Manchester City beat Tottenham 1-0 to move to table top

Phil Foden scores for Manchester City against Tottenham
Phil Foden scores for Manchester City against Tottenham
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PHIL FODEN’S first Premier League goal kept Manchester City on course for a different Quadruple – and earned a little revenge over Tottenham.


If City win their remaining five matches, they will become the first team to complete a clean sweep of the three major domestic trophies – plus the Community Shield, which Pep Guardiola likes to count as well.

Foden’s early goal proved enough to decide a game which could have matched Wednesday night’s Champions League clash for goals, and almost for drama.

City could have found themselves on the losing side again if Spurs had been as ruthless with their chances and if Ederson had not been sharp in goal.


And although the home side had two good penalty claims turned down, the visitors had a strong shout of their own when Kyle Walker handled the ball in the second half.

Where’s VAR when you need it, eh?

City were the better side again but there was plenty of nervousness, too, on the pitch and in the stands.


An early John Stones mistake led to a chance for Son Heung-Min, whose shot was beaten out by Ederson at his near post.

But Foden’s goal soon followed. Sergio Aguero timed his run perfectly to meet Bernardo Silva’s cross and his unselfish header back across goal laid the ball on a plate for the youngster to nod it home from close range.

Spurs remained dangerous, though. Ederson had to make a good stop from Christian Eriksen before the Dane played a lovely ball through to Son, only for Aymeric Laporte to make a crucial tackle.


Then Jan Vertonghen seemed to foul Bernardo in the box and City suffered a further blow towards the end of the half when Kevin De Bruyne, man of the match in the Champions League clash, suffered yet another injury setback.

And Spurs could have been level at half time when Son was allowed to run from his own half but cut in instead of pulling the trigger, allowing Ederson to smother the opportunity well.

City had another claim for a penalty soon after the break, when Toby Alderweireld followed up a fine block on Aguero by sweeping the ball away with a hand as he fell.


Incredibly, Spurs then had a better shout of their own. Dele helped on a long ball inside and Kyle Walker diverted the ball behind with his left arm.

The away fans chanted “V.A.R. V.A.R.” in vain.

Eric Dier wasted a free header from a corner, then Paulo Gazzaniga, in the Tottenham goal in place of the injured Hugo Lloris, kept out a Raheem Sterling shot.

At the other end, Ederson was called into action again to block a Lucas Moura effort.

City’s jitters increased as Spurs supersub Fernando Llorente once more entered the fray but they held on to move back to the top once more.

Incredibly, Spurs then had a better shout of their own. Dele helped on a long ball inside and Kyle Walker diverted the ball behind with his left arm.

The away fans chanted “V.A.R. V.A.R.” in vain.

Eric Dier wasted a free header from a corner, then Paulo Gazzaniga, in the Tottenham goal in place of the injured Hugo Lloris, kept out a Raheem Sterling shot.

At the other end, Ederson was called into action again to block a Lucas Moura effort.

City’s jitters increased as Spurs supersub Fernando Llorente once more entered the fray but they held on to move back to the top once more.

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