The England goalkeeper had little to do but still found himself twice picking the ball out of his net. Perhaps a bit rash to come flying off his line for Defoe's goal.
Showed good anticipation to mop up loose balls and powerful in the air, playing mainly as the spare man in defence. Made a big contribution at the other end in the 59th minute as he bundled City's second goal over the line.
Struggled early on as he mistimed a challenge on Walker and was then booked for punching the ball out of the Tottenham full-back's hands as he tried to take a throw.
Dominant against Defoe for much of the game but awful attempted header put Defoe through for Tottenham's first goal.
The Academy product was named City's captain for the afternoon and responded with a typically robust display. Always dangerous bombing forward as he burst through challenges and created one excellent chance for Aguero in the first half.
Neat and tidy display sitting in front of the back four as he started moves with accurate passing and rarely conceded possession.
Responded to stick from the away fans with a superb finish to smash home the opener in the 56th minute. That aside, prompted and probed but didn't have much influence on the game.
An energetic performance in central midfield, setting the tone with some crunching tackles, not least a vital last-ditch challenge on Bale.
The Spaniard was anonymous for much of the game by his own high standards but was always looking to unlock the Tottenham defence. He did so in the 56th minute with a brilliant pass to set up Nasri for City's opener.
His movement and trickery continually worried the Spurs backline as he prowled in the hope of an opportunity to score. Tested Friedel in the first half with a stinging effort.
The Bosnian came into the game with happy memories of his four goals the last time City played Spurs, but he found life far more difficult this time as he came up against King. Lost the ball too easily, lacked pace and never offered much of a goal threat in the penalty box.
The veteran American had no chance with any of the City goals and had to be at his sharpest to produce a strong first-half save from Aguero's powerful strike. Good distribution on the whole.
Mad moment as he stepped up before City's opener, giving Nasri a huge gap to run into. Sometimes looked a little clumsy against Aguero but was strong in the air and made some important interceptions.
The Tottenham captain returned from injury and produced a composed display - until a clumsy challenge on Balotelli to concede the penalty for the winner.
A strong, composed defensive display from the young right-back, but he will be disappointed not to have tracked Nasri better for City's opener. Always a threat when he bombed forward at pace and ran at Clichy.
Good positionally but often far too casual both on the ball and in his attempts to win the ball.
The classy Croatian was never afraid to demand the ball and got joy from spinning passes out to the wide areas. Never particularly opened up the City defence but was the key player when Spurs had spells of possession.
The Welshman seemed a little frustrated until he popped up in the 65th minute with a stunning equaliser, curled into the top corner from 25 yards. Threatening thereafter as he played with more confidence and ran at the City defence. Created a brilliant late chance for Defoe.
R. van der Vaart
The Dutchman played an important tactical role in the first half as he dropped into midfield. Didn't find much space to pick passes and was limited to potshots at goal before being replaced by Livermore in the 67th minute.
Angered the City supporters with a series of strong challenges for which he was eventually booked. Energy and experience were important for the visitors, especially in the latter stages.
The winger's pace was always a threat, especially on the counterattack when he looked to run at Clichy. Provided the assist for Bale's goal when he rolled a simple square pass to the Welshman.
Almost anonymous in general play as he continually lost challenges but popped up with the goal that put Spurs back in the game. Good composure to take the ball past Hart and slot home. Will have nightmares about miss from a yard out in the closing stages.