Man City 2-3 Tottenham: Harry Kane’s masterclass kicks off Premier League title race


Ottenham put their recent woes behind them to end Man City’s long unbeaten streak with a stunning 3-2 victory at the Etihad.

The sides could hardly have entered the game with more contrasting form; Spurs after three consecutive defeats in the Premier League while Man City had not lost in the league since October.

But Dejan Kulusevski put the visitors ahead from the start and although Ilkay Gundogan equalized before the break, Harry Kane’s sensational individual performance scored the goal it deserved on the hour mark.

Riyad Mahrez looked to have earned City a point with a stoppage time penalty, but Kane then drove home a 95th-minute winner in a stunning conclusion to the game.

Spurs held on to the top four with the win, while the Premier League should still have a title race with Liverpool just six points behind City with a game hand.

Antonio Conte gave Kulusevski his first start in a Tottenham shirt and it took just four minutes for the new signing to reward his manager.

Kane dropped deep and played Heung-Min Son behind with a brilliant pass. The South Korean was clean on goal and squared the ball as Ederson rushed in, letting Kulusevski slot it into the empty net through Joao Cancelo’s legs.

Cancelo cut inside and looped an effort just wide of the far corner as City gradually took control, before Gundogan rattled off an effort against the post after finding space inside the the surface.

The equalizing goal came just after the half hour mark and in frustrating circumstances for the opposing team. Raheem Sterling’s cross was left untreated by Hugo Lloris, who fumbled it into Gundogan’s path and the German made no mistake from ten yards out.

Ruben Dias was close to kicking in a Kevin De Bruyne corner early in the half, before Spurs reminded City of their threat when Kane sent Son back onto the counter and his left-footed shot was saved by Ederson.

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On the hour mark, Tottenham took the lead for the second time with a magnificent blow. It worked for Son, he cut a perfect cross into the box and Kane made a great run to get to the end and cushion an early finish in the top corner.

Kane could, and perhaps should have, had a second minute later when Son played him, but Ederson flew off his line to stifle the effort.

Lloris then made up for his first-half mistake with a superb save, tipping past Gundogan’s curling effort that looked destined for the top corner before the Frenchman’s fingertips saved the day for Spurs.

The result looked in no doubt as Kane fired a shot past Ederson at the near post but was ruled out after a VAR review showed Kulusevski was offside in the build-up.

Christian Romero threw himself past a cross from Bernardo Silva but blocked the ball with his arm, and after a VAR review, Anthony Taylor pointed the spot. Riyad Mahrez sent a brilliant penalty into the top corner two minutes into stoppage time to seemingly earn his side a draw.

But an inspired Kane had other ideas, heading for Kulusevski’s cross three minutes later to spark wild celebrations on the Tottenham bench as they produced a result and performance that may well reignite their push for football of the Champions League.

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