Manchester City return to top of table as Foden goal earns win vs. Tottenham

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Manchester City moved back to the top of the table with a 1-0 victory over Tottenham thanks to Phil Foden‘s first Premier League goal.

The 18-year-old headed Sergio Aguero‘s knock down in from close range after the Argentina international had got on the end of Bernardo Silva‘s cross.

This was the third meeting between the two sides in the past 10 days after the dramatic double-header in the Champions League quarterfinals, which saw Tottenham progress on away goals after City had seen a stoppage time goal overturned by the video assistant referee.

And City looked hungry for revenge at the Etihad as they came running out of the blocks and took the lead early.

However, despite dominating for the majority of the first half, the hosts failed to add to their slender advantage and had goalkeeper Ederson to thank after he stopped Son Heung-Min from equalising.

There was a major blow for Pep Guardiola’s men just before half-time when Kevin De Bruyne had to leave the pitch with another injury after reacting badly to taking a shot from the edge of the area.

Spurs had a strong penalty shout turned down early in the second half after Dele Alli flicked the ball onto Kyle Walker‘s arm, but referee Michael Oliver awarded the visitors a penalty.

Player of the Year nominee Raheem Sterling came close to extending City’s lead, but saw his close range effort blocked by Tottenham goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga.

City held on to return to the summit — a point clear of Liverpool — while defeat left Tottenham just three points clear of sixth place Manchester United, who have a game in hand.

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