Sunday August 28, 2011 Day 3 Finished White Hart Lane

Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 5 Manchester City

  • Kaboul 68’
  • Dzeko 34’, 41’, 55’, 90’
  • Agüero 60’

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  1. Dzeko bags four in rout of Spurs

    Dzeko bags four in rout of Spurs

    Four goals from Edin Dzeko, and a hat-trick of assists from Samir Nasri, inspired Man City to a 5-1 win over Spurs at White Hart Lane. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • Manchester City
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+4' FULL TIME. Dzeko with four. Incredible from the Bosnian and City.
    • 90+3' GOAL! Manchester City 5-1! Dzeko. Wow. Just wow. His fourth is the pick of the bunch. Dzeko plays a one-two with Barry and then curls a quite brilliant shot into the top corner. That was sensational.
    • 90' We will have three minutes of added time at White Hart Lane.
    • 89' We are just going through the motions now at White Hart Lane. It's gone a touch quiet.
    • 88' Micah Richards needs a checking over after a clash of heads and the defender looks a bit dazed on the touchline.
    • 86' More furstration for Crouch, it just hasn't been his day today. Neither has it been Spurs' of course.
    • 84' City are in no danger here and are knocking the ball around nicely. What a day it has been for Mancini and his men.
    • 82' A frustrated Crouch is penalised for a foul in the box. He hasn't had much joy today. The striker may yet join Stoke before the transfer window closes.
    • 80' Nasri plays in Silva with a wonderful lofted pass but the Spaniard appears to lose his footing while shooting and his effort skews wide. Nasri has been a delight today.
    • 79' So Spurs appear destined to remain at the bottom of the table, but in fairness their two games this season have come against both the Manchester sides.
    • 77' Micah Richards collides with the advertising hoards but appears to be okay.
    • 76' Savic came on too early though and I believe he was booked. Ridiculous!
    • 75' Off comes Aguero to be replaced by Stevan Savic.
    • 74' Oh dear. Van der Vaart pulls a muscle and is forced off. Spurs have made their three changes so find themselves down to ten men. The Dutchman shows his frustration by kicking a ball down the tunnel.
    • 73' Spurs have rallied well, but it doesn't look as though we will be seeing too much late drama.
    • 71' Now Hart has to parry away a vicious, swerving effort from Defoe. Spurs have responded well to that fourth goal.
    • 70' Toure drags a free-kick wide from 40 yards. Worth a go when you are 4-1 up I guess.
    • 69' Now Bale looks to dart into the box after spinning away from Toure but he is halted by a fine challenge from Kompany.
    • 68' GOAL! Tottenham 1-4 Manchester City! Kaboul leaps to meet the corner and plants his header firmly past Hart, who complained that he was obstructed.
    • 67' Defoe forces Hart into tipping the ball over the bar with a fierce effort from 30 yards and Spurs have a corner.
    • 66' Modric comes off to be replaced by Jake Livermore. His final appearance as a Spurs player at White Hart Lane?
    • 65'65 Micah Richards replaces Zabaleta at right-back.
    • 64' Aguero fires one over from 25 yards. Not the best effort.
    • 63' Courtesy of Infostrada: The last time Spurs lost a game by four goals at White Hart Lane was against Manchester United in 2007.
    • 62' So Nasri has a hat-trick of assists. Not the worst debut in Premier League history.
    • 60' GOAL! 4-0 Manchester City! What. A. Goal. My goodness. Nasri prods the ball down the line to Aguero, who accelerates, holds off Dawson and rifles a shot down the throat of Friedel and into the far corner. Sublime.
    • 59' Cameras pick out Carlos Tevez on the bench. I wonder what he thinks of what is unfolding this season. Suddenly he is yesterday's man, even if it does appear as though he may well be staying at the club for the coming season.
    • 57' Courtesy of Infostrada: The only other player to score five goals in the first three games of a Premier League season was Robbie Fowler in 1994-95.
    • 55' GOAL! 3-0 Manchester City! Dzeko with the hat-trick! It's another lovely goal from Manchester City. Aguero slips in Toure with a clever ball and the Ivorian's cross it tapped in by the big Bosnian.
    • 54' Dzeko flashes as header wide from a cross from Barry. He really has been great today.
    • 53' Lennon is forced off due to injury and Jermain Defoe comes on in his place.
    • 52' Huddlestone crunches Zabaleta and the Argentina international is in some pain. However, he is okay to continue.
    • 51' Clichy goes flying through the air to prevent Aaron Lennon from getting a cross in. Excellent work from the former Arsenal man.
    • 49' City look to have control of the game and have bossed midfield so far today. Spurs have suffered from not having a presence in the centre but Huddlestone may give them that.
    • 47' Crouch causes trouble in the City box but is unable to get his shot away and test Hart. He is then penalised for handball under pressure from Lescott.
    • 46' Niko Kranjcar is replaced by Tom Huddlestone. Might have been that injury.
    • 46' KICK OFF!
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    • 45+3' HALF-TIME. An excellent performance so far from City.
    • 45+1' We will have three added minutes in the first half.
    • 45' Silva finds a pocket of space and produces a lovely shot that soars just wide of the post. City have been irrepressible so far this afternoon.
    • 44' Dzeko wants a third but his effort from 25 yards is parried by Friedel. The Bosnian striker has enjoyed a quite brilliant first half, along with Nasri of course.
    • 43' Two assists in 41 minutes for Nasri. Not bad for your debut. And Dzeko now has four goals in three Premier League games this season.
    • 41' GOAL! 2-0 Manchester City! It's the same combination for City. Yaya Toure sent Nasri away when spreading the ball wide to the left and the Frenchman dinks in a fine cross for Dzeko, who gets away from Kaboul to produce an absolutely brilliant header.
    • 40' Bale then turns provider with a fierce cross from the left. Crouch dives to meet the ball at the back post and is inches away from converting. That would have been a superb goal.
    • 39' Bale crosses for Van der Vaart and the Dutchman unleashes a shot from ten yards, but Kompany throws his body in the way of the ball to make a fine block.
    • 38' Aguero finds space on the edge of the box but drags his shot back across goal and well wide.
    • 37' Worrying for Spurs as Kranjcar appears to be suffering from an injury. They can ill afford to lose him.
    • 36' That was a lovely goal. City really have looked the part in the early part of the season and they are surely only going to improve with time.
    • 34' GOAL! 1-0 Manchester City! Nasri does excellently here. The Frenchman combines well with Clichy down the left, exchanges passes with Aguero and then delivers a lovely cross for Dzeko, who stabs the ball home on the volley. He has now scored in every game this season.
    • 32' Oh what an effort from Barry. Dzeko misses Silva's square pass but the ball rolls into the path of Barry who unleashes a first-time drive that fizzes past the far post. He scored a pearler against Bolton last week so he is clearly in the mood.
    • 30' Now Van der Vaart goes into the book for a nasty challenge on Zabaleta. This has been a testy first half.
    • 29' The Nasri-Aguero-Silva axis has been impressive so far today. Imagine how good they will be in a few months. It's a scary thought for the rest of the Premier League...
    • 28' Spurs do need to get Bale into the game a bit more. He hasn't seen a lot of the ball and is a threat when he gets going. Not sure he should have been PFA Player of the Year though...
    • 26' Gareth Bale misses a great chance! Crouch flicks on a cross from Lennon and the ball bounces nicely for Bale at the back post. However, he blasts his effort well off target. Poor.
    • 25' Aguero penalised for handball as he attempts to control a firm pass from Silva. Yaya Toure reacts badly to the decision and is booked for kicking the ball away.
    • 24' Naughty from Peter Crouch. Silva nicks the ball away from him and he clips the Spaniard's heels. Silva goes down, apparently in some pain, and a free-kick is awarded.
    • 23' Now it is Pablo Zabaleta's turn to go into the book for a firm challenge on Gareth Bale.
    • 21' What an attempt from Van der Vaart! Spurs have a free-kick 30 yards from goal and the Dutchman bends the ball round the wrong side of the wall and almost inside the near post. Brilliant.
    • 20' Gareth Barry is booked for a bit of a wild challenge on Van der Vaart. No arguments there.
    • 19' A lovely spin from Nasri in the centre of the park and he plays the ball into the left channel for the charging Clichy. The Frenchman stands the ball up to Dzeko in the centre but Friedel claims.
    • 18' Silva embarks on a lovely run across the front of the box and his angled shot back across goal is palmed round the post by Friedel. Corner to City, but Spurs clear.
    • 16' Nasri almost exploits a loose piece of defending from Younes Kaboul and then appears to be limping after contact from Michael Dawson. City will keep a close eye on that.
    • 15' Courtesy of Infostrada: Tottenham have the longest unbeaten home record (eight games) of any Premier League side against Manchester City.
    • 14' Dzeko, Aguero and Silva string together a neat move and release Nasri in the box, but Vedran Corluka does extremely well to come across and tackle at the feet of the Frenchman.
    • 13' Lovely interplay again between Nasri and Silva - they look to be forming quite the partnership - but Dzeko fires wildly off target when the ball rolls into his path 20 yards from goal.
    • 11' A cynical challenge from Assou-Ekotto fells Aguero and he is rightly booked. The Argentina star would have been away down the right.
    • 10' Oh what an effort. Rafael van der Vaart receives the ball from Lennon and makes space at the edge of the box before rifling in a low shot that forces Joe Hart into a sprawling save at his near post.
    • 9' Lennon does well to accelerate away from Gael Clichy and into the box, but Gareth Barry is across quickly to intercept.
    • 8' Modric has a shot blocked and receives warm applause from a home crowd desperate to see him stay at White Hart Lane despite persistent interest from Chelsea.
    • 7' Lovely from Nasri as he carries the ball forward and the lays it off to Silva with a neat flick. The Spaniard sees his effort palmed away by Friedel and both Sergio Aguero and Nasri fail to convert on the follow-up.
    • 6' Fabio Capello is at White Hart Lane today. Strange he turned down the chance to be at Old Trafford as Fergie's new crop of young players hope to impress again against Arsenal in the 4pm kick-off.
    • 4' Edin Dzeko squares for Nasri and his deflected effort is turned away by Brad Friedel. David Silva picks up the ball but Michael Dawson clears from his cross.
    • 3' Niko Kranjcar takes possession of the ball 20 yards from goal, spins and attempts a bending effort that flies past the far post. Peter Crouch was in a decent position for a pass though.
    • 1' A chance for Spurs in the first minute as Benoit Assou-Ekotto bursts down the left and plays a low cross in. Aaron Lennon is at the back post and drags a shot wide of the post.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 13.27 Want to get in touch with your thoughts on today's game? Either use the comments section below or get in contact with me via Twitter. Tom Adams on Twitter
    • 13.25 Tottenham have only played one match so far this season - an away defeat to Manchester United. City have won their opening two games and a win will take them clear in first place. Premier League table
    • 13.20 So the men in the spotlight are a man who has just moved - Nasri - and man who might - Modric - before the transfer window closes on Wednesday. It will be interesting to see if Nasri and Clichy resume the partnership they had at Arsenal down the left side.
    • 13.15 Tottenham beat City to fourth two seasons as after a battle between the two sides for that vital Champions League spot, but last year it was Roberto Mancini's side celebrating their elevation to the top table of the European game. Now they have aspirations of the title. Oh, and if you missed it, they tied Micah Richards to a new deal on Saturday. New deal for Micah
    • 13.10 Time for some pre-match stats. Manchester City have only scored one goal in their past four meetings against Tottenham and that was an own goal from Peter Crouch. In the past 16 meetings between the two sides, Spurs have won 11 and lost only two. However, the arrival of Sheikh Mansour and his billions has comprehensively changed the dynamic between the two sides.
    • 13.05 This should be a fascinating encounter. City are playing only one genuine holding player in Gareth Barry, though of course Yaya Toure played that role a lot for Barcelona. Meanwhile, Spurs don't play any, with Kranjcar and Modric in the centre of midfield. There must be goals in this game.
    • 13.00 As for Tottenham, they fielded a reserve side against Hearts in midweek so we take our cue from the team that lost 3-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford. The big news is that Luka Modric starts in midfield in place of Jake Livermore. Vedran Corluka also comes in for Kyle Walker at right-back. Peter Crouch is also in for Jermain Defoe.
    • 12.55 So, what is the headline team news? Well surely the fact that Samir Nasri starts for City after joining the club from Arsenal in a £24m deal this week. He, Sergio Aguero and David Silva start in a line behind Edin Dzeko, with Yaya Toure being pushed back and James Milner dropping out of the team. It's a very attacking line-up, while Gael Clichy and Pablo Zabaleta also come in for Micah Richards and Aleksandar Kolarov at the back.
    • 12.50 SPURS: Friedel, Corluka, Dawson, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Modric, Kranjcar, Bale, Van der Vaart, Crouch. Subs: Cudicini, Huddlestone, Pavlyuchenko, Defoe, Bassong, Walker, Livermore. /// MAN CITY: Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Toure Yaya, Barry, Silva, Nasri, Aguero, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Richards, Milner, Johnson, Savic, Tevez, Balotelli.
    • 12.45 Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Premier League game between Tottenham and Manchester City at White Hart Lane.
  • Summary

    • 90+3' GOAL! Manchester City 5-1! Dzeko. Wow. Just wow. His fourth is the pick of the bunch. Dzeko plays a one-two with Barry and then curls a quite brilliant shot into the top corner. That was sensational.
    • 74' Oh dear. Van der Vaart pulls a muscle and is forced off. Spurs have made their three changes so find themselves down to ten men. The Dutchman shows his frustration by kicking a ball down the tunnel.
    • 68' GOAL! Tottenham 1-4 Manchester City! Kaboul leaps to meet the corner and plants his header firmly past Hart, who complained that he was obstructed.
    • 60' GOAL! 4-0 Manchester City! What. A. Goal. My goodness. Nasri prods the ball down the line to Aguero, who accelerates, holds off Dawson and rifles a shot down the throat of Friedel and into the far corner. Sublime.
    • 55' GOAL! 3-0 Manchester City! Dzeko with the hat-trick! It's another lovely goal from Manchester City. Aguero slips in Toure with a clever ball and the Ivorian's cross it tapped in by the big Bosnian.
    • 41' GOAL! 2-0 Manchester City! It's the same combination for City. Yaya Toure sent Nasri away when spreading the ball wide to the left and the Frenchman dinks in a fine cross for Dzeko, who gets away from Kaboul to produce an absolutely brilliant header.
    • 40' Bale then turns provider with a fierce cross from the left. Crouch dives to meet the ball at the back post and is inches away from converting. That would have been a superb goal.
    • 34' GOAL! 1-0 Manchester City! Nasri does excellently here. The Frenchman combines well with Clichy down the left, exchanges passes with Aguero and then delivers a lovely cross for Dzeko, who stabs the ball home on the volley. He has now scored in every game this season.
    • 26' Gareth Bale misses a great chance! Crouch flicks on a cross from Lennon and the ball bounces nicely for Bale at the back post. However, he blasts his effort well off target. Poor.
    • 21' What an attempt from Van der Vaart! Spurs have a free-kick 30 yards from goal and the Dutchman bends the ball round the wrong side of the wall and almost inside the near post. Brilliant.
    • 18' Silva embarks on a lovely run across the front of the box and his angled shot back across goal is palmed round the post by Friedel. Corner to City, but Spurs clear.
    • 7' Lovely from Nasri as he carries the ball forward and the lays it off to Silva with a neat flick. The Spaniard sees his effort palmed away by Friedel and both Sergio Aguero and Nasri fail to convert on the follow-up.
    • 12.50 SPURS: Friedel, Corluka, Dawson, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Modric, Kranjcar, Bale, Van der Vaart, Crouch. Subs: Cudicini, Huddlestone, Pavlyuchenko, Defoe, Bassong, Walker, Livermore. /// MAN CITY: Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Toure Yaya, Barry, Silva, Nasri, Aguero, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Richards, Milner, Johnson, Savic, Tevez, Balotelli.

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