Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 Manchester City: Spurs comeback stuns Citizens

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  • De Bruyne gave City the lead
  • 3 goals in 15 minutes turned game on its head
  • Kane’s goal drought ended at 748 minutes
  • Three-straight wins for Spurs
  • Hart, Kompany miss out for City

Tottenham Hotspur beat Manchester City 4-1 at White Hart Lane on Saturday courtesy of a stunning comeback.

City led through Kevin De Bruyne‘s strike but right on half time Eric Dier equalized in controversial fashion, then two goals in the next 15 minutes from Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane turned the game on its head. Erik Lamela added more gloss to the scoreline, as City struggled with the injured duo of Joe Hart and Vincent Kompany on the bench.

With the win Spurs move up to fifth in the table with 12 points from seven games, while City slooped to second anever were usurped at the summit by their crosstown rivals Manchester United.

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Early on both teams looked tight at the back but there was a great tempo to the match. In the 17th minute Lloris was forced into a good save down low as Aguero wriggled free from his marker and sent in an effort on goal. Spurs grew into the game as the first half played out but then a misplaced pass from a short corner let City launch a blistering counter attack and after 25 minutes the away side were ahead. Yaya Toure ran over 50-yards with the ball before slotting in De Bruyne and the Belgian winger scored his second goal in as many PL starts. 1-0 to the Citizens.

City were rampant before half time as Sterling forced Lloris into a magnificent save at full-stretch down low, while at the other end Kane dragged an effort wide and had another saved by Willy Caballero as Spurs went in search of an equalizer.

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Controversy arrived right on half time as Kyle Walker sent in a cross, despite being in an offside position, and although Caballero initially made a superb stop to deny Spurs an equalizer, De Bruyne gave the ball away cheaply on the edge of the box and Dier drilled in a beauty from distance to make it 1-1.

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In the second half City started brightly as both Toure and Aguero had chances but in the 50th minute Spurs took the lead after Kane won a free kick for chasing down a lost cause and forcing Nicolas Otamendi into a foul. Lamela whipped in the free kick and Alderweireld flicked home a header at the near post past the stranded Caballero. 2-1 to Tottenham.

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Kane finally ended his Premier League goal drought in the 60th minute as Eriksen’s free kick — which Demichelis gave away and was lucky to escape a second yellow card for his foul — crashed off the crossbar and their leading goalscorer from last season knocked in a superb half-volley. 3-1 to Spurs after an incredible rally.

Substitute Jesus Navas forced Lloris into a wonderful save 20 minutes from time and Sterling dragged an effort wide as City threw everything at Spurs as they pushed to get back in the game.

Late on Son prodded home at the back post but the goal was ruled out for offside and then Lamela added a fourth after N’Jie found him superbly in the box. Spurs held off late City pressure to win 4-1 and condemned Pellegrini’s side to their second-straight defeat in the PL.