Manchester City take on Tottenham Hotspur, in what is sure to be an intriguing tie in the context of the Premier League title and top-four races.
In startling form, Pep Guardiola’s reigning champions come into the fixture unbeaten in 15 league fixtures. Conversely, Antonio Conte will be looking for a reaction from his out-of-form side, following a run of three successive league defeats, against Chelsea, Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Rewinding back to the reverse fixture, Tottenham produced an excellent display to record a 1-0 opening-weekend victory courtesy of Son Heung-min.
Much reliance today will be on the rotations of City’s attacking players, with Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden in some brilliant recent form, as all three scored in their 5-0 Champions League triumph against Sporting Lisbon.
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Spurs will be desperate to stop this from becoming a reality, with Son set to be an influential presence as well as one-time City target Harry Kane. New signings Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski will also be keen to make their quality known in the early stages of their Tottenham careers.
Check back below for live updates through the 90 minutes, plus pregame and postgame coverage.
Man City vs. Spurs live score
Man City 1
Kulusevski (4), Kane (59)
Man City vs. Spurs live updates
89th min: Rodri receives the ball on the edge of the area, but is caught in possession. As has been the case throughout the game, City’s players have struggled to get time on the ball in central areas. Laporte is on the ground, writhing. De Bruyne’s ball finds Silva wide on the left, who fires the ball back across goal. It hits Romero, and there are huge appeals for a handball.
86th min: Mahrez lifts a ball in which is headed clear. The trio of Davies, Dier, and Romero have seen off everything. Walker’s low cross is flicked towards goal by a teammate, but Ben Davies is in the way. Eric Dier is now down for treatment.
83rd min: Emerson Royal, who has improved as the game went on, with the help of Dejan Kulusevski, is replaced by Matt Doherty. Kane is back on the pitch, to more boos, and City come again.
82nd min: Harry Kane is down holding his lower back, but City don’t care. They still can’t find a clear sight of goal. Kane is up, holding his back, before going back down. Romero is also down. The home fans are not impressed.
80th min: Son leaves the pitch to be replaced by Lucas Moura. Spurs have a free kick in their right back position after Kevin de Bruyne gives away a needless free kick. Lloris is booked for timewasting.
77th min: That disallowed goal has turned up the heat at the Etihad stadium. The home fans are in good voice now, and City are beginning to pile on the pressure. Romero is booked for once again grappling at a corner. The hosts keep sending the ball into the penalty area, and the Spurs defence keep heading it away.
75th min: Kane thinks he’s scored again. Davies spreads the ball out wide to Kulusevski on the right hand side. He cuts inside on the corner of the area and sends the ball toward the far post, but a deflection sees the ball land at the feet of Harry Kane. He shields the ball before spinning and firing towards goal. The celebrations of the travelling fans are cut short by VAR, with Kulusevski offside when Davies hit the ball out to him.
70th min: Cancelo’s ball across the face of goal bounces off Davies. It could go anywhere, but ends up in the grateful grasp of Hugo Lloris. Sessegnon gives the ball away, and ends up fouling Mahrez while trying to make up for it.
x2 assists. pic.twitter.com/rAL0eHZpCd
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 19, 2022
68th min: Sterling is off for Mahrez, who has gone out to the right hand side for now. City continue to have the ball.
66th min: It’s almost 3! A counter from Spurs sees Son and Kane combining once again, as Son slides the ball into Kane in the area. It looks a certain goal, but Ederson spreads himself well to stop Spurs doubling their advantage. Now Lloris is down, holding his shoulder after saving a Gundogan effort from the edge of the area that was curling and dipping in to the far post.
63rd min: City are looking to hit back, but Spurs have held strong so far. The hosts will be wondering how they haven’t scored more, for all the possession they’ve had.
59th min: GOAL!
Spurs get up the pitch in numbers. Kane’s crossfield pass drops to Sessegnon, who passes to Son outside on his left. Son cuts back onto his right and drops the ball onto the edge of the six yard area, to leave Harry Kane with a simple finish.
58th min: Kane once again looks to put a teammate through on goal, but his pass doesn’t find Kulusevski’s run in behind City’s high line. The Swede looked offside anyway.
57th min: It’s more of the same from Spurs, with Kane dropping deep to receive the ball, before sending Son in behind. Kyle Walker manages to get back and hold Son up, forcing the Korean to take a shot from distance that doesn’t trouble Ederson. At the other end, City go close, but can’t find the finish after a quick passing move opens Spurs up.
52nd min: A delay before of a City corner on the left, due to ongoing pushing and shoving. Eventually De Bruyne’s ball gets a touch from Dias at the near post, which keeps it alive but evades everyone.
50th min: City have had more of the ball during the start of the second half. Spurs have to be careful not to sit off too much here, City’s creative players are finding themselves with space and time.
46th min: The hosts get us underway for the second half. This one is finely balanced.
HALF TIME: A chance for everyone to catch a breath. Antonio Conte, who spent the latter stages of the half screaming at his team to calm down, will need it as much as anyone.
46th min: Sterling carries the ball into the area, but Romero does well to get himself between the England man and the ball, seeing the danger out for a goal kick.
42nd min: Walker drills a low cross across the area that is attacked by Sterling from the left. Emerson Royal throws himself in the way of Sterling’s shot, and gets a kick for his troubles. There’s a brief stoppage as he receives treatment.
40th min: The game has been a bit scrappy since the equaliser. Spurs have been more aggressive off the ball, and are looking to go more direct, while City are looking a little uncomfortable by the change in the flow of the game.
33rd min: GOAL!
Gundogan rifles home! Sterling crosses towards the near post from the left hand side, and Lloris is unconvincing. The ball falls to the feet of Gundogan, who has an easy finish.
32nd min: City have done well to turn the screw since going behind, but are yet to force Hugo Lloris into a save.
30th min: Foden glides into the box from the right, with the ball ending up on the opposite side, but good work by Royal and Romero see it out for a throw in. Spurs defending in almost a back six at times, with Kulusevski playing almost as a second right back.
28th min: The visitors are still posing a threat on the counter, as Walker beats Son to a ball fizzed down the line by Højbjerg, but they don’t look as composed in defence as they did earlier in the game.
26th min: City are finding all the space in the world on the left hand side, working the ball into the area for a Foden shot blocked by Davies. Emerson Royal doesn’t seem sure when to close down and when to hold his position, and City are making the most of that.
23rd min: Cancelo goes close again. A City corner finds the full back on the edge of the area, but his shot misses the target. Spurs look dangerous on the counter as Son runs in behind, but Kane’s pass is behind the attacker.
21st min: City beginning to up the tempo now. After a 1-2, Cancelo shoots from a tight angle. Lloris saves, although he was offside anyway. The visiting defence kept a good line. Moments later, Sterling drives into the box from the left, committing defenders before laying off to Gundogan, who can only hit the outside of the far post.
17th min: Cancelo goes close! The City man cuts inside from the corner of the box, dancing between Spurs defenders before curling the ball towards the far post. It’s off target, but the best moment from a City player so far.
13th min: Son and Kulusevski had taken up deep positions off the ball, with Tottenham’s 5-4-1 in defence keeping the middle compact. City are struggling to get the ball in the centre of pitch and are being forced to cross from wide.
First #PL start, first @SpursOfficial goal for Dejan Kulusevski ⚪#MCITOT pic.twitter.com/Uw7JSrcAPE
— Premier League (@premierleague) February 19, 2022
9th min: City have had lots of the ball since conceding, but haven’t been able to knit anything together yet. When they win it back, Spurs look a threat on the counter.
5th min: GOAL!
Kane sends Son in behind on the left, as Dias fails to play the Korean offside. Son attacks the box and squares the ball to Kulusevski for an easy finish from the edge of the area.
4th min: Both sides have had possession, but no early sights of goal yet.
1st min: Kick off! Spurs get the game underway in Manchester.
12:29pm: The teams are out on the pitch. Lots of eyes will be on Harry Kane after the protracted transfer saga in the summer.
12:25pm: Only five minutes to go now! The Etihad is filling up as the atmosphere builds under the lights.
12:11pm: After the day’s earlier results, a win would be timely for Conte’s men. They’ll be hoping to keep pace with Arsenal and capitalise on West Ham’s draw. Liverpool’s win at home to Norwich means the gap between first and second is down to 6 points. Today’s hosts, who have only dropped 2 points since the start of November, will want to make sure they don’t let anything slip today.
11:46am: It’s Hugo Lloris’ 400th appearance for Spurs today, the North London side may need a big performance from their shot stopper if they’re going to reverse their recent run of poor form today. It will be interesting to see how Conte sets his team up for the challenge at hand. Kulusevski’s versatility means he has the freedom to pick between a 3-5-2 or a 3-4-3.
11:38am: It’s two changes to the City side that dealt with Sporting Lisbon so easily. Ilkay Gundogan and Kyle Walker get the nod today, with John Stones and Riyad Mahrez dropping to the bench.
11:37am: Eric Dier’s expected return to the starting XI will be a boost for Antonio Conte, while Lucas Moura will start the game on the bench. January signings Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur are both trusted from the start.
11:32am: The Spurs lineup is announced:
Your team to take on @ManCity! ? pic.twitter.com/E3QRbs7lHO
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 19, 2022
11:30am: The team news is in for the hosts:
Your City XI to take on Tottenham! ⬇️
XI | Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodrigo, Gundogan (C), Bernardo, Sterling, De Bruyne, Foden
SUBS | Carson, Stones, Ake, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Delap, McAtee, Lavia#ManCity | @HaysTechnology pic.twitter.com/1PXbaD7bJv
— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 19, 2022
11:00am: Antonio Conte looks to be delighted with the news that Eric Dier is back in contention for today’s match, claiming that the Englishman is an “important player” and “strong personality” for the North London outfit. No doubt, Tottenham could use his experience later on as they have leaked goals in the last few games.
10:45am: Despite Spurs’ recent poor form, City boss Guardiola seems well aware of the threat the opposition poses to his side today. Particularly, the 51-year-old was full of praise for Heung-min Son, Harry Kane, and Lucas Moura.
10:30am: Welcome to Sporting News’ live coverage as Manchester City’s assault on the Premier League title continues. All eyes will be on Harry Kane, travelling to Etihad Stadium for the first time since his potential summer transfer fell through.
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