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Spurs move within 5 points of Premier League lead

Updated: January 31, 2012, 17:04


Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale, right, celebrates his second goal against Wigan Athletic with teammate Luka Modric during their English Premier League soccer match at White Hart Lane, London, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

LONDON(AP) Gareth Bale scored twice and Luka Modric added another goal as Tottenham beat Wigan 3-1 on Tuesday to move within sight of the Premier League lead after Manchester City lost at Everton.

Bale's volley in the 29th minute was followed up by Modric's cool finish five minutes later from 18 yards to give Spurs a 2-0 halftime lead.

Bale struck again for his 11th goal of the season in the 64th, before James McArthur scored a consolation goal for Wigan in the 80th.

Coming off a draw against Wolves and a loss to Man City, Tottenham is now only five points behind City and Man United.

Spurs are also seven points clear in the final automatic qualifying spot for the Champions League from fourth-place Chelsea, which was held to a 1-1 draw at Swansea.

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