Football: Mahrez seals points for Man City at Tottenham

Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez in action with Tottenham's Lucas Moura in Wembley Stadium, London, Britain, on Oct 29, 2018.
Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez in action with Tottenham's Lucas Moura in Wembley Stadium, London, Britain, on Oct 29, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Manchester City returned to the Premier League summit on goal difference with a 1-0 victory over fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur courtesy of an early goal by Riyad Mahrez at a subdued Wembley Stadium on Monday (Oct 29).

It was not the free-rolling City of late and Tottenham will rue missing some good opportunities to salvage something from a rather disjoined affair on a patchwork pitch.

Mahrez caught Tottenham cold in the sixth minute after a defensive mistake but despite City's dominance they were missing their usual clinical edge on a poor surface scarred by an NFL fixture a day earlier.

David Silva and Mahrez both could have put the game beyond Tottenham but the hosts, who were on a four-match winning run in the league and could have gone above City into second with a win, always looked a threat.

Dele Alli returned from a hamstring injury for Tottenham and his arrival as a substitute sparked some late pressure in which Erik Lamela spurned a glorious late chance to equalise.

City held form for a sixth consecutive Premier League clean sheet to knock Liverpool off top spot. They both have 26 points while Tottenham have 21.