Tottenham Hotspur will take a narrow lead into the second leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final after beating their Premier League rivals Manchester City 1-0 on Tuesday.
Pep Guardiola’s men came into the first leg as favourites and should have taken the lead in the first half, but Sergio Aguero’s weak penalty was saved by Hugo Lloris.
Man City failed to create clear cut chances and was punished after Son Heung-Min retrieved the ball and slammed it past Ederson in the 7th minute.
The Citizens had won all of the past three meetings with Spurs but, without Bernardo Silva or Kevin De Bruyne in the starting line-up, they seemed to lack a lot of the spark that has kept them on course for an unprecedented quadruple this season.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side were denied by Ederson for much of the match, but the Brazil goalkeeper allowed Son’s strike to slide beneath him and leave City trailing ahead of the return leg.
Eleven minutes into the match, Danny Rose was penalised after a VAR review for blocking Raheem Sterling’s shot with his arm, but Aguero’s spot-kick was comfortably saved by Hugo Lloris.
The incident seemed to revitalize Spurs, with Kane, who was later injured, seeing a shot well stopped by Ederson, who also denied Rose just before the break.
On the other side, Sterling was thwarted by Lloris shortly after half-time as the game became more frantic, but the atmosphere was rather quelled an hour in, when Kane had to be helped down the tunnel after apparently damaging his ankle in a challenge with Fabian Delph.
Pep’s men suddenly looked in the ascendancy, but it was Spurs who found the breakthrough 12 minutes from time. Son just kept Christian Eriksen’s pass from going out for a goal-kick, skipped past Delph’s challenge and saw a left-foot shot squirm beneath Ederson’s body.
After this huge win, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said, “It was an unbelievable game. It was so tough. But it is still Manchester City and there is a second leg. We are happy as we showed great quality. The performance was good but there’s still 90 minutes to go.
“It was a really good game. We were all excited. It’s a quarter-final of the Champions League. The penalty save I think gave the belief to us. I think there were many positive things. In the spirit we played today, everything possible.”
Manchester City were never at their best and must now overturn this narrow deficit at Etihad Stadium in the second leg to keep alive their hopes of a historic quadruple of Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup.
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