Manchester City survived a first-half onslaught as their Barclays Premier League opener at Tottenham ended goalless.

Joe Hart fully justified his new status as City and England number one with a succession of world-class saves before half-time to deny Jermain Defoe, Tom Huddlestone and Benoit Assou-Ekotto, while Gareth Bale also hit the post.

City's multi-million-pound summer signings struggled in the opening 45 minutes but finally turned up after the break, with Shaun Wright-Phillips having the best chance for Roberto Mancini's side.

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