Spurs 4-1 Manchester City: Harry Kane opens account for Tottenham

That decision gave Spurs a much-need kick-start and they doubled their lead five minutes after the restart as Lamela's corner was glanced home impressively by summer signing Alderweireld.

The volume rose several more notches in the 61st minute as the club's golden boy finally netted.

The otherwise-anonymous Eriksen hit a fine free-kick off the crossbar and Kane mopped up, turning home from close range to the delight of fans, team-mates and staff alike.

Sterling tried to reduce the deficit with efforts either side of a stinging Jesus Navas drive, but Spurs were in the driving seat and extended their lead further towards the end.

The offside flag denied Son and then Kane was stopped, but the impressive Lamela showed wonderful skill and composure to round back-up goalkeeper Willy Caballero to slot home.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Both goals offside! City one quite hard to call but Spurs goal is so blatantly offside.

Spurs 1-1 City."

Don Hutchison, @donhutch4

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MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

 

PLAYER RATINGS

Tottenham

Hugo Lloris: 8

Kyle Walker: 5

Toby Alderweireld: 7

Jan Vertonghen: 8

Ben Davies: 7

Eric Dier: 7

Dele Alli: 6

Christian Eriksen: 7

Erik Lamela: 7

Son Heung-Min: 6

Harry Kane: 7

Subs:

Clinton Njie: 6

Nacer Chadli: 6

Tom Carroll: 5

 

Manchester City

Willy Caballero: 4

Bacary Sagna: 5

Nicolas Otamendi: 6

Martin Demichelis: 5

Aleksandar Kolarov: 6

Fernandinho: 6

Fernando: 5

Kevin de Bruyne: 7

Yaya Toure: 7

Raheem Sterling: 6

Sergio Aguero: 7

Subs

Samir Nasri: 6

Jesus Navas: 5

Patrick Roberts: 5

 

STAR PLAYER

Erik Lamela. More will be required of the B£25.7million Argentinian if he is to justify the money Tottenham spent on him, and he has been very poor before now, but he impressed as an attacking threat against City, and unquestionably deserved his goal, which was Spurs' fourth. Their summer recruitment suggested he had little future at the club, but if he can finally build some confidence and momentum he could feature heavily over the course of the coming season and become a regular in their starting XI.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Already it seems goals standing, despite players being offside, is recurring too often this season. Kyle Walker was unquestionably offside in the build-up to Tottenham's equalising goal. For all that Eric Dier's finish was excellent, had it been disallowed, as it should have been, and City retained a 1-0 lead at half-time, the visitors would have been more likely victors. There were also arguments, of course, that their opening goal, from Kevin de Bruyne, should also have been disallowed for the same reason.

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