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Sunday 25 June 2017

Manchester City v Tottenham - story of the match

Substitute Son Heung-min celebrates his leveller
Substitute Son Heung-min celebrates his leveller

Tottenham staged a dramatic second-half comeback to snatch a controversial 2-2 draw at Premier League title rivals Manchester City.

Spurs were run ragged for an hour by a resurgent City at the Etihad Stadium and conceded twice in quick succession to Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne after blunders by Hugo Lloris.

But second-placed Spurs hit back through Dele Alli and then grabbed an equaliser through substitute Son Heung-min after Raheem Sterling was denied what seemed an obvious penalty.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"If Spurs get anything out of this, I think Pep might implode." - Ex-Tottenham striker Gary Lineker predicts Guardiola's mood as Spurs steal an unlikely point.

STAR MAN

De Bruyne. It was the Belgian's defence-splitting pass that led to Sane's opener, a moment which earned De Bruyne some love from Guardiola on the sidelines too. And he was in the right place to benefit from Lloris' misfortune as City made it 2-0 shortly after.

LLORIS: THE CALAMITOUS KEEPER

Coming into this contest, all eyes were on City's shaky stopper Claudio Bravo after last weekend's 4-0 loss to Everton, but it was Lloris who made the mistakes on this occasion. If he was unlucky with the header that went into Sane for the opener, he had no one to blame but himself when he fumbled Sterling's cross into De Bruyne moments later.

STERLING PUNISHED FOR HONESTY

The crucial moment in the game came just before Son levelled when, at the other end, Sterling bore down on goal with only Lloris to beat. However, a clear shove in the back from Kyle Walker knocked the winger off balance and he clipped a meek attempt straight at Lloris. Had he gone down, referee Andre Marriner would surely have awarded a penalty. Sterling did not, and Marriner remained unmoved. Guardiola was certainly more animated in his protests to the fourth official and it proved costly.

PLAYER RATINGS

Man City:

Claudio Bravo 6

Pablo Zabaleta 7

Aleksandar Kolarov 6

Nicolas Otamendi 6

Gael Clichy 6

Yaya Toure 7

Leroy Sane 7

Kevin De Bruyne 8

David Silva 6

Raheem Sterling 7

Sergio Aguero 6

Substitutes:

Gabriel Jesus (on for Sterling, 82) 7

John Stones (on for Clichy, 84) 6

Fabian Delph (on for Silva, 90) 6

Tottenham:

Hugo Lloris 4

Kyle Walker 6

Toby Alderweireld 6

Kevin Wimmer 5

Danny Rose 6

Victor Wanyama 7

Eric Dier 5

Christian Eriksen 6

Mousa Dembele 7

Dele Alli 7

Harry Kane 6

Substitutes:

Son Heung-min (on for Wimmer, 46) 7

Harry Winks (on for Alderweireld, 65) 6

Moussa Sissoko (on for Dembele, 78) 6

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