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Manchester City top Spurs as Jon Moss awards four penalties

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Manchester City beat Spurs in a thoroughly absorbing game at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Four Sergio Aguero goals helped City on their way to a 4-1 win that looked in doubt through a even first-half.

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But a second-half penalty award - one of four in the game - turned the match decisively in City’s favour. Federico Fazio, making his Tottenham Premier League debut, was given his marching orders for pulling his Argentinian colleague down in the box.

From then on, City dominated the 10-men of Spurs, robbing Pochettino’s side of a possible opportunity to take something from a game they competed well in during large spells.

Here’s your player ratings...

Manchester City

Joe Hart - 7

The England international will be disappointed with Christian Eriksen’s goal, which he got a foot to, but the penalty save, with the game at 2-1 in City’s favour, was massive.

Bacary Sagna - 6

Solid from the Frenchman. Nacer Chadli gave him a few problems, but he coped.

Martin Demichelis - 5

Gave away the penalty for a foolish trip on Roberto Soldado. Looked like the uncomfortable Demichelis of old.

Vincent Kompany - 6

Didn’t have too much to do, and what he did, he executed efficiently.

Gael Clichy - 6

His opposite number, Erik Lamela, was having a nightmare. That made things relatively straightforward for Clichy.

Jesus Navas - 7

His pace gave Danny Rose problems all afternoon. Although not responsible for anything decisive, he remained threatening throughout.

James Milner - 6

Manuel Pellegrini clearly values Milner’s consistency, and this was another steady performance from the England man. Nothing flashy, he lets others hog the glory. A lovely effort on 87 minutes hit the post.

David Silva - 6

Replaced mid-way through the second half, the Spaniard worked diligently to escape the clutches of Etienne Capoue. A quiet game by his recent high standards.

Frank Lampard - 6

In place of Yaya Toure, Lampard contributed by winning an early penalty. After that he did little before the Ivorian replaced him.

Fernando - 5

It was Fernando’s lethargy that led to Eriksen’s goal. Sloppy.

Sergio Aguero - 10

As far as performances go for a striker, you can’t ask for any more than four goals - even if he did score two penalties and miss one. Masterful.

Tottenham

Hugo Lloris - 6

Saved one of three penalties he faced, but did spill a few shots he should have handled.

Eric Dier - 6

Didn’t really know he was playing, which is sort of praise for a right-back at the Etihad Stadium.

Federico Fazio - 4

Not a comfortable Premier League debut. His decision to pull back Aguero was idiotic and it cost his side the chance to take points off City who were vulnerable themselves at the back.

Younes Kaboul - 5

Sergio Aguero ran him ragged, even before his partner Fazio was given his marching orders. It makes you wonder what Pochettino saw in him to hand him the captain’s armband.

Danny Rose - 6

Like Dier, it was not the full-back’s fault that Tottenham lost this game. Navas did give him trouble on occasion.

Erik Lamela - 3

Culpable for two of City’s four goals - he gave away the penalty on Lampard and gave the ball away prior to Aguero’s first. The Argentinian attacker looked pretty poor and was replaced by Andros Townsend.

Christian Eriksen - 7

The Dane was excellent while Spurs were in the game, giving the City defence problems by running past Roberto Soldado. Took his goal very well.

Etienne Capoue - 6

Managed to keep David Silva relatively quiet, which is a feat these days.

Ryan Mason - 6

A solid outing for Mason, who has worked his way into the team under Pochettino. Faded after a bright start and was substituted.

Nacer Chadli - 7

Continued his impressive start to the season with another effective display on the flanks, certainly in comparison to his teammate Lamela. Could do little when Spurs were reduced to 10.

Roberto Soldado - 4

Handed the perfect opportunity to get Spurs back in the match, his woefully tame penalty kind of sums up his time at Tottenham so far.

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