The big question going into Sunday wasn’t about the match itself, but whether or not Harry Kane would feature for Spurs. That was answered an hour prior to kickoff as Kane was not in the squad for Nuno Espirito Santo’s first competitive match at Tottenham Hotspur.
1’ - And we are off at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium! Strange to not see Kane leading the line and we’re no doubt going to hear about it the next two hours.
3’ - Bad foul by Skipp as Grealish charges toward the penalty area. Anthony Taylor gives the foul outside the area, despite Grealish’s appeals.
4’ - Gundogan’s free kick bounces off of Skipp’s head and goes over the goal for a corner kick.
5’ - Big chance for City as a ball into the box gets to Fernandinho. Hugo tried to punch it and whiffed but it’s a goal kick.
6’ - Another chance for City as Cancelo charges in for an uncontested volley from 12 yards out, but he drags it wide of the net. Spurs need to wake up or City are going to run right over the top of them.
15’ - It’s been all City so far, holding 70% of the possession. Spurs have been in City’s attacking third once and couldn’t create a chance.
18’ - Tanganga has been active so far. He’s put in several challenges on Sterling and more than handled the winger.
21’ - Signs of life in the Spurs attack as Bergwijn gets on the ball from Hojbjerg and takes a crack. It’s deflected, earning Spurs a corner.
24’ - Chance for Spurs as Lucas gets on the end of a volley that is blocked by Gundogan. It took a little bit but the attack is finding its’ legs.
35’ - Chance for City as Sterling gets the ball into the middle of the penalty area. Mahrez has to one-time it on the bounce but sprays it way wide.
41’ - Big chance for Spurs as they break out. Sonny settles it and takes a crack at the net. It just misses the corner and it goes out for a goal kick, even though an obvious deflection happened off of Cancelo.
HALF TIME: 0-0
A bit nervy in the first ten minutes but Spurs settled in and got some good chances down the stretch. More importantly, they stifled City’s attack. Tanganga has done well on the flank, if not been a bit violent in his tackles. We’ll see how Nuno handles changes for the second half.
46’ - No changes for either side.
47’ - Spurs waste no time getting on the attack. Dele forces a turnover and feeds Hojbjerg wide right. The low cross in is a good one, but is cleared out before Sonny can get on the end of it.
53’ - Another chance for Spurs as Sonny gets a great cross in to try and find Dele. Lucas unfortunately takes it from him and the ball flicks way out to touch. Dele’s reaction said it all: He thought he had a goal.
55’ - GOAAAAAAAAALLLLLL SPURS!!! Sonny gets free on the right flank and fires a skipping curler from 20 yards out. Ederson barely made a move for it thinking his defenders would block it. 1-0 Spurs!
59’ - OH NO STEVIE! Spurs get free on the break and Bergwijn is one on one with Ederson. He puts it just wide of the net after beating the Brazilian.
66’ - Lucas goes into the book not so much for the foul but for impersonating a Harlem Globetrotter keeping the ball away from Stones, though he probably should have been booked as well.
70’ - Big chance for City and I honestly don’t know how they didn’t score. Cancelo gets a great ball in and Torres just straight up scuffs it.
71’ - Substitution, Man City: Gabriel Jesus checks in for Raheem Sterling.
75’ - Chance for City as Grealish takes a shot at net but Hugo makes a fairly easy save.
77’ - Substituion, Tottenham Hotspur: Giovani Lo Celso checks in for Steven Bergwijn.
78’ - GLC has slotted into the LW spot where Bergwijn was so no change in formation it looks like.
79’ - Substitution, Manchester City: Kevin De Bruyne for Riyad Mahrez, Aleksandar Zinchenko for Benjamin Mendy.
80’ - Sonny almost put this match away as he rips another curler from 25 yards out but a deflection sends it wide. Corner to Spurs in the end.
82’ - De Bruyne’s first contribution for City is a long corner to Cancelo, who promptly sends a header into the fifth row.
83’ - Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur: Matt Doherty checks in for Japhet Tanganga, who has had himself a hell of a match.
84’ - De Bruyne gets a curler off from outside the penalty area but Hugo makes a nice save to parry it out to touch. Corner to City.
90’ - Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur: Cuti! Cristian Romero makes his debut for Spurs as he comes on for Pierre Emile Hojbjerg, who may have picked up a knock.
90’+1 - “Are you watching Harry Kane” rings out from the 60k in attendance. Ruthless.
90’+2 - I am fairly certain that Oliver Skipp just murdered someone on the pitch but we play on!
90’+4 - Davinson Sanchez just made the tackle of the match to stop City dead in their tracks.
FULL TIME!!! Sonny’s curler holds up as Spurs take all three points from Manchester City, 1-0!
Thoughts on the Match:
- Sonny continues to torture Pep. He just loves ruining his day and he did so with that wonderful goal.
- Japhet Tanganga is my man of the match. He bodied up Raheem Sterling early and often. He was clearly in Sterling’s head and never got going. I think it’s safe to say those loan talks are all but dead.
- Dele was fantastic as well. He looked like Dele of old creating chances and putting in some solid tackles.
- Shout out to Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez. They were solid and both made key tackles and clearances.
- The stadium was absolutely rocking and god I missed it.
- Nuno’s million dollar smile coming off the stadium felt great to see. He’s walking into a difficult situation and he’s said all the right things. The man just beat Pep Guardiola, so I’d be smiling too.
- Daniel Levy may or may not have texted Mansour with “lol 200m” after the match. Citation will be needed on it.
- For at least a day or two, the Harry Kane saga takes a back seat to Spurs taking three points from the champions of England.