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Five of the best Manchester City v Spurs games

Manchester City face Tottenham in the Premier League this weekend, with both sides having high hopes of enjoying a successful season.

City are the Premier League’s dominant force right now and have won five of the past six titles, a benchmark Spurs will be hoping to get close to after a positive start under new manager Ange Postecoglou.

The north Londoners arrive at the Etihad this weekend with significant absences however, against a City team unbeaten on home soil this calendar year.

Ahead of the fixture, we’ve remembered five of the best Manchester City v Tottenham games.


Manchester City 5-2 Tottenham, Premier League, 1994

A thrilling encounter at Maine Road, as a Tottenham team including the likes of Jurgen Klinsmann, Teddy Sheringham, and Sol Campbell were comprehensively beaten by Brian Horton’s side.

Paul Walsh opened the scoring as part of a first-half brace, with the goals sandwiching an Ilie Dumitrescu penalty for Spurs and a Niall Quinn goal to give City a 3-1 lead at the interval.

Dumitrescu got his second to pull Spurs back within one after the break, but goals from Steve Lomas and Garry Flitcroft sealed a resounding win for City.

Tottenham 3-4 Manchester City, FA Cup, 2004

One of the great comebacks in FA Cup history, 10-man Manchester City remarkably overturned a three-goal half-time deficit in a memorable fourth-round replay.

Spurs had raced into a 3-0 half-time lead through goals from Ledley King, Robbie Keane and a Christian Ziege free-kick. Three goals down and struggling, City’s hopes were further damaged after Nicolas Anelka was withdrawn through injury, before Joey Barton was sent off for two quick-fire yellow cards on the stroke of half-time.

Few gave City any hope of overturning the tie, but in a stirring second half Sylvain Distin pulled one back, before Paul Bosvelt’s half-volley made things tense.

Winger Shaun Wright-Phillips then incredibly brought 10-man City level with just 10 minutes remaining. With Spurs in a stake of shock, substitute Jon Macken met Michael Tarnat’s cross in the 90th minute, to win it for City and cause disbelief amongst the White Hart Lane crowd.

Manchester City 0-1 Tottenham, Premier League, 2010

A huge winner-takes-all clash, Spurs travelled to the Etihad to face Manchester City with both sides looking to qualify for the Champions League for the very first time.

City’s billionaire backed project was still in its infancy, whilst a Tottenham side led by Harry Redknapp had lofty ambitions of their own.

Just one point separated the sides in the Premier League table in what was the penultimate fixture of the season. It was Tottenham who marched into Europe’s elite cup competition, following a narrow win.

A tense encounter was decided by Peter Crouch’s late header, the England forward nodding past Martin Fulop to spark wild celebrations from the travelling support.

Manchester City 4-3 Tottenham, Champions League, 2019

A pulsating Champions League quarter-final second leg, Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham travelled to the Etihad protecting a narrow 1-0 lead from the first leg.

In a frantic start, the two sides exchanged four goals in the opening 11 minutes in a thrilling end-to-end contest.

Raheem Sterling opened the scoring for City, before a Son Heung-min double put Spurs in control. Bernardo Silva responded for the hosts within seconds of the restart, before Sterling’s second gave City a 3-2 lead after just 21 minutes.

Sergio Aguero put City in front on aggregate for the first time just before the hour mark, before Fernando Llorente controversially bundled home Tottenham’s third to put them back ahead on away goals.

The goal seemingly struck the Spaniard’s arm in the build-up, though VAR ruled the goal should stand and Spurs were heading through.

City thought they’d won it late on, as Sterling scored City’s fifth to spark jubilant celebrations, only for VAR to rule the goal out for offside in a cruel twist.

Spurs progressed to the last four, eventually losing to Liverpool in the final in Madrid.

Manchester City 2-3 Tottenham, 2022

Harry Kane produced a magnificent individual performance as Spurs shocked Manchester City at the Etihad in February 2022.

Kane scored twice in a memorable win for the north Londoners, including a stoppage time winner in a chaotic conclusion at the Etihad.

Dejan Kulusevski marked his first start for Spurs with the opening goal inside four minutes, as the Swede tapped home from Son Heung-min’s centre after the duo beat the offside trap.

Ilkay Gundogan turned in a rebound to level for the home side, but Kane’s first of the evening put the visitors back ahead. City looked to have rescued a point in stoppage time when Cristian Romero was adjudged to have handled inside the box, with Riyad Mahrez stepping up to convert a second City equaliser from the spot.

Spurs, however, struck back. Kane – who had been subject of interest from the Citizens during the summer – rose to head home in the 95th minute and inflict the decisive blow to his former suitors.

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