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The Norwegian striker tapped home Kevin De Bruyne’s pinpoint cross early in the second half to score City’s first-ever league goal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

And he scored a late penalty to seal the three points for the visitors, minutes after substitute Stefan Ortega saved brilliantly from Son Heung-min.

The victory puts Pep Guardiola’s team two points ahead of Arsenal, who are at the top of the table after 37 games.

A win at the Etihad against West Ham on Sunday will make them champions for the fourth season in a row, regardless of the Gunners’ result against Everton.

No team in English top-flight history has ever won four titles in a row, AFP reported.

The defeat for Spurs also guarantees that Aston Villa will finish in fourth place in the Champions League and join City, Arsenal and Liverpool in Europe’s top competition next season.

“We gave the chance in our hands for the last game,” Guardiola said. “The tennis players say: ‘The serve to win Wimbledon, the last match, is the most difficult.’

“It happened in our period against Aston Villa (in 2022). And many, many years ago it happened with Sergio Aguero (scoring) in 93 minutes and 20 seconds against QPR. So there will be a typical match.”

Guardiola called on City fans for help to get them over the line.

“We know what we are playing for,” he said. “The tension is there, the rival is so good. That’s why it’s difficult, we know that.”

“Everyone comes to the stadium and makes noise. These matches are more difficult, but you have to do it. We have one day off, two days to prepare, and then we will do our best.”

The build-up to the match in north London was dominated by fierce debate over whether the home fans wanted their own team to lose to leave City in charge, with Arsenal their biggest challengers.

Spurs supporters made their feelings towards their bitter local rivals clear in the opening minutes, with chants of “Stand up if you hate Arsenal” echoing around the stadium.

Tottenham had their first sight of goal, with City’s Ederson converting Rodrigo Bentancur’s fierce effort before Spurs goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario parried Phil Foden’s close-range shot.

City, who went into the match unbeaten in 21 league matches, were not at their best, while Spurs struggled to put the finishing touches to their attacking moves.

Moments after the restart, Vicario dived full length to keep out a stabbing attempt from De Bruyne.

But the visitors broke the deadlock in the 51st minute when Bernardo Silva found De Bruyne in the penalty area and the Belgian crossed for Haaland to fire home from point-blank range.

Thousands of Spurs fans sang “Are you watching Arsenal” as the City faithful celebrated in their corner.

The match then became disjointed as De Bruyne was raked on the Achilles tendon by Pape Sarr before Ederson suffered a blow to the head as he denied Cristian Romero and was replaced by Ortega shortly afterwards.

The German was immediately called into action and managed to avoid substitute Dejan Kulusevski from close range.

Time stood still when Son broke through with five minutes of normal time remaining, but Ortega saved with his legs as the South Korean looked certain to score.

Guardiola fell to the ground and clutched his head in disbelief.

Instead, City were awarded a penalty when Pedro Porro brought down substitute Jeremy Doku and Haaland smashed the ball home in the 91st minute, sparking a wild celebration among the players in front of the City loyal fans, taking his league tally to 27 goals for the season came.

Last year’s three-time winners will prepare for Sunday’s final knowing they are just 90 minutes away from writing a new piece of football history.