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Stoke beats Spurs 2-1 after Etherington brace

Updated: December 11, 2011, 13:02


Stoke City's Matthew Etherington celebrates after scoring a goal against Tottenham Hotspur during their English Premier League soccer match at Britannia Stadium, Stoke on Trent, England, Sunday Dec. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Tim Hales)

STOKE, England(AP) Matthew Etherington ended former club Tottenham's 11-match unbeaten run in the Premier League with a first-half brace in Stoke's 2-1 win at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday.

The winger scored close-range goals in the 13th and 43rd minutes before Stoke repelled a fierce onslaught in the second half to dent third-place Spurs' title challenge.

Emmanuel Adebayor halved the deficit in the 62nd minute, converting a penalty after Luka Modric was tripped by Glenn Whelan, but the visitors squandered a series of chances to complete the comeback.

Tottenham, which had defender Younes Kaboul red-carded for two second-half yellow cards, remained seven points behind unbeaten leader Manchester City, which visits Chelsea on Monday.

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