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30 July 2017

Tottenham 0 Man City 3: John Stones, Raheem Sterling and Brahim Diaz fire dominant City to deserved victory in Nashville

THE Stones will always be famous here in ‘Music City’ and once played in the Nissan Stadium.

But it was John Stones – rather than Mick Jagger and Co – who got the ball rolling on this easy Manchester City win.

John Stones scored Manchester City's opening goal as they beat Spurs in Tennessee
John Stones scored Manchester City’s opening goal as they beat Spurs in Tennessee
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John Stones heads in City's opening goal at Nissan Stadium
John Stones heads in City’s opening goal at Nissan Stadium
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And if Pep Guardiola’s men had brought their shooting boots it really could have been a Honky Tonk-ing for Tottenham.

Stones scored a first half header but Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero wasted several chances before Raheem Sterling and Brahim Diaz wrapped it up late on.

In front of more than 56,000 here in Tennessee, both teams served up good chances.

Tottenham could have opened the scoring early on but new keeper Ederson Moraes was out quickly at the feet of Dele Alli.

Instead the opener came at the other end as Kevin de Bruyne swung in a free-kick from the right.

It flicked off Christian Eriksen’s head and fell perfectly for Stones who had the simple task of nodding in from close range.

John Stones celebrates his goal with Kevin de Bruyne
John Stones celebrates his goal with Kevin de Bruyne
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Kyle Walker came up against his former side after his big-money switch to City
Kyle Walker came up against his former side after his big-money switch to City
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Kyle Walker embraces his former manager Mauricio Pochettino
Kyle Walker embraces his former manager Mauricio Pochettino
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City new boy Kyle Walker caught the eye against the club he left earlier this month – while fellow new full-back Danilo was twice denied by Lloris.

And they were almost caught out when Eriksen’s 25 yard free-kick brought an acrobatic save out of Moraes.

Harry Kane burst clear just before the break but lacked composure and lazed his effort over the bar.

If that was a bad miss it was nothing compared to the one Jesus blazed over after De Bruyne squared to him in front of an open net.

Despite it being a friendly, there were some tasty challenges going in with Walker on the receiving end as well as dishing them out.

Raheem Sterling added Man City's second goal after half-time in Nashville
Raheem Sterling added Man City’s second goal after half-time in Nashville
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Raheem Sterling celebrates his goal against Spurs
Raheem Sterling celebrates his goal against Spurs
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Sub Aguero could have wrapped the game up but saw two efforts come back off the post and another saved by Michel Vorm.

But Sterling again sprang the offside trap as he raced onto Samir Nasri’s pass to beat Vorm – albeit with an unconvincing finish.

And Spanish teen Brahim Diaz scored a cheeky third after Vorm had only parried Phil Foden’s low shot.

Brahim Diaz added a third for Man City late on to complete the rout
Brahim Diaz added a third for Man City late on to complete the rout
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Spurs striker Harry Kane is closed down by Man City's Kevin de Bruyne
Spurs striker Harry Kane is closed down by Man City’s Kevin de Bruyne
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Pep Guardiola hands out instructions to Fernandinho
Pep Guardiola hands out instructions to Fernandinho
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It means all three of City’s goalscorers here were also on the mark in the 4-1 rout of Real Madrid in Los Angeles last week.

Guardiola’s men headed for home straight after the game still unsure whether they had done enough to win the International Champions Cup.

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