Premier League

April 21, 2013



3 - 1

Man City

Premier League

12:30 +00:00, April 21, 2013

White Hart Lane, England

  • 93'

    FULL TIME - well, what a transformation in the game. Man City should have been home and dry by the hour mark, instead they lapsed and Spurs scored three in seven minutes to beat the champions and resurrect their top four charge.

  • 92'

    Lescott is playing up front. Oh dear.

  • 91'

    Clichy off, Lescott on.

  • 90'

    Three added minutes. Those three Spurs goals came in the space of six minutes and 22 seconds.

  • 89'

    Kolarov fires over the bar.

  • 88'

    Tevez wins a free kick on the edge of the box. A lifeline for City.

  • 87'

    Toure fires wildly over from distance. Could this be the final blow for Mancini's job too I wonder?

  • 86'

    This will bring Tottenham level on points with Chelsea and two behind Arsenal with a game in hand.

  • 85'

    Don't forget the ramifications of this result - if City lose, as looks likely, Manchester United can win the title on Monday night by beating Aston Villa.

  • 84'

    Dzeko goes off after an awful afternoon. The lesser spotted Scott Sinclair is on.

  • 83'

    What a turnaround! Huddlestone slides in Bale, who gets the run on Clihcy, and his finish is dreamy, dinking it over Hart and into the net. City's misery is complete.

  • 82'

    GOAL Bale makes the game safe!

  • 81'

    City are shell shocked. They should have been out of sight in the first half. Missed chances have cost them.

  • 80'

    Fantastic goal, Holtby intercepts the ball and finds Defoe and Kompany allows him too much room to cut in and lash a fearsome shot into the bottom corner. Excellent goal.

  • 79'

    GOAL Defoe scores a belter!

  • 78'

    City's composure deserts them when the break was on, Tevez firing a pass out of play.

  • 77'

    That has stirred City, Toure plays in Tevez but his cross is cleared, then Kolarov's header is claimed by Lloris.

  • 76'

    An excellent ball from Bale, right into the danger area, Dempsey did well to stay onside, Kompany left it and the American slots home. Game on!

  • 75'

    GOAL Dempsey equalises!

  • 74'

    City get away with that as a stray pass confuses Hart and Kompany, prompting Dempsey to nip in. As it turned out, Hart got a vital touch as Dempsey tried to poke it round him.

  • 73'

    Dempsey shoots from range but it is right at Hart. He had options wide too.

  • 72'

    Now all we need is the equally poor Dzeko to get the chop.

  • 71'

    The largely awful Adebayor goes off and Jermain Defoe comes on.

  • 70'

    Kolarov booked for a trip and a bit of dissent.

  • 69'

    Holtby is racing around while Huddlestone just keeps fouling people. He needs to be careful.

  • 68'

    Dempsey claimed a penalty in that last move but he went down very easily as Nastasic ran with him.

  • 67'

    Good Spurs move, Holtby goes wide for Assou-Ekotto but Zabaleta clears the cross behind for a corner.

  • 66'

    Huddlestone booked for losing the ball then bringing down Toure as he came through on the break.

  • 65'

    Dembele drives to the box and feeds Bale whose cross is awkward and easily clearly.

  • 64'

    Tevez fires wide from the edge of the box after another sweeping City move. Fine play, shame about the finish.

  • 63'

    Bale flagged offside but is angry and might have a point. Looked just about level.

  • 62'

    Fine tackle from Vertonghen as Tevez looked to charge into the box.

  • 61'

    Excellent hit from Yaya Toure as the ball came out to him on the edge of the box. Lloris right behind it.

  • 60'

    Spurs changes: Sigurdsson and Parker off, Holtby and Huddlestone on.

  • 59'

    Bale's effort is awful, spiralling miles wide of the far post.

  • 57'

    Bale slips in Parker, Clichy tries to win the ball but the midfielder takes a tumble and wins the free kick. On the box edge, out to the right hand side.

  • 56'

    City looking solid still as Walker tries to ferret down the right side.

  • 55'

    Still very little involvement for Bale.

  • 54'

    Nasri's poor pass fails to release Tevez. It wasn't a difficult ball.

  • 53'

    Dzeko poor again when Tevez was racing up alongside him. He should be hooked.

  • 52'

    Hart out to thwart Walker as he challenged Zabaleta.

  • 50'

    Very even start to this half as Nasri looks for Dzeko over the top.

  • 49'

    Adebayor starts the second as he ended the first - poorly.

  • 48'

    Superb from Vertonghen, beating three people when he was the last man. Excellent shimmying.

  • 47'

    Assou-Ekotto hurls in two-footed on Zabaleta and thankfully for him he won the ball. If he hadn't, that was a straight red. Looked awful.

  • 46'

    Kolarov is coming on for Milner, who has a tight hamstring. Blow for City, Milner had a good half.


    When City play as well as this it makes you wonder how they've managed to sink so far behind Man Utd in the title race. They are imperious at times and should be two or three ahead.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME The whistle goes seconds after Spurs created their best chance as a cross from the right falls to Dempsey eight yards out but his shot is blocked by Zabaleta.

  • 44'

    Free header for Dempsey from the corner, seven yards out and he should really have hit the target.

  • 43'

    Fine save from Lloris as Tevez nodded at goal. Striker couldn't get enough power on it but a good reflex save.

  • 42'

    Tevez gets the ball, cuts in and wins a corner after his effort is deflected by Parker.

  • 41'

    Zabaleta wins a corner from Assou-Ekotto.

  • 40'

    Another poor pass from Dzeko. What has happened to him? Still, he's bound to score today.

  • 39'

    Tevez is in fine form, a brilliant pass to Dzeko who is in on goal but Lloris saves his tame effort.

  • 38'

    Before that Spurs cried for another penalty, when they claimed Nasri handled. It was hit at him very hard from ten yards away.

  • 37'

    Clichy barges Dempsey off the ball and he had to, the American was about to strike on goal.

  • 36'

    Silly foul to give away from Zabaleta - lunging into the back of Parker. Free kick.

  • 35'

    Bale getting frustrated. Very little time on the ball for him.

  • 34'

    Dempsey tripped and Lee Mason blows up even though Bale was one-on-one with Clichy.

  • 33'

    Spurs want a penalty, saying Dawson was held. The player himself didn't seem that interested.

  • 32'

    Zabaleta crunches into Sigurdsson and wins the ball. Free kick given. Confused.

  • 31'

    Better from Spurs as they spread it left and right but Assou-Ekotto's cross is cleared at the near post.

  • 30'

    City have been excellent for half an hour. They need to kill the game off in this spell.

  • 29'

    James Milner takes one from Assou-Ekotto. Defender got the ball but then followed through onto man.

  • 28'

    Huge chance for City as Tevez plays in Nasri, he pops it past Dawson but as Lloris comes out he pokes a yard wide of the post.

  • 27'

    Adebayor shrugged off easily by Zabaleta after Spurs clear the corner. He's not doing enough.

  • 26'

    Tevez risks it and Dzeko's shot flicks off Dawson and goes behind for a corner.

  • 25'

    Dzeko. Its a waste even passing to him.

  • 24'

    Good from City, Tevez shrugs off Parker but the move breaks down after Dzeko's pass back to him.

  • 23'

    Nasri fires home for City

  • 22'

    Super ball from Dempsey as Walker sneaks into the area but though he controls well he delays his effort too long and Hart smothers the shot.

  • 21'

    Better from Walker, and a decent cross, but Kompany nods clear.

  • 20'

    Milner's effort from the free kick is blocked. They have Spurs on the rack though.

  • 19'

    Dawson goes through Dzeko and catches his ankle. A booking.

  • 18'

    Walker gets down the right and crosses weakly. City come away with it.

  • 17'

    Dzeko and Adebayor having stinkers so far.

  • 16'

    Parker twists and turns, as is his wont, but his shot is blocked.

  • 15'

    Not happening for Spurs in the final third yet. Home crowd quiet.

  • 14'

    Vertonghen back on with a new shirt and bleeding from his mouth. Milner having a storming opening to the game. Lovely trick to beat BAE.

  • 13'

    Vertonghen unhappy about a challenge from Tevez but the replay suggests the defender just ran into his opponent.

  • 12'

    The most ridiculous yellow you'll see all season - Yaya Toure, for kicking the ball away. Pointless.

  • 11'

    City playing well here - Nasri finds Tevez who slides in Milner but Vertonghen cuts out the cross.

  • 10'

    Walker back on after treatment - Nasri a very fortunate chap.

  • 9'

    AVB asking his team to tighten up the space in between the lines. He's worried about Tevez floating about dangerously.

  • 8'

    A 50/50 between Walker and Nasri but the Frenchman has gone over the top of the ball and is lucky not to get a card. A glancing blow but a cowardly tackle.

  • 7'

    An excellent finish from Nasri to get that fast cross on target, let alone in the corner. His first top flight goal since the opening weekend of the season.

  • 6'

    A superb goal. Tevez into Milner on the byline, he crosses firmly for Nasri whose volley beats the despairing Walker.

  • 5'

    GOAL Nasri scores!

  • 4'

    First effort from Bale but Hart right behind the bouncing ball.

  • 3'

    Excellent move from Spurs involving Dembele, Dempsey and Sigurdsson - Kompany ends it with a great tackle.

  • 2'

    Vertonghen tries to send Adebayor in then Kompany covers Bale.

  • 1'



    It's a beautiful day in the capital and we are all set.


    Spurs have of course been boosted by the return of Gareth Bale from his ankle injury. Is it a risk to play him? Time will tell, but his presence could prove decisive.


    Tottenham trail Arsenal by five points following the Gunners' 1-0 win at Fulham, but Spurs do have two games in hand. The pressure is on AVB's side to return to form during the run-in.


    Have a read of Miguel Delaney's preview of today's match as Spurs look to close on their rivals Arsenal for a top-four finish.


    Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto; Dempsey, Dembele, Parker, Sigurdsson; Bale, Adebayor. Subs: Friedel, Caulker, Naughton, Holtby, Huddlestone, Livermore, Defoe.


    Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Yaya Toure, Barry, Milner, Tevez, Nasri, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Kolo Toure, Kolarov, Lescott, Garcia, Sinclair, Aguero.


    ESPN FC will be providing live minute-by-minute commentary of Tottenham Hotspur versus Manchester City, which kicks off at 13.30 BST. Team News to follow.