Riyad Mahrez’s early goal gave Manchester City a 1-0 win over Tottenham at Wembley to send them back to the top of the Premier League.
Mahrez’s close-range finish gave the champions the victory (6) after Kieran Trippier’s mistake, and the Algerian would have had a second before the break but for Hugo Lloris’ save onto the post from an angled effort.
David Silva somehow missed from close range after the break, and Spurs missed their big chance late on as Erik Lamela struck over the bar from 10 yards with the goal gaping.
The result means Man City remain unbeaten with 26 points out of a possible 30, while Spurs are five points further back in fifth.
Much of the talk pre-game was of the state of the Wembley turf following the NFL fixture on Sunday, and City chose to bypass a worn-out central area for their early opener.
Ederson’s long punt caused problems for Trippier, who got caught under the ball and allowed Raheem Sterling to ease into the area,
The former Leicester man celebrated by lifting his arm to the sky, in tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died in a helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
Harry Kane then struck narrowly over from 25 yards, Toby Alderweireld directed an unmarked header straight at Ederson, while at the other end Mahrez’s effort from a tight angle was tipped onto the post by Hugo Lloris.
David Silva missed a glorious chance to make it 2-0 after the break from Bernardo Silva’s square ball, bizarrely choosing to take a touch from six yards with the majority of the goal to aim at.
Spurs made just one change from the win over West Ham, with Moussa Dembele coming in for Harry Winks, while Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen were on the bench.
There were two City changes; Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker returned, with Vincent Kompany and Leroy Sane dropping out.
Eventually, Sterling saw his effort blocked and Spurs survived, much to the anger of Pep Guardiola in the dugout.
Sergio Aguero should have done better as he struck straight at Lloris from 10 yards in space, and Spurs were somehow still in it with 10 minutes remaining as Erik Lamela somehow skied over from 10 yards with just Ederson to beat from Dele Alli’s pass.
Report by Sky Sports