West Ham United and Tottenham meet in a London derby on the opening day of the new Premier League season, and it is a fixture that has produced some incredible highlights in years gone by.
The two sides last met at Upton Park as recently as May, when West Ham took the spoils in a very comfortable 2-0 win. The visitors played much of the match with 10 men, due to the sending off of Younes Kaboul for a professional foul. Shortly after, Sam Allardyce’s team took the lead when Harry Kane put through his own net following a corner.
The lead was added to by a Stewart Downing free-kick, and West Ham could have had more, were it not for the performance of Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham goal, who made numerous saves to keep the score down.
West Ham were in an intense battle against relegation in March 2007 but looked set to claim a crucial win when Mark Noble opened the scoring and then Carlos Tevez scored his long-awaited first goal for the club with a free-kick. However, Spurs pulled one back with a Jermain Defoe penalty and then levelled the game thanks to a rare goal from Teemu Tainio.
With just five minutes to go, Bobby Zamora thought he had got the winner for West Ham when his header beat Paul Robinson, but on 89 minutes Dimitar Berbatob levelled again with three minutes to go. And incredibly, there was still time for Spurs to grab a winner, as Paul Stalteri converted a rebound four minutes into added time to break Hammers hearts.
Most Crucial Goal
Martin Jol masterminded a superb season for Tottenham in 2005-06 as they led Arsenal in the race for fourth for much of the campaign, but things would cruelly turn against them on the final day as his side suffered from food poisoning.
Still, they were level at 1-1 with just 10 minutes to go thanks to a superb strike from Jermain Defoe, but Yossi Benayoun sent Arsenal into the Champions League after their final season at Highbury when he fired a shot into the top corner of the net.
In a topsy-turvy clash in February 2013, it looked like West Ham goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen was going to prevent Spurs from taking all three points after making a string of fine saves. However, he was powerless to prevent Gareth Bale’s mercurial stoppage time strike from sailing into the top corner from nearly 30 yards.
Before that, Bale had opened the scoring with a low shot, only for West Ham to turn things around through Andy Carroll and Joe Cole. Gylfi Sigurdsson bundled in an equaliser, but the match will be remembered for the Welshman’s late heroics.
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