Tottenham Hotspur recorded an emphatic 4-1 victory over Manchester City at White Hart Lane during their Saturday lunchtime Premier League clash.
- City open scoring through De Bruyne
- Dier equalises before half-time
- Alderweireld heads Spurs in front
- Kane breaks Tottenham goal drought
- City crumble as Lamela grabs fourth
Manuel Pellegrini’s men opened the scoring as winger Kevin De Bruyne notched his third goal in as many games. The visitors dominated much of the opening exchanges but were pegged back on the stroke of half-time as Tottenham midifielder Eric Dier scored from 25-yards.
Spurs took the lead shortly after the break through Toby Alderweireld before Harry Kane scored his first goal in a Tottenham shirt this season on the hour mark to give the hosts some much needed breathing room.
Erik Lamela then rounded the scoring off with a calm finish to hand City their biggest away defeat since 2008.
City started the better of the two teams as Tottenham showed fatigue from Wednesday’s north London derby defeat to Arsenal and it was the visitors who struck first.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side dominated the early play but it was a mistake from Kyle Walker that led to De Bruyne’s opener. After a well-worked corner, the right-back misplaced a short pass to Christian Eriksen on the edge of the City box which allowed Yaya Toure to break and slide a perfectly timed ball through to allow the Belgian open the scoring, although on second glance the winger was marginally offside.
Spurs hauled themselves level on the stroke of half-time after a poorly struck clearance from De Bruyne fell to the Dier who duly obliged from 25 yards.
Willy Caballero had saved brilliantly from Son Heung-Min moments earlier after Walker, who should have been ruled offside, burst down the right hand side to provide a teasing cross for the South Korean.
The hosts then took the lead five minutes after the break as Toby Alderweireld looped a header over the flailing Caballero from a Lamela free-kick.
Spurs then gave themselves some breathing room on the hour through striker Kane after Danish international Eriksen struck the bar with a free-kick. The ball then fell kindly to the 22-year-old who calmly slotted home into an empty City net to the delight of watching England manager Roy Hodgson.
Son also had the ball in the back of the net with 20 minutes to go but the officials rightly ruled the forward to be offside after Nacer Chadli flicked on from a Lamela corner.
It was then Lamela who sealed victory 10 minutes from time after Clinton N’Jie fed the Argentine through who eventually side footed into the City goal to the delight of the home crowd.
The visitors then huffed and puffed but couldn’t break down a resolute Tottenham defence as Mauricio Pochettino’s men recorded an emphatic victory over the early Premier League pacesetters.