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Tottenham held at home by Sunderland; Santander exit Copa del Rey

Asamoah Gyan slots home Sunderland's equalizer at Tottenham, his fourth goal in three starts since signing.
Asamoah Gyan slots home Sunderland's equalizer at Tottenham, his fourth goal in three starts since signing.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Sunderland come from behind to extend Tottenham's winless league run to four games
  • Rafael van der Vaart continues home scoring streak with opening goal for Spurs
  • Stoke climb away from relegation zone with 3-2 win at home to Birmingham
  • Spanish La Liga strugglers Santander knocked out of Copa del Rey by second-division Cordoba
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(CNN) -- Tottenham's Champions League comedown continued on Tuesday when the London club drew 1-1 at home to Sunderland in the English Premier League.

Beaten 4-2 at Bolton on Saturday following the stunning midweek win over Inter Milan, Tottenham's chances of qualifying for next season's European competition were hit again after dropping more points.

Harry Redknapp's team were left in sixth place after 12 games, staying above Sunderland only on goal difference, and can be leapfrogged by Bolton, Liverpool, West Brom and Blackpool following Wednesday's fixtures.

Rafael van der Vaart put Spurs ahead in the 64th minute despite suggestions of handball after substitute striker Peter Crouch headed Gareth Bale's cross into his path. The Dutchman has now scored in every home game for the club since his August switch from Real Madrid.

But Sunderland leveled three minutes later when Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan pounced on a defensive lapse by William Gallas and Younes Kaboul to score his third goal in two games and extend Spurs' winless league run to four matches.

Stoke moved up to 15th place with a 3-2 victory at home to Birmingham as five goals came in the final 19 minutes.

German defender Robert Huth put Stoke ahead just before halftime and Jamaican striker Ricardo Fuller doubled the lead on 71 with a fine curled effort as he cut in from the right on a counter-attack.

Birmingham retrieved a two-goal deficit for the second match in a row as substitute Keith Fahey chested down and volleyed in three minutes later and striker Cameron Jerome headed in Sebastian Larsson's curling cross on 76.

But Dean Whitehead scrambled the winner after some clumsy defending to leave Birmingham in 17th place just two points above the relegation zone.

In Wednesday's games, leaders Chelsea host Fulham while second-placed Manchester United face a local derby against fellow title hopefuls Manchester City.

Arsenal go to second-bottom Wolverhampton hoping to keep in touch with the top two, fifth-placed Newcastle host Blackburn and Aston Villa are at home to Blackpool.

West Brom travel to bottom club West Ham, Liverpool are at struggling Wigan and Everton host Bolton.

Meanwhile, Spanish La Liga side Racing Santander were knocked out of the Copa del Rey by second-division Cordoba on Tuesday night.

Jorge Luque's last-minute penalty in extra-time put Cordoba in the fifth round despite losing the second leg 3-1 after a 2-0 home win.

Santander led 2-0 at the end of regulation time through Ivan Bolado and Kennedy Bakircioglu before Eduardo Bedia put the hosts ahead overall just before the end of the first extra half.

Espanyol avoided such embarrassment, going through 3-1 on aggregate despite being held 1-1 at home by second-flight Valladolid.

Argentine striker Pablo Osvaldo put the Barcelona-based La Liga side ahead in the 68th minute, while Antonio Barragan gave 10-man Valladolid hope with a penalty nine minutes later.

Striker Antonio Calle missed a 10th-minute spot-kick for the visitors, who had midfielder Jofre sent off six minutes after the halftime break.