Premier League Scores: Result and Highlights from the EPL Fixture between Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, November 11, 2012.
Result: Manchester City 2 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur
Location: Etihad Stadium – Manchester City
|Manchester City – 2||Tottenham – 1|
|Sergio Aguero (65’)||Steven Caulker (21’)|
|Edin Dzeko (88’)|
I did get this prediction wrong, but the way City came out playing I wasn’t too far off. Manchester City may have pulled off a win to put them second in the Premier League table, but it was due to some inspiration at the front.
The first half was fairly even, but Tottenham were the first to go in front. Their free kick was headed towards Joe Hart by Steven Caulker and looked as if it would be an easy save. Instead, the ball went off of Joe Hart’s chest and managed to trickle through his arms and spin into the net. An odd looking goal, but still put the Spurs in front in the 21st minute.
Manchester City came out in the second half determined to win and completely dominated the game. There were several offsides calls (8 total), but it seemed obvious that it was just a matter of time before one of the City forwards would be able to beat the trap. The 65th minute brought City’s breakthrough with Sergio Aguero. His dribbling and footwork in the box lead to a fantastic goal that was reminiscent of his similar title winning goal last Spring against QPR.
Edin Dzeko was returned to the bench to start this match and was, once again, an inspired substitution for Carlos Tevez in the 73rd minute. He was able to beat Tottenham’s offside trap and scored a well struck goal to seal their win in the 88th minute as he slammed the ball high going over Brad Friedel’s raised hands.
Brad Friedel was Tottenham’s real shining player of the match. It seemed to me that most of the team was playing in slow motion during the second half and didn’t really want to be there, especially in the second half. Manchester City was dominant in every statistical area (including fouls with 16 to 7). They ended the match with 62% possession, though their 14 shots (only 5 on goal) was fairly low considering their amount of possession.
I would say that there are still questions for this team. There were plenty of moments when they did not look good and did not look like a team. Their defense was shaky early on and they got pretty lucky that Tottenham did not take advantage of this. There were several calls against Manchester City that seemed to galvanize them as a team for the second half. I guess we will have to wait and see if this is going to keep them going, or if this was a one off for today.
Edin Dzeko winner