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Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Manchester City

By Mike WhalleyBBC Sport
Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero's first-half goal was his fifth of the season against Tottenham
  • Aguero scores 22nd league goal of season
  • City three points clear of third-placed Arsenal
  • Pellegrini's first away league win since 11 February
  • Tottenham seven points outside top four

Sergio Aguero effectively secured Manchester City a Champions League place while seriously denting Tottenham's top-four hopes.

Aguero swept in his 22nd Premier League goal this season to lift his chances of finishing the campaign as top scorer.

Tottenham missed several chances, with Harry Kane unable to add to his goal tally and City keeper Joe Hart superb.

Second-placed City's win puts them nine points and 24 goals clear of Liverpool, in fifth, with three games left.

Win at Tottenham 'beautiful' - Pellegrini

And while the result provided a little respite for City manager Manuel Pellegrini, it remains to be seen whether it will help save his job after a disappointing season.

Defeat for Tottenham, in sixth, leaves them seven points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester United with nine points left to play for.

Yet Mauricio Pochettino's side could well have won the game had they been more ruthless in front of goal.

City, who had lost their previous four away league games, looked uncomfortable when defending at set-pieces, while their offside trap threatened to get them into trouble more than once.

Aguero earns his Spurs
Sergio Aguero has hit 10 goals in seven games against Tottenham - more than he has scored against any other club.

The visitors had to survive a number of scares - the first coming when an unmarked Eric Dier headed wide from a corner, and the last when Hart pushed away Erik Lamela's stoppage-time volley.

But this was not Tottenham's day, nor Kane's.

The England international was unable to punish Pellegrini's side, rolling an early shot wide after being played clear, before being frustrated by Hart in the second half.

Kane began the day one goal behind Aguero in the race to finish as the Premier League's leading scorer - and the Argentina international, who had a strong first-half penalty appeal rejected, extended his lead just seconds after City had almost conceded from a corner.

David Silva sprinted away on to a Hart throw, and Aguero timed his run perfectly to meet the through pass and sweep a beautiful shot high into the net.

Man City goal lucky - Pochettino

City's defence failed again just before half-time as Kane's diagonal ball from the left found Ryan Mason unattended, but the finish was hesitant and Hart spread himself to block.

Pellegrini's side may have been vulnerable in defence, but Aguero's tireless efforts ensured they were a consistent attacking threat.

The striker almost scored a wonderful second-half goal from a one-two with Fernandinho, but he screwed wide after rounding keeper Hugo Lloris.

Aleksandar Kolarov and substitute Wilfried Bony could have added further goals before a late flurry of Tottenham pressure, but Pellegrini came out on top.

Harry Kane
Tottenham's top scorer Harry Kane missed a clear chance inside the first four minutes
Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero's first-half goal came seconds after Manchester City had almost conceded from a corner
Ryan Mason and Joe Hart
Joe Hart made a key save from Ryan Mason two minutes before half-time
Manuel Pellegrini and Mauricio Pochettino
Manuel Pellegrini has never suffered a Premier League defeat against Mauricio Pochettino
Pablo Zabaleta and Harry Kane
Harry Kane is chasing Gary Lineker's record of 35 Tottenham goals in a season



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 15Dier
  • 21Fazio
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 3Rose
  • 42BentalebBooked at 42mins
  • 38MasonBooked at 45minsSubstituted forPaulinhoat 70'minutes
  • 11Lamela
  • 23EriksenSubstituted forSoldadoat 59'minutes
  • 22ChadliSubstituted forAdebayorat 84'minutes
  • 18KaneBooked at 90mins


  • 6Chiriches
  • 8Paulinho
  • 9Soldado
  • 10Adebayor
  • 12Yedlin
  • 13Vorm
  • 25Stambouli

Man City

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Hart
  • 5ZabaletaBooked at 68mins
  • 26Demichelis
  • 20Mangala
  • 11KolarovBooked at 74mins
  • 6Reges
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 7MilnerBooked at 41mins
  • 18LampardSubstituted forNasriat 73'minutesSubstituted forBonyat 76'minutes
  • 21SilvaBooked at 82mins
  • 16AgüeroSubstituted forBoyataat 89'minutes


  • 3Sagna
  • 8Nasri
  • 10Dzeko
  • 13Caballero
  • 14Bony
  • 22Clichy
  • 38Boyata
Andre Marriner

Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Manchester City 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Martín Demichelis.

  4. Booking

    Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Joe Hart.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Rose with a cross.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Dedryck Boyata replaces Sergio Agüero.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by James Milner.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Emmanuel Adebayor replaces Nacer Chadli.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Erik Lamela.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Erik Lamela with a cross following a set piece situation.

  12. Booking

    David Silva (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by David Silva (Manchester City).

  15. Post update

    Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by David Silva (Manchester City).

  17. Post update

    Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Silva.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur).

As It Stood

2Man City35217771363570
4Man Utd35198859352465
9West Ham351211124342147
12Crystal Palace35119154248-642
13West Brom351010153346-1340
14Aston Villa3598182950-2135
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