There are dream debuts, and then there is what Tottenham Hotspur's Steven Bergwijn did Sunday in their 2-0 win over Manchester City.
In the 63rd minute of his first match with Spurs, Bergwijn chested Lucas Moura's lofted pass to himself and volleyed his first Premier League goal to send Tottenham Hotspur Stadium's south stand into delirium.
BERGWIJN DEBUT GOAL 🔥🔥🔥— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) February 2, 2020
TOTTENHAM LEAD 👏 pic.twitter.com/Yd20xXt283
Bergwijn fired Spurs into the lead three minutes after City's Oleksandr Zinchenko was sent off for his second yellow card. The Ukranian fullback shouldered Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks in front of the halfway line for a tactical foul, leaving the reigning Premier League title winners down a man for the remainder of the match.
Zinchenko Red Card 😳🚨 pic.twitter.com/3ym1HcJy7h— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) February 2, 2020
City, to that point, had utterly dominated Tottenham. Though the Cityzens were fortunate that Raheem Sterling wasn't sent off with a red card for a reckless challenge early in the first half, they weren't as fortunate when Ilkay Gundogan stepped to the penalty spot in the 40th minute. Spurs right back Serge Aurier fouled Sergio Aguero in the box, giving City a golden opportunity to take the lead.
But just as he did against Augero in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final last April, Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris denied Gundogan.
PENALTY SAVED BY LLORIS— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) February 2, 2020
This game is WILD 🔥 pic.twitter.com/JDYgvSVgtN
Spurs frustrated City in a 2-2 draw in September under then-manager Mauricio Pochettino. With José Mourinho at the helm Sunday, Tottenham was similarly opportunistic. Son Heung-min doubled Tottenham's advantage eight minutes after Bergwjin's opener, almost entirely against the run of play.
SON DOUBLES TOTTENHAM'S LEAD 🚨⚽️ pic.twitter.com/scsWI5dckf— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) February 2, 2020
Man City's 14 shots against Spurs:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 2, 2020
Spurs' two shots against Man City:
FIFA is real. pic.twitter.com/iPOIlxiJ5s
With Tottenham now just four points off of fourth-place Chelsea, Bergwijn's Premier League debut couldn't have been much better.