Tot­ten­ham weather City storm to snatch win

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LON­DON: Steven Berg­wijn’s de­but goal helped Tot­ten­ham to a re­mark­able 2-0 win over 10-man Manch­ester City Sun­day to breathe new life into their chal­lenge for a top-four fin­ish in the Pre­mier League.

Jose Mour­inho’s men had been com­pletely out­played for the first hour, but were kept in the game by City’s profli­gacy and Hugo Lloris’s first-half penalty save from Ilkay Gun­do­gan. How­ever, Olek­sandr Zinchenko’s send­ing off changed the course of the game as Spurs scored with their first two shots on goal through Berg­wijn and Son He­ung-min.

Vic­tory lifts Spurs up to fifth, just four points off fourth-placed Chelsea. A sixth league de­feat of the sea­son for City sees Liver­pool re­main 22 points clear at the top and within touch­ing dis­tance of their first league ti­tle for 30 years.

This was ar­guably the least an­tic­i­pated of Mour­inho and Pep Guardi­ola’s 23 meet­ings as op­pos­ing man­agers, but it re­sorted to type as the Por­tuguese set up Spurs to de­fend deep, while City mo­nop­o­lized pos­ses­sion.

The vis­i­tors could have been out of sight by half­time as in a re­cur­ring theme of their sea­son, the cham­pi­ons were waste­ful in front of goal.

How­ever, Tot­ten­ham also felt City were lucky not to be down to 10 men ear­lier when Ra­heem Ster­ling caught Eng­land in­ter­na­tional team­mate Dele Alli with his studs.

Lloris was mak­ing just his third ap­pear­ance since re­turn­ing from a long-term lay­off due to a dis­lo­cated el­bow, but the French No. 1 was back to his best to keep his side level at half­time.

Lloris turned Ser­gio Aguero’s low shot onto the post be­fore the Ar­gen­tine was chopped down in the area by Serge Aurier.

Ref­eree Mike Dean ini­tially waved play on, but with no break in play for a few min­utes he even­tu­ally stopped the game af­ter be­ing told to give a penalty by VAR.

City’s dread­ful run from the spot con­tin­ued as Gun­do­gan joined Gabriel Je­sus and Ster­ling in fail­ing to con­vert in re­cent weeks as his low ef­fort was par­ried by Lloris.

Ster­ling then pounced on the re­bound and went down over Lloris, but no sec­ond penalty was awarded and Ster­ling also es­caped the pos­si­bil­ity of a sec­ond book­ing for div­ing.

The chances con­tin­ued to come for City as Aguero fired into the side-net­ting from point-blank range just be­fore the break.

Gun­do­gan was the guilty party again min­utes into the sec­ond pe­riod af­ter a calamity of er­rors. Lloris col­lided with Japhet Tan­ganga, Aguero’s ef­fort was cleared off the line by Toby Alder­weireld and when Ster­ling squared to Gun­do­gan rather than go for goal him­self, the Ger­man spooned the ball over.

How­ever, the game was de­cided in three min­utes just af­ter the hour mark. Zinchenko was shown a sec­ond yel­low card for a foul on Harry Winks as Tot­ten­ham launched a coun­ter­at­tack. At that point City had had 14 shots on goal to Tot­ten­ham’s none, but they only needed one.

Berg­wijn, signed ear­lier this week from PSV Eind­hoven, capped a dream de­but as he chested down Lu­cas Moura’s pass and volleyed past Eder­son.

Eight min­utes later, Spurs were out of sight when Son, who scored three times in a fa­mous Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter­fi­nal win over City last sea­son, was the scourge of City again with a fine low fin­ish from Tan­guy Ndombele’s pass.

City’s fail­ings at both ends of the field leaves Guardi­ola with plenty of prob­lems to solve just weeks away from his side’s Cham­pi­ons League last-16 clash with Real Madrid.

And there was more con­cern for Guardi­ola ahead of that tie as Ster­ling hob­bled off with a mus­cle in­jury five min­utes from time.

Berg­wijn, left, capped a dream de­but as he chested down Lu­cas Moura’s pass and volleyed past Eder­son.

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