This success also allows the Citizens, 2nd, to temporarily return to 5 points from Arsenal, but with one more game.

The Spurs remain 5th, five lengths behind Newcastle, 4th, which also has a game less.

After conceding two goals in five minutes against Southampton (0-2), then two more in four minutes against Manchester United (1-2) in their last two matches, the Citizens have once again yielded twice, in two minutes and seven seconds against Tottenham.

The first on a hazardous pass from Ederson to Rodri which resulted in an interception and a goal from Dejan Kulusevski (0-1, 44th), the second on a ball snatched by Harry Kane in the area, the center supported by the attacker being repelled by Ederson on the head of Emerson Royal (0-2, 45th + 1).

If Pep Guardiola was most perplexed on returning to the locker room, the start of the second half of his players quickly made him smile, thanks to Mahrez, untenable on his right wing.

After an overflow from the Algerian and a messed up cross by Lloris and his defense, Julian Alvarez reduced the score (51st).

Two minutes and eleven seconds later, well served as a bell by Rodri, Mahrez deflected a ball with a header for that of Haaland who ended 334 minutes without shaking the nets (2-2, 54th).

After an alert against and a post found by Ivan Perisic (60th), Mahrez crowned his performance with a double.

He first infiltrated the area and deceived Lloris with a powerful and slightly deflected shot at the near post (3-2, 64th), before taking advantage of an error from Clément Lenglet to deliver the thrust with a stung ball (4-2, 90th).

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