Dzeko bags four in City romp
Edin Dzeko scored four times as he and debutant Samir Nasri helped Manchester City put Tottenham to the sword with a ruthless display of attacking football in a 5-1 win at White Hart Lane.
Nasri supplied the crosses for Dzeko to score his first two goals and he also played his part in the run up to Sergio Aguero's strike, which made it 4-0 with half an hour to go.
Younes Kaboul headed home a consolation goal for Tottenham, who included Luka Modric in their line-up, but the afternoon belonged to Dzeko, who clinched his hat-trick by firing in from six yards on the hour before scoring his fourth - a beautiful curling effort - with the last kick of the match.
Aaron Lennon and Niko Kranjcar both came close to breaking the deadlock in the opening few minutes and Joe Hart had to scramble to his left-hand post to prevent Rafael van der Vaart from scoring.
The game went into a bit of a lull before City opened the scoring in the 34th minute, with Nasri the architect. The Frenchman played a tight one-two with Aguero before floating a ball across the box which Dzeko tapped past Brad Friedel after beating Kaboul to the ball.
Peter Crouch headed wide for Tottenham before Nasri raced up the other end and carefully picked out Dzeko at the back post and the former Wolfsburg man arched his back to nod the away side 2-0 up.
Dzeko came within inches of completing his first City hat-trick eight minutes after the break when he glanced a header just wide. The Bosnia-Herzegovina international made amends almost immediately though when he got on the end of Yaya Toure's cross to rifle in to the roof of Friedel's goal for his sixth goal in four matches.
The home side's misery deepened just before the hour when Aguero brushed past Michael Dawson's challenge in the box and clipped the ball over Friedel to make it 4-0.
Hart tipped over a brilliant effort from Jermain Defoe and the home side finally got themselves on the scoresheet from the resulting corner. Kaboul lost Toure in the box and climbed well to head home Rafael van der Vaart's corner to pull one back for Spurs.
Dzeko notched his final strike in injury time with the pick of the lot - a beautiful curler which beat Friedel at his far post to end a memorable afternoon for City and one to forget for Spurs.