Spurs 1 – 0 Manchester City Match Review

Kane goal beats Greaves’ record as Spurs in pursuit for Champions League Spot.

Sunday was a very special day for Spurs, and for Harry Kane in particular. Not only did he score the goal to beat Premier League Champions Manchester City, he became Tottenham Hotspur’s all-time leading goal scorer with 267 goals, beating the legendary Jimmy Greaves.

Greaves’ record had stood for 53 years. Kane had brought himself level with the record in Spurs’ 1-0 victory against Fulham in January, before scoring the historic goal on Sunday.

It was Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City who had the first significant chances to open the scoring, coming in the opening minutes of the match. Riyad Mahrez had a shot well blocked by the Spurs defence before a header from central defender Manuel Akanji was well saved by Hugo Lloris (5’).

Julian Alvarez then went close to opening the scoring for City just moments later, but Spurs were showing resilience and were once again able to prevent a goal (6’).

It was just after the 10 minute mark when Harry Kane became the greatest goal scorer in Spurs history, when he broke Jimmy Greaves’ all time club record of 266 goals. Kane was as clinical as ever, placing the ball into the back of the net after receiving a ball from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (15’).

Kane almost created the second goal for Spurs when he found Dejan Kulusevski with an incisive pass. Unfortunately for the Lilywhites, the Manchester City defenders were able to make the block (30’).

The home team were unlucky to not be going into half time with a two goal advantage. Kane came close to scoring his 268th goal for Spurs, only for his shot to be blocked well. Eric Dier then had two efforts on goal in quick succession, but the score line remained 1-0 to Spurs (44’).

Kane came close to his second goal of the game once again in what was the first chance of the second half. He was unable to find the bottom left corner, with the ball going narrowly wide (47’).

Ben Davies then had a great opportunity with just over half an hour remaining with his header going agonisingly over the crossbar (56’).

After Alvarez and De Bruyne had chances for City, Kane had two chances in quick succession. His first effort went wide, before having another powerful shot on goal well saved by Ederson (69’).

Two top class saves then came from both goalkeepers. The first was from Hugo Lloris, who prevented ex-teammate Kyle Walker from close range (76’). It was then Ederson’s turn when he was able to save Son Heung-Min’s goal bound effort (77’).

Cristian Romero was sent off late on in the match (87’), but a Harry Kane inspired Spurs were able to see out the match to secure a very important three points.

It was a resilient display from Spurs, who soaked up all of the pressure and they were more clinical. They had 35% possession compared to City’s 65%, having 3 shots on target compared to 5 for the away team.

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