Tottenham ended Manchester City’s 100% winning start to the Premier League season with a 2-0 victory at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
City chief Pep Guardiola had won all six games going into the match against Spurs, but after seeing Celtic end his winning run in all competitions in the 3-3 Champions League draw in midweek, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss’ league run was abruptly halted courtesy of an Aleksandar Kolarov own goal and Dele Alli strike in the first half.
It could have been worse for City, but Erik Lamela saw his second-half penalty saved as Spurs held out to make it their best start to a Premier League season and move to within a point of their visitors at the top.
Tottenham came flying out of the blocks with the in-form Heung-Min Son bursting down the right of the City area and lashing a shot over the bar from a tight angle.
City managed a break in the fourth minute when Jesus Navas tried to pick out David Silva in the centre from the right but his effort was deflected wide for a corner.
A scramble followed from the ensuing flag-kick but Spurs managed to clear their lines before going back on the attack through Son but John Stones blocked his path to goal.
However, Spurs did take the lead in the ninth minute when Danny Rose whipped a lovely cross in from the left and Kolarov made a complete mess of trying to clear the ball as he put it into his own net at the back post.
Son looked to make it 2-0 in the 11th minute when he got in down the left but his angled drive was saved at the front post by Claudio Bravo.
Spurs continued to enjoy the upper hand and Christian Eriksen fired a free kick from the edge of the area inches wide after Nicolas Otamendi brought down Alli.
Moments later City had a penalty shout when Sergio Aguero went down in the area, but Jan Vertonghen did get the slightest touch on the ball.
City gradually got back into the game but were denied an equaliser on 31 minutes when Aguero’s free kick was well saved by Hugo Lloris after Victor Wanyama had brought the Argentine down just outside the area.
That save proved vital as Spurs doubled their advantage on 37 minutes when Son’s delightful pass split the City defence and fell to Alli who swept his effort into the bottom corner past Bravo.
Spurs started the second half brightly, like they did in the first, with Son firing wide and Wanyama then tried his luck from 20 yards on 47 minutes but Bravo got down well to tip his strike wide of the post.
City responded with Aguero seeing his 50th minute strike deflect off Lloris’ legs and onto the post before bouncing clear of the goal.
Spurs had an excellent opportunity to kill the game in the 65th minute when they were awarded a penalty after Fernandinho barged over Alli in the area.
However, Bravo guessed right and dived to his left to push away Lamela’s spot-kick.
On 75 minutes City went close to pulling a goal back when Silva played substitute Kelechi Iheanacho in on goal but Lloris did enough to block his effort.
Lloris produced an even better save in the 80th minute when he tipped over Aguero’s deflected strike which was heading for the top corner.
Aguero had another opportunity in stoppage time after some neat passing play by City, but he could not get the power behind his shot to trouble Lloris.