LONDON, United
– Steven Bergwijn’s debut goal helped Tottenham to a remarkable 2-0
win over 10-man Manchester City on Sunday to breathe new life into their
challenge for a top-four finish in the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho’s men had been completely outplayed for the first
hour, but were kept in the game by City’s profligacy and Hugo Lloris’s
first-half penalty save from Ilkay Gundogan.

However, Oleksandr Zinchenko’s sending off changed the
course of the game as Spurs scored with their first two shots on goal through Bergwijn
and Son Heung-min.

Victory lifts Spurs up to fifth, just four points off
fourth-placed Chelsea.

A sixth league defeat of the season for City sees Liverpool
remain 22 points clear at the top and within touching distance of their first
league title for 30 years.

“Liverpool are unstoppable. We dropped a lot of points
in many games where we played quite similar as today,” said City boss Pep

“This business is how many goals you score and how few
you concede. We tried to play as good as possible. Always I believe you are
closer to win the games if you create more chances and concede few.

“It happened a few times this season and we have to
accept it.”

This was arguably the least anticipated of Mourinho and Pep
Guardiola’s 23 meetings as opposing managers, but it resorted to type as the
Portuguese set up Spurs to defend deep, while City monopolised possession.

The visitors could have been out of sight by half-time as in
a recurring theme of their season, the champions were wasteful in front of goal.

However, Tottenham also felt City were lucky not to be down
to 10 men earlier when Raheem Sterling caught England international teammate
Dele Alli with his studs.

“I thought I was going to love VAR the same way I love
goal-line technology,” said Mourinho. “With VAR there are too many
mistakes, but that doesn’t take out my pleasure (of the win).”

Lloris was making just his third appearance since returning
from a long-term layoff due to a dislocated elbow, but the French number one
was back to his best to keep his side level at half-time.

He turned Sergio Aguero’s low shot onto the post before the
Argentine was chopped down in the area by Serge Aurier.

Referee Mike Dean initially waved play on, but with no break
in play for a few minutes he eventually stopped the game after being told to
give a penalty by VAR.

City’s dreadful run from the spot continued as Gundogan
joined Gabriel Jesus and Sterling in failing to convert in recent weeks as his
low effort was parried by Lloris.

Sterling then pounced on the rebound and went down over
Lloris, but no second penalty was awarded and Sterling also escaped the
possibility of a second booking for diving.

– Dream debut –

Gundogan was the guilty party again minutes into the second
period when he hooked over with the goal gaping after a calamity of errors in
the Spurs defence saw Lloris collide with Japhet Tanganga.

However, the game was decided in three minutes just after the
hour mark.

Zinchenko was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Harry
Winks as Tottenham launched a counter-attack.

At that point City had attempted 14 shots on goal to
Tottenham’s none, but the hosts only needed one.

Bergwijn, signed earlier this week from PSV Eindhoven,
capped a dream debut as he chested down Lucas Moura’s pass and volleyed past

“As a little kid I wanted to be here and play in the
Premier League, so to score on my debut is unbelievable,” said Bergwijn.

Eight minutes later, Spurs were out of sight when Son, who
scored three times in a famous Champions League quarter-final win over City
last season, was the scourge of City again with a fine low finish from Tanguy
Ndombele’s pass.


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