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Tottenham 0-1 Manchester City: Ake the unlikely hero as the Cityzens break Tottenham Hotspur Stadium curse

Manchester City’s prolonged streak without a victory or a goal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium concluded on Friday night with a 1-0 triumph in the FA Cup fourth round.

The FA Cup fourth-round match between Manchester City and Tottenham featured a lackluster and uneventful performance from both teams, and the decisive goal came late in the game, marking City’s first goal at this North London venue since its inauguration in 2019.

Despite welcoming James Maddison back from the bench, Ange Postecoglou’s team couldn’t prevent the club’s ongoing absence of domestic silverware from extending into another year.

City believed they had netted their inaugural goal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium when Oscar Bobb tapped in from close range after Guglielmo Vicario spilled a shot from Julian Alvarez.

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However, the offside flag went up, and a lengthy VAR check spared Spurs’ blushes early on. The first half saw City suffocating Spurs, limiting their hosts to zero shots.

In the second half, City missed another excellent opportunity to take the lead. Bobb’s deep cross eluded every Tottenham defender and reached Alvarez, but a last-ditch challenge from Micky van de Ven blocked his shot.

City had a late chance when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, having his best performance of the season until then, sliced a clearance into the path of Bernardo Silva, who shot straight at Vicario.

Seconds later, Hojbjerg was let off the hook for giving away possession in his own box again, this time saved by Kevin De Bruyne, who somehow fired wide. Jeremy Doku then forced a low save from Vicario on the break as City pressed for a late winner.

With two minutes remaining, City secured their first-ever victory at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. De Bruyne’s corner came close to Vicario, whose weak punch, challenged by Ruben Dias, allowed Nathan Ake to nudge the loose ball over the line.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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