Manchester City edges out Tottenham Hotspur on awful Wembley pitch

    Riyad Mahrez's early goal proved the difference between the two sides

    Story highlights

    • Tottenham 0-1 Manchester City
    • Game played on awful pitch
    • Wembley hosted NFL game on Sunday

    (CNN)Manchester City moved back to the top of the Premier League on goal difference after edging out Tottenham Hotspur in a match played on an awful Wembley pitch.

    Riyad Mahrez scored the only goal of the game but Monday's match will be remembered as much for the almost comical playing surface.
      Tottenham was supposed to be in their new stadium for this fixture but delays in the building process meant the club was forced to use a tired-looking Wembley pitch instead.
      England's national stadium had hosted an NFL match between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday and ground staff had a little over 30 hours between the two kick-offs.
      Despite their efforts, both flanks were visibly cut up and the large NFL logo in the center circle served as a constant reminder as to why the pitch made life harder than usual for the 22 players on Monday.
      Wembley hosted an NFL match on Sunday.