The Straits Times
Published on Nov 12, 2012

Mancini forgets Champions League woes as City win


LONDON (REUTERS) - Manchester City's last-gasp win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League lifted coach Roberto Mancini's spirits on Sunday after a difficult few days when he admitted their Champions League quest was virtually over for the season.

An 88th minute goal from substitute Edin Dzeko gave City a 2-1 victory after they fought back from conceding in the first half when Steven Caulker headed Spurs in front.

Sergio Aguero equalised in the 65th minute and City, who increasingly took a grip on the game, struck with time running out to stay unbeaten in the league this season and stretch their unbeaten home record to 35 games since Dec 2010.

The smiles were in contrast to Mancini's anguish on Tuesday after their 2-2 draw with Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League left them with only two points from their four group matches with Mancini admitting they faced almost certain elimination.