Tottenham Hotspur’s South Korean striker Son Heung-Min (L) has this shot blocked by Manchester City’s Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho (R) through the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on February 2, 2020. Ben STANSALL / AFP
Steven Bergwijn’s debut aim helped Tottenham to a outstanding 2-0 win over 10-man Manchester City on Sunday to breathe new life into their problem for a top-four end within the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho’s males had been fully outplayed for the primary hour, however had been stored within the recreation by City’s profligacy and Hugo Lloris’s first-half penalty save from Ilkay Gundogan.
However, Oleksandr Zinchenko’s sending off modified the course of the sport as Spurs scored with their first two photographs on aim by Bergwijn and Son Heung-min.
Victory lifts Spurs as much as fifth, simply 4 factors off fourth-placed Chelsea.
A sixth league defeat of the season for City sees Liverpool stay 22 factors clear on the high and inside touching distance of their first league title for 30 years.
This was arguably the least anticipated of Mourinho and Pep Guardiola’s 23 conferences as opposing managers, however it resorted to sort because the Portuguese arrange Spurs to defend deep, whereas City monopolised possession.
The guests might have been out of sight by half-time as in a recurring theme of their season, the champions had been wasteful in entrance of aim.
However, Tottenham additionally felt City had been fortunate to not be right down to 10 males earlier when Raheem Sterling caught England worldwide teammate Dele Alli together with his studs.
Lloris was making simply his third look since getting back from a long-term layoff attributable to a dislocated elbow, however the French primary was again to his greatest to maintain his aspect degree at half-time.
Lloris turned Sergio Aguero’s low shot onto the publish earlier than the Argentine was chopped down within the space by Serge Aurier.
Referee Mike Dean initially waved play on, however with no break in play for a couple of minutes, he finally stopped the sport after being instructed to offer a penalty by VAR.
City’s dreadful run from the spot continued as Gundogan joined Gabriel Jesus and Sterling in failing to transform in latest weeks as his low effort was parried by Lloris.
Sterling then pounced on the rebound and went down over Lloris, however no second penalty was awarded and Sterling additionally escaped the potential for a second reserving for diving.
The possibilities continued to come back for City as Aguero fired into the side-netting from point-blank vary simply earlier than the break.
Gundogan was the responsible occasion once more minutes into the second interval after a calamity of errors.
Lloris collided with Japhet Tanganga, Aguero’s effort was cleared off the road by Toby Alderweireld and when Sterling squared to Gundogan fairly than go for aim himself, the German spooned the ball over.
However, the sport was determined in three minutes simply after the hour mark.
Zinchenko was proven a second yellow card for a foul on Harry Winks as Tottenham launched a counter-attack.
At that time, City had had 14 photographs on aim to Tottenham’s none, however they solely wanted one.
Bergwijn, signed earlier this week from PSV Eindhoven, capped a dream debut as he chested down Lucas Moura’s move and volleyed previous Ederson.
Eight minutes later, Spurs had been out of sight when Son, who scored thrice in a well-known Champions League quarter-final win over City final season, was the scourge of City once more with a nice low end from Tanguy Ndombele’s move.
City’s failings at each ends of the sector go away Guardiola with loads of issues to resolve simply weeks away from his aspect’s Champions League last-16 conflict with Real Madrid.
And there was extra concern for Guardiola forward of that tie as Sterling hobbled off with a muscle harm 5 minutes from time.