Liverpool beat Tottenham 3-2 in English soccer’s Premier League as the London team faltered in its quest for a top-four place and Champions League qualification. Newcastle defeated Stoke 2-1 with an injury-time goal.
Luis Suarez opened the scoring for Liverpool in the 21st minute, and Jan Vertonghen got goals in the 45th and 53rd minutes as Tottenham took a 2-1 lead.
Defensive errors by Spurs enabled Stewart Downing to level for the Reds 13 minutes later and Steven Gerrard to convert a penalty kick eight minutes from the end.
Stoke took the lead at Newcastle in the 67th minute with a penalty kick by Jonathan Walters. Yohan Cabaye leveled the scores with a free kick five minutes later and Papiss Cisse grabbed the winner in the second minute of injury time, firing into goal from a pass by Sylvain Marveaux.
Manchester United leads the standings on 71 points, with defending champion Manchester City on 59. Tottenham, which has played one more game than the others, has 54 and Chelsea 52. Arsenal has 47.
Liverpool is sixth on 45 points. Stoke and Newcastle, both on 33 points, are in 11th and 13th places, respectively.
Yesterday, Aston Villa moved out of the three-team relegation zone with a 2-1 win at Reading. Bottom club Queens Park Rangers beat Sunderland 3-1, West Brom defeated Swansea 2-1 and Norwich and Southampton drew 0-0.
QPR has 23 points along with Reading, which has a better goal difference. Wigan has 24 and Villa 27.
Wigan, which has played one fewer league game, won 3-0 at Everton in the F.A. Cup quarterfinals.
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