Sublime first-half goals from Ruben Dias and Bernardo Silva helped Manchester City win 1-2 in a pulsating Premier League clash. So, last night, on Wednesday, saw, among other Premier League football news, Villa lose to City in their own home.
Manchester City beat Aston Villa away at Villa Park with a just convincing 1-2 tally.
Meanwhile, the home side pulled one back through Ollie Watkins to make a game of it in the second half.
Still, City eventually won to stay second in the standings on 32 points from 14 games, one behind leaders Chelsea.
On the other hand, hosts Aston Villa stayed at 13th place in the Premier League with 16 points.
Moreover, this was their first defeat under new manager Steven Gerrard (read our football transfers updates) following two successive wins.
Premier League Football News – Villa Lose to City in Their Own Home
Manchester City dominated the opening half and even came close to an early goal twice. Indeed, Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez parried fierce shots by Joao Cancelo and Rodri.
To the contrary, the home side, on defensive, was barely able to break the ball out of their own half.
The visitors took a 27th-minute lead through Dias, when the Portugal centre-back beat Martinez with a slightly deflected first-time shot. After Raheem Sterling’s cutback flashed across the penalty area, Dias aimed from 20 metres and didn’t miss.
If there was an element of luck involved in the opening goal of Manchester City, the second was sheer class.
In a matter of mere seconds, City diverted the ball out of their own penalty area and struck a successful attempt at the Villa net at the other end.
Cancelo threaded a short pass to Riyad Mahrez past two Villa forwards. And the Algeria international released Gabriel Jesus on the right flank. The striker lifted a cross for Silva to crash an unstoppable volley into the roof of the Aston Villa net.
Beaten but not yet defeated, Villa sprung back to life shortly after the break. Watkins found space in a crowded penalty area to drive in a half-volley inside the near post from 10 metres. This goal came after he met a low Douglas Luiz corner.
The home side then missed a gilt-edged chance to salvage a draw in the 75th minute.
City goalkeeper Ederson parried a sitter from substitute Carney Chukwuemeka and the visitors held on 1-2 in the closing stages.