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Manchester City 1-0 Tottenham: Phil Foden goal sends City top

Phil Foden
Phil Foden is the first player born in the 2000s to score a Premier League goal for Man City

Phil Foden's first Premier League goal returned Manchester City to the top of the table as they overcame Champions League conquerors Tottenham at Etihad Stadium.

The 18-year-old's diving header, created by Sergio Aguero, after only five minutes ensured the reigning champions maintained the pressure on rivals Liverpool before their match at Cardiff City on Sunday.

It was, however, a nervous performance in a game a far cry from the drama of Wednesday's European game here as City relied on goalkeeper Ederson to make several crucial saves. They also lost key midfielder Kevin de Bruyne to injury.

Foden gave City the perfect start but Ederson thwarted Son Heung-min on three occasions and saved well from Christian Eriksen and Lucas Moura. Son was also denied by a magnificent tackle by Aymeric Laporte.

Raheem Sterling had City's best chance after the break, only to be frustrated by the outstretched leg of Spurs keeper Paulo Gazzaniga - in for injured Hugo Lloris - but Pep Guardiola's side held on to move a point clear of Liverpool with four games left.

Guardiola's men dig deep

The joy at the final whistle was a mixture of celebration and relief. This was a huge win for City and everyone inside the Etihad knew it.

City needed to pick themselves up instantly after the crushing disappointment of their Champions League exit in the knowledge that one slip, even if it came in the shape of a draw, could hand the title to Liverpool.

This was not the fluent City that is their trademark. The other qualities that can make champions came to the fore here - concentration, determination, heart, resilience and character.

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Man City will 'fight until the end' for title

And it was in abundant supply throughout the team, from Ederson's outstanding saves, Laporte's priceless tackle on Son and in the outstanding performances of Foden and Bernardo Silva.

Foden showed maturity beyond his years, even apart from his winner, demanding the ball, taking responsibility and directing more experienced players. It is early days but the evidence is clear that he is a special talent.

Silva simply gets better, the ideal combination of limitless energy and creative skill, all employed within the Guardiola framework.

The only downside, a considerable one, was that injury to De Bruyne, which, judging from the player's reaction, may be a problem that threatens his participation in the rest of the season.

This City win will not earn maximum marks for artistic merit, but they did exactly what was needed after the traumatic Champions League exit as they recorded their 10th Premier League win in a row.

Spurs felt City received a generous decision from referee Michael Oliver in the second half when they appealed for handball against Kyle Walker as he challenged with Dele Alli - but it is three points and on to the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Race for the Premier League title
DateLiverpool fixturesDateMan City fixtures
21 AprilCardiff (A)24 AprilManchester United (A)
26 AprilHuddersfield (H)28 AprilBurnley (A)
5 MayNewcastle (A)4 MayLeicester (H)
12 MayWolves (H)12 MayBrighton (A)

Son now Tottenham's talisman

Son Heung-min may not have punished City as he did on Wednesday, but his performance confirmed he will be Tottenham's torch bearer in the absence of the injured Harry Kane.

When Kane is missing, weight inevitably shifts on to the shoulders of the South Korean, but it is an added burden he carries lightly.

Son was the man who had the Etihad's nerves on edge whenever he had the ball or was in the general vicinity of it.

He brought important saves from Ederson and played with the pace and power that now makes him out as one of the Premier League's finest forwards.

Spurs could not quite replicate their heroics of Wednesday when, even though they lost 4-3 on the night, they made it through to the Champions League semi-finals on aggregate.

It is a result that inflicts some damage because, even though they remain in third place, the defeat offers up more hope to Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United in the increasingly competitive battle for the top four.

Man of the match - Ederson (Man City)

Ederson
Ederson's four saves helped Man City keep a 17th Premier League clean sheet of the season

'I couldn't have done what my players did' - what they said

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola: "Both teams have incredible players with heart and personality. It was a real tough game after our mental defeat on Wednesday and we knew we could have lost the Premier League today.

"As a footballer, I could not have done what my players have done today. The title is still in our hands.

"We've been on a remarkable run, playing against an incredible team like Tottenham and fighting for the Premier League with the best Liverpool team ever, one of the best teams I've seen in my life.

"We'll fight until the end and see how far we get."

On goalscorer Phil Foden: "He's so dynamic and adds extra intensity into our game. I wanted more attack and aggression in the box and he brings that to us with his work and ability. He did well today against top players."

Foden: "When an opportunity comes along, I want to be able to take it. Today it paid off. Kun (Aguero) did great to head it back across goal and luckily I was there.

"I want to get in the box and score goals. I look up to every player in this team and try and learn from them."

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: "It was an amazing game. Both teams competed really well and we deserved more. Ederson was man of the match.

"I am happy; disappointed with the result but so happy with the performance. Our next three games will be decisive in achieving all we want this season."

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Mauricio Pochettino 'so happy' with Spurs in defeat

Five successive away defeats for Spurs - the stats

  • Manchester City have won 25 home games in all competitions this season, the most in a single campaign and the most by an English top-flight club since Manchester United won 26 in 2010-11.
  • Tottenham have lost five successive league away games for the first time since May 2004, a run of six under manager David Pleat.
  • City have won their past 10 league games - their longest streak since a run of 18 between August and December 2017, which remains the top-flight record.
  • Tottenham have lost 11 league games this season, as many as they had in their previous two campaigns combined (4 in 2016-17, 7 in 2017-18).
  • Phil Foden became the third youngest City player to score in the Premier League after Micah Richards and Daniel Sturridge.
  • Sergio Aguero has now failed to score in his past seven Premier League appearances against Spurs, having netted 10 goals in his first seven against them.
  • Bernardo Silva was directly involved in seven of Manchester City's 15 shots in the match, having three attempts and creating four.
  • Tottenham have lost a league game without Harry Kane taking part for the first time since October 2017 at Manchester United.

What's next?

Tottenham host Brighton at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday (19:45 BST), while City make the short trip to Old Trafford to play Manchester United on Wednesday (20:00).

Line-ups

Man City

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 5Stones
  • 14Laporte
  • 35Zinchenko
  • 17De BruyneSubstituted forFernandinhoat 38'minutes
  • 8Gündogan
  • 47FodenSubstituted forSilvaat 85'minutes
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 10AgüeroSubstituted forSanéat 66'minutes
  • 7SterlingBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 19Sané
  • 21Silva
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 26Mahrez
  • 30Otamendi
  • 33Gabriel Jesus
  • 49Muric

Tottenham

  • 22Gazzaniga
  • 21Foyth
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 4AlderweireldSubstituted forLlorenteat 78'minutes
  • 5VertonghenBooked at 90mins
  • 33Davies
  • 23Eriksen
  • 15DierSubstituted forWanyamaat 61'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 20AlliSubstituted forRoseat 69'minutes
  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 27Lucas Moura

Substitutes

  • 3Rose
  • 9Janssen
  • 12Wanyama
  • 13Vorm
  • 16Walker-Peters
  • 18Llorente
  • 52Skipp
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
54,489

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Davinson Sánchez (Tottenham Hotspur).

Foul by Bernardo Silva (Manchester City).

Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Juan Foyth.

Foul by Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City).

Juan Foyth (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Fernandinho (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. David Silva replaces Phil Foden.

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Fernando Llorente replaces Toby Alderweireld.

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Davinson Sánchez tries a through ball, but Son Heung-Min is caught offside.

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Toby Alderweireld.

Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Davinson Sánchez (Tottenham Hotspur).

Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Leroy Sané.

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Danny Rose replaces Dele Alli.

Attempt missed. Leroy Sané (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.

Leroy Sané (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Juan Foyth (Tottenham Hotspur).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Leroy Sané replaces Sergio Agüero.

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Bernardo Silva with a cross.

Attempt missed. Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan with a cross following a set piece situation.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City34282487226586
2Liverpool34267177205785
3Tottenham342211164352967
4Arsenal33206766402666
5Chelsea34206857362166
6Man Utd33197763441964
7Watford34147134949049
8Leicester35146154847148
9Wolves34139124142-148
10Everton34137144644246
11West Ham35127164454-1043
12Newcastle35118163544-941
13Bournemouth35125184962-1341
14Crystal Palace34116174046-639
15Burnley34116174260-1839
16Southampton3499164057-1736
17Brighton3497183253-2134
18Cardiff3494213063-3331
19Fulham3565243376-4323
20Huddersfield3535272069-4914
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