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April 21, 2013 1:30 PM BST
White Hart Lane — London
Referee:‬ L. Mason‎
Attendance:‬ 36121‎
 
 
82′ Gareth Bale
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Tottenham 3-1 Manchester City

Andre Villas-Boas' side came from behind to boost their top four hopes with late goals from Clint Dempsey, Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale after Samir Nasri's opener

By Greg Stobart at White Hart Lane

  • Hugo Lloris
    123
    8
    3.00

    Hugo Lloris

    The Spurs goalkeeper could do nothing about City's goal but made a series of sharp saves in the first half to keep the hosts in the game.

  • Jan Vertonghen
    95
    13
    2.50

    Jan Vertonghen

    Caught ball-watching on a couple of occasions in the first half but vastly improved after the break as Spurs stemmed City's attacks.

  • Michael Dawson
    74
    14
    2.50

    Michael Dawson

    Looked uncomfortable early on as he dived in to tackles but, like Vertonghen, improved in the second half and was strong in the air against Dzeko.

  • Kyle Walker
    73
    14
    2.50

    Kyle Walker

    Offered a useful attacking threat on the right side, especially in the first half when he should have scored but was denied by Hart from a tight angle. Could have been more aware of Nasri's position in the lead-up to City's goal.

  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
    46
    39
    2.00

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto

    A rather complacent performance from the Spurs left-back, particularly when in possession. Could have done more to stop Tevez ahead of Nasri's goal but generally solid defensively.

  • Scott Parker
    42
    62
    1.50

    Scott Parker

    A poor defensive display from the midfielder as Tevez was constantly able to find space between the lines. Lacked invention on the ball before being replaced by Huddlestone on the hour mark.

  • Gareth Bale
    282
    17
    4.00

    Gareth Bale Top of the Match

    Tottenham's star man returned to the side following an ankle injury and, despite looking far from fit, produced a glorious cross from Dempsey's equaliser before scoring his side's third with a delicate chip.

  • Mousa Dembélé
    119
    6
    3.00

    Mousa Dembélé

    The Belgian exerted most of his energy helping out defensively, using his strength to good effect and taking up good positions.

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
    42
    46
    2.00

    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    The Icelandic midfielder was never able to get in the game from his position on the left side of midfield and did almost nothing of note before being replaced by Holtby in the 60th minute.

  • Clint Dempsey
    122
    13
    3.00

    Clint Dempsey

    The American worked hard throughout the game - first on the right and then a central role - and got his reward with the equaliser 15 minutes from time from close range.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor
    46
    154
    1.00

    Emmanuel Adebayor Flop of the Match

    A virtually anonymous performance from the striker, who did nothing of note before being replaced by Defoe in the 71st minute.

Substitutions

  • Tom Huddlestone
    147
    5
    3.50

    Tom Huddlestone

    His creativity and passing made a huge difference for Spurs following his introduction on the hour mark - and the midfielder set up Bale's goal eight minutes from time.

  • Lewis Holtby
    145
    5
    3.00

    Lewis Holtby

    A classy display after coming on for Sigurdsson in the 60th minute, including an assist for Defoe's goal.

  • Jermain Defoe
    193
    4
    3.50

    Jermain Defoe

    Came on for Adebayor in the 71st minute and made his mark with a lovely strike to put the hosts ahead as he jinked inside from the left and slammed into the far corner.

  • Joe Hart
    22
    88
    2.00

    Joe Hart

    Stayed alert to deny Walker from a tight angle in the first half but may feel he could have claimed the cross from which Dempsey equalised.

  • Vincent Kompany
    23
    93
    2.00

    Vincent Kompany

    Barely put a foot wrong for the first three quarters of the game but only watched as Bale crossed along the six-yard box for Dempsey's goal and could have done more to block Defoe's winner.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    64
    42
    3.50

    Pablo Zabaleta

    A typically impressive defensive display from the Argentine. Strong in the tackle, expert in his positioning and efficient in his use of the ball when in possession.

  • Gael Clichy
    24
    70
    2.50

    Gael Clichy

    Caught out positionally on a couple of occasions but made up for it with saving tackles.

  • Matija Nastasic
    67
    42
    3.00

    Matija Nastasic

    A strong performance from the Serbian as he denied Spurs space in the attacking third, keeping particularly close to Adebayor before the striker was substituted.

  • James Milner
    18
    57
    2.50

    James Milner

    The England international was on the periphery for much of the game but made a key contribution in the fifth minute as he picked out Nasri with a precise cross for the opening goal. Replaced by Kolarov at half-time, presumably due to injury.

  • Samir Nasri
    79
    55
    3.50

    Samir Nasri

    The ex-Arsenal man once again raised his game in north London as he scored in the fifth minute with a well-taken volley. Always worried Spurs with his trickery and movement - and nearly scored a superb second but poked wide of the post.

  • Gareth Barry
    15
    70
    2.50

    Gareth Barry

    Calm and solid display as he took up good positions screening the back four and was efficient with his passing.

  • Yaya Touré
    25
    74
    2.50

    Yaya Touré

    A powerful presence in central midfield, although the Ivorian lacked some of his usual drive and sat a little deep at times.

  • Edin Dzeko
    35
    106
    1.50

    Edin Dzeko

    The Bosnian was unable to add to his excellent scoring record against Spurs despite testing Lloris with a low strike in the first half.

  • Carlos Tévez
    94
    52
    4.00

    Carlos Tévez

    A wonderful performance as he floated in pockets of space and knitted moves together for the visitors. Excellent work in the build-up to City's opener before creating chances for Nasri and Dzeko with incisive passes.

Substitutions

  • Aleksandar Kolarov
    22
    71
    2.00

    Aleksandar Kolarov

    Did little of note after replacing Milner at the break and was unable to produce his usual quality from crosses.

  • Scott Sinclair
    14
    67
    2.00

    Scott Sinclair

    Replaced Dzeko seven minutes from time.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0