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Tottenham cruise to fifth position

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Tottenham cruise to fifth position
Tottenham Hotspur’s Spanish striker Fernando Llorente controls the ball during the English Premier League football match against Swansea City at The Liberty Stadium in Swansea, south Wales on Tuesday. AFP PHOTO

AFP, SWANSEA: Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente returned to haunt Swansea and Dele Alli added a late second as Mauricio Pochettino's side won 2-0 on Tuesday to rise to fifth in the Premier League.

Former Swansea star Llorente's 12th minute opener should have been ruled out for offside. But there was no dispute over Alli's decisive goal, which owed much to a superb pass from his England teammate Harry Kane, who came on as a second half substitute.

Tottenham climb above north London rivals Arsenal to within four points of fourth placed Liverpool, with a game in hand against West Ham coming up on Thursday.

It was a first defeat for new Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal on his home debut and his club remain bottom of the table.

Kane, Tottenham's leading scorer, started on the bench as he had been suffering from a heavy cold, but despite his absence Spurs dominated at the start.

Swansea were pressed deep into their own half as the visitors defied the wet conditions to move the ball with precision.

Martin Olsson was booked for an early foul on Kieran Trippier before Spurs went ahead in the 12th minute through a simple, but controversial goal for Llorente.

The Spaniard met Christian Eriksen's free-kick from the left with a glancing header from inside the six-yard box, but replays showed he was a yard offside.

Llorente, who left south Wales last summer, opted not to celebrate his strike.

Midway through the half, Llorente was put through again but this time he was flagged for offside.

Slowly, Spurs' passing became less accurate on the heavy surface and Swansea grew into the contest with their on-loan Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches increasingly prominent.

After Spurs defender Davinson Sanchez was booked for tripping Jordan Ayew off the ball, Sanches curled a free-kick just over the bar. Then he surged forward to create an opening for Nathan Dyer, whose header lacked power.

Carvalhal replaced Angel Rangel with Luciano Narsingh seven minutes after the break and the extra pace gave the home side more momentum.

But Spurs were more efficient and from a rare period of pressure Eriksen's free-kick from 20 yards was beaten away by Lukasz Fabianski.

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