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Haaland hails 'incredible' Ortega after Tottenham heroics put Man City on brink of title

Erling Haaland and Rodri both hailed Stefan Ortega's "incredible" performance after the second-choice goalkeeper led Manchester City to a vital Premier League win at Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night.

Requiring victory to keep the title in their hands heading into Sunday's final day of the season, City got the job done thanks to a second-half double from striker Haaland.

The Norwegian tapped home a pinpoint Kevin de Bruyne cross six minutes after the break to score City's first league goal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and he netted a late penalty to seal the three points for the visitors.

The brace moves Haaland to 27 league goals this season and all-but clinches his second successive Golden Boot; he is six goals clear of Chelsea's Cole Palmer.

But the headlines were stolen by substitute goalkeeper Ortega, who replaced Ederson in the 69th minute and produced two massive saves to help City to victory.

The German was called into action immediately, denying substitute Dejan Kulusevski from close range. Time then stood still when Spurs captain Son Heung-min burst through with five minutes of normal time remaining but Ortega saved with his legs when the South Korean seemed certain to score.

City manager Pep Guardiola fell to the ground, clutching his head in disbelief.

Instead, City were awarded a penalty when Pedro Porro brought down substitute Jeremy Doku, and Haaland smashed home in the 91st minute to spark wild celebrations from the players in front of the City faithful.

“Ederson was fantastic today and Ortega was man of the match. What can I say? He’s incredible and such a good guy as well so I’m happy for him,” Haaland said.

“[The team showed] fantastic mentality. We have to focus game by game and now relax and

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