English Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur Hold Manchester City
The English Premier League opened on Saturday with Tottenham Hotspur successfully holding the multimillion-dollar spending Manchester City to a goalless draw at White Hart Lane.
With more than $100 million of spending in the off-season, City proved to be a disappointment in the first 45 minutes. Instead, it was the Spurs who were the aggressors in the first half, forcing newly minted Manchester top man Joe Hart to go to work early. Jermaine Defoe, Tom Huddlestone, and Benoit Assou-Ekotto all had chances to give the Spurs the first goal of the season, but Hart was there to deny the home squad. Tottenham finally got past Hart around the 30-minute mark, but Gareth Bale’s shot hit the post.
The second half started with City firing out of the gates. The Blues had their best chance at goal early in the second half but Shaun Wright-Phillips came out empty handed in a one-on-one with Heurelho Gomes. City boss Roberto Mancini sent Emmanuel Adebayor in for Carlos Tevez in the 83rd minute in a last-ditch try to secure the full three points, but seven minutes of play proved too short to find a break for City.
The Spurs had a couple more chances in the closing minutes with Bale and Roman Pavlyuchenko giving the home fans something to get excited about, but brilliant defense from Vincent Kompany preserved the goalless draw.
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