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Good afternoon. Welcome to Nigerianeye's live text coverage of the Premier League meeting between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at White Hart Lane.

These are the last two sides to remain unbeaten in the top flight, with the visitors topping the table thanks to a perfect run of six wins from six.

Spurs are just four points behind their opponents, who they beat home and away last season, having made their best start to a league campaign in some 51 years.

What will happen in North London as the division's tightest defence faces off against the most potent attack? Find out below with our extensive updates.


TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR: Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Wanyama, Dele; Sissoko, Eriksen, Lamela; Son

MANCHESTER CITY XI: Bravo; Zabaleta, Otamendi, Stones, Kolarov; Fernando, Fernandinho; Silva, Sterling, Navas; Aguero

The full-time whistle sounds at White Hart Lane, meaning a first defeat of any sort under Pep Guardiola for Manchester City. They were very much second best throughout, albeit having staged a slightly improved performance in the second half to ask a few questions of Tottenham Hotspur, but in the end the Lilywhites deserved the three points which lifts them back into second place - one point behind their opponents. Thanks for joining our live coverage of the match!


90+3 min Still no real pressure on the Spurs backline, with just a couple of Aguero shots and one attempt from Iheanacho to trouble them all half. Back to the drawing board now as far as Guardiola's concerned, as we enter the final 60 seconds of the contest.

90+1 min Four minutes have been added on at White Hart Lane, but it is surely game over at this point. Spurs should have scored a third from the spot, yet I'm sure supporters will settle for just the two goals against the previously-perfect league leaders.

89 min TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR SUB! We are into the final 60 seconds of normal time at White Hart Lane, with a further four minutes likely to be added one. Son has been unable to add to his scoring tally today, but he still played a key part in this win and is now replaced by Janssen.

87 min MANCHESTER CITY SUB! Very professional from the hosts now, as they continue to see through the remaining minutes. City need to lump the ball forward now in what is very much a do-or-die situation. Sterling is replaced by Sane.

85 min TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR SUB! Georges-Kevin N'Koudou is brought on for Alli as we now head into the final five minutes of this high-intensity clash in North London. No real pressure on Spurs as they still have that two-goal advantage.

83 min Son currently down injured after a clattering, but no cards dished out by Bobby Madley. Pochettino looking to make another change or two now in these next few moments to further eat into the remaining time. Alli the man who will make way.

81 min City asking plenty of questions now but, just like for the large majority of this game, Spurs' defence are standing right up to the task. Just three goals conceded all term, remember, although City have scored more than anyone else in the division.

79 min SAVE! Another Aguero attempt - another Lloris save! The ball took a deflection on its way through, but Lloris stood strong and again kept the ball out of the net to keep this two-goal lead intact. Ten minutes to go in North London!

77 min Possession constantly being turned over by both teams at the moment, but it is City who are sustaining more of the pressure. Gundogan blasts high and wide to end their latest move, with time now very much against Guardiola's charges.

75 min CHANCE! I'd go as far as saying that this is City's first real chance of the match so far, which Iheanacho is unable to make the most of. The youngster was slipped through by Silva but could not find a way past Lloris between the sticks.

73 min TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR SUB! Eric Dier, not fit enough to start, is brought on for the injured Sissoko in Tottenham's first change of the match. Still plenty of drive from both teams, but things going perfectly to plan for the hosts.

71 min Replays have just shown a disagreement between Son and Lamela in the build-up to the Spurs penalty. The Belgian won the argument but missed the penalty, ensuring that this one is still not completely over with 20 minutes to play.

69 min Guardiola now has two strikers on the pitch in Aguero and Iheanacho, both of whom both hugely impressive strikes rated, but the visitors cannot get the ball to their advanced players. We are seeing again today just how important De Bruyne is to this side.

67 min MANCHESTER CITY SUB! City have been so poor this afternoon, but will they now pick things up after that lifeline? It really should be 3-0 to Spurs yet, with a little over 20 minutes to go, the Citizens are still right in this. Iheanacho now on for Navas.

65 min PENALTY SAVED! What a huge moment this could be in the match. In the absence of Harry Kane, Lamela took the penalty which lacked both power and precision. Bravo did all that was needed by guessing the right way and pushing the ball aside.

64 min PENALTY TO TOTTENHAM! Some more superb play from Spurs, as they exchange some passes in and around the opposition box. Alli bursts into the box and is bundled over by Fernandinho, meaning a chance to make it 3-0 from the spot.

62 min Still a high intensity to the game but little in terms of goalmouth action at the moment. City preparing a second change, which looks likely to be Iheanacho, but Pochettino still happy enough with what he is seeing on the field.

60 min YELLOW CARD! Raheem Sterling is the latest player to be booked after lunging in on compatriot Danny Rose near the touchline. Bravo is caught on soon after but Eriksen cannot find a way through with his first-time effort.

58 min The Citizens are the side seeing more of the ball in dangerous areas now, as their opponents start to show just one or two signs of fatigue. The league leaders need a goal to build some momentum, or else they face a first domestic defeat under Guardiola.

56 min MANCHESTER CITY SUB! A well-worked City corner ends with the ball being blasted high over the bar. Guardiola then sparks into action, bringing on Gundogan for Fernando in a change many expected to be made 10 minutes ago.

54 min OFF THE POST! Well from pretty much nowhere, Aguero fires in a shot which Lloris helps on to the post. That would have been a real blow for Spurs, who have not particularly looked like conceding so far today.

52 min Spurs still looking the more likely to add the game's third goal, but Guardiola is holding off with regards to making his first alteration of the afternoon. Tottenham will end the day just one point behind their opponents as things currently stand.

50 min SAVE! Wanyama picks up the ball five yards inside his own area and is allowed to charge and charge and charge at the City backline. The Kenyan's shot is just inches wide, with replays showing the slightest of touches from Bravo on its way through.

48 min Identical to the first half, Son works space for a shot soon after the restart but is unable to keep it on target. This latest shot was curled over the bar, with Tottenham picking up from where they left off in the first half.

46 min RESTART! Manchester City get us back under way at White Hart Lane. No changes made by either side, which is surprising in the visitors' case but less so in Tottenham Hotspur's as they aim to keep hold of this two-goal lead.

Referee Bobby Madley blows the whistle for half time, with Tottenham Hotspur sitting comfortably on a two-goal lead. Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola recently said that he will discover more about his squad when they are trailing in a game - well this is the perfect time for those players to stand up and be counted.


45 min The Citizens unable to fashion any chances in this half, which does not look like changing in the closing moments of the opening 45 minutes. A fine first-half showing from the Lilywhites, who are good value for their two-goal lead on home soil.

43 min YELLOW CARD! Danny Rose enters the referee's book - the third booking so far today. Man City ending the half with a good spell of possession, with Spurs just looking to see things through until the interval.

41 min It is just not happening for City at the moment. Bravo has just been caught in possession and is forced to hit the ball into touch, adding to his side's woes. City really missing injured playmaker Kevin De Bruyne in this one-sided first half.

39 min Tottenham have a second - and what a fine goal it was! It was all pretty frantic in the middle of the park, but the ball fell the hosts' way and, at the second time of asking, Son slid through a world-class pass for Alli who himself simply passed the ball out of Bravo's reach and into the corner of the net.


36 min Superb play from City at the back as Bravo keeps his cool under pressure to slide the ball to Stones, who in turn takes on four men to turn defence into attack. Some sloppy play at the other end, though, as the offside flag is raised to end the move.

34 min Otamendi again caught out by some slick Tottenham play, but he was given just a talking to by Madley and avoided a second yellow. One more late challenge and City will continue for the remainder a man light in North London.

32 min SAVE! Victor Wanyama is the latest player to enter referee Bobby Madley's book for a foul on Aguero around 25 yards from goal. Aguero is the man who takes on the free kick, which is decent enough but kept out by Lloris down to his left.

30 min Sterling is getting into this game more and more. Silva and Fernandinho link-up with the Englishman, before a ball is sent in towards Aguero. Lloris got his hands to the ball first, though, ending what was a rare attack from the visitors.

28 min Lloris reads the danger well to thwart Sterling, who was possibly caught in two minds as he failed to get a shot away at goal inside the box. Aguero then send a shot wide from 25 yards out under little pressure - a concern for Pochettino.

26 min The Citizens showing a few signs in the past few minutes that they are slowly growing into the contest, but they still look far from convincing. Tottenham now, ineivtably, lacking the intensity levels witnessed in the opening quarter of the game.

24 min City's best attack so far ends with Vertonghen just about getting the ball before taking out Aguero, leading to a few groans from the away end as Bobby Madley - correctly - waves play on. Spurs break and work a one-on-one position but Son was flagged for offside.

22 min CLOSE! Not far away at all from Eriksen, who put just a tad too much spin on the free kick which ended two inches wide of the target. Otamendi is let off on this occasion with just a yellow, but he is now waking on a tightrope.

20 min YELLOW CARD! Spurs looking so composed on the ball now, as the spread things around. Possession is worked to a central position, where Otamendi lunges in on Dele Alli to concede a free kick 20 yards from goal. Big chance for Spurs, this!

18 min Spurs are only just edging the possession stats, but they are picking up the ball in dangerous zones rather than simply knocking it around in defensive areas. The question now is whether they can sustain this pressure throughout the 90 minutes.

16 min Bravo plucks a shot out of the air before being bundled just about over the line, but referee Bobby Madley was having none of it and awarded the Chilean a free kick. Spurs so dominate at the moment - a complete reversal of City's meeting with Man United recently.

14 min City looking really shaky in the opening 15 minutes of this match, having not been allowed to settle into any sort of rhythm. All the energy being provided by the hosts at the moment, with the league leaders struggling to get their foot on the ball.

12 min SAVE! Son again opts to shoot from a tight angle rather than looking to pick out a teammate, but this time he does at least draw a save from Bravo. The Chilean keeper did well to keep the ball out down low at his near post as Spurs go in search of a quick-fire second.

10 min An absolute howler of an own goal from Kolarov gives Tottenham an early lead in North London. Wanyama did brilliantly to win back possession in midfield, playing the ball to Lamela who in turn picked out the returning Rose on the left. Rose's cross was into a dangerous area, and Kolarov - who may have seen the ball slightly late - failed to adjust his feet and sliced the ball into the top corner of his own net.


7 minSpurs have settled the better into this game, but City did have that one spell a few moments ago which culminated in Navas's cross. The game is starting to finds its rhythm a little more now; both teams taking it in turns to knock the ball around.

5 min The visitors finally manage to get forward themselves and cause some real panic at the back, as Navas sends in a good delivery from the right which is turned behind for a corner. Son gets the beating of Zabaleta at the other end but Stones is across well to clear the danger.

3 min Spurs have started this match very brightly, getting at their opponents constantly inside the opening three minutes. City not being given a chance to settle so far, with that Son shot 20 seconds in acting as a real warning sign for them.

1 min KICKOFF! Tottenham Hotspur get us under way at White Hart Lane and instantly get at Manchester City. The ball is worked nicely to Son who is unable to test Bravo, firing the ball wide after working a shooting position.

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