Peter Crouch (pictured) scored the game’s only goal in the 82nd minute as Tottenham Hotspur outlasted Manchester City 1-0 at Eastlands in the battle to determine the Premier League’s fourth and final Champions League qualifier. City will be gutted after holding Spurs scoreless for more than eighty minutes but were unable to find the net themselves. A draw would’ve left the final game of the season this weekend to decide fourth place but instead City will finish no higher than fifth and no lower than sixth. Spurs meanwhile still have a chance to jump into third place and avoid the qualifying round of the Champions League. If Tottenham can win away to Burnley and Arsenal lose at home to Fulham, Spurs would leapfrog their most hated rivals and force the Gunners to play the qualifying round again.
Today’s other make-up game saw Stoke City earn a 1-0 away win over Fulham at Craven Cottage. Matthew Etherington scored on 83 minutes to give the Potters the ability to control their own destiny for a top-ten finish. The three points sent Stoke to tenth and pushed Fulham to twelfth. Only a Cottagers win at Arsenal, coupled with a Stoke loss or draw away to Manchester United and a Blackburn loss or draw away to Aston Villa would give Roy Hodgson and Fuham a repeat top-ten finish. Of course the Cottagers have a bigger score on their mind with the Europa League final coming just days after the final weekend of the Premier League.