Monday, 22 April 2013

Spurs Hit City

Tottenham struck three times in the space of seven second-half minutes as they overturned a 1-0 deficit to defeat Manchester City 3-1 at White Hart Lane.

Trailing to Samir Nasri's early goal, Tottenham with 15 minutes remaining flicked the switch and blasted their way to a vital victory which keeps them in the hunt for Champions League football next season as they are now just one point behind Chelsea in fourth spot.

The defeat for City means if Manchester United collect three points from Aston Villa at Old Trafford tonight, they will clinch their 20th league title. 
After bitter North London rivals Arsenal opened up a five-point gap, it was imperative Tottenham made a positive start to the match. However, they endured the opposite as City silenced the home crowd by going a goal in front with only five minutes on the clock.

Carlos Tevez was the architect down by the corner flag. Seemingly pinned in with nowhere to go, the Argentinian played in James Milner, who cut the ball back to Nasri in the penalty area to allow the Frenchman to divert his well-controlled shot into the back of the net.
City's counter-attack play was putting the pressure on Spurs, and Andre Villas-Boas' men tried to conjure up an immediate equaliser.
 However, City were value for their lead as Tottenham could not mount a challenge on Hart, with England's No. 1 having a relatively comfortable first half.

City were in control, but Tottenham raised their game and battled in the second period. Clint Dempsey netted the equaliser in the 75th minute, sliding in from close range after being picked out from a wonderful cross with the outside of his foot from Gareth Bale, with City captain Vincent Kompany caught out.

The lacklustre Emmanuel Adebayor was replaced by Jermain Defoe, and the substitute made an immediate impact as he cut inside onto his right foot and fired his shot beyond the outstretched Joe Hart.

Bale would stamp his mark on the tie late on by completing the Spurs blitz, neatly lifting the ball over Hart in Lionel Messi style to seal the victory.

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