For the 26th day of the Premier League, Manchester City received Tottenham in a match which promised to be attractive between the leader of the championship and Spurs who had to go up in the standings. The opportunity also to see a tactician duel between Guardiola and Conte. For this meeting, City appeared without number 9 and with an attack line composed of Bernardo Silva, Sterling and Foden and therefore with Mahrez on the bench. On the Tottenham side, the tenure of rookies Kulusevski and Bentancur.
The match got carried away quickly since it was the Spurs who surprised Laporte’s teammates at the start of the match. On a marvelous opening from Kane, Son went to goal and served Kulusevski who only had to push the ball into the empty goal (5th). A goal that allowed Tottenham to play against and therefore leave the ball to Kevin De Bruyne and others. Despite a clear domination, the Citizens did not manage to be dangerous. We had to wait for a handball error from Hugo Lloris, on an innocuous cross from Sterling, to see City equalize. The Frenchman was guilty of a handball which benefited Gündoğan who took the ball back from the penalty spot and therefore only had to finish.
The duo Harry Kane – Heung-Min Son in history
Back from the locker room, Manchester City accelerated and set more pace to try to take the advantage in this meeting. Foden and Sterling multiplied the runs to disrupt the London defense. But by dint of pushing, Guardiola’s men also took the risk of being surprised on the counter. And that’s ultimately what happened. On a marvelous counterattack initiated by Sessegnon, Son and Kane, the Korean delivered a delight from the cross for the Englishman who sent an unstoppable flat foot into the top corner of Ederson (2-1, 60th). A symbolic goal, the 36th involving the duo Son – Kane. A Premier League record. A few minutes later, the duo did it again, but this time Ederson pulled off an exceptional save in front of the English striker. No doubt jealous of this stop, Lloris was inspired by it to fly away majestically on a curl from Gundogan (66th), then in front of Cancelo (75th).
But the man of this match was Harry Kane. The English international took advantage of a blocked shot from Kulusevski to score a brace but his goal was disallowed for a very slight offside position signaled at the start of the action. What maintain an unbearable suspense in this meeting. Manchester City were pushing for an equalizer. And it was finally thanks to a hand in the last moments of Romero that Mahrez equalized from the penalty spot (2-2, 90th + 2). The Algerian transformed perfectly. But this match could not escape Kane. Prince Harry placed his head to offer three points to his team (3-2, 90th + 6). Tottenham thanks to a very big Kane dominates City and comes back to 4 points from fourth place with still two games behind. City are losing a bit of a lead over their runner-up Liverpool.