In a dramatic turn of events, Nathan Ake’s late goal propelled Manchester City to their first victory in six visits to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, securing a spot in the FA Cup fifth round.
Late Heroics by Ake
City, having missed numerous chances throughout the game, seemed destined for a replay. However, with just two minutes left, Nathan Ake broke the deadlock, capitalizing on Spurs keeper Guglielmo Vicario’s failure to hold Kevin de Bruyne’s corner under pressure from Ruben Dias.
Despite a resilient defensive effort from Spurs, City had been the superior side, with early missed opportunities and a disallowed Oscar Bobb strike. Notably, De Bruyne squandered a golden opportunity after a mistake from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
The late goal sparked wild celebrations among the 9,000 City fans who made the journey to north London. The victory was particularly significant for City, having suffered five successive defeats at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Manchester City’s Late Show and Pep Guardiola’s Animated Celebration
Manchester City, arriving just 70 minutes before kick-off due to heavy Friday night traffic, clinched a victory they thoroughly deserved. Despite Spurs’ defensive resilience, City’s ability to produce a decisive moment proved crucial.
City’s Top Gear
City’s scintillating early play showcased their formidable form, hinting at a team kicking into top gear. The imminent return of striker Erling Haaland adds to their confidence as they pursue success in the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League.
Pep Guardiola, animated after the final whistle, celebrated a triumph that ended the team’s streak of misfortune at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Spurs Left Frustrated as City Advances
Spurs, second-best throughout the game, would have been fortunate to secure a replay. Despite flashes of past glory, including a half-time parade of 1981 FA Cup final winners, they fell short, with City’s defensive prowess proving too much.
Disappointment for Spurs
The absence of talismanic captain Son Heung-min, participating in the Asian Cup, and the end of a 35-game scoring streak left Spurs frustrated. Outstanding performances by Micky van de Ven and goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario were overshadowed by Ake’s late winner.
Manager Ange Postecoglou and his players face disappointment, with their FA Cup journey cut short. The return of James Maddison from injury provides a boost, but the loss leaves Spurs focusing on maintaining their position in the Premier League.