Bale double keeps Spurs in third place
Gareth Bale grabbed a second-half double as third-place Tottenham cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win over Norwich to keep the pressure on the Manchester clubs at the top of the Premier League on Tuesday.Updated: Dec 28, 2011 22:54 IST
Gareth Bale grabbed a second-half double as third-place Tottenham cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win over Norwich to keep the pressure on the Manchester clubs at the top of the Premier League on Tuesday.
The Wales winger revived memories of his performances in the Champions League last season with an impressive individual display at Carrow Road, capped by goals in the 55th and 67th minutes.
While his first was a simple close-range shot after good work from Emmanuel Adebayor, his second was more memorable, bursting through the middle before supplying a deft finish over Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy.
The win lifted Spurs to within seven points of Manchester City and Manchester United, with the London club still holding a game in hand at home to Everton next month. It also moved Redknapp's team four points clear of Chelsea, which may have dropped out of title contention by drawing 1-1 at home to Fulham on Monday.
Arsenal is a further point back after being held 1-1 by Wolverhampton earlier on Tuesday.
Suarez hit with new FA ban over gesture
London: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been banned by the Football Association for one match and fined £20,000 ($31,300) for a gesture made towards Fulham fans in the 1-0 defeat at Craven Cottage earlier this month.
Suarez had admitted the latest charge of improper conduct. Liverpool have also been fined £20,000 for failing to control their players in the same match - a charge related to the dismissal of midfielder Jay Spearing.
First Published: Dec 28, 2011 22:52 IST