When Man City and Tottenham played the greatest game in FA Cup history

Remembering when 10-man Manchester City came back to beat Tottenham in one of the FA Cup’s greatest ever matches. 

They say the magic of the FA cup has been around for years and has even had its fair share of underdog stories and crazy results but nothing could have prepared Spurs fans for one of the biggest upsets of the competition.

In 2004 during a fourth round replay, Tottenham were looked to be in dreamland after taking a leading 3-0 at half time.

Ledley King’s opener after two minutes was a great curling strike from the defender, putting Spurs ahead. A second from regular goalscorer Robbie Keane was followed by the trademark celebration. The third came from German international Christian Zieger who struck a mesmerising free kick to send White Hart Lane into raptures.

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Tottenham left the pitch to a standing ovation and to add insult to injury a young Joey Barton received a second yellow card after the half-time whistle for comments made to the referee Rob Styles. The nightmare continued for Manchester City, as they would be starting the second half with 10 men.

Early into the second period, City produced a lifeline through a set piece finished by Sylvain Distin. A second came from Paul Bosvelt’s deflected shot, meaning squeaky-bum time for the home side. City grabbed an equaliser through Shaun Wright-Phillips ten minutes from time, leaving the stadium stunned.  

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To complete the great comeback, John Macken finished off Tottenham in the 90th with a header that any striker would be proud of.

City completed one of the most amazing comebacks in FA Cup history. It is no shock that there was no standing ovation in the second half for Spurs.

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City went on to the fifth round, only to be knocked out of the competition by rivals Manchester United. Never the less this was a great night for all travelling citizens at the Lane that evening.

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