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Dzeko: Scores off the bench

Dzeko: Scores off the bench

Edin Dzeko did his starting aspirations no harm as he came off the bench for Manchester City to net the winner in their 2-1 victory over Tottenham on Sunday.

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Spurs had taken the lead early on in the first-half through Stephen Caulker, but Sergio Aguero found the equaliser after the break before Dzeko slammed home the winner two minutes from time.

The result left City to second in the standings, two points behind leaders Manchester United and one ahead of third-placed Chelsea.

Tottenham, meanwhile, dropped to seventh with 17 points from their opening 11 Premier League matches.

City were able to recall Spanish playmaker David Silva after more than a month out with a hamstring problem, while Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas opted to leave leading scorer Jermain Defoe on the bench.

The hosts enjoyed the better of the early possession but they were unable to carve out any clear chances as the clock ticked on.

Eventually it was Spurs who made the breakthrough as Tom Huddlestone swung over a free-kick from the right and Stephen Caulker's downward header hit Joe Hart and went into the back of the net.

Soon after Huddlestone smacked a 20-yard effort inches past a post, with City still struggling to create chances.

Aleksandar Kolarov, Carlos Tevez and Pablo Zabaleta all had a sight of goal close to half-time, but none of them could seriously extend Brad Friedel in the visitors' goal.

The opening 20 minutes of the second half saw the Citizens continue to struggle to trouble the Spurs backline, before Sergio Aguero brought the home side level with 65 minutes on the clock.

The ball ran loose to the Argentinian on the right and he cut inside his marker before sliding a low shot beyond Friedel.

With just over 15 minutes left to play Dzeko entered the fray and, after heading narrowly wide from a corner, the Bosnian grabbed the winner two minutes from time.

Silva lifted the ball over the top of the Spurs backline and Dzeko smacked a left-foot shot through the hands of Friedel to give City an important three points.

Posted: 11/11/12 15:27

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