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Football: Soldado ends barren spell as Spurs stay in hunt

Published on Mar 3, 2014 6:53 AM
Tottenham Hotspur's Roberto Soldado (left) scores against Cardiff City during their English Premier League soccer match at White Hart Lane in London, on Mar 2, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Roberto Soldado ended his personal goal-drought and kept Tottenham Hotspur's fast-fading hopes of a top four place alive with the only goal in a 1-0 victory over relegation-threatened Cardiff City at White Hart Lane.

Sunday's win helped consolidate Tottenham's hold on fifth place, although they remain four points adrift of Manchester City, who lie fourth having played two games fewer than Spurs.

"It's a huge ask (qualifying for the Champions League) but one we have to believe in," Spurs manager Tim Sherwood told Sky Sports. "It is more difficult than ever because there is so much competition at the top of the table but we are looking upwards rather than behind us."

For Cardiff, a seventh successive away league defeat leaves Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's side second bottom, three points off safety, and capped a week in which Malaysian owner Vincent Tan again reiterated his threats to sell the club if supporters continued to object to his regime.

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