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Played
August 28, 2011 1:30 PM BST
White Hart Lane — London
Referee:‬ P. Dowd‎
Attendance:‬ 36150‎
 
Edin Dzeko 34′
 
Edin Dzeko 41′
 
Edin Dzeko 55′
 
 
Edin Dzeko 90+3′
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Edin Dzeko
Edin Dzeko
Manchester City
Edin Dzeko
Edin Dzeko
Manchester City
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Luka Modric
Luka Modric
Tottenham
Luka Modric
Luka Modric
Tottenham

Tottenham 1-5 Manchester City: Sensational Edin Dzeko hits four goals as Roberto Mancini’s side demolish Spurs

The visitors saw themselves go top of the Premier League a fantastic result and ever better performance that will undoubtedly strike fear into their rivals

By Ryan Benson

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An Edin Dzeko-inspired Manchester City moved top of the Premier League with a stunning 5-1 win over Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

The visitors dominated much of the game and can thank Dzeko for his part in the victory as he amazingly scored four times, with new signing Sergio Aguero also getting himself on the scoresheet, with Younes Kaboul scoring the consolation for Spurs.

The match enjoyed a lively opening as both sides looked to get plenty of shots on goal in the opening exchanges as Samir Nasri, Aaron Lennon and Dzeko all tried their luck in first few minutes.

From the opening five minutes it was clear the goalkeepers were going to be in for busy afternoons, as were the respective defensive backlines.

The potential of the City attack really shone through in just the seventh minute as Nasri and David Silva linked up masterfully as the Frenchman played a clever flick back to the diminutive Spaniard, but Brad Friedel managed to save Silva's attempt and then Aguero couldn’t control the rebound.

In the 12th minute, the City attack once again showed ominous signs of what might be capable of as Nasri, Silva and Aguero all participated in a lovely free-flowing passing move before eventually playing in Dzeko, but the big Bosnian scuffed his shot well wide.

With 26 minutes gone, Gareth Bale, who, until then had barely had a touch in the match, really should have given the hosts the lead as Lennon picked the Welshman out at the back post following a clever link-up with Vedran Corluka, but with just Hart to beat, the Wales international put his effort high and wide.

City were the side who eventually took the lead 10 minutes before half-time as Aguero and Nasri linked up well before the former Arsenal man played in a delightful cross with his left foot where Dzeko was waiting to prod the ball goalwards, leaving Friedel with no chance.

The hosts came within inches of equalising just five minutes later however as Bale drove in a volleyed cross with amazing precision but Peter Crouch’s header went wide of the top corner by a matter of centimetres, and how they were made to pay for the miss.

City effectively went straight down the other end and extended their lead as Dzeko doubled his tally through a quite fantastic header as he managed to nod Nasri’s ball back across the goal leaving Friedel with no chance.

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It took just under 10 minutes for the first chance of the second half and it was Dzeko who came close as he headed towards goal from the edge of the box.

However, minutes later, Dzeko grabbed his hat-trick as he stroked home a Yaya Toure’s cross-goal pass. It was the easiest possible way to seal a hat-trick, but it was nothing less than he deserved and City had wrapped up the three points with over half-an-hour to play.

Just shy of the hour-mark, City picked up their fourth goal of the match as Aguero beat Michael Dawson with amazing ease on the left side of the penalty area before powering his shot into the far corner with his left-foot.

City were looking quite remarkable by now and were living up to Harry Redknapp’s comments about them having a better squad than Barcelona as they laid down a marker to the rest of the Premier League, showing that they mean business.

Spurs did get one back with 24 minutes to go as Kaboul rose highest from a Van der Vaart corner and buried a header past Hart in the City goal, but it would only be a consolation.

Seconds before the final whistle, Dzeko scored his fourth of the day, finding the top corner from some 25 yards with a brilliant finish after a neat one-two, leaving Spurs trying to contemplate exactly what had happened over the past hour and a half.

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Tottenham

24
Brad Friedel
Goalkeeper
3.00
22
Vedran Corluka
Defender
2.50
20
Michael Dawson
Defender
2.50
4
Younes Kaboul
Defender
68′
2.00
32
2.50
7
Aaron Lennon
Midfielder
53′
2.50
19
Luka Modric
Midfielder
66′
2.00
21
Niko Kranjcar
Midfielder
46′
2.50
11
Gareth Bale
Midfielder
3.00
23
3.00
25
Peter Crouch
Striker
2.50

Manchester City

3.00
1
Joe Hart
Goalkeeper
3.00
5
4.00
4
3.00
6
3.00
22
Gael Clichy
Defender
3.00
42
Yaya Touré
Midfielder
25′ 55′
3.00
18
Gareth Barry
Midfielder
20′ 93′
3.50
21
David Silva
Midfielder
4.00
8
Samir Nasri
Midfielder
34′ 41′ 60′
3.50
16
4.50
10
Edin Dzeko
Striker
34′ 41′ 55′ 93′

Substitutes

23
Carlo Cudicini
Goalkeeper
0.00
5
S. Bassong
Defender
0.00
2
Kyle Walker
Defender
0.00
8
2.50
14
Jake Livermore
Midfielder
66′
3.00
9
0.00
18
3.00

Substitutes

0.00
30
3.00
2
3.00
15
Stefan Savic
Midfielder
75′ 76′
0.00
7
James Milner
Midfielder
0.00
11
Adam Johnson
Midfielder
0.00
10
0.00
45

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