Unbeaten City breeze past Spurs

Goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne and two from Raheem Sterling gave Man City a 4-1 win over Tottenham to extend their historic winning run to 16 Premier League matches.

Gundogan headed home the opener from a Leroy Sane corner on 14 minutes after the hosts had seen off early Spurs possession and begun to dominate the game.

De Bruyne’s fierce strike on the breakaway ended a Spurs resurgence after the interval and Sterling twice tapped home from close range after missing an open goal from Gabriel Jesus penalty that struck the post.

Christian Eriksen found a late consolation for the visitors late on but the gap between them and the league leaders is now a massive 21 points.

City have now beaten all of their title rivals this season and their march towards the Premier League trophy appears unstoppable.

They scored the first with just their second chance, as Gundogan’s run confused the visiting defenders and they conceded sloppily from a set-piece for the third time in four league games.

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A chilling fog descended on the Etihad but it did little to cloud City’s dazzling movement and the away side needed goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to keep the score 1-0 at half-time, the France international getting down low to twice deny Gundogan a second.

Harry Kane curled a shot just wide of the far post as Spurs struggled to threaten on the counter, and the England striker went closest to a leveller when he forced Ederson into a full-stretched save after the break.

Spurs had upped their intensity but were left open to the counter-attack and the power and pace of De Bruyne saw him smash home the second through Lloris’ outstretched palm on 70 minutes.

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Jan Vertonghen then felled De Bruyne in the box for a clear penalty, but substitute Jesus found the foot of the upright before Sterling skied the rebound way off target.

Sterling made up for the miss with the first of two easy tap-ins on 80 minutes, rounding off a superb passing move at the back post for his first, before capitalising on Eric Dier’s poor error, nipping the ball through Lloris’ legs and rolling into the empty net for the fourth.

Spurs had been as bewildered as any side that has visited the Etihad this season, and Eriksen did not even celebrate when he slotted home a Spurs goal in stoppage time.

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