Ilkay Gundogan scored two targets for the second straight week as English Premier League chief Manchester Metropolis powered to a record-extending 16th successive win in all competitions, Three-Zero over Tottenham on Saturday.
The in-form Germany midfielder, contemporary from being named as the very best league participant for January, took his objective tally for the season to 13 by including to Rodri’s 23rd-minute penalty at Etihad Stadium.
Gundogan was additionally answerable for profitable the spot kick as he delivered one other clinic in arriving late into the penalty space from central midfield, however his match ended prematurely as he went off with a suspected groin harm quickly after his fantastically taken second objective, which got here from a move from goalkeeper Ederson Moraes within the 66th minute.
The win prolonged Metropolis’s result in seven factors over second-placed Leicester and Pep Guardiola’s males have a sport in hand. Their total unbeaten run in all competitions — since dropping to Spurs in November — stretched to 23 video games and their 16-match profitable run is a file for an English top-flight aspect.
Metropolis confirmed intent early with Gabriel Jesus having two photographs blocked in fast succession, however Tottenham didn’t intend to take a seat deep as Tanguy Ndombele made a driving run into the host’s field.
Spurs went near taking the lead when Harry Kane hit the put up from a free kick within the 14th minute. The England captain had worryingly clutched his ankle after being fouled by Aymeric Laporte however he was quickly on his ft.
Metropolis made essentially the most of that reprieve to hit the entrance after Gundogan was introduced down within the space by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. Tottenham supervisor Jose Mourinho referred to as it a “fashionable” penalty however there was clear contact.
Every week in the past, Gundogan had been the designated penalty-taker however, after lacking that spot kick within the Four-1 win at Liverpool, he deferred to Rodri.
It checked out one level as if goalkeeper Ederson was enthusiastic about taking it because the Brazilian wandered as much as the midway line however, regardless of discuss that he might someday get the job, his flip should wait. Hugo Lloris nearly bought a hand to the try by Rodri, however the low shot discovered the nook.
The sport turned niggly for a interval and Jesus bought concerned in a operating battle with Erik Lamela. Mourinho reacted furiously when the Brazil striker gained what he thought of an affordable free kick on the expense of the Argentine.
But Metropolis continued to pose the larger hazard and went shut once more when Gundogan had a shot blocked after an excellent run by Raheem Sterling and Jesus hit the cross bar together with his follow-up try.
Gundogan, who netted twice within the second half towards Liverpool, bought his reward once more quickly after halftime. He put Metropolis in agency management together with his first on 50 minutes after one other good run by Sterling, who minimize into the field from the appropriate. Gundogan took over to complete tidily with an instinctive strike contained in the close to put up, though Lloris was crushed too simply.
Gundogan’s greatest was nonetheless to come back together with his second simply after the hour. Ederson picked him out in area with an extended ball excessive and Gundogan’s management was so assured that Tottenham defender Davinson Sanchez was fully wrongfooted and collapsed in a heap.
With time and area to shoot, Gundogan slipped the ball previous Lloris.
Quickly afterward, Gundogan appeared to tweak a groin muscle and was promptly eliminated.
Mourinho turned to Dele Alli, for his first Premier League look in two months, and Gareth Bale, after every week of uncertainty and hypothesis over his health, however the end result was not unsure.
Bale did present a flash of what he can do, nevertheless, with a jinking run into the field however Ederson parried his strike.
Sergio Aguero was unexpectedly amongst Metropolis’s substitutes after recovering from COVID-19 however the membership’s file scorer was not required on this event.