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Soldado on target

London: Tottenham Hotspur kept alive their hopes of a top four Premier League finish when Roberto Soldado scored the only goal at White Hart Lane to give them a 1-0 win over relegation-threatened Cardiff City, on Sunday.

Soldado finished off a sizzling counter-attack from Spurs after 28 minutes to lift them on to 53 points from 28 matches.

Chelsea lead the standing with 63 points, followed by Liverpool and Arsenal on 59 and Manchester City who have 57 and two games in hand on the sides around them.

The other two games on Sunday ended in a 4-1 win for Aston Villa over Norwich City, while Swansea City and Crystal Palace drew 1-1.

Norwich took the lead after three minutes at Villa Park when Was Hoolahan, who Villa wanted to sign in the January transfer window, stabbed home from 10 metres out.