Premier League Final Day: See Gareth Bale, Laurent Koscielny Goals in Top-4 Race

Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistMay 19, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19:   Gareth Bale of Tottenham reacts to a yellow card from Referee, Andre Marriner for diving during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland at White Hart Lane on May 19, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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The Premier League 2012-13 season came to a close on Sunday, and with relegation and the title already sewn up, the big drama came in the race for the top four positions, with North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal fighting it out for the last spot.

Chelsea had already all-but-confirmed their own place, and a 2-1 final day win over Everton sealed third place, so it was down to the Gunners to pick up the win they needed to fend off the challenge from Spurs, who would instead take fourth if they won and Arsenal failed to.

Two tight matches were goalless at the break and into the second half, before the Gunners grabbed the all-important opening goal on 52 minutes with centre-back Laurent Koscielny hooking in from close range after a free kick was headed on in his direction.

Spurs fans shortly afterward apparently thought Newcastle had found an equaliser (via BBC)—but it was misinformation if they did:

False alarm! A false alarm at White Hart Lane. I love it when this happens on the last day of the season. Spurs fans erupt as 'news' comes through to them but I can assure you that Newcastle have not scored. They soon pipe down again.

Arsenal held firm, and as the matches moved toward the closing stages, Spurs were still lacking the goal they needed themselves to have even a chance of reaching fourth spot.

Enter Gareth Bale.

Another wonderful effort from the Tottenham man found the back of the net from range, giving Spurs fans hope in the 89th minute that their team could achieve the hugely unlikely.

They'd done what they needed against Sunderland, but there was no late comeback from Newcastle as Arsenal held onto their own 1-0 victory, to seal fourth spot at the end of the season and a place in the Champions League qualifying round for 2013-14 season. Arsenal end the season on 73 points, one ahead of Spurs, having taken an impressive eight wins from their final 10 games of the season.

Spurs, once more, have to settle for fifth place, the Europa League and the continuation of St Totteringham's Day.

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