The Cityzens got an early goal from Riyad Mahrez to get a 1-0 victory against Tottenham at Wembley Stadium on Monday night making them level at the top of the table with Liverpool on 26 points.
The game was played at Wembley due to Spurs not being able to move into their new White Hart Lane was played on a rough-looking Wembley pitch that still showed lines from Sunday’s NFL game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Philadelphia Eagles.
It took Mahrez only six minutes to put his team ahead, slamming a one-time shot from a Raheem Sterling pass into an empty net after Kieran Trippier had misplayed a long ball over the top of Tottenham’s defence.
Man City caused problems for Spurs early in the second half, but missing the end product, with Sterling missing from close range and Kyle Walker putting too much effort on a through ball to Sergio Aguero that would have given the Argentine a clear path to the goal.
Aguero wasted an excellent chance after the hour mark following some nice buildup from Man City, when he shot right at Hugo Lloris from 10 yards away with a clear look at goal.
Tottenham also had the opportunity to equalize with 10 minutes to go when substitute Dele Alli, playing in his first game after missing time with a hamstring injury, setup Erik Lamela in the visitor’s penalty area only for the Spurs’ striker to shoot sky high over the crossbar.
City made a sixth consecutive Premier League clean sheet to push Liverpool off the top spot on goal differential. They both have 26 points while Tottenham have 21.