Fazio sent off on Premier League debut as Man City hitman Aguero sinks Spurs
PUBLISHED: 14:42 18 October 2014 | UPDATED: 17:14 18 October 2014
PA Wire/Press Association Images
Federico Fazio was sent off on his Premier League debut while his countryman Sergio Aguero scored four times as Tottenham went down 4-1 at Manchester City.
The Argentine striker opened the scoring in the 13th minute and, although Christian Eriksen immediately equalised, Aguero scored a third goal in the space of seven minutes from the penalty spot.
The City striker missed another penalty in the first half, and Roberto Soldado followed suit on the hour-mark, passing up a golden chance for an equaliser from the spot.
It was a key moment and another swiftly followed in the 68th minute as Fazio was deemed to have tugged his fellow Argentine Aguero back in the box, conceding the fourth penalty of the match and receiving a straight red card.
This time Aguero made no mistake, and he added another goal to his devastating personal performance 15 minutes from time, taking his tally to seven goals in three games against Tottenham.
Hugo Lloris and Nacer Chadli were injury doubts for Spurs in the build-up to the game but both were fit enough to start.
However, Jan Vertonghen and Emmanuel Adebayor both dropped to the bench, having both been heavily involved for their countries during the international break. Fazio came into the side for his Premier League debut, while Soldado got the nod up front.
Tottenham had gone behind in the 13th second in this fixture this last – going on to lose 6-0 - and they went behind in the 13th minute this time.
Erik Lamela lost the ball outside his own box and City found Aguero, who seemed to have nowhere to go on the left side of the box, but he cut back to create a yard of space and fired clinically into the far bottom corner.
Spurs hit back less than two minutes later as Ryan Mason slid in to win in the ball in the hosts’ half, allowing Soldado to free Eriksen, who beat Joe Hart.
However, City regained the lead in the 20th minute as Lamela was adjudged to have barged Frank Lampard over in the box, and Aguero beat Lloris from the spot.
Aguero nearly completed his hat-trick in the 23rd minute, meeting Jesus Navas’ low cross with a first-time snapshot, but it was straight at Lloris.
Tottenham’s travelling fans joined together in the 24th minute with a minute’s applause for Spurs fan Tom Clark, who sadly passed away this week – which coincided with a pause in the game as Lampard went down injured and was then stretchered off.
The drama soon continued though as James Milner played the ball in to David Silva, who nudged the ball away from Younes Kaboul and then went down under a sliding challenge from the French defender.
Referee Jonathan Moss pointed to the spot again but this time Lloris denied Aguero, who missed the follow-up with a scissor-kick.
Aguero had the goal in his sights again moments later, latching onto a long ball and beating Kaboul before being denied by Lloris for the second time in quick succession.
Tottenham were hanging on at the back but they began to threaten again at the other end, creating two chances before half-time.
A passing move involving Mason and Chadli ended with Soldado finding Eriksen, who stung the palms of Hart and won a corner.
Eriksen then wriggled free in the box, electing to tee up Lamela rather than shoot, and the Argentine took too long to get the ball out of his feet – but it fell to Mason, who drew a diving save from Hart with a first-time strike.
The action moved to the other end as Navas got some space out on the right and tested Lloris, but Spurs were well in the game at 2-1 at the interval.
Aguero quickly picked up where he had left off after the break, receiving the ball in Spurs’ half and hitting a low, serving 20-yard effort that Lloris got down to save once again.
Mauricio Pochettino made a double change on the hour-mark, introducing Mousa Dembele and Andros Townsend, and Spurs immediately won a penalty as Soldado came out on top in a tussle against Martin Demichelis, got goalside of his man on the by-line and was tripped from behind.
The Spaniard took the spot-kick himself but Hart saved to ensure City’s slender lead remained intact.
The game was still on a knife-edge and Soldado tested Hart while Townsend cut inside and fired at the City keeper, with Milner forcing another save from Lloris at the other end.
The decisive moment went to City in the 68th minute, courtesy of yet another penalty. Navas got around the back and, when he delivered a low cross, Fazio was deemed to have tugged Aguero back in front of goal.
The defender was shown a red card and Aguero stepped up to the spot for the third time in the game, this time beating Lloris to put the home side 3-1 up against Tottenham’s 10 men.
Pochettino brought Vertonghen on but the Belgian defender was unable to stop Aguero from adding his fourth goal of the match.
The City hitman advanced down the right side and ran at Vertonghen before shifting the ball to the left and burying the ball in the far bottom corner again.
It nearly got worse for Tottenham late on as Milner hit the post with a curling effort, but it stayed 4-1 until the final whistle.
Tottenham: Lloris, Dier, Kaboul, Fazio, Rose, Capoue (Dembele 60), Mason (Vertonghen 70), Lamela (Townsend 60), Eriksen, Chadli, Soldado
Follow me on Twitter @BenPearceSpurs