City beat Tot­ten­ham 3-0 in ICC friendly

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Manch­ester City posted a con­vinc­ing 3-0 win over English Premier­ship ri­vals Tot­ten­ham on Satur­day in an In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­ons Cup friendly in Nashville, Ten­nessee.

John Stones, Ra­heem Ster­ling and Brahim Diaz scored for Manch­ester City, who were com­ing off a 4-1 win over Spain and Euro­pean cham­pi­ons Real Madrid in the ex­hi­bi­tion tour­na­ment in North Amer­ica.

Jones opened the scor­ing at Nis­san Sta­dium, home of the NFL’s Ten­nessee Ti­tans, with a glanc­ing header in the 10th minute. City had plenty of chances to in­crease their lead be­fore Ster­ling made it 2-0 in the 72nd minute, and Diaz came off the bench to com­plete the scor­ing in in­jury time. Tot­ten­ham had the first real chance in the third minute, but Dele Alli’s at­tempt was smoth­ered by goal­keeper Eder­son.

From there Manch­ester City in­ex­orably took con­trol. They were re­warded in the 10th, when Kevin De Bruyne’s free kick from the right found Stones, who stooped to head the ball past Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris. Spurs had a chance to equal­ize late in the first half when Harry Kane ap­peared to have a clean look at goal against a hard­charg­ing Eder­son, but he fired over the cross­bar. Mean­while, Manch­ester City kept the pres­sure on Lloris. Gabriel Je­sus missed a chance to dou­ble the score on the stroke of half­time, some­how fir­ing wide from short range af­ter a charg­ing De Bruyne de­liv­ered a pin­point pass to him in front of the goal.

Ser­gio Aguero came on for Manch­ester City in the 60th and proved dan­ger­ous, forc­ing Tot­ten­ham keeper Michel Vorm into a save be­fore twice hit­ting the wood­work. Pep Guardi­ola’s men fi­nally got their sec­ond goal when Samir Nasri split the flag­ging Spurs de­fence and Ster­ling fin­ished. Spurs threat­ened late, but Chris­tian Erik­sen was de­nied by sub­sti­tute keeper Ari­g­anet Muric and City had the last word in in­jury time as Diaz fin­ished from short range af­ter a goal­mouth scram­ble.

City play their last pre-sea­son friendly against West Ham United in Reyk­javik next week while Tot­ten­ham take on Ju­ven­tus at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium on Au­gust 5. — AFP

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