Manchester City once again failed to get the victory against Tottenham even though they dominated possession and created better chances. City fans thought that they had won it late on through Gabriel Jesus, only for the VAR to deny them victory once again just like in the Champions League quarter-final.
The rivalry took another turn last Sunday when Pep Guardiola’s side play host to Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium in what went down to the very last minute.
Substitute Gabriel Jesus had an injury-time goal ruled out by VAR as Tottenham left Manchester City with a 2-2 draw, scoring with their only two shots on target.
Jesus looked to have extended City’s winning Premier League run to 16 games with an effort on the stretch, but a handball in the lead up by Aymeric Laporte meant Spurs benefited from VAR again, just four months after their historic Champions League quarter-final at the Etihad.
Manchester City 4 Tottenham 3 (2019)
It was probably the best match between the two Premier League heavyweights in recent times. Mauricio Pochettino’s side had got the slim 1-0 lead after Son Heung-Min scored a late goal in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final. However, it was expected to be a tough test for Tottenham who had to face the full force of Pep Guardiola’s side at their stronghold.
Both sides came with all guns blazing and exchanged 4 goals in the opening 11 minutes. Raheem Sterling struck the first blow but Spurs quickly responded with a double. Son Heung-Min was so spectacular upfront that Spurs didn’t seem to miss Harry Kane at all.
However, Manchester City snatched back the control after Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling netted two goals. And when Aguero put City in front on aggregate in the second half, it looked like victory had slipped from the hands of Mauricio Pochettino.
Manchester City was calmly stroking the ball around and looked in perfect control at that time. But then Fernando Llorente came up with a surprise third goal that stunned City fans into silence. Their hopes revived again when Sterling found the nets late on, but the jubilant celebrations soon died down after VAR ruled out the goal.
It felt a cruel way for the Premier League Champions to go out this way, but Tottenham was thoroughly deserving of this victory.
Manchester City 4 Tottenham 3 (2004)
Manchester City registered one of the great comeback victories in the 2014 FA Cup against Tottenham. Victory looked impossible after City conceded 3 goals and got one man down by the end of the first half. But they pulled off a great feat in the second half to overturn this deficit and win the match.
Spurs got themselves into a great position through goals from Ledley King, Robbie Keane, and Christian Ziege. They were further helped in their cause by the withdrawal of Nicolas Anelka through injury and Joey Barton’s red card.
However, Manchester City made a comeback after the interval through goals from Sylvain Distin and Paul Bosvelt. Shaun Wright-Phillips made things level before substitute Jon Macken struck a superb goal in the 90th minute to win the match for City.
Tottenham 1 Manchester City 0 (2010)
This match was hugely important for both clubs as they were hoping to secure Champions League football for the very first time. This was the penultimate match of the season and the two teams were separated in the Premier League table by just one point only.
The motivation was huge and so both sides gave their all to qualify for Europe’s elite cup competition. A late header from Peter Crouch proved to be the deciding factor as Tottenham claimed a narrow victory against Manchester City at the Etihad.