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Soccer-Late Gerrard penalty gives Liverpool win over Spurs

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By Mike Collett

LONDON, March 10 (Reuters) - Liverpool ended Tottenham Hotspur's 12-match unbeaten Premier League run when a late Steven Gerrard penalty gave them a 3-2 win at Anfield on Sunday after the visitors led 2-1 with little more than 20 minutes to play.

The result lifted Liverpool up to sixth in the table and dented third-placed Spurs's hopes of closing in on Manchester City in second place as they chase a spot in next season's Champions League.

Uruguayan Luis Suarez opened the scoring with his 50th goal for Liverpool after 21 minutes with a superb strike inside goalkeeper Hugo Lloris's near post, but Spurs equalised just before halftime with a header from Jan Vertonghen.

The Belgian defender then fired Spurs ahead after 53 minutes after the Liverpool defence failed to clear, but Stewart Downing equalised in the 66th minute following a mistake from Kyle Walker.

Another error from striker Jermain Defoe, back in defence, put Benoit Assou-Ekotto under pressure and he fouled Suarez for the 82nd-minute penalty from which Gerrard sent Lloris the wrong way.

In the day's other match, Newcastle United came from behind to beat Stoke City 2-1 at St James' Park where Papiss Cisse scored the winner in the last minute of stoppage time.

(Editing by Ed Osmond)

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