Spurs end City's unbeaten run, Arsenal snatch last-gasp win

Sun Oct 2, 2016 6:26pm EDT
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By Neil Robinson

LONDON (Reuters) - Something was always likely to give when the Premier League's two unbeaten sides met at White Hart Lane on Sunday where Tottenham Hotspur swept Manchester City aside 2-0 to inflict Pep Guardiola's first defeat as the visitors' manager.

The victory switched the focus from City's best opening to a top-flight campaign to what has become Spurs' finest start to a season since 1960-61 when they won the league and FA Cup double.

No wonder Tottenham's Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino described their performance as "nearly perfect".

Spurs are now one point behind City, who have 18 from seven games, and one ahead of third-placed Arsenal, who lived up to their 'lucky' tag with a bizarre added-time winner from Laurent Koscielny's deflection at unfortunate Burnley.

Elsewhere, there were draws for Stoke City at Manchester United (1-1) and Southampton at champions Leicester City (0-0).

Manchester City, who had not dropped a point in their first six games, went behind when Aleksandar Kolarov diverted a Danny Rose cross past his own keeper Claudio Bravo after nine minutes.

Dele Alli added a second after good work from Son Heung-min and, with City failing to cope with Spurs' pressing and pace, the hosts also had an Erik Lamela penalty saved by Bravo.

No doubt regular taker Harry Kane would have done better from the spot, but in every other respect Spurs coped well without their injured England striker as South Korea's Son produced another dazzling performance.   Continued...

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Tottenham's Erik Lamela reacts
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