After Arsenal’s sensational 1-0 defeat by Arsenal on Saturday, Manchester City faced a chance on Sunday afternoon to reduce the gap to the Premier League leaders to just two points. Pep Guardiola’s side, however, needed to win at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Tottenham’s new home, where they have so far lost all four of their matches without scoring a single goal.
Tottenham played for Arsenal. Harry Kane’s impressive record
It soon turned out that this task would be extremely difficult for the champions of England. After less than a quarter of an hour of the game, Tottenham was in the lead when Rodri scored a fatal loss in front of his own penalty area, and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg put the ball to Harry Kane, who opened the scoring with a shot from several meters into the long corner of the opponent’s goal.
Interestingly, it was the only shot of “Roosters” in the first 30 minutes of the match. The hosts played without Antonio Conte, who is recovering from gallbladder surgery. As such, Tottenham were managed by his assistant Cristian Stellini on Sunday.
Beating Ederson, Harry Kane became only the third player after Alan Shearer (260) and Wayne Rooney (204) to score 200 Premier League goals. In addition, with 267 goals for Tottenham in all official competitions, he became the all-time top scorer in Spurs’ history, surpassing the previous record holder – Jimmy Greaves.
Manchester City had a huge advantage in possession of the ball, but could not translate it into dangerous situations in the opponent’s goal. Bernardo Silva and Rodri’s shots were accurate, but too weak to defeat Lloris. It wasn’t until extra-time in the first half that the Citizens came close to equalizing when Riyad Mahrez’s overhead shot hit the home side’s crossbar.
In the second half, both teams had chances to change the game. Two attempts by Julian Alvarez failed to find Hugo Lloris’s goal. In response, Harry Kane had a great chance for the second goal, who after an individual action found himself “one-on-one” with Ederson, but lost this duel.
The end of this meeting Tottenham had to play with ten men, because in the 87th minute Cristian Romero, the second yellow and red card for a tactical foul on Jack Grealish. In injury time, the visitors called for a penalty after Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris demolished Rodri in the foreground, but referee Andy Madley did not point to the lime.
Tottenham eventually beat Manchester City 1-0, meaning they have gone five-to-nil in five games against “The Citizens” at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The “Roosters” also played for their biggest local rivals Arsenal (50 points), which allowed them to maintain a five-point lead over City (45), having played one game less. Tottenham are fifth in the Premier League table with 39 points.
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