Spurs win 3-2 at Manchester City

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

Christian Ziege set up two goals but was sent off as Tottenham came from behind to beat Manchester City 3-2 on Monday to stay on the fringe of the title race.

Spurs win 3-2 at Manchester City

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Christian Ziege set up two goals but was sent off as Tottenham came from behind to beat Manchester City 3-2 on Monday to stay on the fringe of the title race.After Steve Howey had given Kevin Keegan's City a 29th minute lead at Maine Road, Chris Perry headed home Ziege's corner to level in the 37th. Welsh international Simon Davies put Spurs ahead three minutes into the second half before Uruguayan midfielder Gustavo Poyet headed home another Ziege corner seven minutes from the end.Two minutes after the third goal, however, the German World Cup star, who had a brilliant performance with his crosses and runs, was shown his second yellow card - both of them for needlessly kicking the ball away.In the third minute of injury time, Ali Benarbia lobbed a curling, 25-yard shot over Kasey Keller for a second City goal but Spurs hung on for the three points.The victory lifted Glenn Hoddle's team up one place to seventh above Southampton, still eight points behind defending champion and league leader Arsenal. Keegan's team stays 12th of the 20 clubs.City went ahead in the 29th minute when Steffen Freund, who had already been shown the yellow card, tripped Shaun Goater on the left and Howey flicked Kevin Horlock's free kick between Keller and the far post.But Spurs were level within eight minutes when Ziege, whose shot had been deflected for a corner, swung the flag kick over from the right and Perry stooped to head the ball home at the far post.Ziege went close again with a low left foot shot which Peter Schmeichel kept out with an acrobatic, reflex-action save, diving to his right.The second half was three minutes old when Darren Anderton sent Robbie Keane down the left and the Irish international floated the ball to the far post where Davies arrived unmarked to head home.Steffen Iversen and Davies were both close to turning in a superbly aimed leftwing cross from Ziege. Then Schmeichel almost gave away a freak goal when his clearance from way out on the right struck the onrushing Iversen and rolled across the face of his own goal.City went close to levelling 12 minutes from the end when Spurs gave the ball away deep in their own half the and the home team's two playmakers, Benarbia and Eyal Berkovic, combined well to open up a chance. The Algerian set up a volley for the Israeli but the ball curled past the post.Eight minutes from the end it appeared all over for City, however, when substitute Poyet met a firmly struck corner from Ziege to power home a close range header.Keller saved from substitute Darren Huckerby with a stunning block but was beaten in the third minute of injury time when Benarbia floated the ball over his head after taking a pass from Berkovic. (AP)



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