6 May 2010

Crouch heads Spurs into Champions League

9:11 am on 6 May 2010

Tottenham has booked a lucrative place in football's European Champions League in dramatic fashion as Peter Crouch's late header clinched a 1-0 win against Manchester City on Thursday.

Harry Redknapp's team will finish at least fourth in the Premier League, guaranteeing a place in the Champions League qualifying rounds, after Crouch's 82nd minute winner at Eastlands opened up a four-point advantage over fifth-placed City with just one match to play.

A fixture dubbed a 50 million pounds play-off for a place in Europe's elite club competition lived up to it's billing as both sides went for broke, but it was Spurs who were deserved winners.

Spurs last played in the European Cup in the 1960s and they earned the right to play against the continent's best again with a dominant display.

Elsewhere, Stoke moved into 10th place with a 1-0 win over Europa League finalists Fulham.