England Europe FA Cup Games

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City 0-1

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Stadium: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Competition: FA Cup, #TOTMCI
Season: 2023/24, 24 January 2024, 4th Round

Key Notes:
A belated goal secures an FA Cup victory for Manchester City, despite objections from Tottenham.
– AFC Asian Cup 2023 underway & African Cup of Nations 2024 underway
– Man city never score a goal or won on new Tottenham stadium
– Scoring: 0:1

Lineups:
TOT: (Ange Postecoglou)
Aguirrezabala; Lekue, Walls, Vivian, Yuri; Vesga, Meadows, Sancet, Adu Ares, Nico Williams; Guruzeta. Substitutes: Forster, Royal, Davies, Dragusin, Skipp, Maddison, Bryan, Santiago, Scarlett.

MCI: (Pep Guardiola)
Crag; Stefan Ortega, Walker (C), Dias, Ake, Gvardiol, Rodri, Kovacic, Bernardo, Foden, Bobb, Alvarez. Substitutes: Ederson, Stones, Grealish, Doku, De Bruyne, Gomez, Nunes, Susoho, Lewis


Summary:

FA Cup holders Manchester City secured a spot in the fifth round with a last-minute goal, as Nathan Ake’s scrappy 88th-minute effort led them to a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Friday.

Having never won or scored at Tottenham’s new stadium in their five previous visits, City finally broke the streak when Ake flicked in from close range. The goal resulted from home keeper Guglielmo Vicario’s struggle to handle a Kevin De Bruyne corner, leading to a loose ball

Spurs contested that Vicario had been fouled by City defender Rúben Dias, but after a VAR check, the goal was deemed valid. Tottenham’s grievances were limited as they struggled to match Pep Guardiola’s side for extended periods, with few notable attempts to challenge City goalkeeper Stefan Ortega. Manchester City’s performance at Tottenham has been an aberration compared to their success elsewhere. They had faced setbacks in their last four Premier League matches at Tottenham without finding the net, and a 1-0 defeat occurred in the 2019 Champions League semifinal.

As the latest encounter approached its final moments, Bernardo Silva and De Bruyne’s attempts meant City had gone unrewarded for 101 goal attempts at Tottenham’s new arena, which welcomed 9,000 visiting City fans. A breakthrough came when Vicario couldn’t secure a ball in a crowded area under pressure, and Ake seized the opportunity. City dominated the first half, with an early effort by Oscar Bobb ruled out for offside. In contrast, Tottenham, typically an attacking side, found themselves compelled to defend desperately.

The second half was more balanced until City intensified their efforts with the introduction of De Bruyne and Jérémy Doku 25 minutes before the end. Vicario denied Silva, and De Bruyne narrowly missed after a mistake by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. Even the entrance of James Maddison off the bench, making his first appearance since sustaining an ankle injury in November, failed to inspire the hosts, who managed only one shot on target. This match marked the first instance where Tottenham failed to score in a competitive match since manager Ange Postecoglou took charge.


0:1 Aké (88′)


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