Register Login Live

English Premier League

Man City Close The Gap On Liverpool

English Premier League

Result: Manchester City 3-0 Aston Villa

Date: 26 October 2019

Venue: Etihad

Manchester City moved to within three points of Premier League leaders Liverpool with a 3-0 triumph over Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon.

Man City made five changes from their drubbing of Atalanta in the UEFA Champions League in midweek, with John Stones partnering Fernandinho in the centre of defence, while Bernardo Silva, David Silva and Gabriel Jesus returned to the line-up. 

After a quiet start to the encounter, Pep Guardiola's troops had a scare in the 22nd minute after Stones gave away possession to John McGinn, who unleashed a curling shot that was brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Ederson.

City were struggling to get into their rhythm in the latter phase of the first stanza but they should have been ahead with three minutes remaining of the first stanza after Raheem Sterling cut-back on the left wing to setup David Silva who sent his effort just wide of the upright.

It took barely a minute inside the second stanza for the Citizens to finally break the deadlock, as Sterling slotted a low shot between the legs of goalkeeper Tom Heaton after being sent through on goal by Jesus.

The champions doubled their advantage in the 65th minute after Kevin De Bruyne's curling cross from the edge of the box evaded everyone in the crowded area inside the box and sailed past Heaton, with the goal getting the approval from the Video Assistant Referee.

IIkay Gundogan got the third goal for Guardiola's men with 20 minutes remaining after powering home a half-volley from the edge of the box on a rebound from Bernardo Silva's blocked effort.

However, the Citizens suffered another blow in their centre-back department, as Fernandinho was sent off after picking up his second yellow card for challenge on Keinan Davis.

The job was already done though with the sides both hitting the woodwork in the tail end, as the Citizens reclaimed their second position on the table, just three points behind leaders Liverpool, while Villa dropped slightly down to 13th.

4 comments

Top 5

Pitso Credits Historic CAF CL Win To Sundowns

36 Dec 02, 2020 07:09 AM in Players Abroad

The Highest-Paid Player At Each EPL Club Revealed

11 Oct 26, 2020 07:15 PM in Cadbury

Boost For Chiefs Despite Hunt’s Worry

13 Dec 02, 2020 11:38 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Maradona's Last Words On Messi & Ronaldo

10 Nov 27, 2020 08:36 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Ex-Chippa Captain Opens Up On Shock Move

Dec 02, 2020 09:27 AM in PSL

Breaking! Pitso Clinches Second Champions League Title

317 Nov 27, 2020 10:57 PM in Players Abroad

Downs/Sirino Impasse Escalates!

73 Nov 30, 2020 02:38 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

In Pictures: Pitso & Al Ahly Celebrate Record CAF CL Title

35 Nov 28, 2020 10:54 AM in Players Abroad

Maradona's Last Words On Messi & Ronaldo

10 Nov 27, 2020 08:36 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Barca Facing Fine For Messi's Maradona Tribute

10 Nov 30, 2020 06:31 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Daniels Comments On Shock SuperSport Exit

8 Dec 02, 2020 01:18 PM in PSL

14 Footballers Who Have Degrees

28 Sep 16, 2020 08:30 PM in World News

Mahlambi: I Had To Leave

23 Dec 02, 2020 02:27 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

11 Footballers Who Went Broke

33 Jun 10, 2020 07:15 PM in World News

Can Sundowns Go Unbeaten This Season? Mngqithi Answers

15 Dec 02, 2020 03:35 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns