Tottenham beat Swansea City 3-1 to end a five-match winless run in English soccer’s Premier League, while Papiss Cisse got two goals for a second straight game as Newcastle defeated Liverpool 2-0.
Emmanuel Adebayor scored twice, while Rafael van der Vaart also got a goal for Spurs, who are level on points with third- place Arsenal and five points clear of Chelsea and Newcastle in the next two spots.
Third position secures direct entry into the group stage of Europe’s Champions League, while the fourth-place team will play in qualifying. Fifth position guarantees a place in the second- tier Europa League, while as many as two extra spots could be available depending on whether the domestic cup winners qualify through their league positions.
Manchester United leads the standings on 73 points, Manchester City has 71, with Arsenal and Tottenham 13 points further back.
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