Harry Kane returned to haunt his long-term admirers Manchester City, scoring in the 95th minute to secure an amazing 3-2 victory for Tottenham in an entertaining Saturday Night Football clash at the Etihad Stadium.
It is safe to say that this was one of the best games of the season, and these two teams always deliver entertaining game whenever they meet, but this ignited Spurs’ Champions League hopes as well as Liverpool’s Premier League title hopes.
Harry Kane was Man City’s major problem throughout the game, brilliantly dissecting City’s high defensive line to set up Dejan Kulusevski’s opener (4). Ilkay Gundogan would deservedly level the score (33), but after withstanding heavy pressure at the restart, it was Kane who delivered once more.
Kane met Son’s cross and finished expertly across his body (59), and he could have added a second when he beat Ederson inside his near post, but Kulusevski was ruled offside after a VAR review (74).
After VAR Darren England instructed referee Anthony Taylor to consult his pitchside monitor after Bernardo Silva’s low cross slammed into the arm of the diving Cristian Romero, City were given a dramatic reprieve.
Riyad Mahrez dispatched his penalty with aplomb high into the net (90+2), but Kane would have the final say, outmuscling Kyle Walker and heading Kulusevski’s cross into the net (90+5).
“Football, bloody hell!” exclaimed Jamie Carragher on commentary as Kane effectively ended the Premier League title race. Tottenham now sits seventh in the table, four points behind fourth-placed Manchester United, who has two games in hand.
Man City is still six points ahead of Liverpool at the top, despite having played one more game. Liverpool can close the gap to three points on Wednesday when they host Leeds.