Dutch talent Steven Berwijn has been a Tottenham Hotspur player for four days, and now the 22-year-old has led his new team to victory on his Premier League debut against Manchester City. The 2-0 (0-0) win will give Tottenham more hope of playing in the Champions League next season. Bergwijn had taken the lead (63rd minute), Heung-min Son had scored (71st). After the yellow-red against Oleksandr Zinchenko, City had played half an hour under-counting.
The match began as a typical duel between coaches José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola. Manchester City had more than 70 per cent possession of the ball at the start and were looking for the combination of pass that would guide through the dense defence. Tottenham, meanwhile, were lurking on counter-attacks on their quick forwards like Son.
The only upset in the early stages was a foul by City’s Raheem Sterling on Dele Alli, who closed but was able to continue playing after a long treatment. Referee Mike Dean showed Sterling only the yellow and not the red card (12th) after viewing the video assistant. It took another quarter of an hour to get the first big chance of the game. City pressed against Tottenham’s build-up, Riyad Mahrez grabbed the ball and sent Kun Aguero into the penalty area. However, goalkeeper Hugo Lloris directed the striker’s flat shot over the post (27th).
Excitement for a penalty
A few minutes before the break, it got warmer. Serge Aurier knocked Aguero into the penalty area, referee Dean let the game continue. It wasn’t until about two minutes later, when the ball landed again in the outside for the first time after the foul, that Dean decided on a penalty after the video assistant had indicated it. Mourinho laughed at the decision.
Lloris repelled Ilkay Gondogan’s shot in the bottom right corner (40th) and ran after the ball to prevent a shot. Raheem Sterling hit the ball with the tip of his foot first, but went to the ground after a contact with Lloris. Again, with the help of the video assistant, Dean did not decide on a penalty this time. However, as Lloris was no longer on the baseline when the penalty was awarded, the penalty kick should have been repeated.
Then the game turned upside down. Manchester defender Zinchenko prevented one against hosts with a tactical foul on Harry Winks, saw the second yellow card and had to leave the field with yellow-red (61st). Two minutes later, Spurs took the lead: Lucas Moura played bergwijn on the penalty area, taking the ball from the chest and hitting a volley to make it 1-0 (63rd). Last Wednesday, Spurs signed Bergwijn from PSV Eindhoven. Nine minutes later, Son scored with a fake shot to make it 2-0 (72nd).
The defeat leaves City 22 points behind leaders Liverpool and has only a theoretical chance of winning the English Championship. Liverpool had won 4-0 against Southampton the day before.