Premier League Highlights: Manchester City beat Spurs 1 – 0 as former Leicester man Riyad Mahrez dedicated his winner to recently deceased Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
Mahrez‘s early close-range goal gave Manchester City hard-fought victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley to send them back to the top of the Premier League whilst keeping Spurs at fifth place.
"The boss (Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha) was very special to me. I spent four and a half years there.
"I have many memories of him. He was such a good person; a good human.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) October 29, 2018
Most of the pre-match discussions were about the state of the Wembley turf after the NFL fixture on Sunday. The stadium witnessed a period of silence when Last Post is played in tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in armed conflict as well as the unfortunate events that ensued in Leicester and the match kicked off shortly after.
Ederson‘s long ball created difficulties for Trippier, who failed to deal with the goalkeeper’s long punt, let Raheem Sterling ease into the box and find Mahrez who taps the ball into the net. The former Leicester player lifted his hands to the sky in celebration and pointed upwards emotionally, ultimately dedicating the goal to the Leicester Owner and Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha following his tragic death just a few days ago.
Harry Kane almost finds the equaliser almost instantly but his powerful shot flies just over the bar. Toby Alderweireld flicks an unmarked header straight at Ederson a minute later. At the other end, Mahrez’s attempt from a tight angle was pushed onto the post by Hugo Lloris.
David Silva missed a great chance to give City a two-goal cushion after the break, Bernardo Silva finds David Silva inside the 6-yard box and the Spanish midfielder strangely decides to take a touch and pass the ball, instead of tapping it in, to Sterling who fails to find the net from a tighter angle. Spurs withstood that attack and Pep Guardiola seemed extremely furious in the dugout. Sergio Aguero should have made it 2-0 as he curled a feeble effort at Lloris from 10 yards in space.
Tottenham were somehow still in the game with 10 minutes remaining but missed a great opportunity to level the score as Erik Lamela fired a shot over the bar from just 10 yards out with just Ederson to beat.
— David Silva (@21LVA) October 29, 2018
This result keeps City at the top of the table as they remain unbeaten in the league with 26 points out of a potential 30, while Tottenham stand five points behind in fifth place.
Manchester City host Fulham in the Premier League on Friday, 2nd November while Tottenham travel to West Ham in the Carabao Cup tie on Thursday, 1st November.