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Guardiola’s men take three points from Villa Park

Man City survive Villa scare to kill off title race

2021/04/22 00:09
Connor Andrews
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After a loss against Leeds last time out, Manchester City needed to get back to winning ways as quickly as possible to rule out any hopes neighbours United had of catching them at the top of the table, but Aston Villa had other ideas…


The Action: The hosts looked far from daunted by their league-leading opposition storming into Villa Park, and started the game with a bang, with Tyrone Mings’ free-kick misjudged by John Stones, and then brilliantly laid-off by Ollie Watkins before John McGinn swept home a first-minute opener.

It was left to Phil Foden to level things up with a quarter of the game played, pinging a beautiful cross-field pass to Riyad Mahrez, who found Bernardo Silva, with Foden brilliantly dispatching his pull-back.

And there was more Silva magic before the break, with Rodri heading home his cross for the lead, before John Stones capped off a terrible half of football with the most cynical of fouls on Jacob Ramsey, booting him down as looked to counter, with Stones collecting a red card for his challenge.

Matty Cash then made the game 10 v 10 once more after the break, with two yellows in three minutes ending any chance of a Villa comeback.

The Big Picture: This looked like the league winning match for City, but another poor performance from Stones could cause problems as they chase a treble. Villa may still fall short of a top-half finish, but this season has shown plenty of promise.

Moment of the Match: There were plenty of moments, but the highest quality ones were almost all from Foden, who was in sparkling form as his stock in the game continues to rise.

Expected Goals: Aston Villa (0.74) 1-2 (1.15) Man City

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U Wednesday, 21 April 2021 - 20:15
Villa Park
Peter Bankes
1-2
John McGinn 1'
Phil Foden 22'
Rodri Hernández 40'
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