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Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save by Carlo Cudicini.
The ball is swung over by Steven Pienaar, Joleon Lescott manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Carlos Tevez.
Aaron Lennon sends in a cross.
Luka Modric crosses the ball, clearance by Patrick Vieira.
Corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from the right by-line, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.
Centre by Vedran Corluka, Micah Richards manages to make a clearance.
Younes Kaboul concedes a free kick for a foul on Edin Dzeko. Carlos Tevez takes the free kick.
Patrick Vieira takes a shot. William Gallas makes a clearance. Younes Kaboul comes on in place of William Gallas. Aleksandar Kolarov takes a outswinging corner.
The ball is swung over by Danny Rose.
Carlos Tevez replaces David Silva. Steven Pienaar is cautioned. Steven Pienaar concedes a free kick for a foul on Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Steven Pienaar decides to take a short corner.
The ball is swung over by James Milner, Effort on goal by Edin Dzeko from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
Rafael Van der Vaart produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.
James Milner concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Rose. The referee cautions James Milner for unsporting behaviour. Raniere Sandro restarts play with the free kick. Danny Rose takes a shot. Blocked by James Milner. Luka Modric takes a short corner.
Free kick awarded for a foul by William Gallas on Edin Dzeko. Direct free kick taken by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Raniere Sandro on Nigel De Jong. Nigel De Jong takes the direct free kick.
Peter Crouch goes off and Jermain Defoe comes on.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Dawson.
The ball is swung over by James Milner, Luka Modric makes a clearance.
Raniere Sandro gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrick Vieira. Joleon Lescott takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by David Silva, William Gallas gets a block in.
The ball is delivered by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
Effort on goal by Aaron Lennon from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Steven Pienaar fouled by Edin Dzeko, the ref awards a free kick. Patrick Vieira comes on in place of Adam Johnson. Free kick taken by Raniere Sandro. Effort on goal by Steven Pienaar from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.
Luka Modric is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Corner taken right-footed by Luka Modric, Gnegneri Toure Yaya manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Luka Modric by Edin Dzeko results in a free kick. Rafael Van der Vaart has an effort direct from the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Michael Dawson by Edin Dzeko results in a free kick. Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.
Shot by Rafael Van der Vaart from just outside the area goes over the net.
A cross is delivered by Danny Rose, blocked by Micah Richards.
Danny Rose sends in a cross, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.
Aleksandar Kolarov comes on in place of Pablo Zabaleta.
A cross is delivered by Danny Rose, Joleon Lescott manages to make a clearance.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Pablo Zabaleta. Carlo Cudicini restarts play with the free kick.
Edin Dzeko gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Lennon. Aaron Lennon takes the free kick.
Centre by Micah Richards, clearance made by William Gallas.
The ball is delivered by Danny Rose, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Rafael Van der Vaart by Nigel De Jong results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.
A cross is delivered by Aaron Lennon, Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Brilliant save by Joe Hart.
William Gallas takes a shot. Joleon Lescott gets a block in. Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
The ball is crossed by Steven Pienaar, blocked by Vincent Kompany.
Danny Rose sends in a cross, blocked by Vincent Kompany.
A cross is delivered by Aaron Lennon, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.
Danny Rose delivers the ball, Vincent Kompany gets a block in. Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Aaron Lennon, blocked by Joleon Lescott.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Edin Dzeko on Raniere Sandro. Direct free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
Vedran Corluka gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Edin Dzeko. Free kick taken by Pablo Zabaleta.
Shot from just outside the area by Raniere Sandro misses to the right of the target.
Unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong by Luka Modric results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
Centre by Vedran Corluka. Steven Pienaar delivers the ball, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
Shot from just outside the area by David Silva goes over the bar.
James Milner sends in a cross, William Gallas makes a clearance.
David Silva sends in a cross, clearance made by William Gallas.
The ball is delivered by David Silva.
Wilson Palacios leaves the field to be replaced by Steven Pienaar.
Corner taken short by James Milner. James Milner delivers the ball. Peter Crouch puts the ball into his own goal from 12 yards. Man City 1-0 Tottenham.Assist on the goal came from James Milner.
The ball is swung over by Aaron Lennon, Effort on goal by Luka Modric from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
The ball is delivered by Danny Rose, Micah Richards manages to make a clearance. Peter Crouch takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
Danny Rose produces a cross.
Short corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart. Rafael Van der Vaart produces a cross, clearance made by Micah Richards.
Vedran Corluka sends in a cross, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
Centre by Aaron Lennon.
Luka Modric takes a shot. Blocked by Vincent Kompany. Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the left by-line, clearance made by Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Aaron Lennon takes a shot. Vincent Kompany gets a block in.
The ball is crossed by Pablo Zabaleta, William Gallas manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Vedran Corluka, clearance by Micah Richards.
The ball is delivered by Danny Rose, clearance by James Milner.
Micah Richards is caught offside. Free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
James Milner produces a cross.
David Silva delivers the ball, Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Save made by Carlo Cudicini. The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Carlo Cudicini.
Rafael Van der Vaart concedes a free kick for a foul on James Milner. Free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the right by-line to the near post, Edin Dzeko manages to make a clearance.
Micah Richards crosses the ball, Michael Dawson makes a clearance. James Milner sends in a cross, Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.
The offside flag is raised against Luka Modric. Joe Hart takes the indirect free kick.
No rest for City as rivals Spurs visit
Roberto Mancini is not convinced Manchester City's surprise defeat at Everton will have a major effect on their Champions League qualification hopes - but it has cost him a chance to rest players ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final.
With a six-point advantage and just three games remaining, it is hard to see out-of-form Tottenham clawing back the deficit even if they manage to win their Premier League tussle with City at Eastlands.
A home win will end all debate on the matter though, which is why Mancini wants to get the job done.
The Italian's worry is that his key men may end up tired, which will hamper preparations for the Blues' first final appearance in 30 years.
"I don't think we have a problem for fourth spot," he said.
"We still have three games left and we only need three points.
"But it was important we beat Everton because we have to prepare well for the final.
"Now I shall play with all the team against Tottenham because we want to win.
"That is not perfect for the final."
It looks increasingly likely skipper Carlos Tevez will play some part, which would pave the way for the South American to lead City into battle at Wembley.
Gareth Barry and Adam Johnson are also hoping to be involved after missing out at Goodison Park.
Harry Redknapp reckons it would take a "miracle" for Tottenham to qualify for next year's Champions League after admitting that Gareth Bale will play no part in the club's tricky run-in.
Bale's pace and penetration will be hugely missed by the Londoners, who need to win all three of their remaining games against City, Liverpool, and Birmingham to have any chance of bringing Champions League football to White Hart Lane for a second successive season.
Spurs travel knowing that only a win will keep them in the hunt for a top-four finish.
Tottenham's current plight is completely different from the turn of the year when they seemed certain to pip their big-spending rivals to fourth position.
With City facing Stoke and Bolton after Saturday's FA Cup final, Redknapp admits the dream of playing among Europe's elite is all but over.
"It will take a miracle (to finish fourth)," Redknapp said. "(City manager) Roberto Mancini has got a fantastic squad. They're in a great position. They are six points ahead of us and they have a better goal difference by miles."
Injuries to key players like Bale and Tom Huddlestone, and Rafael van der Vaart's loss of form have all contributed to the club's recent slump, according to Redknapp.
"When we've needed that little bit of magic in the last month or six weeks, Gareth has been injured and we've lost that little spark that turns draws into wins," the Spurs boss added.
"Gareth and Rafa were so good, they were the difference between drawing and losing. They were turning games with fantastic individual performances as well as the team playing well."
City book Champions League place
After an overall investment in excess of #1billion and over #350million spent on players, Manchester City have qualified for the Champions League following their 1-0 win over Tottenham.
An own goal by Spurs forward Peter Crouch after half an hour was enough to take City nine points clear of the Londoners in the Barclays Premier League, and out of Liverpool's reach as well with two games to spare.
And, although City fans were watching through splayed fingers at times as their team sat back on their lead and allowed their visitors to attack, they can now look forward to Saturday's FA Cup final with Stoke knowing that an end to their 35-year wait for a trophy will complete a perfect season.
Both sides retained only four members of their starting line-ups from when they met 12 months previously in a game that ultimately denied City their chance to compete in Europe's premier club competition on that occasion.
In Tottenham's case, that was exclusively down to injury and poor form.
City were calling on five men who were not even at the club for that fateful occasion, including goalkeeper Joe Hart, who they had tried to get back from a loan spell at Birmingham.
Given Harry Redknapp had already declared a belief that City have made one or two signings that will "blow your brains out" in the summer, it was clear where the momentum lay.
Even without Carlos Tevez, who was back on the bench ahead of Saturday's Wembley showpiece, Roberto Mancini was still able to call upon the dynamic services of David Silva, who threatened danger at every turn.
The irony in Crouch scoring the goal to put City ahead was inescapable.
At the very same end last term, the England forward scored to send Tottenham on a rollercoaster journey that has taken them to Milan twice this season, and Madrid. Meetings with Europe's elite that will live forever.
As Mancini has noted though, there has been a physical toll taken and Tottenham are now a shadow of the side that lit up the Champions League stage.
So, once Luka Modric had gone for accuracy instead of power as he connected with Aaron Lennon's square ball, yet still failed to find the net as his shot rolled agonisingly wide, the fear for Tottenham was obvious.
Crouch wasn't the only man to blame.
There was no effort to track Milner's run after he had taken a short corner with Adam Johnson, allowing him to stride down the by-line and deliver a powerful, low cross to the near post.
Under pressure from Joleon Lescott, Crouch stuck out a boot instinctively.
After scoring only four Premier League goals this season, Crouch could only reflect on the fact that this time, the target was found with ease, and in much the same way as his effort last season.
City had only created one other first-half chance of note.
It was hardly a surprise Silva was the architect, squaring for Edin Dzeko in much the same manner as Lennon was to do a bit later.
The Bosnian's effort was on target but Carlo Cudicini, in for injured first-choice Heurelho Gomes, turned it away.
There have been a number of decent performers for City this season but few have been as consistent as Hart.
And, after being relatively unemployed during the opening period, he made a telling contribution right at the start of the second half as Steven Pienaar met Lennon's far-post cross with a firm header.
Hart's movement was to his right. He quickly adjusted his feet to make an excellent save to his left, denying Tottenham an equaliser and saving a few fingernails, that ended up getting chewed anyway.
If City and their supporters had taken a backward step and thought about the situation, they would have realised they were actually in a position of complete comfort in terms of their top-four aspirations.
But a sense of panic swept around the ground, which only grew as Rafael van der Vaart and Lennon threatened from decent positions.
Yet it was City who came closest to grabbing a second, only for William Gallas to brilliantly turn away Patrick Vieira's goalbound header.
Tottenham tried to respond but could muster nothing worthwhile and they are now outsiders to even finish fifth, with Stoke guaranteed a place in the Europa League, no matter what happens on Saturday.
Carlos Tevez will be fit for that after a late substitute appearance, having done as much as anyone to ensure City are back amongst Europe's elite for the first time in 43 years.
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