• Date: Wed 05 May 2010
  • Venue: City of Manchester Stadium
  • Ref: Bennett, S
  • Attendance: 47,370

Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur

Team Lineups

Manchester City

Marton Fulop
Wayne Bridge
Pablo Zabaleta
Kolo Toure, K
Adam Johnson, A (Shaun Wright-Phillips, 72)
Gareth Barry (Patrick Vieira, 56)
Vincent Kompany
Nigel de Jong
Emmanuel Adebayor
Carlos Tevez
Craig Bellamy (Roque Santa Cruz, 84)

Tottenham Hotspur

Heurelho Gomes
Gareth Bale
Younes Kaboul
Michael Dawson
Ledley King
Benoit Assou-Ekotto
Tom Huddlestone
Aaron Lennon (David Bentley, 71)
Luka Modric (Wilson Palacios, 89)
Peter Crouch
Jermain Defoe (Roman Pavlyuchenko, 81)

Match Report
Tottenham Hotspur emerged triumphant in the decider against Manchester City for the final Champions League place after earning a 1-0 victory at Eastlands. Peter Crouch's late goal completed a remarkable turnabout in the fortunes of Spurs who were battling relegation from the Premier League when Harry Redknapp became manager 18 months ago. But while Spurs were jubilant, City were left crest-fallen as they must wait for another season at least before they can mix it with Europe's elite as they found that all the money in the world cannot buy success. Spurs also maintained their remarkable hold over City as this was their 12th victory in their last 13 meetings. Carlos Tevez made a couple of dangerous early breaks for City, forcing keeper Heurelho Gomes into one decent save. But it was Spurs that were left cursing their luck after twice going close in quick succession to taking the lead. Crouch headed against the upright and then Ledley King had a header ruled out for a foul, though replays suggested it was a fair leap. Spurs were then indebted to Gomes who made two super saves to each time turn away shots from Adam Johnson while at the opposite end Gareth Bale fired narrowly wide after a Crouch knockdown. The start to the second half was equally frenetic and City were rescued by on-loan keeper Marton Fulop who pulled off a fabulous save low to his left to keep out Jermain Defoe's goalbound shot. Crouch had another great chance to make the vital breakthrough in the 77th minutes when Fulop somehow managed to keep out his close-range header. It was somehow inevitable that Crouch, Spurs' most dangerous player, should have the last word as he came up with the all-important goal in the 82nd minute. Right-back Younes Kaboul made a barn-storming run down the right and fired over a low cross which Fulop could only parry into the air to present Crouch with a relatively easy header into the roof of the net from six yards.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

The whistle goes for full-time and Spurs have guaranteed at least a fourth-place finish.


Roman Pavlyuchenko curls an effort towards the far corner but it's well saved by Marton Fulop.


Emmanuel Adebayor is offside and Spurs are in no rush to take the free-kick.


There are four minutes of injury time.


Fans are starting to leave Eastlands as Spurs are looking comfortable at the back and City are out of ideas.


Wilson Palacios comes on for Luka Modric.


City are all over the place and don't look like they will be getting back into this game.


Craig Bellamy is replaced by Roque Santa Cruz.


MAN CITY 0-1 TOTTENHAM. Kaboul's cross is deflected by Bridge and saved by Fulop but only into the path of CROUCH who heads in from five yards out.


Roman Pavlyuchenko replaces Jermain Defoe.


Carlos Tevez lashes an effort goalwards but Ledley King stands firm and blocks the ball.


Peter Crouch should make it 1-0 but his shot is saved by Marton Fulop and then Jermain Defoe is penalised for handball.


Luka Modric shoots wide as play switches from end to end.


Craig Bellamy's corner isn't great but he gets another chance to send the ball in but Spurs clear and can break.


Shaun Wright-Phillips wins City a corner.


Shaun Wright-Phillips is penalised for pulling back Benoit Assou-Ekotto.


Gareth Bale's cross is too deep and finds David Bentley whose ball is easily caught by Marton Fulop.


Shaun Wright-Phillips comes on for Adam Johnson.


David Bentley replaces Aaron Lennon.


The ball goes out for another corner but Spurs aren't able to make the most of these set-pieces.


Aaron Lennon crosses towards Peter Crouch but the ball is cleared for a corner.

Yellow Card

Benoit Assou-Ekotto goes into the book for deliberate handball.


City need to show a little more urgency and Roberto Mancini is urging his players on.


The game is opening up a little as we enter the final half hour.


Adam Johnson curls a corner into the box and Emmanuel Adebayor makes a great leap but can't get his header on target.

Yellow Card

Tom Huddlestone is booked for his reaction to a bad challenge from Nigel de Jong.


Tom Huddlestone is fouled by a couple of City players and the Spurs bench are not happy.


Patrick Vieira comes on for Gareth Barry.


Gareth Bale finds Jermain Defoe who instinctively lets fly but the ball is somehow kept out by Marton Fulop.


Gareth Barry hobbles off the pitch and can't continue.


Aaron Lennon is on his way but can't find a team-mate and there is a break in play as Gareth Barry is down injured.


Benoit Assou-Ekotto sends an effort wide.


Gareth Barry hits a ball across goal but there's no-one in the six-yard box for City and Spurs can clear.


Craig Bellamy hits a ball over the top and Carlos Tevez is on his way but stumbles and the chance is gone.


Craig Bellamy's corner is easily cleared by Spurs who try to break but City are soon back in numbers.


Carlos Tevez mishits his shot but Spurs can't clear and City have a corner.

Second half

The second half gets underway.

Half time

Half Time: MAN CITY 0-0 TOTTENHAM. Harry Redknapp will be the happier of the two managers.


The corner comes to nothing.


Emmanuel Adebayor does well to win City a corner deep into injury time.


We're into injury time and Spurs have edged the first half but City have missed some great chances.


Carlos Tevez shoots wide as Ledley King stands his ground.


Kolo Toure has another free header from a Craig Bellamy corner but directs it straight at the keeper.


Great play from Aaron Lennon who crosses to Peter Crouch, he nods the ball down to Gareth Bale who volleys wide when he should have at least hit the target.


Emmanuel Adebayor is offside now for City.


Adam Johnson is flagged offside to the frustration of the home fans.


Kolo Toure has a free header from the corner but heads over the bar.


Gareth Barry sends in a cross which is headed on and deflected goalwards by Gareth Bale but Heurelho Gomes again makes a good save to concede a corner.


Now Pablo Zabaleta is penalised for a foul on Jermain Defoe and Spurs have a free-kick.

Yellow Card

Younes Kaboul goes into the book for a foul on Craig Bellamy.


Now Spurs have a corner which is swung in by Gareth Bale and headed goalwards by Michael Dawson but City manage to clear.


Adam Johnson forces a great save from Heurelho Gomes after the corner was half-cleared.


Carlos Tevez takes a shot from long range which is deflected wide by Ledley King and City have a corner.


Gareth Bale takes a free-kick but it's too far ahead of Peter Crouch and Marton Fulop makes the catch.


Adam Johnson is switching from left to right and sends in a cross which is claimed by Heurelho Gomes.


Spurs are in the ascendancy and should be in front if Peter Crouch had found the target.


Gareth Bale sends in the corner and it's headed into the back of the net by Ledley King but referee Steve Bennett disallows the goal for a push.


Aaron Lennon does well against Wayne Bridge and wins Spurs a corner.


The free-kick comes to nothing but Spurs are awarded another and Gareth Bale finds Peter Crouch who heads against the post.


Spurs have a free-kick and will look to test Marton Fulop.


Emmanuel Adebayor is offside again and it's all City so far.


Luka Modric swings in the corner which is cleared but not very far and there's a bit of a scramble before City eventualy manage to get the ball away.


Spurs win a corner thanks to Gareth Bale .


Emmanuel Adebayor is flagged offside as City come forward again.


Adam Johnson swings in the corner which is cleared by the Spurs defence.


Carlos Tevez attempts a cross which is blocked and City win their first corner.


Carlos Tevez powers his way through the Spurs defence and forces Heurelho Gomes into action.


Adam Johnson curls a ball towards the near post but it's cleared by Younes Kaboul.


Craig Bellamy is down after a challenge from Younes Kaboul but looks as if he should be okay to continue.


Gareth Barry takes a first-time shot after a darting run from Craig Bellamy but it goes wide.


City are immediately on the attack and this feels like a cup match.


The game gets underway amid a terrific atmosphere at Eastlands.

Awaiting Kickoff

The players are out in what equates to a play-off for the final Champions League spot.

Awaiting Kickoff

Harry Redknapp brings in Aaron Lennon in for David Bentley and Peter Crouch for Roman Pavlyuchenko.

Awaiting Kickoff

Roberto Mancini makes one change to the City starting line-up as Gareth Barry replaces Patrick Vieira.

Awaiting Kickoff

Man City face Tottenham at 8pm on Wednesday, May 5th.