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Penalty awarded for a foul by Ledley King on Mario Balotelli. Placed penalty scored by Mario Balotelli. Man City 3-2 Tottenham.
Gareth Bale sends in a cross, Effort from inside the six-yard box by Jermain Defoe goes wide right of the target.
The official flags Benoit Assou-Ekotto offside. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
Steven Pienaar is brought on as a substitute for Aaron Lennon.
Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Blocked by Ledley King.
Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Parker.
Scott Parker fouled by Gareth Barry, the ref awards a free kick. Younes Kaboul takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto by Mario Balotelli results in a free kick. Mario Balotelli is booked. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
Foul by Kyle Walker on Mario Balotelli, free kick awarded. The ball is delivered by Samir Nasri, Headed effort from inside the area by Mario Balotelli misses to the left of the target.
Aaron Lennon takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
Shot by Gareth Bale. Joleon Lescott gets a block in.
The ball is sent over by Gareth Bale, Gael Clichy makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Luka Modric from the right by-line, Micah Richards manages to make a clearance.
Effort on goal by Kyle Walker from long range goes over the crossbar.
The referee penalises James Milner for handball. Scott Parker takes the free kick.
Luka Modric has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.
Luka Modric sends in a cross, blocked by James Milner.
Short corner taken by Luka Modric.
Inswinging corner taken by David Silva, save made by Brad Friedel.
Centre by David Silva, Ledley King manages to make a clearance. Samir Nasri takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Gareth Bale.
(Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Jake Livermore coming on for Rafael Van der Vaart. Corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line, Younes Kaboul makes a clearance.
Rafael Van der Vaart concedes a free kick for a foul on Mario Balotelli. Direct free kick taken by Gareth Barry.
A brilliant goal is scored by Gareth Bale from outside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Man City 2-2 Tottenham.Assist on the goal came from Aaron Lennon. Mario Balotelli comes on in place of Edin Dzeko.
Samir Nasri has an effort at goal. Scott Parker gets a block in. Corner taken by Samir Nasri, Benoit Assou-Ekotto manages to make a clearance.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jermain Defoe. Stefan Savic restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from deep inside the area by Edin Dzeko goes over the bar.
Jermain Defoe grabs a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 2-1 Tottenham.Assist on the goal came from Younes Kaboul.
The ball is swung over by David Silva, Younes Kaboul manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Samir Nasri. Joleon Lescott fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 2-0 Tottenham.Assist by Edin Dzeko.
Samir Nasri scores a goal from the edge of the area to the top left corner of the goal. Man City 1-0 Tottenham.David Silva provided the assist for the goal.
Rafael Van der Vaart gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Samir Nasri. Direct free kick taken by Samir Nasri.
Gareth Bale takes a shot. Stefan Savic gets a block in.
Centre by Gareth Bale, blocked by Joleon Lescott. Corner taken short by Rafael Van der Vaart.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sergio Aguero by Scott Parker. Scott Parker is cautioned. Free kick crossed by David Silva, clearance made by Younes Kaboul.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto crosses the ball, Micah Richards makes a clearance.
Gael Clichy delivers the ball.
Jermain Defoe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stefan Savic. Stefan Savic restarts play with the free kick.
Long distance effort from Rafael Van der Vaart misses to the left of the goal.
Samir Nasri produces a cross, blocked by Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Outswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri, clearance made by Rafael Van der Vaart.
David Silva takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, save by Brad Friedel.
The ball is sent over by Edin Dzeko, save by Brad Friedel.
Edin Dzeko has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Micah Richards concedes a free kick for a foul on Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
Rafael Van der Vaart gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Barry. Direct free kick taken by Joleon Lescott.
Effort on goal by Younes Kaboul from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Foul by Joleon Lescott on Gareth Bale, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.
Shot by Rafael Van der Vaart. Blocked by Joleon Lescott.
Rafael Van der Vaart takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Stefan Savic.
James Milner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luka Modric. Aaron Lennon takes the free kick.
Corner taken by David Silva, Gareth Bale makes a clearance.
Effort on goal by Sergio Aguero from 12 yards. Save by Brad Friedel.
Effort from deep inside the area by Sergio Aguero misses to the left of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Edin Dzeko by Scott Parker. David Silva takes the free kick.
Effort from deep inside the area by David Silva misses to the right of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Rafael Van der Vaart on Edin Dzeko. Gareth Barry restarts play with the free kick.
Edin Dzeko concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Parker. Direct free kick taken by Ledley King.
Aaron Lennon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gael Clichy. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Edin Dzeko. Brad Friedel takes the indirect free kick.
Rafael Van der Vaart decides to take the corner short.
Shot from close in by Sergio Aguero misses to the left of the target.
Shot by Sergio Aguero. Ledley King gets a block in. Corner from the left by-line taken by Samir Nasri, Luka Modric makes a clearance.
Gael Clichy is booked.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gael Clichy on Kyle Walker. Rafael Van der Vaart takes the free kick.
Duo back for City
Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli (ankle) and right-back Micah Richards (hamstring) are fit for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash against Tottenham.
Both players missed the leaders' 1-0 win at Wigan on Monday.
City are still without suspended captain Vincent Kompany while fellow defender Kolo Toure and his brother Yaya, the dynamic midfielder, are at the African Nations Cup.
Adam Johnson does not believe there is any chance of City repeating their five-goal "humiliation" of Tottenham on Sunday.
The true impact of City's staggering August win at White Hart Lane took a long time to sink in.
Looking back, it is as amazing as any other of the freak results that have littered the season given Tottenham have bounced back to become serious Premier League title contenders.
And, while Johnson is determined City should maintain their perfect home record, the former Middlesbrough man accepts it will be much tougher.
"That was a one-off," he said. "We humiliated them with some of the football we played. I don't think many teams would have got close to us. The passing and movement was staggering.
"But the fact is they have some top players, a squad packed with quality, and are playing much differently now."
Tottenham captain Ledley King only has a small chance of playing as he struggles to recover from the hamstring injury which has sidelined him for the last four weeks.
Jermain Defoe is likely to partner Rafael van der Vaart up front as Emmanuel Adebayor is unavailable due to the terms of his loan deal from City.
Sandro, William Gallas (both calf) and Tom Huddlestone (ankle) are unavailable.
Luka Modric has insisted Tottenham will go on the attack.
Spurs travel to the Etihad Stadium this weekend five points adrift of Barclays Premier League leaders City and knowing victory would put them back within striking range of Roberto Mancini's men.
Even more is at stake this season than the corresponding fixture in 2010 and 2011, when Champions League qualification was on the line.
Tottenham won at City two years ago to reach Europe's premier club competition for the first time, a feat that was emulated by their opponents 12 months later courtesy of a revenge victory. Both sides look strong favourites to qualify for next season's Champions League, with the title now the obvious target.
"It's a great game," Spurs midfielder Modric told his club's official website. "In the last two seasons, we've played in massive games there.
"I hope we'll do well and maybe win - why not? We will go there in a positive frame of mind and try to win. We do that against every opponent."
Last-gasp Balotelli sinks Spurs
Mario Balotelli's injury-time penalty saw Manchester City edge a five-goal thriller with Tottenham.
But there could be a nasty sting in the tail for the Italian after he seemed to catch Scott Parker in the face with a needless kick.
Not that any disciplinary problems will bother City's supporters as they celebrated what could be a priceless victory in the title race.
After a goalless first half, the Blues were in control when Samir Nasri and Joleon Lescott struck.
But Jermain Defoe profited from Stefan Savic's mistake almost immediately before Gareth Bale levelled with a magnificent curling shot.
Spurs seemed more likely winners after that.
But when Defoe could only turn an injury-time Bale cross narrowly wide as he slid in at the far-post, it gave Balotelli a chance to win the match after he had been fouled by Ledley King.
It maintained City's 100% home record this season and piles the pressure on their rivals, who are all playing catch-up.
Knowing they would be eight points behind if they lost and with personal knowledge of the havoc City are capable of causing following that humiliating 5-1 defeat in August, Tottenham had good cause to make it a tight affair.
Bale threatened on a couple of occasions, and should have made more of the position he found himself in when he checked inside James Milner's sliding tackle.
But Tottenham did not force Joe Hart into a meaningful save in the opening 45 minutes, Scott Parker and Younes Kaboul both firing well wide with long-range efforts.
It took City some time to get going, and even then they were only a sporadic threat.
However, in Sergio Aguero they had the game's most obvious first goalscorer.
The club record #38million front-man has looked tired in recent games as he attempted to shoulder the goalscoring burden. Here though, he excelled.
Having had Edin Dzeko nick the ball off his foot when he was lining up a shot at Wigan on Monday, the South American must have been dismayed when the same team-mate got in the way of his efforts to turn home David Silva's cutback.
Aguero's best opportunity came not long afterwards.
In attempting to pass their way out of a tight spot by the touchline, Spurs only ended up getting themselves into trouble as Micah Richards thundered into Parker to seize possession.
Richards strode on into the box, then squared for Aguero, whose shot was superbly turned away by Friedel.
Of the millions of pounds splashed out last summer - and with more set to follow in the last nine days of this transfer window - the signing of a 40-year-old American may turn out to be the most astute.
Silva also fired across the face of Friedel's goal - but it was in the second half that the action started in earnest.
In truth, though it ended with a spectacular equaliser from Bale, City boss Roberto Mancini would have been disappointed with the four-goal burst in the space of 10 minutes because it saw his side toss away a winning position.
City took the lead thanks to Silva's brilliant through-ball, which coincided perfectly with Nasri's dash from the left touchline that went completely unchecked even though it took him through the heart of the visitors' defence. The former Arsenal man has his critics but the shot which beat Friedel was blistering and gave the American no chance.
On their next attack, City doubled their advantage as Lescott first stood on Nasri's corner, then, from barely a yard, somehow sent the ball trundling over the line as he fell.
It should have been all over.
That it wasn't was due to Savic's bizarre attempt to reach Hart with a 50-yard back header that succeeded only in letting in Defoe, who rounded Hart, then turned the ball into an empty net.
Bale's blockbuster came five minutes later, one of those goals a keeper can only shrug their shoulders at being beaten by, the Welshman's brilliant first-time curling effort from Aaron Lennon's square pass finding the roof of Hart's net.
The goal frenzy triggered the arrival of Balotelli, who had already been shown the yellow card when he tangled with Parker, the initial contact accidental, the second far less easy to excuse.
That he should remain on the pitch was a matter for Spurs to reflect on as the Italian coolly converted his penalty to delight the City fans.
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