Harry Kane showed Manchester City just what he can offer after blowing the title race open by leading Tottenham to a stunning 3-2 victory at Etihad Stadium.
The England striker, who was heavily linked with a big-money move to the champions in the summer, capped an inspired individual display with a second-half double.
Kane nodded in deep into injury time after substitute Riyad Mahrez had levelled from the spot just moments earlier following a VAR intervention.
Kane was also involved in the visitors’ early opener when his sublime pass set Son Heung-Min free to square for Dejan Kulusevski to mark his first start for the club with a goal.
City were largely dominant despite the setback and levelled just past the half hour when Hugo Lloris failed to hang on to Raheem Sterling’s cross, allowing Ilkay Gundogan to fire home.
Pep Guardiola’s side continued to probe but struggled to create clear-cut opening in the second period as Spurs’ rearguard action paid dividends.
Kane then stunned the home support when he fired in Son’s cross just prior to the hour and was only denied a sensational third when VAR intervened to rule a 74th minute strike out for offside in the build up.
City thought they had rescued it through Mahrez on 90 minutes but Kane had the final word to send the away support into raptures.
The result leaves the Citizens six points ahead of Liverpool at the top of the table having played a game more than the Merseysiders.
It also means Spurs avoid a fourth straight league defeat and move up to seventh, just four points off fourth-placed Manchester United having played two games fewer.
Antonio Conte’s men will now look to build on the success when they visit Burnley on Wednesday while City travel to Everton next Saturday.