Lucas Moura, with his first touch after being on the pitch for 19 seconds, equalized for Tottenham, helping the away side escape Manchester with share of the spoils in controversial fashion.
Reminiscent of last season’s quarterfinal Champions League tie, City were denied an injury time winner by VAR, Tottenham’s apparent guardian angel. The rule of law suggests the correct decision was made, albeit more on a technicality than merit.
But nobody can take away the incredible resilience Spurs showed to earn a vital point.
Moura beat Kyle Walker in the 56th to head marvellously home after a precise Erik Lamela corner. It was only the away side’s second attempt on target, with Lamela scoring on the first. Talk about making the most of your opportunities.
It was the first time City dropped points at home in 2019, highlighting the incredible significance of Spurs’ achievement.
Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sánchez and Kyle Walker-Peters settled into the second half, making a number of pivotal last-gasp tackles to keep their side in the contest. They showed admirable resilience in thwarting countless City barrages, and deserve the plaudits for the improbable result.
Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane and Moura were isolated figures throughout, as Spurs held on for dear life for most of the match, an expected eventuality when playing away to the champions.