Premier League

August 28, 2011



1 - 5

Man City

Premier League

12:30 +00:00, August 28, 2011

White Hart Lane, England

Referee: Philip Dowd

  • 94'

    FULL TIME Wow. City make a huge statement of intent by battering Spurs at home. Dzeko was immense, Silva elegant and Nasri quietly effective. Title contenders? You bet.

  • 93'

    What a day he's had. That is top quality, he curls a left-footed shot into the top corner from Barry's lay off. Pure class.

  • 93'

    GOAL Dzeko again! Four up!

  • 91'

    Swansea defender Alan Tate has broken his leg in a golf buggy accident. I kid you not.

  • 90'

    Three additional minutes...

  • 89'

    The Spurs ends are half empty now.

  • 88'

    City wasting time at the back now. The fight has gone out of the ten men of Spurs.

  • 87'

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  • 86'

    Dawson, in an advanced position, strikes a shot a good ten yards wide of the target to much groaning around the stadium.

  • 84'

    City's fans getting the "ole" out as their team keep the ball.

  • 83'

    Nasri nearly feeds Dzeko his fourth - a nice cut back, a firm shot and a smart save from Friedel.

  • 82'

    A standard free kick given against Crouch for wrapping his arms round Lescott.

  • 81'

    A nice run from Bale and an expert cut inside but Richards manages to take the sting out of the shot before it reaches Hart.

  • 80'

    Silva very nearly gets a goal as Nasri clips in a lovely ball but he was off balance as he struck it and slices it wide.

  • 79'

    City just knocking the ball about now and trying to make their extra man count.

  • 77'

    The game has gone very quiet.

  • 76'

    Savic was booked for his introduction too - one of the strangest cards you'll ever see. Presumably it was for time wasting.

  • 75'

    An odd introduction for Stefan Savic as he he runs on before Aguero has gone off. He is forced to retreat back to the touchline to wait for Aguero to come off.

  • 74'

    Van der Vaart stretched for a ball a moment ago and he's walked straight down the tunnel. Spurs down to ten for the rest of the game it looks like.

  • 73'

    Another effort on goal from Defoe, this one is blocked.

  • 72'

    Cesc Fabregas on Twitter: Very impressed with man city and spurs. One in a positve way and the other very negative. Cant really say im sad about it thought.

  • 71'

    Defoe nips into a pocket of space and unleashes a shot and Hart parries clear.

  • 70'

    Toure drags a free kick wide from 30 yards.

  • 69'

    Newcastle have beaten Fulham 2-1 at St James' Park, thanks to a double from Leon Best.

  • 68'

    A header from a corner and Spurs have a lifeline.

  • 68'

    GOAL Kaboul!

  • 67'

    A fierce shot from Defoe forces Hart to tip over.

  • 66'

    A mixed reception for Modric as he comes off and Jake Livermore is coming on.

  • 64'

    Zabaleta comes on off for Richards.

  • 64'

    Aguero fires over the bar from 25 yards.

  • 63'

    Micah Richards is preparing to come on.

  • 62'

    Its all about salvaging some pride for Spurs now.

  • 61'

    Kaboul gets up from a long throw but Hart catches on his line.

  • 60'

    Aguero joins the party, cutting in from the right and clipping a shot past Friedel. It gets worse for Spurs.

  • 60'

    GOAL Aguero!

  • 58'

    The City fans are lauding over a distinctly miserable Spurs contingent.

  • 57'

    Once again Spurs find themselves 3-0 down to a team from Manchester. What a rotten start to the season for them.

  • 56'

    This is a big statement of intent from City. Either that or Spurs are just very average.

  • 55'

    His first city hat-trick and reward for a brilliant display. Toure gets round the back, fires it across and he finishes from two yards out. Game. Over.

  • 55'

    GOAL Dzeko hat-trick!

  • 54'

    Tidy possession from City as they spread it wide and Clichy wins a corner.

  • 53'

    A good header from 16 yards out from Dzeko as flicks narrowly past the post. Friedel was scrambling.

  • 52'

    Lennon has taken a knock and Defoe comes on in his place.

  • 50'

    Lennon gets to the byline but Clichy does well to race back and concede a corner before the cross came in.

  • 49'

    City very comfortable in possession at present.

  • 48'

    An early opening for Crouch but his lay off for VDV is poor - then he is penalised for handball as Assou-Ekotto crossed.

  • 47'

    So how do Spurs approach this now? Bide their time or go hell for leather?

  • 46'

    We begin again...

  • 45'

    HALF TIME A very confident City performance and Spurs leave the field to a smattering of boos. Two great goals, Dzeko on fire and City sitting pretty.

  • 45'

    Aguero muscles Modric off the ball and wins a corner.

  • 45'

    Now Silva flashes a shot wide. City oozing class here.

  • 44'

    Dzeko goes close again after a run on the defence. Spurs wilting here.

  • 43'

    That has really knocked the stuffing out of Tottenham.

  • 41'

    Nasri again! He crosses as City break from the corner, Dzeko nods it back from whence it came and into the corner. Brilliant goal.

  • 41'

    GOAL Dzeko again!

  • 40'

    Now Corluka wins a corner.

  • 40'

    What a ball from Bale! A volleyed cross finds Crouch diving to meet it and that has gone six inches wide.

  • 39'

    A great chance for Spurs as Bale's cross finds VDV but his goal-bound shot is blocked.

  • 38'

    Now Aguero runs along the edge of the box and fires a shot wide.

  • 37'

    Silva nearly has a slice of space on goal in the area but he used his arm to bring the ball down.

  • 36'

    City can play at their own pace now and revert to counter attacking mode.

  • 35'

    How will Spurs react to that? They have been decent but not too threatening. After their defeat on the opening day, doom and gloom could easily set in.

  • 34'

    A lovely one-two between Nasri and Silva ends in the former Arsenal man crossing for Dzeko to poke home from six yards.

  • 34'

    GOAL Dzeko!

  • 33'

    Crouch wins a knockdown and Clichy whacks the ball against Barry. Spurs scream handball but Phil Dowd waves it away.

  • 32'

    Another thundering shot from Barry, like his effort at Bolton last week, two yards wide but Friedel didn't even move.

  • 31'

    A cracking ball from Silva picks out Clichy but his nod across goal is cleared.

  • 30'

    Van der Vaart bundles over Zabaleta and he is booked. Soft cards flying about all over the place.

  • 29'

    Its not quite happening for City in the final third at the moment. Spurs doing well to disrupt the midfield.

  • 28'

    Kranjcar looks a little off the pace as he clips Barry. Quite a slow player.

  • 27'

    Nasri and Silva try a one-two but Dawson was alive to it.

  • 26'

    Superb chance for Bale at the back post after a lovely passing move. Lennon crossed, Crouch flicked it and Bale had to take it on the bounce and sliced it over the bar.

  • 25'

    Yaya Toure is going in the book too for a flash of petulance when Spurs were awarded a free kick. A pointless booking for kicking the ball away.

  • 24'

    Van der Vaart tries a swinger with his right foot and it is blocked.

  • 23'

    Clumsy Crouch clips Silva.

  • 22'

    Zabaleta is late on Gareth Bale and he goes in the book too despite much protestation. He has no case I'm afraid.

  • 21'

    Van der Vaart goes round the wall to the near post and Hart flies across to parry it round the upright.

  • 20'

    Barry clips Van der Vaart late and is carded.

  • 19'

    Friedel claims Clichy's left wing cross.

  • 18'

    Again Silva is looking like City's heartbeat. Fantastic player.

  • 17'

    A fantastic save from Friedel after a brilliant run from Silva, he takes it wide and fires in a shot and it looks like the keeper got a vital touch on it.

  • 15'

    An interesting midfield battle developing.

  • 13'

    The game has settled down a bit after a very open first quarter of an hour.

  • 11'

    Good move from City, ending in a wild shot from Dzeko as the ball came across him.

  • 10'

    First card, for Assou-Ekotto. He was clipped Aguero.

  • 9'

    A good low effort from Van der Vaart now, digging out a shot on the turn. Corner after a good save from Hart.

  • 8'

    Lennon gets round Clichy easily but Barry was across on the cut off.

  • 7'

    Good save from Friedel from a Silva thunderbolt, Aguero miskicks the rebound before Nasri fires wide, via a deflection, which the ref didn't spot.

  • 6'

    Friedel is out smartly to pick up a long ball.

  • 5'

    Great start to the game as Dzeko fires a shot wide of the target.

  • 4'

    Nasri tries to feed a pass into Aguero but Friedel palms the ball away.

  • 3'

    Another effort on goal from Spurs and Kranjcar curls a shot wide of the far post.

  • 2'

    First effort for Spurs inside 19 seconds as Assou-Ekotto marauds down the left and crosses and Lennon drags a shot wide.

  • 1'



    Here come our teams....


    Samir Nasri is handed a debut for City, as Aguero and Dzeko continue their partnership. Gael Clichy also starts at left back.


    Wantaway Luka Modric is included in Spurs starting line-up, and his team-mate Benoit Assou-Ekotto has been insisting that the Spurs' dressing-room has not been adversely affected by speculation about the Croatian's future.


    Uncertainty remains over Luka Modric's future.


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