Tottenham 0-2 Manchester City: Haaland brace puts champs on the precipice

LONDON — Manchester City got a pair of Erling Haaland goals to outlast Tottenham Hotspur in a strange 2-0 affair in North London that left City within 90 minutes of a fourth-straight Premier League title.

Haaland scored after halftime then converted a penalty in stoppage time to give City 88 points, two more than Arsenal ahead of the season's final day.


The vibe at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was anything but normal, as the home crowd wanted its boys to win but also recognized that doing so would give Arsenal the driver's seat for a Premier League title.

Spurs finish the day in fifth place and can seal a top-five slot with a point on Championship Sunday, when all matches kick off at 11am ET. The loss means Aston Villa have achieved a top-four finish and qualify for the 2024-25 UEFA Champions League.

City will win the league with a victory over West Ham on Championship Sunday. They can also win the league with a draw if Arsenal fail to beat Everton.

Strange day in North London ends in normalcy

This is what we've come to expect from the Pep Guardiola era at Manchester City. Opponents can huff and puff, but when all's said and done, one of the game's best ever minds has taken immense talent and resources and built an absolute juggernaut.

The feelings in North London were nervy, but the power of City is anything but anxious. The Citizens are now within one home matchday of another title in a year they missed Kevin De Bruyne for half the season and Erling Haaland for a signoficant period of time.

It felt weird for almost every moment of these 90 miinutes, but the game ended with a very familiar feeling — City within a whisper of a crown.

What’s next?

Championship Sunday! At 11am ET Sunday, Man City will host West Ham as Arsenal host Everton.

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Tottenham vs Manchester City final score: 0-2

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Tottenham vs Manchester City live updates! - By Joe Prince-Wright at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

PENALTY to Man City! Erling Haaland scores — Tottenham 0-2 Man City (90+1' minute)

Jeremy Doku cuts around Pedro Porro and drags his knee into the back of Porro's leg.

It was there to him and he ate it up.

Erling Haaland belts it into the upper reaches of the corner opposite Guglielmo Vicario's dive.

City will have the Championship Sunday driver's seat unless Spurs do something very special in the next eight minutes of stoppage time.

What a save!

Heung-min Son is on a 1v1 breakaway against Ortega after an Akanji slip and the keeper makes a leg save inside the box!

That could've been one of those historic moments! It cause Pep Guardiola to fall onto the grass on his back!


Tottenham make a change with Oliver Skipp for Giovani Lo Celso.

Spurs are pushing, and this is close!

The nerves are on display as a City slip leads to Ortega being required to make a second intervention of the game.

City fans would give anything for just one more goal right now.

Ortega replaces Ederson

He wasn't happy to come off, but you can tell the medical team felt very differently.

Ederson is down with a nasty injury after a collision with Romero

A cross to the back post almost sneaks in and Romero collides with Ederson and the Man City goalkeeper is down and receiving lengthy treatment.

Erling Haaland taps home and City lead! - Tottenham 0-1 Manchester City (52nd minute)

There it is. De Bruyne crosses and Haaland is on hand to tap home. Man City's fans in the away end go wild. Some fans in the home end celebrate. This is weird.

Big chance for Son at the near post

Johnson crosses and Son tries to flick home at the near post but Ederson saves.

Vicario denies De Bruyne brilliantly

Spurs give the ball away on the edge of their own box and De Bruyne turns and smashes a shot towards the bottom corner which Vicario pushes away brilliantly.

Half time: Tottenham 0-0 Manchester City

Such a strange, subdued atmosphere here because Spurs fans don't know how to react as they don't want to win to give Arsenal the edge in the title race. Despite that Tottenham have played well. Very solid in this 4-2-4 formation. Man City have been impacted by the lack of intensity in the game and have created a couple of chances but Foden was denied and Gvardiol volleyed over.

Spurs can’t make most of three vs two

Tottenham break through Heung-min Son and they have a three vs two situation but can't pick the right pass. They were almost in just before half time there.

Red-hot Gvardiol volleys over

Walker's cross to the back post is volleyed over by Josko Gvardiol. The Croatian defender has been in incredible goalscoring form in recent weeks and that was a good chance. He should have worked Vicario.

Ederson saves at the near post after a cross is whipped in

Spurs are looking dangerous here. Ederson pushes a cross wide with Spurs players lurking. They aren't playing with a number nine but are getting players up the pitch early when they break and overloading City in the wide areas.

Brilliant save from Vicario

Hojbjerg makes a mess of a spinning ball and plays it straight to Foden who smashes on goal form six yards out but Vicario saves superbly. What a stop. Spurs' fans applaud but not as loudly as usual.

Subdued atmosphere

It kind of feels like a preseason friendly? The home fans aren't really sure what to do. They're not getting too excited when their team does something good. They aren't too bothered if City are on top. Aside from the anti-Arsenal songs, there haven't been any songs yet from the home fans. Weird.

Ederson saves well from Bentancur

Rodrigo Bentancur is found on the edge of the box and smashes towards goal. Ederson tips it over. Tottenhams fans applaud. Instincts kicking in. Spurs have started well.

Off and running and the chants about Arsenal are dominating

"Stand up if you hate Arsenal!" is the chant and most of the stadium stand up. Apparently there are quite a few Arsenal fans scattered amongst the home fans today as they cheer on Spurs. Maybe a few Arsenal fans stood up just to blend in? Maybe they are also wearing baseball caps and fake moustaches?

Hello and welcome to Tottenham!

Contrary to popular belief, the majority of Spurs fans I've spoken to outside the stadium want their team to WIN tonight. Even if it means Arsenal have a better chance of winning the title on the final day on Sunday. There are said to be a lot of Arsenal fans who have bought tickets to attend the game tonight, so it will be intriguing to see what kind of reaction there is if Manchester City or Spurs score.

The team news is intriguing with Tottenham playing Van de Ven at left back and Dragusin in at center back. It looks like Maddison will start on the left but he could drift inside as a false nine with Son going out to the left during the game. City go with a 4-2-3-1 formation and look very settled with only one change from the lineup at the weekend as Walker comes in for Ake who took a knock.

Tottenham lineup

Vicario; Porro, Romero, Dragusin, Van de Ven; Hojbjerg, Sarr, Bentancur; Johnson, Son, Maddison

Manchester City lineup

Ederson; Walker, Akanji, Dias, Gvardiol; Rodri, Kovacic; Foden, De Bruyne, Silva; Haaland

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Ange Postecoglou: Tottenham will go all-out to win

"There is a pretty simple notion to this: there is a game of football tomorrow night, what do you think is going to happen? What do you think we are going to do as a team, or any team on this planet? Aren't we just going to try and win?" Postecoglou said. "It is as simple, basic, premise. How that makes people feel, I'm not really fussed. I don't really care. I hate to think anybody thinks we will go out there tomorrow night with anything other than trying to measure ourselves against a top team and maybe win a game of football that is consequential. How are we ever going to become a team that wins things if we don't win the big games? If we shy away from it?"

"I understand rivalry, I was part of one of the biggest ones in the world the last couple of years with Celtic and Rangers. I understand rivalry but I've will never understand if somebody wants their own team to lose," Postecoglou added. "That is not what sport is about. That is not what I love about the game. What I love more than anything else is the competitiveness of it. Challenging yourselves to beat someone and be successful. Anything outside of that it has got nothing to do with sport, nothing to do with me. If other people want to treat it that way where they derive pleasure from others misery, that is not how I've lived my life. That is not how I perceive my role. My role is to bring success to this football club. I know 100 percent of Spurs fans want us to win and be successful and win trophies. Without a shadow of a doubt. Us winning tomorrow night will help us bring joy to 100 percent of Spurs supporters."

Pep Guardiola: If we lose Arsenal will win the title

Fun fact: Man City have won once (in the FA Cup) in six trips to the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium and have never scored a Premier League goal at the stadium.

"We played really good there many times but weren't able to score or win games," Guardiola explained. "We are trying to do something special so we have to do that this time.

"This is the time to do it otherwise Arsenal will be champions. The mindset is just what we need to do to win the game. The other situations can't be in your mind because everyone knows what we are playing for."

Tottenham focus, team news

Spurs have injury issues at the back and it will be intriguing to see who plays left back with Udogie and Davies both out. Skipp played there at the weekend but Spurs could be forced to play Micky van de Ven there and have Dragusin at center back. Sarr and Bentancur should start in midfield with Son, Maddison, Kulusevski and Johnson in attack.

OUT: Richarlison (calf), Yves Bissouma (knee), Manor Solomon (knee), Fraser Forster (ankle), Destiny Udogie (thigh), Ryan Sessegnon (thigh), Timo Werner (thigh), Ben Davies (calf)

Manchester City focus, team news

Jack Grealish is back from injury which gives Guardiola even more options, while the only concern is Nathan Ake who hobbled off in the first half at the weekend but he's fit enough for the bench. Gvardiol (the Croatian goal-machine) will likely start at left back with Dias, Akanji and Walker likely to make up the rest of the defense. Stones could come back into midfield alongside Rodri for a bit of extra defensively solidity. Up top, Kevin de Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden supporting Erling Haaland seems about right. But don't be surprised if Doku starts to make the most of Spurs' high-line.