Irresistible Kane haunts Manchester City

Harry Kane produces a masterclass as Spurs stun Manchester City to win 3-2 at the Etihad

Sunday, 20th February — By Dan Carrier

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MANCHESTER CITY 2 (Gundogan 33, Mahrez 90+2 pen)
TOTTENHAM 3 (Kulusevski 4, Kane 59, 90+5)

A HARRY Kane masterclass got Tottenham’s stuttering season dramatically back on track tonight (Saturday) as the England captain lead his side to a thrilling 3-2 victory at Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Kane, who City tried to sign in the summer for over £100m, scored twice and was at the heart of the best Spurs performance this season – a performance that saw them surrender two leads yet still lift themselves to score a last-minute winner at the Etihad Stadium.

City looked like they had earned a point when Riyad Mahrez made it 2-2 from the penalty spot in the 92nd minute, until Kane restored Tottenham lead even later into injury time.

“We worked so hard – and it was heartbreaking when they equalised,” said Kane after the game. “But credit to the boys, we went again.”

The dramatic winner was the product of a prolonged and dogged rearguard action against the champions elect – and, as Spurs had done to Liverpool in December, they soaked up pressure any which way they could and then used the lethal potency of the Kane/Heung-Min Son partnership to spring forward on rare but effective counter attacks.

Kane and Son have now reached the same number of co-created goals as Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard in the Premier League. One more combination and they will be the most prolific partnership in the competition since its inception in 1992.

The victory halted a run of three defeats. Kane added: “We had to find a way to get our season back on track. Every one worked so hard today. We knew the areas where we could hurt them.”

Strike partner Son added: “We are a group of positive guys, before today we had lost three in a row but we still believed.”

Tottenham’s opener stunned the league leaders. After just four minutes, and as City stroked the ball about and began to look for Spurs’ soft underbelly that was recently exploited by Southampton and Wolves, the pre-match narrative was turned on its head.

Kane received the ball from Ben Davies and turned a first-time left-footed pass down into the channel for Son to race on to. Son drew City’s goalkeeper Ederson off his line and played in the advancing Dejan Kulusevski, who calmly finished on his first start for Spurs.

City looked annoyed at their guests impudence, and dragged play from left to right, working angles to send over balls to put Eric Dier, Cristian Romero and Davies under pressure.

Ilkay Gundogan had already hit the post, and on 33 minutes he made no mistake. Raheem Sterling played a ball in that Hugo Lloris should have dealt with it. The Spurs captain allowed the ball to squirm away and Gundogan was on hand to level the score.

Spurs, however, did not crumble. And on the hour mark they stretched City apart. Kane raked a ball over for Son, and after losing, and then regaining possession, the forward repaid the favour for Kane. The striker smashed his shot home to restore Tottenham’s advantage.

This was far from the end of the matter. Kane thought he had made it 3-1 but saw his effort chalked off by VAR, and then, as Spurs thought they had perhaps done enough, the pendulum swung back to City.

In injury time, Bernardo Silva sent a low cross back across the face of goal and Romero, diving low to block, saw the ball spin up and strike his arm. A VAR call gave Mahrez the chance to give City another point on route to an inevitable title.

But Tottenham wanted to land one more punch. It came down the Spurs right. Kulusevski, playing with confidence, skipped into space and picked Kane out coming in ahead of Kyle Walker. And Kane made no mistake with his header as he rounded off a memorable evening by scoring the winner.

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Silva, Rodri, Gundogan, Foden, De Bruyne, Sterling (Mahrez, 68)
Substitutes not used: Carson, Stones, Ake, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Delap, McAtee, Lavia

Tottenham: Lloris, Romero, Dier, Davies, Emerson (Doherty, 83), Bentancur, Hojbjerg, Sessegnon (Sanchez, 90+3), Kulusevski, Son (Moura, 80), Kane
Substitutes not used: Winks, Rodon, Gollini, Bergwijn, White, Scarlett

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