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Tottenham spoil Man City's dream EPL start

dpadpa 2/10/2016

Tottenham have beaten Manchester City 2-0 in the English Premier League, after Stoke City managed to draw 1-1 with Manchester United.

Tottenham ended Manchester City's 100 per cent record in the English Premier League season with a 2-0 victory on Sunday (Monday AEST) to move within a point of Pep Guardiola's side at the top of the standings.

An own goal from Aleksandar Kolarov put hosts Tottenham in front and Dele Alli swept in the second to lift Spurs back above Liverpool into second spot.

"It's massive," Alli said. "They're a great team and I think they're going to be up there at the end of the season but we showed today what we're capable of."

Tottenham were full value for their win as Kolarov made a hash of Danny Rose's cross and the ball went in off the post.

Alli then made it 2-0 and teammate Erik Lamela missed a penalty but despite a late rally by City, Spurs held on for a win that secures their best ever start to a Premier League season.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was left to rue his side's wastefulness in front of goal as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by lowly Stoke City.

Substitute Anthony Martial put United in front midway through the second half but United were undone by a late Joe Allen equaliser as Stoke moved above Sunderland at the bottom of the table.

"This is the best performance all season and could have been one of these fat results in the Premier League, it could have been 5-0 or 6-0," Mourinho said.

"We had big chances, with amazing saves and big misses. We chased the second goal and they go up the other end and score the goal and get a point. You can sometimes have draws where what you do nothing to change the result.

"The players and I did everything. I made changes, everyone was giving more and more but today we could be here all day without winning the game. We will play worse and win games for sure."

Stoke goalkeeper Lee Grant made a string of outstanding saves in the first half to deny United an opening goal, with one low to his right that denied Zlatan Ibrahimovic the best of the lot.

But he was beaten by a superb curling shot from Martial and a mistake by goalkeeper David De Gea allowed Allen to equalise.

Still there was time for Paul Pogba to head into the bar from close range as Stoke hung on for a crucial point, leaving United sixth, five points behind leaders Manchester City.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes was delighted with his side's effort and the quality of their display.

"We had a good game plan and executed to the letter," he said. "You have to play well to get anything from Old Trafford. We were solid and looked dangerous on the break.

"We kept on doing the right things, kept our shape, and waited for an opportunity and thankfully we got it with Joe (Allen), who was immense for us today.

"We've shown today that we're a good side, organised and we've got good games coming up that we'll look to win."

Champions Leicester were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Southampton while Arsenal were due to visit Burnley in the day's late match.

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