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Tottenham beats Manchester City to boost Champions League hopes

Tottenham beats Manchester City to boost Champions League hopes

Ahmed Mido and Robbie Keane scored as Tottenham beat Manchester City 2-0 in English soccer's Premiership to boost its chances of qualifying for next season's Champions League.

Mido, an Egyptian striker, took advantage of a mistake by defender Sylvain Distin to open the scoring in the first half before Ireland's Keane scored late in the second.

Tottenham, which improved to four wins and three draws in its last seven games at Manchester City, has lost once in the last nine matches. Manchester City failed to win for the fourth straight game to stay ninth.

"This must be the first time in decades we have 40 points in January," Tottenham manager Martin Jol told Sky Sports. "We want to play European football, and if we go on like this, we have a big chance."

Tottenham is six points ahead of its North London rival Arsenal in fourth place, the final Champions League spot in England. Defending-champion Chelsea leads with 58 points, followed by Manchester United with 45 and Liverpool with 41.

"We want to stay there as long as we can," Tottenham midfielder Michael Carrick said. "The way we're playing, we're getting results."

Mido scored for the fifth time in the last seven games when he took a pass from Aaron Lennon from inside the penalty box in the 31st minute. Lennon beat Distin to the ball when Distin tried to let it go out of play for a goal kick.

Keane scored his fifth goal in eight games as he took Mido's pass and shot low to beat former England goalkeeper David James in the 83rd.

Andy Cole volleyed over the crossbar from seven yards in the 70th minute and substitute Bradley Wright-Phillips shot inches wide in the 82nd.

Updated : 2021-05-14 14:22 GMT+08:00