Manchester City vs Tottenham: live - late Christian Eriksen strike gives Spurs precious points

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Man City1 - 2Tottenham

K. Iheanacho74

H. Kane53C. Eriksen83

54,551Etihad Stadium



Christian Eriksen gave Spurs the lead for the second time with a strike eight minutes from time


By Adam Hurrey
6:17PM GMT 14 Feb 2016

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Pellegrini speaks...

Disappointed, because I think we played better than Tottenham.

We had more clear chances in a very close game - the decisive penalty was very important. It hits the back of Sterling, hits his elbow very was a decisive moment.


The Wallace Report

They are a club that likes to talk about the fine notion of the glory of the game, and 1961 and all that but we are about to find out whether the sparkling 2016 version of Tottenham Hotspur can deal with the reality of their chance to make history.

This was a landmark win in a landmark season for Mauricio Pochettino’s great young side. They may have rode their luck at times, especially with the wrongful award of a penalty for their first goal, and they had to take some severe pressure from Manchester City, but when Christian Eriksen came up with the winner Spurs delivered in style.

They moved back to second place, ahead of the old enemy Arsenal on goal difference and within two points of leaders Leicester City with 12 games to play. Spurs are in a title race and winning the kind of games that Spurs teams are not supposed to win. The club was last second at this stage of the season in 1985; they last finished second in the top-flight last in 1963. It is not quite unchartered territory but it is very unfamiliar.

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Full time: Manchester City 1-2 Tottenham

Tremendous stuff. Serious, serious guts from Tottenham - they could have settled for a point after Iheanacho had dragged City level, but Lamela's fresh legs and fresh endeavour carved open a chance for Christian Eriksen. He had the coolness to slot the ball under Joe Hart and....well, who knows what that means now. What it does mean is this:

This is the title race. Leicester finally buckled against Arsenal in the 95th minute, and now Tottenham have responded with that all-action, all-hands-to-the-pump, all-for-one-and-one-for-all victory. It wasn't a smash-and-grab affair either - Pochettino's lot deserved this entirely.

Tottenham host Arsenal on March 5th, by the way.


90 min +5

CHAOS! City get it to Aguero, who gets to the byline and clips a cross over to the back post....

...Lloris gets a fingertip to it and then David Silva pokes a desperate shot over the bar!


90 min +2

Lamela heads for the corner, but Zabaleta's presence alone is enough to spook him to the floor and City have the goal-kick. And now a corner! Spurs cling on, though.


90 min



89 min

Aguero has a slither of space in the Spurs area...but it's just too tight and Spurs have a goal-kick. 90 seconds left, plus the trimmings...


85 min

Close! Harry Kane flashes a snap-shot just wide. City are now frantically searching for their kitchen sink.


GOAL! Manchester City 1-2 Tottenham (Eriksen, 84 min)

HELLO! Lamela slides a superb ball through Otamendi's legs andChristian Eriksen has only Joe Hart to beat....and he slides it home!!! On his birthday, no less.


81 min

Erik Lamela replaces Dele Alli. He's straight into the closing-anything-down-if-it's-wearing-blue duties.


78 min

Now what? Well, Danny Rose is obviously still bombing forward on the left, but what do Tottenham want from this game now? Aleksandar Kolarov has come on to replace Clichy now - the City onslaught is on.


GOAL! Manchester City 1-1 Tottenham (Iheanacho, 74 min)

The substitution pays off for Pellegrini! Gael Clichy has space down the left, he cuts it back perfectly for Kelechi Iheanacho to stride on to it and hammer a left-foot shot into the roof of the net!


74 min

Tom Carroll is now on, and Heung-min Son has been withdrawn. Danny Rose isstill careering down the left wing.


70 min

Tottenham looking fairly comfortable with what City are throwing at them. Harry Kane is down injured and there are some histrionics over who kicks the ball out play to allow him to receive treatment. In the end, he gets up anyway after that fierce challenge from Zabaleta.


68 min

Kelechi Iheanacho has replaced Fernando, as City ramp up for the grandstand finish. Spurs respond by readying Tom Carroll.


67 min

Aguero is fred by a superb first-time pass by Silva but, with Sterling streaming into space on the right, Aguero can't squeeze a pass cross to supply him. The game is starting to unarvel a bit and there's green space to exploit for both sides.


62 min

Aguero creeps down the left, looking for a chance to cut inside and get a shot away, but Spurs are wise to it and block. We're entering the traditional phase where Yaya Toure locates the scruff of the game's neck - has he still got it in him?


59 min

Not sure what that goal will do for the dynamic of this game, but City haven't shown they're capable of a concerted spell of pressure - meanwhile, this Tottenham side are ready to put the hard yards in to protect these crucial points. Sit tight.


57 min

Booking for Kevin Wimmer, who blocks off a City attack and now the home side have a free-kick. David Silva territory, surely...but Toure steps up instead and he hits the bar