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Dempsey late show gives Manchester United frostbite

Published on Jan 21, 2013 5:30 AM
 
Tottenham Hotspur's Clint Dempsey, center, celebrates his goal beside Jermain Defoe, left, during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane stadium in London, on Sunday, Jan 20, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - A stoppage-time goal by Clint Dempsey saw Tottenham Hotspur snatch a 1-1 draw at home to Manchester United on Sunday that prevented the Premier League leaders from restoring their seven-point lead.

United had taken the lead through Robin van Persie in the 25th minute and looked set to hold on for a narrow victory until Dempsey scrambled the ball home from close range in injury time at a snow-sprinkled White Hart Lane.

The result means that second-place Manchester City are now five points behind United, while Spurs finish the weekend trailing third-place Chelsea by four points and leading Everton by the same distance.

It was only the fifth time this season that Alex Ferguson's side have failed to take maximum points from a league game and they have taken just a point from Spurs, who prevailed 3-2 at Old Trafford in September.

 
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