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Tottenham threatened to inflict more comeback misery upon Manchester City but Raheem Sterling's goal helped the champions-elect to prevail.



Tottenham threatened to inflict more comeback misery upon Manchester City but Raheem Sterling's goal helped the champions-elect to prevail.

Manchester City avoided a repeat of the second-half collapses that have haunted them this week as they moved to within a win of the Premier League title with a 3-1 victory at Tottenham.

As in their 3-2 derby defeat to Manchester United last weekend and the confirmation of their Champions League exit against Liverpool on Tuesday, Pep Guardiola's side were close to their scintillating best during the opening exchanges at Wembley and established a 2-0 lead inside 25 minutes.

Gabriel Jesus' 10th Premier League goal of the season and an Ilkay Gundogan penalty – replays showed the contact from Hugo Lloris' lunge on Raheem Sterling occurred fractionally outside the box – put City in the driving seat but Christian Eriksen reducing the arrears in the 42nd minute left the runaway league leaders again looking vulnerable.

They held firm under probing Tottenham pressure early in the second half before Sterling rescued his latest scattergun showing in front of goal with a game-sealing strike in the 72nd minute.

City will be crowned champions on Sunday in the unlikely event of rock-bottom West Brom beating Manchester United, but glory will be there's regardless if they beat Swansea City next weekend.



Tottenham's pressure eased after the hour passed and Jesus should have restored the two-goal cushion, skewing wide on the end of Gundogan's excellent throughball.

Sterling's misses preceded City's fall from grace against United and his was the greatest relief of all when, having inexplicably dallied with the goal at his mercy in the 71st minute, he slammed home the rebound after Lloris brilliantly denied Jesus.

Kevin De Bruyne's majestic volleyed pass gave Sterling the chance to add a second but he skewed wide with Sanchez in close attendance.

Tottenham remain fourth, their advantage over Chelsea in fifth trimmed to seven points by their rivals' comeback from 2-0 down at Southampton - heroics they threatened only briefly to replicate.

Key Opta stats:

  • - Manchester City have won 14 away games in the Premier League this season – the only side to have won more in a single campaign is Chelsea in 2004-05 (15). 
  • - Spurs were unbeaten in 14 games in the Premier League before this defeat (W11 D3); indeed, the last team to beat them were Pep Guardiola's side back in December (4-1 at the Etihad). 
  • - Prior to this evening, Spurs had not lost a Premier League home game by a margin of two or more goals since August 2014 (0-3 v Liverpool). 
  • - Raheem Sterling scored his 22nd goal of the season for Manchester City, which is now at least twice as many as he has registered in any of his previous seasons in all competitions (11 in 2014-15 and 2015-16). 
  • - Christian Eriksen has netted in each of his last four games for Spurs in all competitions (five goals); his longest scoring streak for the Lilywhites. 
  • - Pep Guardiola's side are one of three clubs to have won away at all three of Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs in the same Premier League campaign (alongside Coventry in1993-94, Charlton in 2001-02 and Blackburn in 2002-03).
  • - Tottenham conceded a goal from the penalty spot in the Premier League for the first time in 59 games, last conceding against West Ham in November 2016.

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