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Tottenham Hotspur stole a victory with a goal deep into added time from Niko Krancjar at White Hart Lane.

Spurs looked like they would rue a missed penalty, by Rafael van der Vaart after the Dutchman had already converted from the spot.

And Daniel Sturridge’s second goal in two games for Bolton Wanderers seemed to have earned Bolton a draw,

But Corluka’s late effort confirmed Spurs a valuable victory.

It was a remarkable first half with three penalties awarded, one retaken and one converted.

Indeed, referee Mark Clattenburg awarded two spot-kicks within the opening eight minutes.

The game was into only its fifth minute when, from van der Rafael Vaart’s free-kick, Peter Crouch’s effort was saved on the line, by goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.

But when Vedran Corluka attempted to net the rebound the ball hit Bolton captain Kevin Davies on the arm.

A confident van der Vaart struck the ball left-footed to Jaaskelainen’s right to secure an early lead.

And with less than two minutes more played, Sam Rickett’s foul on Aaron Lennon was penalised with a yellow card and another penalty.

Van der Vaart found the same spot but was ordered to re-take his kick after Defoe appeared to encroach.

The Dutchman aimed for the same spot – and this time the ball rose just wide.

It was the sixth penalty Spurs had been awarded in the Premier League this season – and the third they had missed.

Bolton tried to take advantage of that let-off with Daniel Sturridge, making his first start, threatening to restore parity.

Mid-way through the first half the Chelsea loanee’s effort was deflected just off target and, from the corner, Matty Taylor’s cross was directed onto the cross-bar by Johan Elmander.

Spurs had the ball in the net again, after 29 minutes, when Jermain Defoe found van der Vaart’s cross with his head to beat Jaaskelainen but was rightly adjudge to have wandered just offside.

Before the interval Crouch was denied a scoring opportunity by a timely tackle from Paul Robinson before Jaaskelainen saved well from Wilson Palacios.

This fascinating game saw another penalty awarded, when in first-half added time, Clattenburg spotted Mark Davies handling van der Vaart’s chipped pass — but his assistant had already indicated that Crouch had wandered offside, and Bolton survived.

For the second half, Spurs introduced Steven Pienaar, for van der Vaart, and within seconds Spurs were threatening again with Defoe shooting just wide.

Pienaar was quick to impress, robbing Gary Cahill before setting up Defoe, but Bolton cleared for a corner.

Yet, within 10 minutes of the second half, Bolton levelled through Sturridge.

On the counter-attack, Mark Davies four Sturridge and the striker, having claimed a late winner against Wolves in midweek, finished left-footed beyond Gomes, who will have been disappointed with his attempt to keep it out.

At the other end Cahill was yellow carded for diving under a challenge from Pienaar and then, in a fabulously fluctuating game Defoe squandered a chance to regain the lead for Spurs.

Jenas hit the cross-bar from a free-kick and then Jaaskelainen saved superbly from Pienaar.

Both sides made late substitutions in an attempt to break the dead-lock.

And in added time, Lennon and Pavlyuchenko combined for substitute Kranjcar to beat Jaaskelainen from long range.

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