Phil Foden scored his first Premier League goal as Manchester City beat Tottenham 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium to bounce back from Champions League heartbreak and move a step closer to retaining their domestic crown, report agencies.
An entertaining first period saw just the one goal despite several opportunities at both ends, with Foden – making only his second top-flight start – opening his Premier League account in the fifth minute, though City did lose Kevin De Bruyne to injury.
Spurs were aggrieved to not be awarded a second-half penalty and that ultimately proved crucial as City held on to the slender victory, taking them back above Liverpool to the Premier League's summit ahead of Wednesday's trip to Manchester United.
Although Spurs started by going close through Son Heung-min, City took an early lead as they did in midweek.
City continued to grow as the first half progressed, though they lost De Bruyne to what appeared to be a knee injury just before the break.
Raheem Sterling should have wrapped things up with 19 minutes to go when directing Leroy
Sane's cross goalwards, but Paulo Gazzaniga somehow kept it out
with his right foot.
That ushered in an anxious end for City, with Ederson forced to thwart Lucas Moura, but the hosts dug deep to secure a crucial victory.