Tottenham's season is back on track and the top four is within reach. Jose Mourinho's squad beat Manchester City 2-0 on Sunday to move within four points of fourth-place Chelsea while all but assuring that City cannot catch league-leader Liverpool. The Reds are now 22 points clear atop the table with the title seeming inevitable.
Sunday's match wasn't a dream display for Tottenham, but the team has been as efficient as possible against City this season. Over two games this campaign, Spurs have five shots against City and four have gone in. The one that didn't was from near midfield in the first game by the now-injured Harry Kane.
Across the 90 minutes in this one at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, City looked to be the more dangerous team but was wasteful with chances. Pep Guardiola's side out-shot Tottenham 18-3 while also having 68 percent possession. But City saw a first-half penalty kick (awarded after VAR reviewed a call in the box against Sergio Aguero) saved by Hugo Lloris on Ilkay Gundongan. City was then reduced to 10 men as Oleksandr Zinchenko was shown his second yellow at the hour mark for taking down Harry Winks on the counter.
From then, it was all Tottenham. Spurs went on to score two goals in the 11 minutes following the red card
The winner came from Steven Bergwijn during his debut for the club. The Dutch international who joined from PSV last week settled and rifled home a brilliant winner 63 minutes in off a fantastic pass from Lucas Moura:
Less than 10 minutes later, with hundreds of South Koreans in attendance to see him play, Son Heung-min finished a low shot at the near post.
City just couldn't get back into the match in the final minutes despite coming close a couple times, allowing Spurs to earn a momentum-producing victory that could be the turning point of their season.
Tottenham returns to Premier League action on Feb. 16 against Aston Villa before going to Chelsea the week after. City takes on West Ham next Sunday.
Tottenham 2, Manchester City 0 (FT)
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