Kane scores twice as Spurs beat Man City to open title race

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City’s failed pursuit of Harry Kane came back to haunt them as the England captain netted twice to secure Tottenham a stunning 3-2 victory at the Etihad which reignited the Premier League title race.

Kane’s header deep into stoppage time seconds after the hosts equalized through Riyad Mahrez’s penalty inflicted City’s first league defeat in 16 games.

Liverpool can now move within three points of the leaders if they win their home game against Leeds on Wednesday.

The contrast in form between the teams could not have been starker as Tottenham had lost their last three league matches.

But Antonio Conte avoided losing four on the rebound for the first time in his managerial career thanks to a dogged defensive display lit by flashes of genius from Kane and Son Heung-min on the break.

Had Kane been successful last summer, he would have lined up in blue rather than white Tottenham.

He was City‘s main target to replace club top scorer Sergio Aguero, but it was Kane’s playing ability that caught the eye in the first half.

Conte claimed Tottenham were weakened in the January transfer window when he last took his squad’s ability to Italian media this week.

Spurs’ two January signings, Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski, started and it was the Swede who gave the visitors a dream start.

Kane’s sumptuous through ball broke City’s offside trap and Son generously put Kulusevski into an unguarded net after just four minutes.

City boss Pep Guardiola also slammed his side’s performance despite what he described as a 5-0 ‘dream win’ over Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League round of 16 midfielder week.

This time some negligence from the English champions was punished as they took 20 minutes to wake up from their slumber.

Dejan Kulusevski (right) scored his first Tottenham goal Lindsey ParnabyAFP

Joao Cancelo saw two efforts fly just wide from an Ilkay Gundogan strike that returned from the post as Spurs were blocked in their final third.

The pressure has finally come to an end thanks to Spurs captain Hugo Lloris’ latest mistake in recent weeks on his 400th appearance for the club.

Lloris knocked down Raheem Sterling’s cross under pressure from Kevin De Bruyne and Gundogan swept the rebound away.

Despite all of City’s possession, Kane and Son were still a threat on the counterattack and they combined to brilliant effect to put Tottenham ahead just before the hour mark.

Kane started the move inside his own half before racing to meet the South Korean center with a cool finish for just his sixth league goal of the season.

Only a fine save from Ederson denied Kane moments later as another pass from Son opened up City’s defence.

Kane had the ball in the net for the second time in the 74th minute when he swept across Kulusevski’s cross with a deflection.

But in a role reversal from the dramatic scenes when City were denied a stoppage-time winner in a Champions League quarter-final between the sides three years ago, this time VAR stepped in at the advantage of City for offside against Kulusevski.

At the other end, Lloris repaired his earlier error with an incredible fingertip save to roll back Gundogan’s effort.

City thought they had at least snatched a point when another VAR check saw a handball penalty awarded by Cristian Romero and Mahrez fired past Lloris.

But there was one final twist in the story as Kulusevski’s teasing cross was met by an imposing header from Kane for a 95th-minute winner that breathes new life into Spurs’ ambitions of League qualification. next season’s champions.

Conte’s men move up to seventh and nearly four points behind fourth-placed Manchester United with two games to go.

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