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Sunday 2nd February 2020

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on February 2, 2020 by bishshat

Spurs 2 Man City 0

Spurs stuned Man City with smash-and-grab win as Steven Bergwijn scores on debut. Steven Bergwijn marked his Spurs debut with a sensational strike as Spurs beat ten-man Manchester City 2-0 in north London.

The 22-year-old, a £25milion January signing from PSV Eindhoven, broke the deadlock with a stunning 63rd-minute volley before Heung-min Son sealed the win eight minutes later.

Both goals came after Aleksandr Zinchenko was sent off on the hour mark of a match City had dominated to that point but Spurs capitalised on their numerical advantage in ruthless fashion.

City remain 22 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool while the result moves Jose Mourinho’s side into fifth, just four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

Bergwijn had immediately endeared himself to the crowd by winning the ball off former Spurs defender Kyle Walker as City sought to wrestle control early on.

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Despite Bergwijn’s best efforts, City quickly slipped into their rhythm with Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero missing opportunities before the first big controversy of the match.

Sterling’s tackle on Dele Alli was over the top of the ball and looked particularly painful for the Spurs midfielder on slow motion replay but referee Mike Dean deemed a yellow card sufficient.

VAR eventually concurred, a decision which prompted Mourinho to put his hands on his head in disbelief as he watched the incident again on a touchline device.

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City continued to probe for an opening and Aguero was only denied by a brilliant stop from Hugo Lloris just before the half-hour mark, thrusting out his left foot to touch the City’s striker’s driven effort onto a post.

Aguero was involved again as he went down under a challenge from Serge Aurier. More than two minutes passed until the ball went out of play and VAR could award City a spot-kick on review.

Mourinho sat smiling in the dugout, seemingly resigned to his perceived misfortune. Lloris saved the spot-kick but as Sterling went to meet the rebound, he fell as the France goalkeeper dived at his feet.

A melee ensued. VAR deemed it unworthy of a second penalty, Mourinho looked angered it also didn’t merit a second yellow card for Sterling.

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Sterling and Aguero missed further chances to open the scoring yet City’s dominance still continued after the break.

Lloris bumped into Japhet Tanganga as the pair tried to stop a City attack. Aguero turned the ball goalwards, Toby Alderweireld cleared off the line but only to Sterling. Rather than shoot, he elected to pass it square to Gundogan but the pace on the ball meant he was at full stretch and could only steer a shot over the crossbar.

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How City would pay for their profligacy. Zinchenko, booked in the first-half fracas, blocked Harry Winks as he sought to counter-attack and was duly sent off, a moment which proved the catalyst for Spurs to suddenly come alive.

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Moura chipped an angled ball to Bergwijn, who chested and volleyed in one motion, his strike so clean he began to celebrate before the ball had even beaten Ederson.

Son then fired in a second from the edge of the box and although Davinson Sanchez headed against his own crossbar in stoppage time, the transformation had long been completed, giving Mourinho a precious win over his long-time managerial adversary in the process.