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PICS: Tottenham sink Man City; Burnley hold Arsenal

February 03, 2020 08:03 IST

Steven Bergwijn, left, celebrates scoring Tottenham Hotspur's first goal with Toby Alderweireld in Sunday's Premier League match against Manchester City.

IMAGE: Steven Bergwijn, left, celebrates scoring Tottenham Hotspur's first goal with Toby Alderweireld in Sunday's Premier League match against Manchester City. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

Steven Bergwijn made an instant impact on his Tottenham Hotspur debut with a stunning opener in his side’s 2-0 win over champions Manchester City in an incident-packed Premier League game on Sunday.

 

The Dutch midfielder, signed this week from PSV Eindhoven, produced a masterful piece of skill to chest down and sweep home a volley three minutes after City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko was shown a second yellow card on the hour.

With 10-man City stretched Son Heung-min added a second in the 71st minute with a deflected effort, allowing Spurs manager Jose Mourinho to get the better of his old adversary Pep Guardiola for only the sixth time in 23 clashes.

City remain 22 points behind runaway leaders Liverpool and only had themselves to blame for a sixth defeat of the season as they wasted several gilt-edged chances and missed yet another penalty when Hugo Lloris saved Ilkay Gundogan’s spot kick.

Son Heung-min celebrates scoring Tottenham Hotspur's second goal.

IMAGE: Son Heung-min celebrates scoring Tottenham Hotspur's second goal. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters

Sergio Aguero was unusually profligate, striking the post in the first half and missing two other chances as City failed to score in consecutive games for the first time under Guardiola.

In the context of what has become a title race in name only, it means Liverpool can be crowned champions if they win their next six league games, having won 16 in succession.

While City’s pursuit of Liverpool has long run out of steam, a second successive league win revived Tottenham’s push for a top-four finish. They have moved up to fifth in the table, four points behind London rivals Chelsea.

It was a sweet moment for Mourinho who claimed his biggest scalp since replacing Mauricio Pochettino in November, although he had raged before halftime, believing City’s Raheem Sterling should have been shown a red card for a foul on Dele Alli.

“We worked hard this week and so pleased for the boys,” he said. “We were a bit lucky in a couple of situations, they hit the woodwork and missed chances but were very unlucky that VAR didn’t decide for a Sterling red card.

“We showed great discipline. Playing one player less for them is no big deal the way they move the ball.”

Tottenham were under siege for long periods in the first half but City’s attack misfired. Lloris did superbly to turn one Aguero effort against the post, but the City striker lacked his usual ruthless finishing, spurning some glorious chances.

Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan misses a chance to score as Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld looks on

IMAGE: Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan misses a chance to score as Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld looks on. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

The game burst into life when Aguero was fouled in the area by a reckless Serge Aurier, although, as the game continued, it took referee Mike Dean nearly two minutes to stop the action and award City a penalty courtesy of a VAR check.

Lloris made a great save to deny Gundogan — City’s fourth missed penalty in their last six in all competitions — but Tottenham’s hearts were in their mouths as Sterling went sprawling under the French keeper’s lunge to stop the follow-up.

This time VAR ruled in Tottenham’s favour and as tempers flared, with Tottenham’s players feeling Sterling had simulated contact, Toby Alderweireld and Zinchenko were both booked for their part in a melee.

City’s territorial domination continued after the break with Gundogan firing over with the goal gaping but they were stopped in their tracks when Zinchenko ended a Harry Winks run with a crude challenge and was sent off.

Tottenham took rapid advantage as Bergwijn controlled Lucas Moura’s drilled pass with his chest and delivered an instantaneous right-foot volley that arrowed past Ederson.

Son then latched on to a through ball and his shot nicked off Fernandinho to nestle in the bottom corner.

Burnley rue missed chances in Arsenal stalemate

Burnley's Jay Rodriguez watches the ball bounce on the goal line after shooting against the crossbar.

IMAGE: Burnley's Jay Rodriguez watches the ball bounce on the goal line after shooting against the crossbar. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Arsenal were held to a goalless draw at Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday but Mikel Arteta's side can count themselves lucky to leave with a point.

Jay Rodriguez and Jeff Hendrick missed golden chances for Burney to win a match they dominated for large stretches.

The result left Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta with one win from his first seven league matches in charge while Burnley have come through games against Leicester City, Manchester United and the Gunners unbeaten and seven points to the good.

"You don't want to get too greedy, it's a good run of performances and results. I thought we did enough to edge it, we had a couple of golden chances and kept them to meagre ones," said Burnley manager Sean Dyche.

Arteta was disappointed with his team's play in the middle part of the game.

"I was very pleased with the first 15-20 minutes, the way we came out and dominated the game. After 20-25 minutes we started to give sloppy passes away, gave throw-ins, corners away and that sequence is difficult to get out of here," he said.

Arsenal did begin brightly and after Alexandre Lacazette was off target with a header, the returning Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should have put them in front when he got round the back of Burnley to collect a through ball from David Luiz but sent his shot wide.

The Clarets looked the more determined, however, and with Dwight McNeil causing trouble down the left flank, they caused Arsenal plenty of problems after the break.

Hendrick headed wide a McNeil cross from a great position and Rodriguez blasted against the underside of the bar from close range after more good work from the Burnley winger.

The result left both sides on 31 points with Arsenal in 10th place, ahead of Burnley on goal difference.

There was something of an edge to the words of the two managers after the game, however, with Dyche replying sarcastically to a question about Arsenal players going down easily.

"It is lovely to watch when people are falling over, it is my favourite part. The game is in a fantastic state. No-one wants to address it apart from me, so I am absolutely happy with the state of the game," he said.

Arteta suggested Burnley had chosen to make the surface as tricky as possible for his team.

"The conditions were difficult. The grass was this long. They didn’t put any water on it and obviously that is not a very helpful thing to play football," he said.

Burnley's direct style clearly caused Arsenal some problems though and Arteta conceded he had been prepared for what his side had to confront.

"Absolutely. I didn’t water the pitch yesterday at the training ground so … I was expecting it but that doesn’t make it easier to play the game," he said.

"It’s their game. They do really well what they do. It’s their strength, you’re allowed to do it, so we have to adapt. We adapted really well in some moments and in some others it wasn’t the grass. It’s the quality and what they do they do really well and we could not cope with that in the right way," he said.

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