Riyad Mahrez playing a starring role as Manchester City battled to a 4-2 win in Thursday’s Premier League meeting with Tottenham.
Manchester City recovered from two goals down at half-time to defeat Tottenham 4-2 at the Etihad Stadium and close the gap on Premier League leaders Arsenal.
Spurs took advantage of some poor City defending – with Ederson in particular at fault – through goals from Dejan Kulusevski and Ederson Royal just before the interval.
But City’s response was just as swift as they were level eight minutes into the second half thanks to Julian Alvarez and Erling Haaland, who ended his mini goal drought.
City survived a scare when Perisic hit the post, but Riyad Mahrez put them ahead and added another late on to move his side within five points of Arsenal, who have a game in hand.
Like he did in Spurs’ 3-2 win here last year, Kulusevski opened the scoring after Rodri poked the ball into his path when put under pressure following Ederson’s poor pass.
Emerson headed in a second for Spurs moments later after Kane won a tackle against Rodri and had an angled drive pushed back into danger by Ederson.
Guardiola opted against making any changes at the break, but his side’s response was instant, with Alvarez firing home a loose ball after Riyad Mahrez’s cross was not dealt with.
City, who left Kevin De Bruyne on the bench all match, were on level terms two minutes later through Haaland’s close-range header after Mahrez headed the ball back across goal.
Ivan Perisic had a shot blocked right in front of goal by Rico Lewis, with the loose ball hitting the post, and that would prove a big moment as Mahrez completed the comeback.
Mahrez first fired a low, hard shot past Lloris at the Spurs keeper’s near post, before capitalising on Clement Lenglet’s poor touch to race in and double his tally at the death.