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Aston Villa 1-2 Manchester City

Manchester City returned to winning ways with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park on Wednesday as both sides finished the game with ten men.

It was an incredible start to the game as Villa took the lead with a mere 20 seconds gone on the clock. Tyrone Mings' ball over the top was missed by John Stones allowing Ollie Watkins to square for John McGinn to hit one across his body into the far corner.

City clicked into gear in the 21st minute when a corner was headed out to Mahrez and he cut inside onto his favoured left foot before bringing a fine save out of Martinez with a stinging drive towards the far corner.

Soon after, Guardiola's side were back on level terms. Ederson's raking ball released Zinchenko down the left and he headed it to Foden, who switched the play to Mahrez. The Algerian played a delicate ball for Bernardo Silva on the overlap, who cut it back for Foden to finish for a beautiful City goal.

The turnaround was complete five minutes before half-time. Villa were unable to clear their lines and once again Silva was the creator getting down the right and floating a ball into the box for Rodri to glance home with Martinez coming for the ball but failing to get there in time.

However, shortly after taking the lead, the visitors were reduced to ten men when John Stones was sent off after he dived into a challenge with Ramsey, catching the Villa man high and late on the halfway line.

Numerical parity was restored as the Villans had Matt Cash given his marching orders for a second yellow for a nasty challenge on Foden in the 56th minute.

A lovely move by City almost resulted in a third, with Walker racing forward and laying it through to Mahrez, who would have found Foden at the back post for a tap-in were it not for the timeliest of interventions from Konsa.

City were able to comfortably manage their lead to restore an 11-point lead at the top of the table with a game in hand.

Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Southampton

Tottenham Hotspur began life without Jose Mourinho on a positive note after rallying from behind to defeat Southampton on Wednesday evening.

Ryan Mason became the youngster manager in Premier League history as he took over from Mourinho on an interim basis. With Harry Kane missing through injury, Mason recalled Gareth Bale to the attack alongside Heung-min Son and Lucas Moura.

The Saints came out firing early on but were left frustrated by Hugo Lloris, who produced two stunning saves in quick succession to deny Salisu and Che Adams.

It was the visitors who got the breakthrough on 30 minutes through Danny Ings, who sent a glancing header past Lloris for his third goal against Spurs this season.

The North London outfit had a chance to pull level just before the break when Son unselfishly teed up Lucas, who scuffed his effort from six-yards out.

Spurs did get their reward on the hour mark when the ball dropped kindly for Bale, who sent a fine curling finish into the top corner against his former side.

Spurs had the ball in the back of the net on 79 minutes through Son's first-time finish, but the strike was ruled out by the Video Assistant Referee for on offside on Lucas.

With two minutes left, Spurs were awarded a penalty for Moussa Djenepo's foul just inside the box, which allowed Son to convert the winning goal.

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