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Manchester City 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
78' LLORIS now with a vital save as Toure leashes a thunderous shot.
68' Son finds himself in the 18th area with only Kompany to deal with but the defender falls to the ground in an attempt to get a touch on Son's shot but everything is safe for City as the attacker's shot hits his hand.
63' Fernandinho trying to pick up a loose ball after Aguero did most of the work with a counter attack and runs hard at Dier. City piling the pressure now.
Everyone talking Leicester's fairytale but Spurs have never had a better chance to win the Premier League!— Wade Pretorius (@wadepretorius) February 14, 2016
Everyone talking Leicester's fairytale but Spurs have never had a better chance to win the Premier League!
40' With five minutes left on the clock plus stoppage time, Spurs remain in charge with the most possession.
37% - 63%
35' Dier tries to have a go but his effort shoots over the cross bar.
32' Sterling gets his pass through to Toure and the Ivorian plays a one-two with Aguero. Spurs put a stop to the play but somehow Aguero still has the ball and hooks a cross over only for the ball to be deflected for a corner.
29' First save from Hart! Rose makes a daunting run down the left and the loose cross finds Eriksen who makes space for himself and shoots one but the England keeper makes good save in the end. Spurs remain to be plotting
26' Ref remains to be lenient as Rose is in the thick of things yet again. Fouled this time by Fernandinho.
22' Danny Rose makes a stunning block as Sterling gets a ball in flight but only way to get his foot to the ball is through a volley and does so perfectly.
15' City looking to control the game and take it to their opponents but Spurs are defending strongly.
12' City finding their groove now, as Sterling walks over Walker with his venomous pace his attempted pass to Toure goes out for a corner. The corner-kick is decent but Aguero's failed effort goes wide after having difficulty with controlling the ball.
Birthday boy @Sagnaofficial here to support his team mates this afternoon. #cityvspurs #mcfc pic.twitter.com/AkyO8JHfmB— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) February 14, 2016
Birthday boy @Sagnaofficial here to support his team mates this afternoon. #cityvspurs #mcfc pic.twitter.com/AkyO8JHfmB
FULL TIME. What a result for Spurs. Manchester City fans will be talking about that penalty decision for years to come. And rightly so, it certainly could have gone either way and the neutral observer might be inclined to side with the home team. City remain in the top four and the Londoners are back up to second position after spending 120 minutes at third.
LLORIS DENIES CITY AN EQUALISER IN THE FINAL MINUTE. A cross from the byline on the right flank is heading towards Kolarov who's completely unmarked. The Tottenham keeper leaps up and JUST manages to get a fingertip on the dipping ball, clipping it over the head of the diving Serbian. What a moment in the match.
Fantastic defense from Tottenham. City is throwing everything at them.
Four minutes of extra time to be played. Lamela comes away with the ball from the Spurs half and roars towards the City goal with the City defensive line unprepared. He has little support though and opts to run the ball into the corner in an effort to waste some time.
Pressure from City in the final third. Iheanacho's ball through to Aguero is a touch too heavy and it rolls out for a goal kick.
Are there more goals in this match? It seems likely as City charge upfield. They have a free kick close to the left hand corner. Kompany comes up to add to the City's areal threat but Tottenham clear the inswinging delivery easily.
GOAL FOR SPURS. ERIKSON MAKES IT 1 - 2. The Belgian receives a terrific pass from Lamela (sub) through the legs of Iheanacho. He's only got Hart to beat and he does so comfortably. One touch to control and another to poke it past the diving keeper.
Demebele is dispossessed by Stirling who puts Aguero into a great position to create a chance but the Argentinian was offside. Maybe another tough call.
It's all City now. Toure(gets a long range shot off and it's punched out by Lloris.
EQUALISER FOIR CITY. Iheanacho (sub) makes it 1 - 1. Terrific movement and passing from the home team. Gael Clichy and Fernandinho play a lovely one-two, with the final pass putting the Frenchman into enough space to cut the ball back into the Spurs box where the Nigerian absolutely BURIES it from 7 yards. No chance for Lloris. Lovely, deserved goal.
Heavy challenge from Zabaletta as he and Kane come together, both sliding to win a loose ball. Kane stays down much to the Argentine's disgust.
Son finds himself in the City box and shows some good skills to keep the balkl at his feet, looking for some support but the ball bounces up and catches his arm. The referee spots the handball and City clear the danger.
Aguero doesn't spot Stirling running unmarked into tons of space on the right flank and the Argentine opts to run into the Spurs box. More good defending - from Alderweireld this time - keeps him out.
More pressure from City but the Spurs backline continue to keep them out. Excellent marking from Wimmer forces Toure to take his shot from an optimistic position. City's momentum is lost for the time being.
The game's come to life now. City pressing hard upfield. Aguero dribbles the ball into the box from the left flank. There's not much in the way of support and he attempts a shot with a defender between him and the goalmouth.
OFF THE CROSSBAR FROM CITY. A fantastic dipping swerving free kick from Toure beats Lloris' jump and crashes into the post. After the disappointment of the penalty that would have been the ideal time to score but it wasn't to be.
PENALTY FROM SPURS. A very harsh handball decision against Stirling who cannot believe it. Kane steps up and CONVERTS IT. 0 - 1 for the visiting team. Lots of controversy here. The cross from the left flank finds a combination the jumping winger's ribs and maybe elbow. It was a clumsy block and with his arm outstretched and he should have known better.
Careless pass from Alli and Spurs lose possession in a decent attacking position. City push forward and win a free kick on the right flank. It's whipped in and a looping pass back towards the right hand side of the Spurs box falls for Aguero WHO MISSES A CLEAR CHANCE. He's in acres of space 5 yards out but he catches the ball on the bounce, hit's it with his shin and it flies over the crossbar.
Yellow card for Vincent Kompany.
SECOND HALF UNDER WAY.
HALF TIME. One gets the feeling that this match is going to come down to whichever manager has made the most astute tactical observations in the past 45 minutes. These are two teams who are well organised at the back and as a result chances have been few. Tottenham have enjoyed the bulk of the possession but didn't look likely to unlock City's defense. Conversely City's play in the final third has been superior. It's not been an attractive game but it's certainly been entertaining.
Ugly sliding tackle from Dier who's shown a deserved yellow card immediately after getting up. Ironically the tackle was on Toure who's gotten away with two very similar challenges.
Plenty of possession for Spurs in the final third. But again the opposition defense stays composed and Erikson resorts to a speculative flick over the City backline but it's intercepted and clear. Again Spurs a little disappointing when they find themselves in a promising position.
Terrific defending from Walker who dispossesses Stirling with a well timed tackle from behind.
Tottenham finding it hard to breech the City defense. Kane's not come close to the ball. The home team is looking very organised at the back.
More pressure from Spurs. From the right this time. Walker is put into space behind the City defense. He almost gets around his man as he approaches the City goal box but Otamendi comes away with it and the momentum is lost.
Good attacking play from Tottenham. Long period of possession outide the City area. Mostly through Danny Rose and Son. The ball finds Erikson who dribbles unmarked into enough space - 25 yards out - to smash a shot through the City defense. It's straight at Joe Hart who punches clear.
Free kick for City now. The swinging cross from the midfield results in some scrappy areal defending and attacking but the ball falls to Fernando who unleashes a rasping volley on target but Danny Rose manages to get his face in the way. The home crowd want a penalty. Rose gets up after having a deserved lie-down. Brave defending from the Tottenham left-back. Again some threatening play from the home team.
Another ugly challenge from Toure. Sliding feet first into Dier. The referee must have missed that completely because Toure had been warned before. Spurs unlucky not to win a foul.
City spending a little more time in the final third of the pitch now. Possession evening out. In fact it's sliding into City's favour. They're looking the better side but they're yet to create a clear chance.
The break is on for City after a good push from Spurs through Dier and Son. Tottenham get their defensive line back in time and their momentum is lost.
Great skill from Silva. Gets past his man but his run towards the box is checked and he wins his team a corner. The header towards goal loops up for a leaping Lloris to grab comfortably above his head.
Son finds the back of the net from an impossible angle but the pass to him was offside by a yard. No theatrics from either side.
Nice period of play from City now. Sterling breaks into space on the left and his surging runs wins his team a corner. The outswinger finds Aguero who's in enough space get off a shot but it's not on target.
Aguero forces a corner. Takes the ball all the way to the right flank goal line - forced there from some tight marking by Wimmer who gets a boot on the ball before it rolls out. Nothing comes of the corner.
Good play from Tottenham. Keeping possession well and creating a bit of space on the left for Rose. His low cross meets a City defender and the ball is cleared.
Demeble draws a foul from Toure. Ungainly tackle from behind. I'm a little surprised that didn't receive a card and so is Mauricio Pochetino who has a word with the fourth official.
Spurs win an early free kick 20 yards outside the City area. It's a wasted chance though as Spurs are penalised for a foul in the goalbox.
Good evening and welcome to the Etihad Stadium for arguably the most anticipated match of the weekend. Third vs fourth. Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur. A six-pointer. This is going to be intense.
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