Video: Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 0 Manchester City [Premier League] Highlights 2019/20
Ilkay Gundogan missed a penalty and Oleksandr Zinchenko was sent off as Manchester City had a torrid afternoon at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Steven Bergwijn scored a superb volley on his debut as Tottenham earned a 2-0 victory over Manchester City, who dominated possession but missed a penalty and had Oleksandr Zinchenko sent off.
Pep Guardiola’s men were perhaps guilty of overplaying in front of goal across the course of a game that exploded into life when Hugo Lloris saved an Ilkay Gundogan spot-kick in a frenetic climax a tense first half at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The champions remained on top until Zinchenko received a second booking and his marching orders, leaving Spurs to capitalise on their man advantage almost immediately with Bergwijn’s memorable strike after 63 minutes.
Son Heung-Min’s seventh top-flight goal of the season left City with too much to do in the final 20 minutes and they suffered a first defeat in six league outings that all but extinguishes their already faint title hopes with Liverpool 22 points clear at the top of the table.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 2, 2020
Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero missed early chances in the Spurs box and Raheem Sterling escaped with just a yellow card after a dangerous challenge that almost buckled Dele Alli’s ankle.
Riyad Mahrez turned his back on a shooting chance when he mistakenly thought he had been flagged offside but moments later his threaded pass sent Aguero through for a shot against the foot of the post as Spurs came under fire.
The half ended in chaos, with a belated VAR review overturning referee Mike Dean’s decision not to award Aguero a penalty following a clumsy challenge by Serge Aurier.
After Gundogan’s spot-kick was saved by Lloris, there was an angry melee as Tottenham’s players fumed over Sterling’s attempt to win another penalty when he tumbled over the goalkeeper’s arms, with Toby Alderweireld and Zinchenko booked for their contributions.
A mix-up between Lloris and Japhet Tanganga allowed Aguero to loop a shot towards goal that was cleared as far as Sterling and he squared to Gundogan, who blazed over the crossbar with the net gaping.
Zinchenko was shown a second yellow card for barging Harry Winks as the Spurs midfielder broke towards the half-way line and shortly after the hosts were ahead.
Lucas Moura chipped the ball to the edge of the box where Bergwijn controlled it with his chest and volleyed into the bottom-right corner of the net with exquisite technique.
Eight minutes later, Tanguy Ndombele carved an opening for Son, whose deflected shot from just inside the box beat Ederson at his near post to double Tottenham’s lead and the closest City came to pulling one back was a Davinson Sanchez header against his own crossbar at the death.
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With City trailing so far behind, Liverpool need just 18 more points to clinch the Premier League title and at the rate they are winning games that will not take long.
Tottenham, meanwhile, are up to fifth in the table and will be confident of closing the four-point gap to Chelsea above them after beating the champions.
Winks fares well in De Bruyne battle
Kevin De Bruyne tends to control games from his position in the City engine room but Harry Winks broke up the play and put Spurs on the front foot at key moments to help turn the game.
Rodrigo fades after promising start
Rodrigo showed glimpses of his silky passing abilities early on but by the second half was little more than a bystander as Spurs turned the screw.
Key Opta Facts:
– Spurs picked up their first Premier League win against Manchester City since October 2016, which was also a 2-0 victory on home soil (at White Hart Lane).
– City have now lost six games in the Premier League this season; their joint-most in a single campaign under manager Pep Guardiola (six in 2016-17).
– Spurs boss Jose Mourinho picked up his sixth win against Pep Guardiola across all competitions – only Jurgen Klopp has defeated him on more occasions (8). However, Mourinho has now won against Guardiola with four different teams (Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Spurs); the most of any manager.
– City have gone consecutive games without scoring for the first time under Pep Guardiola, having last done so back in March 2016 under Manuel Pellegrini (three games without a goal).
– Steven Bergwijn’s opener for Spurs saw him become the 250th player to score on his debut in the Premier League, and the 13th Dutchman to do so.
– City have failed to score four of the last six penalties they have taken across all competitions, with three different players accounting for these failed spot-kicks (Gabriel Jesus x2, Sterling and Gündogan).
City are back at Etihad Stadium on Sunday when West Ham are the visitors, while Spurs travel to Aston Villa in the league after their midweek FA Cup replay against Southampton.
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