Heung-min Son‘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 have themselves to blame as they were never at their best and must now overturn this narrow deficit at Etihad Stadium on 17 April.
Having won the League Cup, reached the FA Cup final and kept the destiny of the Premier League title in their own hands, this was City’s next hurdle in the race for an unprecedented quadruple.
But City boss Pep Guardiola is adamant it is “almost impossible” to achieve a clean-sweep of all four major trophies.
City’s first defeat since a January 29 setback at Newcastle is not fatal to their European ambitions, but they will have to improve on this tired effort to stop Tottenham reaching their first European semifinal since 1984.