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Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City. Premier League.

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Tottenham Hotspur 4

  • E Dier (45th minute)
  • T Alderweireld (50th minute)
  • H Kane (61st minute)
  • E Lamela (79th minute)

Manchester City 1

  • K De Bruyne (25th minute)

Tottenham 4-1 Man City: Harry Kane ends 13-hour wait for a goal

Harry Kane (L) of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring
Image: Harry Kane (left) scored his first Tottenham goal of the season in the 4-1 win

Harry Kane ended his 13-hour wait for a Tottenham goal as Spurs thrashed Manchester City 4-1 and sealed a third successive Premier League win.

The England striker made it 3-1 on 61 minutes after Christian Eriksen's free-kick bounced back off the crossbar, as Spurs brilliantly came from behind following Kevin De Bruyne's first-half opener.

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De Bruyne appeared marginally offside as he finished off a swift City break on 25 minutes, and the officials failed to spot another offside as Eric Dier equalised for the hosts on the stroke of half-time.

But there was nothing wrong with Toby Alderweireld's header that put Spurs in front before Erik Lamela excellently rounded Willy Caballero to bag his side's fourth late on.

Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his team's first goal
Image: Eric Dier (middle) of Tottenham celebrates scoring his team's first goal

City set up to deliberately use their superb defensive record - the best in the league before kick-off - and hit Tottenham on the break, but they only really hurt the hosts once in this fashion, when they scored the opener.

After neat Spurs moves had twice set-up Lamela for shooting chances, Kyle Walker gave the ball away on the edge of the City box and allowed Yaya Toure to break with pace before slotting in De Bruyne, whose right leg was offside, to fire into the bottom corner.

Kevin De Bruyne  opens the scoring for Manchester City after a fast counter attack.
Image: Kevin De Bruyne (left) opened the scoring for Man City after a fast counter attack

But Spurs hit back immediately, with Heung-Min Son forcing Caballero into a save, and they deserved to go in level at the break, despite Walker being some four yards offside in the build-up to their 45th-minute leveller.

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Walker was slotted through on the right-hand side and then crossed for Son, whose shot was smothered by Cabellero, but the ball was cleared only as far as Dier, and the midfielder rifled home his second goal of the season via the post.

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Tottenham remained on top after the interval, and after Kane was felled wide on the right-hand side, Alderweireld nodded in his first goal of the season from Lamela's excellent delivery, giving Spurs a 50th-minute lead.

Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero  has shot at goal
Image: Sergio Aguero (left) has a shot on goal during the first half

City had a period of resurgence, with Raheem Sterling testing the hands of Hugo Lloris, but after Lamela had done excellently again to draw a foul on the edge of the box, Kane mopped up Eriksen's set-piece to score his first club goal of the season at the ninth game of asking.

And Lamela wrapped up an emphatic victory with a deserved goal of his own when his tenacity beat the last defender just inside the box, and then the outstretched Cabellero, before he fired into an empty net with 11 minutes remaining.

Harry Kane and Nicolas Otamendi compete for the ball
Image: Kane and Nicolas Otamendi (right) compete for the ball

Player ratings:

Tottenham: Lloris (7); Walker (7), Alderweireld (7), Vertonghen (7), Davies; Dier (8), Alli (7); Lamela (8), Eriksen (6), Son (6); Kane (7)

Subs used: Chadli (6), N'Jie (6)

Man City: Caballero (6); Sagna (6), Otamendi (7), Demichelis (6), Kolarov (6); Fernando (6), Fernandinho (6), Toure (7); Sterling (5), Aguero (6), De Bruyne (7)

Subs used: Nasri (6), Navas (6), Roberts (6)

Man of the match: Erik Lamela

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