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Last Updated: Saturday, 21 April 2007, 13:49 GMT 14:49 UK
Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal
By Phil McNulty

Emmanuel Adebayor threatens the Spurs goal
Emmanuel Adebayor threatens the Spurs goal
Jermaine Jenas scored a spectacular last-minute equaliser to earn Spurs a fortunate point against Arsenal in a thrilling north London derby.

He beat Jens Lehmann from 25 yards in the dying seconds after Arsenal had dominated at White Hart Lane.

Robbie Keane headed Spurs in front after 30 minutes, and Arsenal hit the woodwork three times before Kolo Toure turned in Cesc Fabregas' free-kick.

Emmanuel Adebayor headed a second after 77 minutes before Jenas struck.

606: DEBATE

Spurs' point helped their quest for Uefa Cup qualification, but they have still not beaten Arsenal for 18 games.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was left frustrated at the final whistle as they are forced to wait to clinch a Champions League place.

The Gunners thought they had opened the scoring after 10 minutes when Adebayor finished instinctively from Freddie Ljungberg's deft pass, but the Swede had strayed offside in the build up.

Spurs went ahead on the half-hour, seconds after a minor goal-mouth fracas led to yellow cards for Abu Diaby, Dimitar Berbatov and Arsenal keeper Lehmann.

Jenas' corner was flicked on by Michael Dawson and Keane headed in from almost on the line.

Arsenal suffered another setback seven minutes before half-time when Ljungberg limped off with a hamstring injury, to be replaced by Fabregas.

It sparked a marked Arsenal improvement, Emmanuel Eboue hitting the post and Adebayor shooting wildly over the top.

Arsenal continued to dominate after the break, with both Toure and Adebayor heading against the woodwork as Spurs were pinned back.

And they got the equaliser they richly deserved after 63 minutes when Toure stole in unmarked at the far post to turn in Fabregas' free-kick.

Spurs had barely been seen as an attacking force, and escaped again when Eboue flashed the ball across the goal-mouth with no Arsenal player able to apply the finishing touch.

Adebayor rounded off another spell of Arsenal pressure when he headed powerfully past Paul Robinson from Fabregas' free-kick with 13 minutes remaining.

But as Arsenal looked to see out time, Jenas drilled a low drive past Lehmann to rescue a point.


  • Tottenham boss Martin Jol:
    "I thought we played excellently in the first half and they couldn't settle - but, in the second half, we looked flat and tired.

    "I thought we were pretty lucky to get a draw but you never give up hope.

    "It could have gone to 3-1 but they gave us an opportunity to come back into the game and they only have themselves to blame."

  • Arsene boss Arsene Wenger:
    "We should have won by five goals. We didn't see Spurs creating many chances today but they scored two goals.

    "It's the story of the season. Fantastic spirit but we have to learn to make the most of our chances.

    "We hit the post three times and I think we should have scored at least five times."


    Tottenham: Robinson, Chimbonda, King, Dawson, Rocha, Lennon (Huddlestone 72), Zokora (Defoe 82), Jenas, Tainio (Malbranque 60), Berbatov, Keane.
    Subs Not Used: Cerny, Ifil.

    Booked: Berbatov, Zokora.

    Goals: Keane 30, Jenas 90.

    Arsenal: Lehmann, Eboue, Toure, Gallas, Clichy, Hleb (Senderos 90), Silva, Diaby, Rosicky (Julio Baptista 66), Ljungberg (Fabregas 39), Adebayor.
    Subs Not Used: Almunia, Denilson.

    Booked: Lehmann, Diaby.

    Goals: Toure 64, Adebayor 78.

    Att: 36,050

    Ref: M Dean (Wirral).




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