Man City in shocking loss to Spurs

Manchester City lost a shocking Premier League match by 3-1 to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday night, virtually handing the league title to Manchester United but calling their own reputation into question.

  • Published: 21/04/2013 at 09:20 PM
  • Newspaper section: breakingnews

Gareth Bale put a smile on Spurs' faces with the third goal of the match as Tottenham Hotspur scored three times in 11 minutes to sink Manchester City 3-1. (Reuters photo)

United host Aston Villa at 8pm - which is 2am Tuesday, Thailand time. A win will give them the title.

But the manner of the loss Sunday left a pall over City's hopes to win the FA Cup. Allowing all three goals in just seven minutes of the final 15 minutes of the match was a shock to City fans.

Manchester City scored first on Sunday, as Samir Nasry tucked away a shot to the bottom left corner of the goal after his four and a half minutes.

Seventy minutes later, Clint Dempsey came into the box and fired into the same bottom left corner of the same net to tie the match.

Four minutes later, Jermain Defoe made it 2-1 with a shot from the edge of the penalty area.

And three minutes after that, Spurs struck for a third time, as Gareth Bale, largely unmarked, slipped in a ball from deep inside the area, into the centre of the goal.

Manchester City were unbeaten in their last five meetings with Spurs, a record for the fixture.

Nobody at City was holding out any real hope, however. Rather, the team hoped to build a surge of momentum which will sweep Wigan away in the FA Cup final.

The total collapse in Sunday's loss puts that hope at risk as well.

In the late game, Luis Suarez headed in a dramatic late equaliser for Liverpool against Chelsea in a 2-2 match in which he also appeared to bite Blues defender Branislav Ivanovic.

Chelsea's draw meant they will to battle other teams for the key fourth place in the Premier League.

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