%
    • Sunderland 37%

    Attempts on target

    • Tottenham 20
    • Sunderland 4

    Attempts off target

    • Tottenham 4
    • Sunderland 2

    Corners

    • Tottenham 14
    • Sunderland 1

    Fouls

    • Tottenham 6
    • Sunderland 12
    • Final Result
    • 90:00+4:13 The referee ends the match.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:51 Shot by Jermain Defoe (Tottenham) right-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by Carlos Cuellar (Sunderland).
    • 90:00+3:07 Attacking throw-in by Gareth Bale (Tottenham).
    • 90:00+2:21 Corner from right by-line taken short right-footed by Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham).
    • 90:00+1:42 Foul by Mikael Mandron (Sunderland) on Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham). Free kick taken right-footed by Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham) from own half, passed.
    • 90:00+0:31 Mikael Mandron (Sunderland) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • Correction - 89:20 GOAL - Gareth BaleTottenham 1 - 0 Sunderland Gareth Bale finds the back of the net with a goal from outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-0 Sunderland.
    • 89:20 Assist (pass) by Aaron Lennon (Tottenham) from left channel.
    • 89:20 GOAL - Gareth BaleTottenham 1 - 0 Sunderland Goal by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) left-footed (top-left of goal) from right channel (25 yards).Tottenham 1-0 Sunderland.
    • 87:34 Goal kick taken long by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).
    • 87:34 Substitution Sunderland substitution: Danny Graham replaced by Adam Mitchell (tactical).
    • 87:07 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham) to centre, header by Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.
    • 86:51 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham) to centre, clearance by Mikael Mandron (Sunderland).
    • 86:41 Shot by Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), blocked by Jack Colback (Sunderland).
    • 86:17 Foul by Aaron Lennon (Tottenham) on Jack Colback (Sunderland). Free kick crossed left-footed by Jack Colback (Sunderland) from left channel, clearance by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham).
    • 85:13 Attacking throw-in by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham).
    • 84:35 Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 83:46 Shot by Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham) right-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland). Shot by Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), save (caught) by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).
    • 82:53 Substitution Tottenham substitution: Benoit Assou-Ekotto replaced by Gylfi Sigurdsson (tactical).
    • 81:40 Attacking throw-in by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).
    • 80:30 Shot by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) left-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), save (caught) by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).
    • 79:43 Foul by Carlos Cuellar (Sunderland) on Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham). Free kick crossed right-footed by Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham) from left channel, clearance by Carlos Cuellar (Sunderland).
    • 78:49 Free kick crossed left-footed by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) from right wing, resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).
    • 78:49 Booking Mikael Mandron (Sunderland) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 78:36 Foul by Mikael Mandron (Sunderland) on Gareth Bale (Tottenham).
    • 78:12 Goal kick taken long by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham).
    • 77:37 Attacking throw-in by Jack Colback (Sunderland).
    • 74:39 Free kick taken left-footed by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) from right channel (25 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).
    • 74:39 Sent off David Vaughan (Sunderland) dismissed for second bookable offence.
    • 73:28 Substitution Sunderland substitution: Connor Wickham replaced by Mikael Mandron (tactical).
    • 73:00 Substitution Sunderland substitution: James McClean replaced by Billy Knott (tactical).
    • 72:38 Substitution Tottenham substitution: Clint Dempsey replaced by Jermain Defoe (tactical).
    • 72:09 Shot by Kyle Walker (Tottenham) right-footed from left channel (25 yards), save (punched) by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).
    • 71:38 Shot by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), save (parried) by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).
    • 71:03 Shot by Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), blocked by Carlos Cuellar (Sunderland).
    • 70:12 Cross by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham), clearance by John O'Shea (Sunderland).
    • 69:40 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham) to centre, resulting in open play.
    • 68:55 Attacking throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
    • 68:36 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham) to centre, clearance by John O'Shea (Sunderland).
    • 67:59 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham) to centre, header by Michael Dawson (Tottenham) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), clearance by Jack Colback (Sunderland).
    • 66:25 Goal kick taken long by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).
    • 65:46 Danny Graham (Sunderland) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham) from own half, passed.
    • 64:55 Attacking throw-in by Adam Johnson (Sunderland).
    • 63:46 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham) to far post, header by Michael Dawson (Tottenham) from left side of penalty area (12 yards), save (parried) by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).
    • 63:04 Goal kick taken long by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).
    • 63:04 Substitution Tottenham substitution: Scott Parker replaced by Mousa Dembele (tactical).
    • 62:02 Shot by Scott Parker (Tottenham) left-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Jack Colback (Sunderland). Shot by Aaron Lennon (Tottenham) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Connor Wickham (Sunderland).
    • 61:28 Defending throw-in by Jack Colback (Sunderland).
    • 60:49 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham) to far post, resulting in open play.
    • 59:59 Shot by Adam Johnson (Sunderland) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken short by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham).
    • 58:51 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) to near post, clearance by Jack Colback (Sunderland).
    • 58:28 Defending throw-in by Kyle Walker (Tottenham).
    • 57:39 Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham) on Connor Wickham (Sunderland). Free kick crossed left-footed by Adam Johnson (Sunderland) from right wing, clearance by Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham).
    • 57:34 Defending throw-in by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).
    • 56:50 Goal kick taken long by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).
    • 55:24 Goal kick taken long by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).
    • 54:22 Foul by Jack Colback (Sunderland) on Aaron Lennon (Tottenham). Free kick taken left-footed by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) from right wing, shot by Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.
    • 53:05 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham) to near post, clearance by John O'Shea (Sunderland).
    • 52:24 Foul by David Vaughan (Sunderland) on Aaron Lennon (Tottenham).
    • 52:24 Booking David Vaughan (Sunderland) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 50:28 Shot by Clint Dempsey (Tottenham) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Carlos Cuellar (Sunderland). Foul by David Vaughan (Sunderland) on Scott Parker (Tottenham). Free kick taken left-footed by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) from left channel (25 yards), save (tipped round post) by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).
    • 49:35 Shot by Danny Graham (Sunderland) left-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), save (parried) by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham).
    • 49:03 Attacking throw-in by Aaron Lennon (Tottenham).
    • 48:14 Shot by Danny Graham (Sunderland) right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken short by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham).
    • 47:52 Defending throw-in by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).
    • 46:46 Shot by Aaron Lennon (Tottenham) left-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).
    • 46:23 Attacking throw-in by Aaron Lennon (Tottenham).
    • 46:04 Defending throw-in by Jack Colback (Sunderland).
    • 45:34 Attacking throw-in by Kyle Walker (Tottenham).
    • 45:28 Defending throw-in by Kyle Walker (Tottenham).
    • 45:01 The second half has started.
    • 45:00+2:04 The first half comes to an end.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:26 Defending throw-in by Jack Colback (Sunderland).
    • 45:00+0:32 Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham) on Adam Johnson (Sunderland). Free kick crossed left-footed by Adam Johnson (Sunderland) from right wing, save (punched) by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham).
    • 44:57 Defending throw-in by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).
    • 44:28 Defending throw-in by Kyle Walker (Tottenham).
    • 43:55 Shot by Clint Dempsey (Tottenham) left-footed from left channel (20 yards), save (caught) by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).
    • 42:45 Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham) on Alfred N'Diaye (Sunderland). Free kick taken right-footed by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 42:01 Attacking throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
    • 40:43 Goal kick taken short by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham).
    • 40:04 Gareth Bale (Tottenham) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 38:05 Free kick taken left-footed by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) from right channel (25 yards), save (parried) by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).
    • 38:05 Booking James McClean (Sunderland) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 37:59 Foul by James McClean (Sunderland) on Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham).
    • 37:10 Attacking throw-in by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).
    • 36:59 Shot by Connor Wickham (Sunderland) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham).
    • 36:36 Danny Graham (Sunderland) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham) from own half, passed.
    • 35:29 Shot by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) left-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Jack Colback (Sunderland).
    • 35:10 Connor Wickham takes a shot. Scott Parker gets a block in.
    • 34:49 Attacking throw-in by Jack Colback (Sunderland).
    • 33:34 Defending throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
    • 32:09 Clint Dempsey (Tottenham) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 31:33 Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham) on Adam Johnson (Sunderland). Free kick taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 30:23 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Adam Johnson (Sunderland) to near post, save (punched) by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham).
    • 30:09 Shot by Connor Wickham (Sunderland) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (tipped round post) by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham).
    • 29:40 Defending throw-in by Jack Colback (Sunderland).
    • 28:55 Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 27:27 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) to near post, clearance by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).
    • 25:50 Defending throw-in by Jack Colback (Sunderland).
    • 24:35 Shot by Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham) right-footed from left channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).
    • 23:27 Defending throw-in by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).
    • Correction - 22:51 Foul by Danny Graham on Michael Dawson, free kick awarded. Scott Parker takes the free kick.
    • 22:51 Foul by Danny Graham (Sunderland) on Michael Dawson (Tottenham). Free kick taken left-footed by Scott Parker (Tottenham) from own half, passed.
    • 20:53 Booking Gareth Bale (Tottenham) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 19:24 Foul by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) on Clint Dempsey (Tottenham). Free kick taken left-footed by Clint Dempsey (Tottenham) from left channel, passed.
    • 18:46 Foul by Scott Parker (Tottenham) on David Vaughan (Sunderland). Free kick taken left-footed by David Vaughan (Sunderland) from own half, passed.
    • 18:17 Defending throw-in by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).
    • 17:18 Goal kick taken long by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).
    • 16:04 Foul by Connor Wickham (Sunderland) on Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham). Free kick taken right-footed by Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham) from own half, passed.
    • 14:08 Defending throw-in by Jack Colback (Sunderland).
    • Correction - 13:44 Danny Graham gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Dawson. Free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
    • 13:44 Foul by Danny Graham (Sunderland) on Michael Dawson (Tottenham). Free kick taken right-footed by Michael Dawson (Tottenham) from own half, passed.
    • 13:01 Goal kick taken long by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham).
    • 11:28 Defending throw-in by David Vaughan (Sunderland).
    • 9:42 Corner from right by-line taken short right-footed by Aaron Lennon (Tottenham). Cross by Gareth Bale (Tottenham), clearance by Carlos Cuellar (Sunderland).
    • 9:14 Attacking throw-in by Aaron Lennon (Tottenham).
    • 8:39 Attacking throw-in by Kyle Walker (Tottenham).
    • 7:40 Attacking throw-in by Kyle Walker (Tottenham).
    • 7:15 Attacking throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
    • 6:38 Defending throw-in by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).
    • 6:25 Attacking throw-in by Gareth Bale (Tottenham).
    • 5:56 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham) to near post, clearance by John O'Shea (Sunderland).
    • 5:07 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) to near post, clearance by Carlos Cuellar (Sunderland).
    • 4:49 Shot by Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), save (tipped round post) by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).
    • 4:36 Defending throw-in by Jack Colback (Sunderland).
    • 4:03 Defending throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
    • 3:38 Foul by James McClean (Sunderland) on Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham). Free kick taken right-footed by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 1:34 Goal kick taken long by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).
    • 1:09 Attacking throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
    • 1:05 Attacking throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
    • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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