PREM: Manchester City 2-2 Tottenham


Son celebrates his goal

Tottenham fought back from two goals down to grab a dramatic 2-2 draw with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.


City were largely dominant against an out-of-sorts Spurs and looked to be coasting to victory after Leroy Sane opened the scoring in the 49th minute and then Kevin de Bruyne tapped in after Hugo Lloris spilled the ball at his feet. But Spurs levelled with their first shot on target as Dele Alli headed in from Kyle Walker's cross.

The hosts were then denied a penalty when Walker shoved Raheem Sterling in the back when he was through on goal. City manager Pep Guardiola was left furious by the decision and his mood soured even further shortly afterwards as Heung-Min Son fired in to snatch a point for Spurs.

The draw does little to help either side in their bid to catch Premier League leaders Chelsea, who will go nine points clear of Spurs if they beat Hull on Sky Sports on Sunday. But Spurs should be more content with the point after being outplayed for most of the match and scoring with both their shots on target.

City started with new signing Gabriel Jesus on the bench along with John Stones, who was dropped after the 4-0 defeat to Everton. Kevin Wimmer replaced the injured Jan Vertonghen for Spurs, who were second best for almost the entirety of the first half.

The visitors lacked composure on the ball and repeatedly presented City with openings after misplaced passes. Only a well-timed tackle from behind by Toby Alderweireld prevented Pablo Zabaleta shooting from 12 yards out before the defender fired narrowly wide from a corner after Lloris tipped a shot from David Silva behind.

De Bruyne then shot across goal after Eric Dier was caught on the ball and Sane headed off target from around the penalty spot. Spurs looked a different side to the one that had won their last six straight league matches and continued to be caught out defensively.

Lloris twice saved from Sergio Aguero - the first a header, the second a shot at the near post - before Sterling's shot was blocked after a misplaced pass from Alderweireld. City eventually got the breakthrough shortly after half-time as Sane was played in with a ball over the top, Lloris failed to clear with a diving header and the German tapped into an empty net.

While Lloris might have been at fault for the goal, he was certainly to blame for City's second as he dropped a cross from Sterling right at the feet of De Bruyne, who finished from a few yards out.

Spurs needed a quick response and they got it from their first shot on target as Alli headed home from Walker's cross. But City continued to threaten and they felt they should have been awarded a penalty when Sterling was shoved in the back by Walker when he was through on goal.

Referee Andre Marriner waved away the appeals and City's frustration was compounded moments later as Kane flicked Christian Eriksen's pass on for Son to fire into the bottom corner. Still City dominated, with new signing Gabriel Jesus making a lively impact after his introduction after 82 minutes.

The Brazilian fired across the face of goal before heading over the bar and then netting from an offside position from De Bruyne's cross. But City could not snatch a winner as Spurs held on for a point.


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