LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Tottenham put on a clinical display in the second half to recover from a goal down to thrash Manchester City 3-1 at White Hart Lane and stay in the race for a Champions League slot Sunday.
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Manchester City took the lead in the 12th minute when Samir Nasri netted a fine goal, following a pass from James Milner.
Carlos Tevez did very well to find his teammate Milner, who in turn delivered a nice pass for Nasri to guide past Hugo Lloris.
However, late goals by Clint Dempsey, Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale sealed the stunning win for the home side.
Bale found Dempsey with a nice pass and the American finished well past Joe Hart in the 75th minute.
Defoe then curled one past Hart in the 79th minute before Bale, returning to the starting lineup after missing the last two games, finished things off with a great clip over Hart for the 3-1 result.
Manchester City defeat now means Manchester United will lift the Barclays Premier League title with a win over Aston Villa on Monday and no one is betting against that.
“We spoke at half-time about our tactics. Manchester City do not play with wingers, so it was very compact out there,” Gareth Bale told Sky Sports.
“The gaffer told me to move out wide and it worked out well. Our opening goal gave us and the crowd belief.
“We showed our character. The club is moving forward every year. The players want to play in the Champions League, and we showed that today.”
Jermain Defoe added: “Before the game we knew it would be difficult against a great team, but we showed great character at the end. Everyone dug in.
“As a forward, you want to score goals. The most important thing is to get the three points, and if you can score a goal as well, as a striker that is fantastic.”
Tottenham v Manchester City
Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Sigurdsson, Dembele, Parker, Bale, Dempsey, Adebayor
Subs: Friedel, Huddlestone, Naughton, Defoe, Holtby, Livermore, Caulker
Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Toure, Barry, Milner, Tevez, Nasri, Dzeko
Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Sinclair, Kolarov, Javi Garcia, Aguero, Toure
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)