Dejan Kulusevski was the man to turn three points into one for Pep Guardiola&aposs side, towering above Nathan Ake to nod home a 90th-minute equaliser. Jack Grealish thought he had won it with a cultured finish eight minutes before.
Heung-min Son scored at both ends to make it 1-1 inside the first nine minutes, with Phil Foden sending City into the break 2-1 up before a chaotic second-half. Grealish could have added a fourth in added-time but referee Simon Hooper controversially pulled play back for a free-kick on Erling Haaland.
RATINGS: Gvardiol impresses in dramatic draw vs Tottenham
Here are your moments missed from a crazy night at the Etihad.
Much of the pre-match discussion was around whether Ange Postecoglou would compromise on his high-risk style, given he had a huge number of injury issues and was playing against a striker in Haaland who would be licking his lips at the prospect of their high line. Tottenham&aposs previous games suggested he would do no such thing and those with a sharp eye on the warm-ups got confirmation.
Tottenham&aposs back-four of Pedro Porro, Emerson Royale, Ben Davies and Destiny Udogie – all full-backs naturally – were being run through a drill to practise keeping their line and dropping at the right moments. That was the confirmation City and Haaland needed to know those gaps in behind would be there.
Son was at the centre of early action at both ends, finishing a brilliant Tottenham counter-attack to open the scoring before unfortunately scoring an own-goal just minutes later. Julian Alvarez swung in an excellent free-kick and the ball deflected off Haaland, Yves Bissouma and then the South Korean.
City were keen to keep that early momentum going and, in a scene which was more reminiscent of the final minutes of a game, Ruben Dias clashed with Tottenham players as he attempted to get the ball back on the centre-spot. On reflection, it was maybe a sign of the chaotic game to come.
Foden sent City into half-time in the lead when finishing an excellent move but Guardiola&aposs side were far from their clinical best and there was an air of complacency among the home players. The decision-making was inconsistent and Josko Gvardiol – who enjoyed an excellent game elsewhere – felt the wrath of Guardiola for over-complicating matters.
His attempt to play Foden in behind Tottenham&aposs high-line was cut out and Guardiola, who had Gvardiol on his side in the second-half, raced out to the edge of his dugout and made it clear there was a simple pass to Grealish on.
Tom Brady was in attendance at the Etihad as he continued a mini-tour of English football during his time in the UK. The NFL icon was at St Andrew&aposs on Saturday to watch Birmingham City – where he holds a minority stake – draw 0-0 against Rotherham.
With all due respect to the Championship pair, City vs Tottenham was a slightly more high-profile occasion and both sides delivered a performance worthy of it. The seven-time Super Bowl winner was braving the bitter Manchester weather alongside Birmingham CEO Garry Cook.