Tottenham 3 Swansea 2: Bafetembi Gomis of Swansea suffered a dramatic collapse at White Hart Lane last night, close to the spot where Fabrice Muamba had a cardiac arrest three years ago, but fortunately the French forward fared better than the former Bolton midfielder.
Gomis has a history of suffering dizzy spells and fainting because of incidents known as vasovagal attacks, where a loss of blood flow to the brain leads to collapse. Last night’s attack happened after just seven minutes as Swansea were preparing to restart the game following Nacer Chadli’s opening goal for Tottenham.
Gomis fell to the ground and, with memories of Muamba’s life-threatening collapse here in an FA Cup tie still fresh in the memory, the paramedics sprinted on to the pitch. Gomis received attention for four minutes before being taken off on a stretcher, by which time he was conscious and able to move.
He received more treatment in the dressing room and was taken to hospital as a precaution.
It was a worrying moment on a night that had begun in sombre mood as Tottenham supporters paid tribute to one of their favourite sons Dave Mackay, who died on Sunday.
By the final whistle, Spurs supporters were saluting the new generation of Lilywhites, as local boys Ryan Mason and Andros Townsend got on the scoresheet along with Chadli to banish memories of their cup final defeat by Chelsea at the weekend.
More importantly, the three points Tottenham garnered keep up their hopes of gatecrashing the top four and gaining a place in the Champions League.
Chadli lifted a muted atmosphere by opening the scoring but the Gomis scare halted Tottenham’s momentum and Ki Seung Yung equalised for Swansea.
Spurs regained the lead five minutes into the second half. Christian Eriksen created the goal with a jinking run into the penalty area and the ball broke for Mason to lash in from 12 yards.
Ten minutes later Townsend made it 3-1.
Gylfi Sigurdsson set up a tense finale with a close range volley after 88 minutes and Hugo Lloris had to make a stunning save in the final seconds of stoppage time to ensure victory.
TOTTENHAM 4-2-3-1: Lloris 7; Walker 7, Dier 6, Vertonghen 7, Rose 6; Mason 7, Bentaleb 7; Townsend 6, Eriksen 8, Chadli 6; Kane 7.
Tottenham subs: Dembele for Townsend 63, Soldado for Kane 75, Davies for Rose 77
SWANSEA: 4-5-1: Fabianski 6; Naughton 6, Williams 7, Fernandez 6, Taylor 6; Routledge 7, Shelvey 6, Cork 6, Ki Seung-Young 7, Sigurdsson 7; Gomis 6.
Swansea subs: Oliveira for Gomis 11, Montero for Shelvey 72
Referee: M Oliver.
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