West Ham vs. Tottenham: Premier League Live Score, Highlights, Recap

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistFebruary 24, 2013

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.

Have any thoughts on the game? Let me know in the comments section or on Twitter: @MattJFootball


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