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Man City 4- 1 Spurs: Jesus' penalty miss no issue for Pep

EPL By: Linus Onyeze | 16/12/2017

Manchester City extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table to 14 points – even if temporarily – as they dispatched off Tottenham 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Goals by Ilkay Gudogan, Kevin De Bruyne and a brace by Raheem Sterling gave City a 4-0 advantage, before Christian Eriksen’s stoppage time strike put some respectability on the scoreline for Tottenham.

There were several reasons City would have needed to beat Tottenham today – first, to at least maintain their 11-point lead at the top of the table, secondly, to maintain their unbeaten run and clinch their 15th straight win and lastly, to exert some revenge on Spurs for halting their winning streak last season.

And to nobody’s surprise – maybe a handful of Tottenham fans – it was Guardiola’s charges who took the initiative from kickoff, forcing the North London club to commit fouls early on. Although Mauricio Pochettino’s side did try to also show some attacking impetus, City had the upper hand.

And it was on one of such occasions that they won a corner kick, Leroy Sane stepped over to take it and his inch-perfect cross found the head of Gundogan, with the German having no problems placing it in the far corner, past Hugo Lloris. City were up 1-0!

The goal revved up the tempo of the game, as Spurs went on the offensive once again, but there was nothing concrete coming out of it. And 10 minutes after they scored, City were at it again, Sergio Aguero finding time and space, but Lloris was on top of this one, making a world class save there.

After that, both sides appeared to apply a little bit of caution, as the chances ceased, but City would certainly be the happier side, as they went into the break with the lead.

On resumption, it was City with the first break, Aguero with a chance to make something happen, but he was thwarted by a Spurs defender and that was the end of the attack. At the other end, Harry Kane found Heung Min Son with a fine pass, but the Korean was stopped on his tracks by a City defender.

Spurs’ chances were inconsistent at best, as while their overall play was encouraging, they lacked what was required to see them level the score. And at this point, it was City all the way, dominating play and piling the pressure on their London rivals.

They went close on 67 minutes, when Sane weaved through the Tottenham defence and put in a good effort, but Lloris was on hand once again to make a fine save. But minutes later, he would be powerless to stop City from extending their lead as De Bruyne made a fine solo run and struck from inside the box, to give City a two-goal advantage.

And just when you thought City were done, their pressure appeared to have paid off when Jan Vertonghen conceded a penalty. Gabriel Jesus, who had replaced Aguero, missed from the spot as his effort crashed against the cross bar.

But they would not rue that missed chance so much, as shortly after, Sterling made it three, after finishing off a fine work by Sane. City were obviously on fire!

Guardiola’s charges continued to pepper their visitors and after going close on several occasions, Sterling completed his brace on the dot of 90 minutes, after a careless mistake by the Tottenham defence.

However, Pochettino’s side would not leave the Etihad without having at least a goal to their names, as in the third minute of added time, Eriksen scored what was only a consolation.

The result means Spurs are seventh, while City extend their lead at the top of the table.
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