Manchester City fell 1-0 at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday evening, extending their margin over Premier League toppers Arsenal.
Spurs were missing manager Antonio Conte, who was recovering from surgery, while City welcomed back Kyle Walker, Nathan Ake, Bernardo Silva, and Ederson from their FA Cup victory against Arsenal.
The host gave everything they had in the opening minutes and were rewarded on 15 minutes when Kane put Spurs ahead with a drive across Ederson following a through pass by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, becoming Spurs’ all-time greatest goalscorer and scoring his 200th Premier League goal.
Pep Guardiola’s men struggled to combine moving forward as they attempted to claw their way back into the game, and only came close to equalizing on the stroke of halftime when Riyad Mahrez’s shot in the area came off the crossbar.
City’s problems persisted in the second half, and around the hour mark, Guardiola introduced De Bruyne in place of Mahrez in a tactical change, and the visitors began to threaten, with Alvarez goal-bound attempt stopped from a set-piece routine planned by the Belgian.
With 20 minutes left, Kane had a chance to launch a counterattack as the Citizens threw a lot of players forward, but his effort at the near post was diverted wide.
The game was close in the latter minutes, and Spurs sought greater control with a calculated move that saw Yves Bissouma replace Son.
The Lilywhites’ strategy was tested shortly after, when they were down to 10 men for the last five minutes after Cristian Romero received a second card for a foul on Jack Grealish and was sent off.
However, Spurs, were strong at the defense and halted City’s every move, cutting the distance behind fourth-placed Newscastle United to just a point, while the Citizens remained five points behind Arsenal, despite having played an additional game.