Kevin De Bruyne’s creativity was evident with a matter of seconds on the clock, as Yaya Toure played him in on the wing, with the Belgian winning a corner – but they couldn’t make anything of the set piece.
City had started the game well, and were almost gifted a goal by Spurs as Hugo Lloris attempted to clear but instead played it into the path of Raheem Sterling, but thankfully for the shot stopper Sterling used his arm to control the ball and a free kick was awarded to the home team.
Things went quiet for ten minutes or so with both teams struggling to create any serious opportunities. Toure found the ball laid into his path in a position he usually thrives from, but he mishit it and let Spurs off the hook.
That Toure shot seemed to wake City up a bit, as Sergio Aguero’s dipping shot from the edge of the box forced Lloris into a smart save. City couldn’t capitalise on the corner, and the chance was gone.
The games first goal came on 25 minutes courtesy of the highly impressive De Bruyne. Spurs had the corner, but once City cleared they broke quickly with Toure, who played the perfect pass through to the Belgian – he still had his work cut out from the angle he was at – but from the right of Lloris’ goal he gave the Frenchmen no chance and it was 1-0 to the league leaders.
After the City opener Spurs got on top of the game, but when a big chance fell to Eric Lamela, he fluffed his shot and let the away team off the hook.
Just as it seemed City would get to the half time break with the lead, Spurs equalised. After a dangerous ball into the box was cleared it fell straight into the path of Eric Dier who smashed it hard and low from 30-yards-out, levelling things at 1-1.
And that is how it would remain until the half time whistle was blown, with Spurs equalising at the most perfect time. Sadly the editor of this article had to rush out and missed the second half, but without any spoilers – Spurs won 4-1.