Manchester City dropped points in their first home game of the Premier League season, following a 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday evening.
From thrashing West Ham United 5-0, City re-called Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva, Ilkay Gundogan and Nicolas Otamendi with Christian Eriksen starting for Spurs.
The bright opening came from City, as Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling probed frequently for a breakthrough. Within 20 minutes, Sterling met a telling cross from Silva at the back post to send the delivery across Hugo Lloris.
Spurs responded inside three minutes as Erik Lamela opened his body to plant into the bottom corner-giving Ederson no chance.
Patient play from City culminated in the restoration of their lead ten minutes to the break as Aguero tucked past Lloris from De Bruyne’s slick move.
With no changes at the break, Spurs pushed forward for a reply but City came close to a third through Oleksandr Zinchenko however the danger was smothered.
Spurs introduced Lucas Moura on 56 minutes with Harry Winks sacrificed for the Brazilian international. And in an instant, Moura rose above Kyle Walker to nod into the far corner of Ederson’s net 20 seconds from coming on.
Silva came close to restoring their advantage on 61 minutes, but the Portuguese’s flicked effort cracked the crossbar. A minute later, Otamendi closed-in with a header from a corner which was cleared off the line by the opposing defence.
Both sides pushed for a winner late on, but misplaced passes, poor touches and indecisiveness up front scuppered their objectives. City looked to have found the winner in added time when Jesus fired into the bottom corner, but a Video Assistant Review disallowed the strike following a handball in the build-up.
Honours even was how it ended as City drop points in their first home game of the season while Spurs march on.