West Ham vs. Tottenham: Premier League Live Score, Highlights, Recap
Monday 25th February. Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET. Upton Park - London, England
Final Score: West Ham (Carroll Pen 25', J. Cole 58') 2-3 Spurs (Bale 13' & 90', Sigurdsson 77')
Gareth Bale bagged a stunning brace to drag Spurs to a 3-2 victory over West Ham, including a 90th minute pile-driver to break Hammers hearts. This was one of the great London derbies.
All the talk was about Bale in the build-up to the game. He showed exactly why in the thirteenth minute. The Welshman turned on the edge of the box, leaving a couple of West Ham defenders in his wake before firing across Jussi Jaaskelainen and into the bottom corner. Spurs and Bale were up and running.
But the lead didn't last long as West Ham came roaring back. Parker felled Andy Carroll in the penalty area and the big geordie striker converted from the spot.
Both teams had chances towards the end of the first half in what was an all-action encounter. But neither snuck ahead before half time.
That pattern continued throughout the second half.
West Ham took the initiative just before the hour mark. Joe Cole sprung the offside trap and brought a long ball down superbly. His left foot shot squirmed past Hugo Lloris and into the bottom corner. A real classy goal from Cole.
The main turning point in the game came in the 76th minute as West Ham had a big chance to go 3-1 up. Matt Taylor was one-on-one with Hugo Lloris, but the French international 'keeper was quick off his line and smothered the shot.
Moments later, Spurs were back level. Bale again was involved, his free-kick causing havoc in the West Ham penalty area. The Hammers failed to clear their lines before Sigurdsson poked home at the back post.
Both teams pushed for a winner, with Jaaskelainen foiling Spurs again and again. The game looked to be heading towards a draw, but Bale wasn't finished yet.
After breaking forward, Bale picked the ball up 35 yards out and sized up a leggy West Ham defence. He shifted it onto his left-foot and arrowed an unbelievable dipping effort into the top corner. Jaaskelainen waved it on its way and the Spurs faithful behind the goal went absolutely crazy.
West Ham will feel hard done by having been in the game for long, long periods. If they continue to play like that, then they will have no problems staying up.
And for Spurs? Well, they have a very, very special player on their hands. What a boost for them ahead of Sunday's massive North London Derby.
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Full Time - West Ham 2-3 Tottenham
"Amazing" says Gary Neville on Sky Sports. That just about sums up this game and Gareth Bale's performance.
Massive win for Spurs, West Ham will be nervously looking over their shoulder.
Recap to follow.
90' - Gareth Bale has just produced an absolute wonder-goal to win this for Spurs.
He gets Tottenham going with an excellent turn in midfield before being fouled in the build up. Referee Howard Webb plays advantage and Bale gets the ball again about 30 yards away from goal.
He looks up. Picks his spot. And arrows an unbelievable strike into the top corner. Jaaskelainen is miles away from it and the Spurs fans behind his goal go absolutely berserk.
Amazing goal to settle a thrilling contest.
What. A. Goal.
Goal! 3-2 Spurs! Bale!
Joe Cole celebrates putting West Ham in front
85' - Five minutes to go here.
It has been a breathless encounter so far. Both sides still looking dangerous going forward.
80' - Two great saves!
If West Ham get anything from this game, then they owe a hell of a lot to their goalkeeper.
First he produces a fine reaction stop to thwart a Gareth Bale toe poke. Then an even better save, springing away to his left to deny Adebayor's headed effort.
You get the feeling there is another goal to come in this, as West Ham threaten again through Carroll.
75' - What is that old adage about not taking your chances?
Spurs are back on level terms thanks to the substitute Sigurdsson, just seconds after Matt Taylor had a wonderful chance to put West Ham out of sight.
The equaliser comes from a Gareth Bale free-kick, with the Welshman putting the ball into a superb area. West Ham try to clear it, but the ball hits Winston Reid and falls to Adebayor. His shot is blocked, before Sigurdsson pokes home at the back stick.
What a game we've had here. Anyone fancy a winner!?
Goal! Sigurdsson scored for Spurs! 2-2!
74' - Great save Lloris!
I think it is fair to say that Tottenham haven't quite got this offside trap right tonight.
The ball comes forward again with the Spurs back line stepping up. They fail to do so quick enough however leaving Taylor through on goal, but Lloris is out to smother the shot.
What a chance to wrap it up for West Ham!
72' - Substitution for West Ham
Pogatetz on, Demel off
68' - Off the bar!
When Spurs have Gareth Bale, they have a chance.
The Welshman finds space yet again on the edge of the area. He whips a left-footed shot towards the top corner which looks all but goal-bound, but Jaaskelainen somehow tips the strike onto the bar and behind.
Top save from the West Ham keeper.
67' - Steven Caulker might be in for some heading practice on Monday morning.
Yet again, he is first to a corner. Middle of the goal, six yards out, free header. He heads it meekly into the ground straight at Jaaskelainen.
Poor from the England international defender.
62' - In amongst all that, Joe Cole was booked for his celebration. Ridiculous.
58' - Looks like they might!
This is an excellent finish from Joe Cole.
Joey O'Brien plays the ball forward and Spurs try to play offside. Joe Cole beats the trap however and plucks the ball out of the air.
He turns sharply and tucks a left footed shot away into the corner, beyond the despairing dive of Hugo Lloris.
Upton Park goes bonkers.
West Ham lead 2-1
58' - Goal! West Ham lead! Joe Cole scores!
57' - How has Emanuel Adebayor not scored here?!?
Sigurdsson picks the ball up and curls a sumptuous shot against the posy. Adebayor picks up the rebound with the West Ham keeper out of the picture.
His header has no power on it whatsoever however and Jaaskelainen gets back to keep it out. Will Spurs pay for that?
56' - Substitution for Spurs
Lewis Holtby off, Gylfi Sigurdsson on
Both teams paid tribute to Bobby Moore prior to today's game
52' - Diame is winning that midfield battle against Dembele, who is walking a tight-rope following his first half booking.
West Ham's No.21 is driving forward at will, picking incisive passes as he does so. Spurs need to get a grip of him fast.
48' - Big chance for Spurs!
Its Caulker again who rises six yards out to get on the end of Gareth Bale corner. His header is powerful, but straight at Jaaskelainen.
It was a free header, and Caulker should really be bursting the net with that one.
46' - Second half is underway
Spurs get us started in the second half. Bubbles everywhere.
So, a bit more on the two goals.
Bale gets far, far to much time and space to turn on the edge of the box. But afterwards, he shimmies through a couple of challenges before producing a lethal finish. Sam Allardyce will not be happy about the space Bale found in such a dangerous area, but the run and finish West Ham could do little to stop.
As for Carroll's penalty, he does excellently to win it in the first place. The big centre-forward sees the challenge coming from Scott Parker and just lifts the ball over him. The referee has no choice but to point to the spot.
The replay shows that Carroll very nearly slips upon striking the ball, but Hammers fans will be thankful he managed to stay on his feet. Great penalty.
Andy Carroll and Matt Jarvis celebrate West Ham's equalising goal.
45' - Half-time
Bale's free-kick bends and swerves, but falls just wide of Jaaskelainen's left-hand post. With that, the referee calls time on an enthralling half.
It's West Ham 1-1 Tottenham at the break.
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