Sport The Portugal forward picked up a pass from Angel Di Maria on the left, cut inside and unleashed a powerful shot past home goalkeeper Stephan Andersen for his 21st league goal of the campaign

Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema took Real Betis apart to give Real Madrid a resounding 5-0 win yesterday that put them level on 50 points with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga.

Take a bow: Adel Taarabt is joined by Taye Taiwo after putting Queens Park Rangers ahead with a first-half free-kick

Tottenham taken down another peg by Taarabt

Queens Park Rangers 1 Tottenham Hotspur 0: Moroccan gives Rangers mighty boost before seeing red for petulance

<b>Rafael van der Vaart - Summer 2010</b><br/>
The shock signing of deadline day in the summer of 2010 was at White Hart Lane, where Harry Redknapp somehow managed to sign Dutch international Rafael van der Vaart for an incredibly cheap £8m. It happened at the last minute in what is arguably one of the best 'bits of business' seen on a deadline day.

Tottenham's Rafael van der Vaart hopeful of being fit for Arsenal match

Tottenham forward Rafael van der Vaart is confident he is winning his race to be fit for this weekend's north London derby at Arsenal.

Emmanuel Adebayor – Manchester City (on loan at Spurs)
Currently on loan until the end of the season at Spurs, the Togolese striker has proved that he would be a coup for any of Europe’s top sides with a handful of goals and some superb performances. Although he won’t be going anywhere in January, speculation about his next move will surely begin to emerge in the next few months.

Tottenham have injury concerns ahead of Arsenal meeting

Tottenham could be without several of their stars, including Emmanuel Adebayor, for this weekend's north London derby at Arsenal, manager Harry Redknapp has revealed.

Roberto Martinez saw his team claim a draw against Chelsea

Roberto Martinez furious over 'ridiculous' scheduling

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez last night launched an angry tirade at the Premier League for their decision to host a number of matches just hours before the closure of the transfer window.

Gareth Bale celebrates putting Spurs 1-0 up at White Hart Lane

'Dancing' Redknapp on his feet to applaud as Bale holds court at Lane

Tottenham Hotspur 3 (Bale 29, 64, Modric 34) Wigan Athletic 1 (McArthur 81)

Bale brace as Tottenham show what they're made of

Tottenham 3 Wigan 1

Spurs and Manchester City flick the power switch

Canny spending, sound management and expansive play are changing the pecking order in the north-west and north London

Spurs held to disappointing draw against Wolves

Tottenham 1 Wolves 1

Lennon and Modric celebrate Spurs' opener

Harry's boys at the double to see off Everton

Tottenham Hotspur 2 Everton 0

Steven Pienaar has hardly featured this term

Harry Redknapp offers Steven Pienaar reassurance over Tottenham future

Harry Redknapp has reassured Steven Pienaar and the rest of his fringe players that they can break into the Tottenham first-team in the second half of the season.

Modric changes tack after Spurs stand firm over Chelsea interest

Tottenham cannot compete in transfer market says Harry Redknapp

Tottenham may be performing better than Chelsea in the league this season, but manager Harry Redknapp admits there is no chance of the north London club being able to compete with the Blues in the transfer market.

Late equaliser earns Swans deserved point

Swansea 1 Tottenham 1

Modric changes tack after Spurs stand firm over Chelsea interest

Luke Modric 'almost 100 per cent certain' he will remain at Tottenham

Luka Modric is almost 100 per cent certain he will remain with Tottenham until the end of the season.

Gareth Bale scores the opening goal

Bale masterclass sees off Canaries

Norwich City 0 Tottenham Hotspur 2

The 12 most-read 2011 articles in Sport

From ficticious stories of Cristiano Ronaldo being sold to Spain to a corpse being smuggled into a football match, Simon Rice charts the most popular sport articles published in 2011, as well as a few editors' favourites

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