Manchester City rode an early Riyad Mahrez goal to a 1-0 victory against Tottenham at Wembley Stadium on Monday night to go level at the top of the Premier League table with Liverpool on 26 points.
The “home” game for Spurs was played on a rough-looking Wembley pitch still showing the lines from Sunday’s National Football League match between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Mahrez gave his team ahead on six minutes, slamming a first-time shot from a Raheem Sterling pass into an empty net after Kieran Trippier had misplayed a long ball over the top of Tottenham’s defence.
Man City were causing problems for Spurs early in the second half, but missing the end product, with Sterling missing from close range and Kyle Walker putting too much on a through ball to Sergio Aguero that would have given the Argentine a clear path to the goal.
Aguero then wasted an excellent chance after the hour mark following some nice buildup from Man City, shooting right at Hugo Lloris from 10 yards away with a clear look at goal.
Tottenham should have been level with 10 minutes to go when substitute Dele Alli, playing in his first game after missing time with a hamstring injury, setup Erik Lamela in the City penalty area only for the Spurs’ striker to sky his first-time shot over the crossbar.