Son Heung-min’s late goal gave Tottenham a crucial and well-deserved advantage over Manchester City in a thunderous Champions League quarter-final first leg.
In a searing atmosphere in their vast new stadium, Spurs overcame the loss of Harry Kane to a serious looking ankle injury – sustained when he challenged Fabian Delph in the second half.
And they made the breakthrough with 12 minutes left as Son twisted and turned on the byeline before shooting low past Ederson.
Spurs had survived the concession of an early penalty, awarded on a pitchside video review by the referee after Danny Rose was judged to have handled Raheem Sterling’s shot. Sergio Aguero stepped up, but keeper Hugo Lloris saved.
Manchester City were never at their best and must now overturn this narrow deficit at Etihad Stadium on 17 April to keep alive their hopes of a historic quadruple of Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup.
Speaking to the press after the win, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said “It was an unbelievable game. It was so tough. But it is still Manchester City and there is a second leg. We are happy as we showed great quality. The performance was good but there’s still 90 minutes to go.
“It was a really good game. We were all excited. It’s a quarter-final of the Champions League. The penalty save I think gave the belief to us. I think there were many positive things. In the spirit we played today, everything possible.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said “There are always key moments in football. It is the Champions League and the result is what it is.
“We played well and we were controlling the game. We had our chances with the penalty so it was a good performance but it is the Champions League and that is the challenge.”
On Sergio Aguero’s penalty miss, “Next time we will score. Now we have to prepare for Crystal Palace. We do not have time to think about Tottenham.”