Spurs barnstormer

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur – Premier League – Etihad Stadium – Report

Manchester City 3-3 Tottenham Hotspur

Dejan Kulusevski grabbed a late equaliser to earn Tottenham Hotspur a share of the spoils from a barnstorming encounter with Premier League champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Kulusevski headed home Brennan Johnson’s cross in a dramatic finale as Ange Postecoglou’s battling side ended their recent run of three successive defeats.

Earlier, Heung-Min Son had given Tottenham a sixth-minute lead, but then the South Korean deflected Julian Alvarez’s cross into his own goal as City swiftly restored parity.

The home side looked set to turn the screw when Phil Foden handed them the lead shortly after the half-hour mark. However, Giovani Lo Celso brilliantly curled the Lilywhites level midway through the second half.

Again, the hosts looked like claiming all three points when Jack Grealish added City’s third after Foden and Erling Haaland had fashioned an opening. However, Kulusevski concluded a breathless contest, helping the North Londoners retain fifth place in the table.

Speaking after the match, Tottenham boss, Postecoglou said: “pleased for the players that the effort they put in they got a reward for it because sometimes you don’t. First half we were lucky to still be in it, to be honest.

“City could have blown us away during that period. They certainly had enough chances to do so. We had no real conviction or belief in what we were doing, we were giving the ball away a lot.

“We hung in there I guess. It was similar to us last week that we lost a lot of chances but sometimes in football, you give the opposition a chance. We had to just calm down at half-time and the effort the boys put in during the second half was outstanding. 

“Again it’s very easy to get blown away at this arena against such a great team, but we hung in there and we made it uncomfortable for City I thought in the whole second half.

“They never really got total control of the game and that’s the key to getting something out of it. We scored three quality goals which you have to against a team like that. So pleased for the players that the effort they put in in the second half they got a reward for it.”

Spurs return to Premier League action on Thursday, December 7, when they take on West Ham United at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (8:15 pm). 

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker (Capt), Dias, Gvardiol (Ake 87′), Rodrigo, Akanji, Foden (Lewis 73′), Alvarez (Kovacic 87′), Bernardo Silva, Doku (Grealish 52′), Haaland Subs not used: Ortega, Phillips, Stones, Gomez, Bobb

Tottenham Hotspur: Vicario, Pedro Porro, Royal, Davies, Udogie, Bissouma (Richarlison 87′), Kulusevski, Lo Celso, Johnson (Donley 90+6′), Son (Capt), Bryan (Hojbjerg 46′) Subs not used: Forster, Austin, Dorrington, Skipp, Santiago, Veliz

Referee: Simon Hooper

Assistants: Adrian Holmes and Simon Long

Fourth Official: Anthony Taylor

VAR: Robert Jones

Assistant VAR: Darren Cann

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Brian Jeeves

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