Tottenham 1-5 Man City
Edin Dzeko scored four as Manchester City maintained their 100% start to the season with an awesome display.
Dzeko prodded in from close range from a left-wing cross from Samir Nasri, who was outstanding on his City debut.
Peter Crouch headed a good chance to equalise wide before another Nasri cross was neatly headed in by Dzeko.
In the second half Dzeko tapped in his third, Sergio Aguero fired in after a mazy run, Younes Kaboul headed one back but Dzeko curled a sublime fifth.
After their first match of the season because of the London riots, Spurs always knew their start to the campaign would be tough, and having they found City even more formidable opponents.
Spurs manager Harry Redknapp was not allowed to include new recruit but was able to field Luka Modric for the first time this season.
Modric, still linked with a move to Chelsea, was unable to have much influence in a central-midfield partnership with Niko Kranjcar that was over-run by the fluidity of City, simply irresistible going forward.
In the early exchanges there were chances at both ends, David Silva testing Brad Friedel with a stinging drive and then drifting effortlessly across the defence and forcing the veteran goalkeeper into another save.
Rafael van der Vaart orchestrated the best moments for Spurs, but his shot on the turn and curling free-kick were both turned around the post by Joe Hart.
Gareth Bale was kept largely quiet by the returning Pablo Zabaleta but the wide man had a golden opportunity to open the scoring when a delightful Spurs move ended with Aaron Lennon's cross falling to him in space 10 yards out, but he sliced over the bar.
Nasri, Aguero and Silva provided some mesmerising moments going forward and soon ensured they were rewarded for their invention.
After some delightfully intricate passing at pace, Nasri sent over a perfect left-wing cross for Dzeko who poked in on the volley from six yards.
Bale's one moment of brilliance produced a magnificent driven cross which fell perfectly for Crouch but the striker, could not direct his diving header on target.
City extended their lead when Nasri drifted clear on the left again and crossed for Dzeko, who flicked a back header beyond Friedel in the manner of Javier Hernandez's goal at Stoke last term.
Tottenham's hopes of a second-half recovery receded when the threat of Lennon was ended by a groin problem and Dzeko soon completed his hat-trick from barely a yard out, converting Yaya Toure's cutback from the right-hand byline after a devastating overlap.
Aguero added a memorable strike when a flash of pace enabled him to wriggle free of Michael Dawson's lunge and he sent an unstoppable shot into the top corner.
Kaboul, having endured a torrid afternoon against the subtlety of City's a la carte menu of attacking players, gained some consolation when he rose to head in a Van der Vaart corner.
The Netherlands international joined a growing injury list when he hobbled off with hamstring trouble to reduce Spurs to 10 men and Redknapp will hope to add to his squad before they try to gain their first league points away at Wolves on 10 September.
There was still time for one more moment of magic from City, Dzeko exchanging passes with Gareth Barry and curling a measured shot past a dejected Friedel into the top corner.
- 24 Friedel
- 03 Bale
- 04 Kaboul
- 20 Dawson
- 22 Corluka
- 32 Assou-Ekotto Booked
- 07 Lennon (Defoe - 53' )
- 11 Van der Vaart Booked
- 14 Modric (Livermore - 66' )
- 21 Kranjcar (Huddlestone - 46' )
- 15 Crouch
- 23 Cudicini
- 19 Bassong
- 28 Walker
- 06 Huddlestone
- 29 Livermore
- 09 Pavlyuchenko
- 18 Defoe
- 25 Hart
- 04 Kompany
- 05 Zabaleta Booked (Richards - 64' )
- 06 Lescott
- 22 Clichy
- 18 Barry Booked
- 19 Nasri
- 21 Silva
- 42 Y Toure Booked
- 10 Dzeko
- 16 Aguero (Savic - 75' Booked )
- 30 Pantilimon
- 02 Richards
- 15 Savic
- 07 Milner
- 11 Johnson
- 32 Tevez
- 45 Balotelli
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.90:00 +2:38
Assist on the goal came from Gareth Barry.90:00 +2:38 Goal scored
Goal! - Edin Dzeko - Tottenham 1 - 5 Man City Goal scored by Edin Dzeko from just outside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-5 Man City.90:00 +0:23
Vedran Corluka challenges Vincent Kompany unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.89:56
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Gareth Bale.89:13
Jake Livermore fouled by Gareth Barry, the ref awards a free kick. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick.86:12
Michael Dawson has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.83:15
Peter Crouch is penalised for a handball. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.82:50
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.81:53
Foul by Peter Crouch on Joleon Lescott, free kick awarded. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.79:58
Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Blocked by Vincent Kompany.79:40
Gnegneri Toure Yaya challenges Jake Livermore unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jake Livermore takes the direct free kick.79:13
Effort from deep inside the area by David Silva misses to the left of the goal.75:57
Corner from the left by-line taken by Tom Huddlestone, Joleon Lescott makes a clearance.75:57 Booking
Booking Stefan Savic goes into the referee's book for entering the field of play without the referee's permission.73:41
Tom Huddlestone delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.73:41 Substitution
Substitution Stefan Savic comes on in place of Sergio Aguero.73:41
Unfair challenge on Jermain Defoe by Gareth Barry results in a free kick.72:28
Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Micah Richards gets a block in.70:43
Benoit Assou-Ekotto delivers the ball, Gael Clichy makes a clearance.
Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save.69:14
Tom Huddlestone challenges Sergio Aguero unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Samir Nasri. Effort from outside the penalty box by Gnegneri Toure Yaya goes wide left of the target.68:30
Sergio Aguero is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Younes Kaboul.67:02
The assist for the goal came from Rafael Van der Vaart.67:02 Goal scored
Goal! - Younes Kaboul - Tottenham 1 - 4 Man City Younes Kaboul grabs a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Tottenham 1-4 Man City.66:42
Jermain Defoe has an effort at goal from 30 yards. Joe Hart makes a save. Rafael Van der Vaart takes the outswinging corner,65:02 Substitution
Substitution Jake Livermore joins the action as a substitute, replacing Luka Modric.63:30 Substitution
Substitution Pablo Zabaleta leaves the field to be replaced by Micah Richards.63:30
Shot from just outside the box by Sergio Aguero misses to the right of the goal.62:18
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gnegneri Toure Yaya by Peter Crouch. Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes the direct free kick.60:52
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from the right by-line, clearance made by Joleon Lescott.59:37
Assist by Samir Nasri.59:37 Goal scored
Goal! - Sergio Aguero - Tottenham 0 - 4 Man City Sergio Aguero scores a goal from inside the area high into the middle of the goal. Tottenham 0-4 Man City.56:36
The ball is swung over by Rafael Van der Vaart, Gareth Barry manages to make a clearance. Gael Clichy fouled by Rafael Van der Vaart, the ref awards a free kick. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.54:20
Assist by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.54:20 Goal scored
Goal! - Edin Dzeko - Tottenham 0 - 3 Man City A goal is scored by Edin Dzeko from close range high into the middle of the goal. Tottenham 0-3 Man City.53:54
Corner taken by Samir Nasri, Peter Crouch makes a clearance.52:55
Headed effort from deep inside the area by Edin Dzeko misses to the left of the goal.51:37
Gnegneri Toure Yaya restarts play with the free kick.51:37 Substitution
Substitution Jermain Defoe joins the action as a substitute, replacing Aaron Lennon.51:37
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pablo Zabaleta by Tom Huddlestone.50:54
Outswinging corner taken by Luka Modric, clearance by Gareth Barry.50:45
Centre by Luka Modric, clearance made by Edin Dzeko.50:20
Short corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.48:32
Samir Nasri decides to take the corner short.47:53
Peter Crouch is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Vincent Kompany restarts play with the free kick.47:12
Peter Crouch is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.46:01
Peter Crouch fouled by Vincent Kompany, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gareth Bale.45:01
The match restarts for the second half.45:01 Substitution
Substitution (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Tom Huddlestone coming on for Niko Kranjcar.45:00 +3:13 Half time
Half Time The match has reached half-time.45:00 +2:24
Gareth Bale takes a shot. Vincent Kompany gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the right by-line played to the near post, save made by Joe Hart.45:00 +2:15
David Silva sends in a cross, Younes Kaboul manages to make a clearance.45:00 +1:40
Inswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri, Younes Kaboul makes a clearance.45:00 +0:08
David Silva produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.44:13
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Comfortable save by Brad Friedel.42:31
Benoit Assou-Ekotto gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pablo Zabaleta. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.42:19
Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Dawson.41:52
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto by David Silva. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Benoit Assou-Ekotto from left wing, save made by Joe Hart.40:35
Samir Nasri provided the assist for the goal.40:35 Goal scored
Goal! - Edin Dzeko - Tottenham 0 - 2 Man City Edin Dzeko grabs a headed goal from inside the area. Tottenham 0-2 Man City.39:57
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from the right by-line, Joleon Lescott manages to make a clearance.39:06
Peter Crouch has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.38:40
Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Blocked by Joleon Lescott.37:29
Sergio Aguero produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.37:02
David Silva handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.36:55
A cross is delivered by Pablo Zabaleta, Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.33:54
The assist for the goal came from Samir Nasri.33:54 Goal scored
Goal! - Edin Dzeko - Tottenham 0 - 1 Man City A goal is scored by Edin Dzeko from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Tottenham 0-1 Man City.31:59
Gareth Barry has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.30:10
Pablo Zabaleta takes the direct free kick.30:10 Booking
Booking Booking for Rafael Van der Vaart for unsporting behaviour.29:50
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pablo Zabaleta by Rafael Van der Vaart.28:10
Free kick awarded for a foul by Niko Kranjcar on Gareth Barry. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.27:28
The referee blows for offside against Sergio Aguero. Brad Friedel takes the indirect free kick.26:03
Gareth Bale takes a shot from close in clearing the crossbar.25:46
Gareth Bale delivers the ball, clearance by Vincent Kompany.24:48
Direct free kick taken by Brad Friedel.24:48 Booking
Booking Gnegneri Toure Yaya is booked.24:41
Handball decision goes against Sergio Aguero.23:04
Peter Crouch concedes a free kick for a foul on David Silva. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.22:12
Benoit Assou-Ekotto crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Joleon Lescott manages to make a clearance.22:12 Booking
Booking Caution for Pablo Zabaleta.21:55
Unfair challenge on Gareth Bale by Pablo Zabaleta results in a free kick.19:33
Rafael Van der Vaart has an effort direct from the free kick, Joe Hart makes a save. Short corner worked by Rafael Van der Vaart.19:33 Booking
Booking The referee books Gareth Barry for unsporting behaviour.19:27
Gareth Barry challenges Rafael Van der Vaart unfairly and gives away a free kick.17:58
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Vedran Corluka gets a block in.17:04
David Silva takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri, clearance made by Vedran Corluka.14:47
The official flags Sergio Aguero offside. Brad Friedel takes the free kick.14:10
Short corner worked by Samir Nasri.11:29
Effort from the edge of the area by Edin Dzeko goes wide of the right-hand post.9:53
Direct free kick taken by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.9:53 Booking
Booking Booking for Benoit Assou-Ekotto for unsporting behaviour.9:43
Free kick awarded for a foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto on Sergio Aguero.8:43
Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart. Rafael Van der Vaart takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Edin Dzeko.7:45
Sergio Aguero concedes a free kick for a foul on Luka Modric. Rafael Van der Vaart restarts play with the free kick.7:09
Luka Modric takes a shot. Vincent Kompany gets a block in.6:17
Shot by David Silva. Save made by Brad Friedel. Sergio Aguero produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.4:27
Edin Dzeko produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.3:58
Handball by Peter Crouch. Free kick taken by Joleon Lescott.3:19
Samir Nasri takes a shot. Brad Friedel makes a save.2:07
Effort from outside the penalty box by Niko Kranjcar goes wide right of the goal.1:25
Vincent Kompany gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Bale. Rafael Van der Vaart takes the free kick.0:20
Aaron Lennon has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.0:00
The game gets underway.
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