Jesus Navas got City off to the perfect start when he opened his Premier League account by curling a sublime effort around Hugo Lloris inside 15 seconds from an acute angle before Alvaro Negredo flashed home with help from a Sandro deflection after the half-hour mark after the Spurs keeper had kept out Sergio Aguero’s initial effort.
Aguero made it 3-0 before the break when he expertly guided home Navas’ dangerous rightwing cross before adding a fourth early in the second half when slotting home with a neat first-time effort from Yaya Toure’s clever ball.
Negredo produced a sublime goal in the 55th minute when he turned a Fernandinho pass brilliantly on the edge of the area before firing home on his left foot before Navas wrapped it up when he got on the end of a very long ball from James Milner to slot home City’s sixth.
The win was City’s sixth from six at home this season and has them sitting fourth on the table while the defeat left Spurs in ninth.
Saints keeper Artur Boruc put his side in trouble when he failed to clear from the area with Olivier Giroud pouncing on the mistake to slot home into an empty net in the 22nd minute.
Arsenal had the better of the chances and deserved to go another goal ahead which was made possible four minutes from time when Giroud netted his seventh of the season, this time from the penalty spot, after Per Mertesacker’s shirt had been tugged in the area at a corner.
Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring for the visiting Reds in the fifth minute when he slotted home from a corner at the back post but Kevin Mirallas soon pulled one back for the Toffees when he stabbed home three minutes later.
Luis Suarez restored Liverpool’s lead in the 19th minute with his ninth of the season, whipping a spectacular free-kick around the wall, before Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku made it 2-2 with just under 20 minutes remaining when firing home from straight in front.
The Belgian then edged Everton ahead in the 82nd minute when he nodded home Mirallas’ corner but Daniel Sturridge came to the rescue for Liverpool, heading home in the final minute of regular time, to clinch a point.
In the other matches, Swansea City heaped more misery on Fulham by winning 2-1 at Craven Cottage, Crystal Palace overcame having ten men to edge Hull City 1-0 at the KC Stadium, Loic Remy scored again as Newcastle United beat Norwich City 2-1, Stoke City beat ten-man Sunderland 2-0, Frank Lampard netted a double as Chelsea moved to third with a 3-0 win at West Ham United, Manchester United were denied by Cardiff City who scored late for a 2-2 draw and in the West Midlands derby, Aston Villa came from two goals down to force a 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.
2013/14 Barclays Premier League scores
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