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Rovers rally to beat Tottenham

BLACKBURN Rovers beat 10-man Tottenham Hotspur yesterday with two late goals to seal a 2-1 win that boosts the club's bid to stay in the English Premier League.

Spurs led through Robbie Keane's 30th-minute penalty kick, but the match turned in the 80th when midfielder Wilson Palacios was sent off after being booked twice in 90 seconds for challenges on David Dunn.

Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy equalized two minutes later from close range and substitute Andre Ooijer netted the winner in the 87th when Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes failed to deal with El-Hadji Diouf's corner.

"The referee made a diabolical decision by sending Wilson Palacios off," Spurs manager Harry Redknapp said. "It had a big effect losing a midfield player who had possibly been our best player."

Later in the day, Liverpool was at Fulham looking to regain top spot from Manchester United until at least today when the defending champion hosts Aston Villa.

In Germany, Schalke defeated Arminia Bielefeld 2-0 to rebound from a turbulent two weeks between Bundesliga games on Friday.

Since Schalke lost its second straight league contest on March 22, the club fired coach Fred Rutten and replaced him with Mike Buskens, Youri Mulder and Oliver Reck.

The change apparently worked, as Schalke grabbed the road win to jump one spot in the standings to seventh with 40 points after 26 games, four points from a spot in the UEFA Cup.

Jefferson Farfan struck first in the 45th, and Kevin Kuranyi decided the game three minutes into injury time.

Bielefeld remained in the relegation fight at 15th in the 18-team standings with 24 points, two ahead of Borussia Moenchengladbach.


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