Goal of the day: Gareth Bale (Tottenham) vs Man City | inside World Soccer

Gareth Bale scored a stunning goal against Manchester City but could not prevent Tottenham Hotspur losing in a five-goal thriller at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart fails to stop a goal from Gareth Bale
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart fails to stop a goal from Gareth Bale

Photo: Reuters

City took the lead in the 56th minute when Samir Nasri crashed the ball into the net after latching onto David Silva's delightful through ball, and Joleon Lescott then doubled their advantage minutes later scrambling in from a corner.

Spurs responded immediately and with Jermain Defoe capitalising on an error from Stefan Savić to beat Joe Hart and finish into an empty net.

Moments later, Bale looked to have completed the comeback for the visitors with one of those goals a keeper can only shrug their shoulders at being beaten by.

The Welshman took Aaron Lennon's pass outside the area before hitting the ball first-time with a languid swing of the left leg that sent it curling over Hart and into the top corner.

It was a sensational strike, even though Harry Redknapp has seen it all before.

"He scored one better than that in training yesterday, the most amazing goal you’ve ever seen," said the Spurs boss after the game.

But the hosts secured a dramatic late victory when Ledley King brought down Mario Balotelli in stoppage time and the Italian made no mistake slotting home from the spot.

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