Newcastle and Spurs fight on

The battle for Europe intensifies with Papiss Cisse scoring twice for Newcastle as Tottenham thrash Bolton 4-1.

    Newcastle and Spurs fight on
    Cisse struck a great goal to open scoring against Chelsea [GALLO/GETTY]


    Emmanuel Adebayor's double helped Tottenham Hotspur win 4-1 away at Bolton Wanderers while Papiss Cisse scored twice for Newcastle United in a 2-0 Premier League win at Chelsea as the battle for Champions League places hotted up on Wednesday.

    Both clubs are now within striking distance of third-placed Arsenal with two matches to play.

    Tottenham, in fourth, are on 65, ahead of Newcastle on goal difference.

    Champions League finalists Chelsea, who face Liverpool in the FA Cup final on Saturday, remain sixth on 61.

    A stunning Luka Modric strike set Tottenham on their way to victory at the Reebok stadium, where Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba received a standing ovation from fans before kickoff, 46 days after making a remarkable recovery after suffering a cardiac arrest in an FA Cup match against Spurs.

    Nigel Reo-Coker equalised in the 51st bit Spurs retaliated with three goals in 10 minutes.

    Rafael van der Vaart restored the lead in the 60th and Adebayor made it 3-1 two minutes later before completing the scoring with a far-post finish from Aaron Lennon's cross.

    It was Tottenham's second Premier League win at Bolton and their first since 1996.

    Prolific Senegal striker Cisse also scored two stunning goals at Stamford Bridge, his 12th and 13th league goals since joining Newcastle in the January transfer window.

    It was Newcastle's first league win at Stamford Bridge since 1986 and moved the Magpies four points clear of the Blues, who now look likely to need victory in next month's Champions League final to secure a place in next season's competition.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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