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Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur Live Commentary, 18/8/19

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R. Sterling (20)
S. Agüero (35)
E. Lamela (23)
Lucas Moura (56)
Etihad Stadium


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City are next in action on the road against Bournemouth next Sunday, while Tottenham take on Newcastle at home next week.
Not for the first time a match between Manchester City and Tottenham ends in drama involving VAR. Spurs again enjoy the benefit of the system, as they did in the Champions League last season. On this occasion Gabriel Jesus' effort was chalked off after it was found that Aymeric Laporte handled the ball during the build-up to deny Pep Guardiola's men the three points. The Catalan will be annoyed that his team had to settle for a point this afternoon as they were dominant throughout the contest. Raheem Sterling put them ahead in the first half, only for Erik Lamela to equalise. Sergio Aguero restored City's advantage, but they could not kill off the visitors. Hugo Lloris denied Kevin De Bruyne and Oleksandr Zinchenko before Spurs equalised. Lucas Moura was only on the pitch 19 seconds after replacing Harry Winks before he brought his side level. The Brazilian's header has secured his team a vital point, which could be important come the end of the campaign.
90' + 7' City push forward one last time, but Jesus is caught offside from the final cross into the box. That should be it.
90' + 6' BLOCK! Sterling latches on to a cutback from De Bruyne, but he sees his strike blocked behind for a corner.
90' + 3' VAR! CITY ARE DENIED AT THE DEATH!!! Jesus believes that he has won the game for the hosts as he curls an effort home following a scramble from the corner. However, he latched on to Laporte's knockdown, which came off the arm of the defender. Drama right at the end of the game, which is usual for a contest between City and Spurs...
90' + 2' David Silva wins a corner off the legs of Ndombele. One last chance for City perhaps...
O. Skipp
C. Eriksen
Tottenham Hotspur
90' + 1' Eriksen is withdrawn in the closing minutes for Skipp.
90' There will be four minutes of added time.
90' Zinchenko has space down the left to lift a cross into the box, but Sanchez is fouled in the middle by Jesus and Tottenham earn a free-kick.
88' Sterling performs defensive duties at the back to prevent Eriksen from threading a pass through to Kane. City are pulling out all the stops in search of the three points here.
86' Zinchenko comes back on to the pitch, but he does not look fit enough for the task at hand.
G. Lo Celso
E. Lamela
Tottenham Hotspur
85' Lo Celso makes his Spurs debut as he replaces Lamela.
84' The injury looks to be severe enough to keep Zinchenko off the pitch. City may have to play the last five or so minutes with 10 men if the full-back cannot play on.
83' A concern for City as Zinchenko is down on the pitch, clutching his hamstring. With Benjamin Mendy sidelined, Guardiola will be worried that he could be without a recognised left-back.
82' Spurs break on the counter down the right flank as Lucas feeds Lamela. The Argentine tries to work it towards Kane, but Otamendi makes an important block.
R. Mahrez
Bernardo Silva
Manchester City
80' Mahrez is on for Bernardo Silva for the final 10 minutes.
79' WIDE! De Bruyne sends a searching cross into the box and Jesus rises to head at goal, but his effort trickles inches wide of the target.
David Silva
Manchester City
78' David Silva replaces Rodri for the hosts as Guardiola removes his defensive midfielder from the fray.
78' Tottenham almost get caught on the counter after their corner. It's four against two, but De Bruyne's low pass hits the back of Jesus' legs when looking for Gundogan.
76' Lucas gets the better of Zinchenko down the right flank and he places a low ball into the middle. Otamendi has to act to clear behind with Kane lurking.
74' Lucas scored his equaliser just 19 seconds after entering the pitch. 
73' Sanchez gets his positioning spot on to prevent another dangerous low De Bruyne cross from the right flank away from danger. A point would be a great result here for Tottenham.
72' WIDE! Jesus collects Bernardo Silva's cross to the back post and gets the better of Walker-Peters. However, he cannot sort out his feet in time, prodding a left-footed effort wide of the target.
70' Sterling stands a cross from the left flank to the back post. Lloris comes off his line to claim and is struck by Otamendi in his attempt to gather. Tottenham are awarded a free-kick to clear their lines.
69' OVER! Jesus dances his way into the box and tries to get a shot away. He sees one effort blocked by Sanchez before Rose diverts his second attempt behind for a corner.
68' De Bruyne overhits his next delivery into the box out for a goal-kick. There's no need for City to become overly tense there's still plenty of time in the game.
67' De Bruyne has a run at Walker-Peters down the left flank, but the Spurs defender holds up enough to concede a corner.
Gabriel Jesus
S. Agüero
Manchester City
66' Aguero is withdrawn for Jesus. The Argentine is not happy with his manager, although Guardiola seems to be suggesting that the forward should have made his way off the pitch at the near point of exit rather than directly to the bench. One to monitor...
64' Guardiola will be a frustrated figure on the sideline. City have dominated the contest, but are level at the moment.
62' BLOCK! Rose is on hand this time at the back for Spurs. Otamendi rises to head De Bruyne's cross towards goal, but Rose acts ahead of Lloris to acrobatically clear it away from danger.
61' CLOSE! Lloris gets himself into trouble from the resulting corner. He comes off his line and makes an unconvincing punch, leaving him stranded. De Bruyne curls the ball towards goal, but Walker-Peters is there to head away as far as Laporte. However, the defender cannot connect with an effort before Lloris dives on the loose ball.
60' SAVE! Sterling gets the better of Walker-Peters, but sees his strike blocked by Alderweireld. City recycle possession before Rodri takes on a strike from the edge of the box with power, but Lloris turns it over the bar with a firm hand.
58' Kane tries to replicate his goal from pre-season from the halfway line, but on this occasion he slices it and allows Ederson to gather with ease.
E. Lamela
Tottenham Hotspur
56' Lamela puts the ball in a perfect place for Lucas to rise and head home.
Lucas Moura
Tottenham Hotspur
56' GOALLLLLLLLLL!!!! LUCAS SCORES WITH HIS FIRST TOUCH!!! 2-2!!! Spurs notch their second equaliser of the game. Lucas comes off the bench and makes an instant impact. He rises above Walker to glance his header from Lamela's cross over Ederson and into the net.
Lucas Moura
H. Winks
Tottenham Hotspur
56' Lucas replaces Winks, which will likely see Eriksen drop deeper into the midfield.
55' Lamela sends the ball over the top for Eriksen in the box. The Dane chests it down, but Laporte acts to poke it behind before he can pull the trigger on his strike.
54' CHANCE! Bernardo Silva has to score! Ndombele in advertently directs Sterling's throughball into the path of the Portuguese. He takes on the strike first time, but he places his effort straight at Lloris.
53' OVER! Sterling threads the needle to release Aguero in the box and he goes for a strike on his left foot, only to scoop his attempt over the bar.
51' WIDE! City cut open Spurs with ease once again. Sterling and Aguero combine to tee up De Bruyne for a strike from the edge of the box, but the Belgian places his left-footed drive wide of the target.
49' SAVE! City work the corner towards Zinchenko to take on the strike 25 yards from goal. His effort takes a deflection on its way to the target, forcing a great save out of Lloris before the Tottenham defence scramble away the rebound.
48' BLOCK! De Bruyne carries the ball to the edge of the Spurs box as Sanchez and Alderweireld both back off the Belgian. He goes for the strike, but Alderweireld diverts it behind for a corner.
46' Walker breaks down the right and fires a low cross to the near post, but Lloris reads the danger to make the claim.
46' We're back underway at the Etihad Stadium.
Tottenham were below-par for the opening 20 minutes and were punished by Sterling. The goal seemed to jolt them into life as Lamela quickly equalised and they controlled proceedings for a spell. However, a lapse at the back allowed Aguero to pounce, leaving Spurs with an uphill challenge in the second half. They need more Eriksen and Kane in the final third to get them back into the contest once again.
Manchester City take a 2-1 lead into the break against Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium, although Pep Guardiola will feel that his side should be further ahead. The home side took the lead through Raheem Sterling in the 20th minute as he headed in from the back post after Kevin De Bruyne delivered a pinpoint cross into the box. However, their lead lasted only three minutes as Erik Lamela placed a shot from distance past Ederson. City regained their advantage 10 minutes before half time with De Bruyne once again the architect. The Belgian provided a fine low ball into the middle that was swept past Hugo Lloris by Sergio Aguero. Ilkay Gundogan could have added a third before the break, only to place his strike wide of the post. City are in front, but Guardiola will still want to see more from his team in the second half.
45' + 2' Lloris takes a risk at the back under pressure from De Bruyne. He takes a poor touch and almost gifts possession to the Belgian, but he is bailed out by Sanchez.
45' + 1' Bernardo Silva torments three Tottenham players with his close-range skill before being clattered by Rose in an aerial duel. City have a free-kick in the Spurs half.
45' There wll be two minutes of added time.
44' Zinchenko squeezes an effort through a crowd of players towards goal. It's not a powerful strike, but Lloris spills it for a second before gathering at the second attempt.
43' CHANCE! De Bruyne puts the ball on a plate for the run of Gundogan in the middle. The German has to pick his spot to beat Lloris, but he guides his effort wide of the target.
41' Spurs are on the back foot and are desperately trying to hang in there before the break. They were seemingly settled before Aguero found the back of the net.
39' Bernardo Silva breaks down the right flank and has options in the middle. He tries to chip the ball towards the near post, but Lloris makes the grab with ease.
38' Lamela breaks into a promising position through the middle once again, but on this occasion Rodri stops his progress with a well-timed challenge.
37' De Bruyne has provided more assists in this PL campaign (three) than he did in the entire 2018-19 season (two assists in 19 appearances).
36' WIDE! De Bruyne twists and turns his way past Sanchez in the box and bears down on goal. However, the Belgian uncharacteristically loses his composure, blasting his effort wide of the target.
K. De Bruyne
Manchester City
35' De Bruyne produces another brilliant cross to tee up Aguero in the middle to score.
S. Agüero
Manchester City
35' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! AGUERO RESTORES CITY'S LEAD!!!! 2-1!!! Patience from the hosts allows them to regain the lead. Bernardo Silva and De Bruyne open up Spurs down the right flank. The Belgian fires a low ball into the middle where Aguero makes his run across Alderweireld. He clips the ball past Lloris from close range into the left bottom corner.
32' Spurs are enjoying a spell of possession now to counteract the press from the home side. Guardiola will be a tad concerned that his team have allowed Tottenham into the game.
30' Pochettino will be satisfied with the performance of his team in the contest. They've been resilient if lacking a bit of quality on the ball.
28' De Bruyne lifts the resulting free-kick into the box and Rodri makes the first header before Laporte connects with a second attempt. However, Lloris comes off his line to make a comfortable claim.
27' De Bruyne goes down in stages in the Tottenham half and he wins a free-kick, although replays suggest that Ndombele makes contact with the ball in his challenge, while Sanchez misses the Belgian completely.
R. Sterling
Yellow Card
Manchester City
26' Sterling pulls back Winks on the charge down the right flank and goes into the book.
25' Sterling has the Spurs defence on toast again as he finds space on the left flank,. He teases a low cross into the middle, forcing Sanchez to send it behind for a corner.
T. Ndombèlé
Tottenham Hotspur
23' NDombele feeds Lamela in the City half and the winger does the rest with a composed finish.
E. Lamela
Tottenham Hotspur
23' GOALLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! LAMELA EQUALISES!!! 1-1!!! Spurs are back in the contest almost immediately as the Argentine sends a fine finish past Ederson. Lamela is afforded space and time between the City midfield and defence. Ederson's positioning is suspect and allows the Tottenham winger to bend his effort beyond his reach into the back of the net. Game on.
22' Sterling has been directly involved in seven goals in his last seven games for Man City against Spurs in all competitions (six goals, one assist), including netting five in his last four against them at the Etihad.
K. De Bruyne
Manchester City
20' De Bruyne whips the ball with pace to the back post and the quality of his cross is rewarded as Sterling heads home.
R. Sterling
Manchester City
20' GOALLLLLLLLLL!!! STERLING HEADS CITY IN FRONT!!! 1-0!!! The home side take the lead out of nothing as Sterling converts at the back post. De Bruyne is the architect as he whips a pinpoint delivery towards his team-mate. Sterling travels off the back of Walker-Peters and nods his effort across Lloris and into the net. A super finish from the forward, who has his fourth of the campaign.
19' Walker-Peters runs at Sterling and does well to raid past the City man. He looks for support and offloads to Sissoko, but the midfielder is caught in an offside positon.
18' Rose takes his time over a throw-in deep in his own half and referee Michael Oliver speaks to the Spurs defender about the issue.
16' Spurs have their first attacking probe of the game. Kane feeds Sissoko down the right and he lifts a cross to the back post for Lamela. However, the Argentine under pressure from Walker and Otamendi cannot force a headed effort towards goal.
15' Walker works the ball to De Bruyne down the right flank, but Rose repels the cross out for a throw-in. Spurs have stuck in there after City's strong start.
13' Zinchenko sends Sterling down the left flank and the forward fires the ball low into the middle, but Alderweireld again makes a good interception.
12' Lamela tangles with Rodri from the resulting corner, but both the referee on first glance and the VAR on second opted not to give City a penalty. It was a clumsy pull around the neck area and the Argentine can count himself fortunate.
11' The home side work the ball in tight quarters before Sterling sees his reverse pass deflected out for a corner by Alderweireld.
9' City are dominating possession and are shifting the ball around the pitch with ease. De Bruyne sees a drive from distance saved by Lloris.
7' BLOCK! City cut open Spurs down the right flank as Bernardo Silva releases Walker with a headed pass and he races past Sanchez. The full-back cuts a low cross back into the middle for Sterling, who fires at goal. However, Walker-Peters sticks out a boot to divert the ball wide of the target.
5' City have made an imperious start to the contest and are encamped in the Tottenham half. The visitors have barely touched the ball in the opening five minutes.
3' Zinchenko breaks down the left flank and floats a cross towards Aguero, but on this occasion Sanchez is alert to head the ball away.
1' De Bruyne sends a low cross into the box in the early stages of the game, but Alderweireld is well placed to clear the danger for the visitors.
1' We're underway at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City have won their last four Premier League games against Tottenham – they have never won five consecutive league games against them, with this their 141st meeting.
Eriksen returns to the starting line-up for Spurs this afternoon, replacing Lucas in the attacking third of the pitch, despite speculation regarding his future at the club. Tottenham are still without the driving force of their Champions League win over City - Son Heung min, who is suspended. Dele Alli and Ryan Sessegnon are also injured.
City have made four changes to their side that beat West Ham. John Stones misses out with a thigh injuy and is replaced by Otamendi in the back four. Gundogan comes into the midfield for David Silva, while Bernardo Silva and Aguero are recalled into the team to oust Mahrez and Jesus in the final third.
TOTTENHAM SUBS: Jan Vertonghen, Eric Dier, Giovano Lo Celso, Paulo Gazzaniga, Lucas Moura, Oliver Skipp, Ben Davies.
TOTTENHAM (4-3-2-1): Hugo Lloris; Kyle Walker-Peters, Davinson Sanchez, Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose; Moussa Sissoko, Harry Winks, Tanguy Ndombele; Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen; Harry Kane.
MANCHESTER CITY SUBS: Claudio Bravo, Gabriel Jesus, David Silva, Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez, Joao Cancelo, Phil Foden.
MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson; Kyle Walker, Nicolas Otamendi, Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Ilkay Gundogan, Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne; Bernardo Silva, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling.
Spurs had to display resilience in the first week of the campaign, battling back from 1-0 down to beat Aston Villa at home. John McGinn had put the Villans ahead in the first half, but Tanguy Ndombele led the fightback with an equaliser before a Harry Kane brace secured the three points. Mauricio Pochettino's men defeated City in the Champions League quarter-finals last season, but now need to prove a point in the Premier League to display their title credentials.
City made a statement in their opening match of the season, hammering West Ham United 5-0 on the road. A hat-trick from Raheem Sterling along with strikes from Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero handed the defending champions the perfect start to the term. They will now look to build on that result against a potential challenger for their crown Tottenham.
Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Manchester City and Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium.