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May 19, 2013 at 4pm UK at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
SpursTottenham Hotspur
1-0
Sunderland
Bale (89')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Match Analysis: Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Sunderland

Match Analysis: Tottenham 1-0 Sunderland
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Sports Mole reviews how Tottenham Hotspur secured a 1-0 victory over Sunderland at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon.

A late strike from Gareth Bale handed Tottenham Hotspur a 1-0 victory over Sunderland, but it wasn't enough to earn his side a place in the Champions League.

Bale struck from 30 yards with two minutes remaining after Sunderland had defended admirably to keep the score goalless for 88 minutes.

However, with Arsenal beating Newcastle United at St James' Park, Spurs will play in the Europa League next season.

Sports Mole has taken a look back to see whether Tottenham's win was a fair one.

Match statistics:

Tottenham Hotspur:
Shots 23
On target 19
Possession 63%
Corners 14
Fouls 6

Sunderland:
Shots 6
On target 4
Possession 37%
Corners 1
Fouls 12

Was the result fair?

Spurs will argue that the number of shots that they had justifies them winning the match, but Sunderland defended superbly and can count themselves unlucky.

Tottneham Hotspur's performance

On the whole, Tottenham played well without possessing a killer instinct in front of goal. 19 shots on target would suggest that they had Simon Mignolet making save after save, but the majority of his stops were comfortable.

Sunderland's performance

Manager Paolo Di Canio demanded that his players perform with dignity in their final match of the campaign, and although he will be disappointed with the result, the Italian will be encouraged ahead of next season.

Sports Mole's man of the match

Gareth Bale: There wasn't any one player who stood out during the 90 minutes at White Hart Lane, so the award has to go to Gareth Bale for his stunning long-range strike that won the match. There were times when the Welshman cut a frustrated figure, but he continued to work hard to make something happen and he was rewarded with two minutes to go.

Referee performance

This wasn't one of Andre Marriner's better games, and he will come in for plenty of criticism for handing Bale a yellow card for simulation. It should have been a penalty for Spurs, and if they had scored that, the pressure would have been heaped on Arsenal.

What next?

Tottenham Hotspur: Tottenham's main objective for the summer will be to retain the services of Gareth Bale, which has become a little harder with them being unable to provide the 23-year-old with Champions League football.

Sunderland: Di Canio will be aware that he will have to strengthen his squad significantly if the Black Cats are to stay clear of the relegation zone next season.

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