March 24, 2017

Tottenham Hotspur peg back Manchester City in enthralling match

24 January 2017, 12:47 | Carolyn Briggs

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Approaching the interval, City came close again as Sane's measured header edged just wide of the Spurs goal.

City should have had a penalty when Sterling was clearly pushed by Walker as he bore down goal and Guardiola's mood was not helped when 67 seconds later substitute Heung-Min Son swept home an equaliser.

City hosts Tottenham with Guardiola's side trailing the second-place London club by three points and leader Chelsea by 10 points.

How was that not a penalty? Had Sterling gone down, Marriner surely would have blown the whistle, given Walker a red card for interfering with a clear cut chance, and awarded Sterling a shot from the penalty spot to make the score 3-1.

Instead Spurs were able to go up the other end and equalise.

City started brightly with David Silva hitting the side netting from a tight angle early on. Jesus made his debut in the 82nd minute and nearly won it for Manchester City.

Spurs offered little in the first half aside from a long-range attempt from Wanyama, which flew well over.

Finally, De Bruyne whipped a ball across the goal, and Jesus tapped it in for what seemed to be the late victor for City. Replays showed Danny Rose made a superb tackle to deny the former Liverpool man, however. Ranieri tried to explain to his team how they should control possession and slow the tempo of their play down.

Sane had City in front on 49 minutes courtesy of a Hugo Lloris error.

Pochettino made another change at the interval, sending on Son for Wimmer, but within nine minutes of kick-off his side were 2-0 down as Lloris unwittingly took centre stage. Lloris is having a shocker!

If fortune deserted Lloris on that occasion, he only had himself to blame five minutes later as his failure to gather Sterling's cross from the right allowed De Bruyne to bundle in City's second. However, Dele Alli was not to be outdone and scored a header for his 11th goal this season. Winks demonstrated remarkable composure in possession, not misplacing any of his 13 passes, and Tottenham built a spell of genuine pressure for the first time.

Tottenham were nowhere near their usual intense selves against City but showed the strength of character to come back from two goals down against their Premier League top-four rivals. Jesus is nearly the saviour as he turns in a cross-cum-shot at the back post but it's ruled out for offside.

The heel of Alderweireld stopped Nicolás Otamendi's cross from the left after he had picked up a lofted De Bruyne free-kick. Subs: Jesus 7, Stones 6, Delph n/a.

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