Man City routs Tottenham 5-1, takes EPL lead

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 29, 2014 at 5:36 pm •  Published: January 29, 2014

LONDON (AP) — High-scoring Manchester City moved into the Premier League lead, scoring four times in the second half to rout Tottenham 5-1 Wednesday night.

Sergio Aguero scored in the 15th minute, then left at the start of the second half. Yaya Toure converted a penalty kick in the 51st and Edin Dzeko made it 3-0 two minutes later.

Etienne Capoue got Spurs' goal in the 59th, and City pulled away when Stevan Jovetic scored in the 78th and Vincent Kompany in the 89th.

City (17-4-2) moved one point ahead of Arsenal (16-3-4) and three in front of Chelsea (15-3-5), which was held to a 0-0 tie at home by West Ham. City has 68 goals in the league this season with 15 games remaining, two goals more than it scored in all of last season.'

"There is still no silverware. A lot of games are to be played," said Kompany, City's captain. "We'll stay calm."

The extent of Aguero's injury was not revealed.

"We will see tomorrow with the doctor what happened with him, maybe he has a problem with his hamstring, we will see how serious it is," City manager Manuel Pellegrini said. "Sergio is a top player but we don't depend on just one player, so we hope it's the moment where Stevan Jovetic can play and hope that Sergio can join us again as soon as possible."

Tottenham's Michael Dawson put the ball in the net just before halftime, but the goal was disallowed for offside. City finished with a man advantage after Danny Rose was given a red card in the 50th for a sliding tackle on Edin Dzeko in the penalty area.

Tottenham (13-6-4) had been 5-0-1 in the league since Tim Sherwood replaced Andre Villas-Boas as manager on Dec. 16.

Aston Villa and U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan defeated West Brom 4-3, and Adam Johnson scored in the first half to give Sunderland a 1-0 win over Stoke and lift his team out of the relegation zone for the first time since August. American forward Jozy Altidore drew three yellow cards, including one for that got Stoke's Steven Nzonzi ejected for a second yellow in the 53rd minute.


MADRID (AP) — Barcelona captain Carles Puyol scored his 17th career goal in a 5-1 win over Levante that gained a berth in the Copa del Rey semifinals on 9-2 aggregate.