Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester metropolis - soccer Match Report - February 5, 2023

A file-breaking Harry Kane strike helped Tottenham edge to a 1-zero victory over Manchester metropolis on Sunday as Pep Guardiola’s side did not make up floor inside the Premier League title race.

Kane turned Spurs’ all-time main scorer when he despatched his side into the lead on quarter-hour after discovering an inch of space inside metropolis area and dispatched a strike finish previous goalkeeper Ederson.

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Spurs loved a equally optimistic first-half lead after they final confronted metropolis on Jan. 19 earlier than conceding 4 goals in a second-half collapse, nonetheless the North London membership modified the script this day out. metropolis piled on strain in a quick-paced, finish-to-finish second half however had been pissed off by a resolute Spurs defence.

metropolis striker Erling Haaland did not register a shot on course, and the closest metropolis bought here to scoring was a Riyad Mahrez effort that smashed in opposition to the underside of the crossbar in first-half stoppage time.

the residence side confronted a nervy final interval when defender Cristian Romero was proven a second yellow card and despatched off for a careless deal with on Jack Grealish on 88 minutes, however nonetheless they managed to safe their lead and an essential three factors.

metropolis had been hoping to capitalise on Premier League leaders Arsenal struggling a loss away to relegation-threatened Everton on Saturday. Sunday’s consequence means Arsenal, who’ve a recreation in hand, stay 5 factors away from metropolis.

Spurs had been with out coach Antonio Conte, who underwent surgical procedure on Wednesday to take away his gallbladder. they’re now fifth on 39 factors from 22 video games, one level behind Newcastle United.

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Guardiola made some lovely adjustments in his starting lineup, collectively with leaving Kevin De Bruyne on bench, which he informed Sky sports activities earlier than the match was a “tactical” choice. De Bruyne was subbed on for Mahrez on the hour mark.

Sunday’s consequence means Guardiola stays and by no means using a win in 5 makes an try on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium — the longest away shedding streak in opposition to an opponent of his managerial profession.

After the match, Guardiola bemoaned the journey involved in travelling away to the English capital.

“Coming to London is like going to, i do not know, northern Europe. it is 4 hours 20 minutes, 4 hours and a half to get to a lodge. it is so exhausting to get back to London, i am sorry. we have to get back again to Manchester and put together the sport in opposition to Aston Villa,” Guardiola mentioned.

knowledge from Reuters and ESPN correspondent James Olley contributed to this report.

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