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February 14, 2016
• Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Referee: M. Clattenburg
• Attendance: 54551
K. Iheanacho 74'
H. Kane 53'
C. Eriksen 83'
And that will do it, as Spurs claim a tremendous victory over City, who drop their second straight game to a title contender at home. Eriksen won the game with seven minutes remaining, after Iheanacho cancelled out Kane's opener from the spot. Tottenham go second, ahead of Arsenal on goal difference, while Pellegrini's men stay fourth. That's all the time we have, thanks to joining us!
OVER THE BAR DRAMATICALLY! Aguero does incredibly well to get to the byline and hook a cross into the back post. Otamendi looks primed to convert from there, but Lloris gets a palm on it, before Silva skies the rebound from in close! Two players are down injured after that and it may be enough to see Spurs over the line.
Kolarov whacks in a late cross which finds its way through to Otamendi, who seemed surprised that it arrived in his path so soon. He fails to make proper contact despite being in an unmarked position.
Kolarov wins a corner after an overlapping run, and his resulting delivery is flicked just beyond the path of Toure at the back post. Aguero keeps it alive, but can't make anything happen.
Lamela scampers forward on the break once again, but he opts against going straight for goal and instead takes it to the corner flag in a bid to waste time. That is not where City need the ball to be.
Kane is hauled off for Chadli.
Danger for Spurs for one second as Aguero gets the ball inside the area, but he doesn't execute the spin to face goal quick enough, and the defence forces him into an over-hit pass to Kolarov out on the flanks.
Spurs try to make something happen down the left flank, and the ball bobbles out to Kane on that side, who lashes a half-volley on goal that flies the wrong side of the near post!
This second half has been the tale of two substitutes, with Iheanacho bringing City level, before Lamela orchestrated what looks like the winner for the visitors. The hosts looked good before conceding - do they have time to create another chance?
Assist Erik Lamela
What an impact from Lamela, who drew three defenders to him with a wonderful run, and released the ball just as they collapsed around him.
Goal Christian Dannemann Eriksen
ERIKSEN DEALS A HAMMER BLOW TO CITY! Lamela charges through the middle before picking outt he perfect through ball to the Dane, who gives himself the best birthday gift possible by sliding the ball past Hart!
The fans howl in disbelief as Aguero is called for an offside, halting what looked like a promising counter-attack. Replays show that the Argentine might have been level with the defensive line though!
Alli has been withdrawn for Lamela with nine minutes to go.
Tottenham's last nine Premier League goals have either been scored or assisted by Harry Kane or Dele Alli. The former did bury the penalty to open the scoring, but neither player has been an attacking factor from open play.
LLORIS CALLED INTO ACTION! Toure takes the initiative and unleashes a powerful effort that is touched by the goalkeeper! Spurs are rocking while City are rolling. Just over 10 minutes to go for someone to win this game!
Yellow Card Tom Carroll
Carroll gets booked by the referee for time wasting. It's really heating up here and Spurs just need to calm things down, with City looking to cash in on the momentum of this game and feed off the crowd.
That assist will be Clichy's last contribution of the match, as he's replaced by Kolarov.
Assist Gaël Clichy
Great overlapping run and low cross from Clichy after a lovely slide-rule pass from Silva to set the play in motion.
Goal Kelechi Promise Iheanacho
IHEANACHO TIES IT UP! The substitute makes the greatest impact possible as he arrives in the box to hammer home Clichy's cross! No chance for Lloris and it's right back into the fire!
The City fans don't like Rose after his role in the penalty, but their boos don't stop the full-back from getting a cross in from the left-hand side that just misses the head of a team-mate at the near post.
Son put in a lot of work tonight, but his shift is over as Carroll replaces him.
This game seems on the cusp of something special, with the fans fully invested and the title implications starting to sink in with time slowly edging away. It's been a more open encounter since the restart.
The fans are already on edge after what they felt was an unjust penalty call, and they're brought into a roar as Zabaleta flattens Kane with a challenge. The referee just has to calm things down here.
Son dribbles into the area and has Kompany for, well, company. The Belgian goes to the turf in an attempt to block the South Korean's shot, but he needn't have bothered as there was a handball by Son in the buildup which was spotted by the referee.
Fernando Francisco Reges
Kelechi Promise Iheanacho
Iheanacho is thrown on in place of Fernando, in the first substitution of the game.
Aguero charges down the left on the break again and draws three defenders to him, which frees up a lot of space for Sterling on the opposite flank. However, the pass from the Argentine doesn't match the run of the Englishman, and the ball is intercepted to a groan from the stands.
How damaging will this result be for City if it holds? They have an abysmal record against the top six this season, failing to win a single game, and as things stand, will lose their second straight game against a fellow title contender at home.
Aguero gets the ball on the counter-attack, and runs right at Dier down the left. The Spurs man has help from his team-mates, and they combine to block the Argentine's shot as he cuts inside the area. The rebound just falls to ofa behind Fernandinho, who was on the edge of the box waiting to profit.
Gripping stuff and a great response from City to going behind. That goal from Kane was the best thing that could have happened to this games in terms of the entertainment factor. The hosts have half an hour plus stoppage time to get themselves level.
CITY HIT THE CROSSBAR! Toure curls a lovely effort over the wall, but the woodwork comes to Tottenham's rescue! Lloris was right under it though, and he may have just chipped the tip of his fingernail to touch that one!
Yellow Card Kevin Wimmer
Wimmer upends Silva outside the box, but the referee makes a mental note of the challenge and allows play to continue, where Toure curls an effort narrowly off target. Play is then pulled back for the free-kick, and Wimmer is booked.
City try to hit back right away, with a corner-kick met by Fernandinho, who loops a header over the top. What will the response from Manuel Pellegrini's men be? They've been in control of the ball since conceding.
Penalty Goal Harry Kane
KANE BURIES IT FROM THE SPOT! After 53 minutes of invisibility, the forward strokes the ball down the middle, with Hart diving out of the way to his right. Massive goal in the title race and the onus is now on City!
PENALTY TO TOTTENHAM! Rose gets the ball on the left, and hoists a cross into the box, which is blocked by Sterling just inside the corner of the box. He's in the air and turned away from the ball when it appeared to strike him in the armpit. Tough call, but the arm did appear to be raised a little.
Signs that the second half may be a little more open than the opening period. Silva and Sterling appear to have switched flanks. Still a long way to go here at the Etihad.
MASSIVE CHANCE FOR CITY! Toure weighs up his options at the top of the box, and decides to clip one over the defensive line for Aguero, who is onside and completely unmarked, but lashes it over the bar. It wasn't the easiest opening, but he may well feel that he should have hit the target!
Yellow Card Vincent Kompany
Alli gets brought down by Kompany, who picks up a yellow card, the first one of the game for City.
Here we go again!
And that will do it for now from the Etihad, with matters left just as they started between Manchester City and Tottenham. No goals and very little in the way of chances in a match where defence has been the watchword. Eriksen probably had the best opportunity of the first period with a 20-yarder that was saved by Hart. Both teams seem more preoccupied with not making a mistake, which has contributed to the cagey feel of this one. There's a lot at stake in the second half though, so stay tuned!
Yellow Card Eric Dier
Toure looks to scamper into space on the break, but is hacked down near the halfway line by Dier, who is called over by the referee and gets yellow card on the stroke of half-time. There's been a few challenges like that in this match, and the referee decides to punish one.
It looks like we're set for only one minute of stoppage time here.
Both sides look happy to see this one out to the interval, where the managers will have a chance to regroup their troops. Defensively, it's been nearly perfect from City and Spurs, but in attack, it's been anything but.
Rose sees a piledriver take a nick off a City player and go out for a corner, but an offensive foul on Alli halts the play in its tracks. It's been that sort of stop-start game, with the referee probably having a considerable mental note of players on their last warnings already.
A draw won't be the worst result for either team, but given that Arsenal pegged Leicester's lead back to two points earlier in the day, you get the sense that these sides can smell a massive opportunity to suffocate things at the Premier League summit.
Mark Clattenburg has been lenient in this match, in contrast to Martin Atkinson in the Arsenal-Leicester game, who made a bunch of huge calls which dictated that top-of-the-table clash. Kompany escapes with a lecture after bringing down Kane.
Dier smashes a speculative effort high over the bar. Just about 10 minutes plus stoppage time to go until the break now, and it's clear that this match is going to be close until the very end. It's been a grind-it-out sort of affair in the first period.
Sterling plays the ball into Toure, who tries to play a one-two with Aguero, but Spurs prevent that advance deep down the left-hand side. The Argentine still has it though, and tries to hook a cross to the back post that's deflected out for a corner, which Lloris commits to and punches clear.
Decent period on the ball for Spurs, but their lack of ideas in the final third is evident. Kane has barely touched the ball so far. It's City's turn to frustrate the opposition as they keep bodies in formation at the back to protect Hart.
First save of the game for Hart! Rose tries his hardest to make something happen down the left, but has the door slammed shut in his face three times by the defence. He keeps the play alive though, and the ball is worked to Eriksen, who strides across the box and lashes an effort on target that is a little too hot to handle for the England goalkeeper.
It's been a tough couple of minutes for Rose, who ends up worse for wear once again as he beats Fernandinho to the ball, only to be body checked by the momentum of the Brazilian, who was unable to pull out of the challenge in time. The referee is lenient once again, only punishing City with a foul.
A City free-kick is haphazardly lashed towards goal by Aguero. Spurs fail to clear the ball, and it's worked to Sterling, who hammers a volley on target, but Rose puts his body on the line to block that at point-blank range, and he needs a moment to get to his feet given the force of that shot!
Toure can count his lucky stars that he escaped a challenge with Wimmer with nothing more than a telling off. He slid in with a risky lunge, missed the ball and clattered into the Spurs centre-back. That's the type of foul that's a dictionary definition of a yellow card.
There's not been much to speak of in terms of goal-scoring chances after the opening 20 minutes. Spurs have the league's best defence and it's showing here, as they're succeeding in frustrating City whenever they try to unlock the door. Pochettino's men haven't managed much themselves in attack though.
Toure gallops forward on the counter-attack, but the move is forced wide for Silva, allowing Spurs the chance to get men back in defensive position. Still, Fernando keeps the play alive, but his attempted killer ball through to the Spaniard is blocked by a wall of white. That could have been executed a little better.
The home side have been looking the better outfit after the opening 17 minutes, as Aguero works a quick free-kick to Silva down the left-hand side, but Alderweireld is there once again to make the clearance. The Belgian is enjoying the best season of his professional career, and is playing with exactly that sort of confidence this afternoon.
City try to wrestle control of this game back from Spurs again, but the visitors are defending stoutly, which has let to a scrappy period where the referee has been forced to use his whistle regularly. A tight match so far.
Son has the ball in the back of the net after a pass from Walker, but the flag is up as he was in an offside position. Shame for Spurs as it was a well-taken strike from the South Korean.
Better from City again as Sterling toasts Walker down the left-hand side for sheer pace, before his attempted cut-back to Toure is cleared out for a corner by the defence. The resulting delivery is attacked by Aguero, but it was always a challenge for him to control that, and it sails high and wide.
City are enjoying a spell of possession, but are struggling to create chances in the final third. Aguero tries to scoop a pass over the top for Toure, but the Ivorian didn't make enough of an effort to run, and Alderweireld heads away that attempted delivery anyway.
The fans rise in unison to pay tribute to former City supporter Craig Tarry, who died in a car crash in Sweden on Saturday. On the pitch, Alderweireld gets to a corner first before Sterling can make contact.
Positive start from the visitors, who are playing with little fear as they run right at the opposition. Dembele appears to have been too aggressive in his attempts to wriggle through the City back four, as the referee awards another free-kick in the home side's favour.
Alli coughs up a free-kick some 25 yards from goal, and Eriksen has his eyes on it from the start. He lines up the set-piece with some care, but lays it off for Alderweireld instead, who hammers it towards goal, but a foul somewhere in the box sees the referee chalk off the play.
And we are off!
Next up for City is a tasty-looking FA Cup tie against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in one week, while Tottenham square off against Fiorentina in the Europa League on Thursday. The Citizens won't be back in action in the league until March 2 when they visit Liverpool, while Spurs have a two-week break from EPL fixtures, returning against Swansea at home.
Pochettino changes his full-backs for this game, with Kyle Walker and Danny Rose recalled to the starting lineup. Dele Alli is also back in the side, providing support for Harry Kane as Nacer Chadli drops to the bench. Son Heung-min is the other alteration for the XI from their win against Watford, as he displaces Erik Lamela out wide.
Vincent Kompany returns to the City XI for this crucial match, replacing Martin Demichelis, while Gael Clichy comes in for Aleksandar Kolarov at left-back. Fernando also steps into midfield for the injured Fabian Delph, pushing Yaya Toure into an advanced role just behind Sergio Aguero, with David Silva and Raheem Sterling flanking the Ivorian.
Tottenham subs: Vorm, Mason, Lamela, Trippier, Chadli, Carroll, Davies.
Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose; Dier, Dembele; Son, Alli, Eriksen; Kane.
Manchester City subs: Caballero, Kolarov, Demichelis, Celina, Iheanacho, Aleix Garcia, Manuel Garcia.
Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Otamendi, Clichy; Fernando, Fernandinho; Silva, Toure, Sterling; Aguero.
City have a great recent record against Spurs, winning eight of their last 10 Premier League meetings, including five in a row at the Etihad. Games between these two tend to be high-scoring affairs, as their last nine encounters have produced 41 goals. However, Manuel Pellegrini's men have not beaten any team in the top six this season, and were thrashed 4-1 by Mauricio Pochettino's outfit in the reverse fixture at White Hart Lane.
Spurs, meanwhile are in a rich vein of form, unbeaten in their last nine games in the top flight - winning eight of those. Their only loss away from home this season came on the opening day against Manchester United. Since then, they've won six and drawn five on their travels. They're the league's best defensive side with only 19 goals conceded - four less than the next-best side Arsenal, and a victory here will take them ahead of their second-place London rivals on goal difference.
Manchester City are six points off the pace at the start of play, but can climb as high as third with a win, which will see them leapfrog Tottenham in the table. The Citizens have the best home record in the top flight, triumphing in nine of their 14 games while scoring 34 goals - although their last match at the Etihad was a damaging 3-1 reverse to Leicester a week ago.
Hello and welcome to our live commentary of the Premier League clash between title hopefuls Manchester City and Tottenham. Arsenal's dramatic win over Leicester City has breathed new life into the race for the trophy, and both teams will be looking for a win to keep things tight at the top of the table. Stick with us for all the action.
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