A second half equaliser from Aston Villa through Leon Bailey condemned Man City to a second successive draw away from home in the Premier League.
City ought to have taken the lead inside three minutes after a lovely move sent Kyle Walker in behind. The full-back had Erling Haaland in space for a tap-in at point-blank range, but the Englishman took the shot on himself before firing way over.
Delivering wide on the right, the midfielder whipped a delicious curling cross towards the German, but he failed to connect with the ball inside the six-yard box.
Villa were dogged in their defensive duties and they almost sprung a surprise on Pep Guardiola’s men on the counter-attack. Ashley Young did ever so well to dispossess De Bruyne before play was moved onto Douglas Luiz. The Brazilian threaded a pass through to Ollie Watkins whose deflected effort trickled inches wide of the far post.
However, City put their foot down immediately after the restart to break the deadlock. A sweeping move down the right saw De Bruyne float a pinpoint cross towards the far post and over the reach of Martinez, where Haaland lurked to cushion his finish into an empty net.
Villa engineered a decent opportunity find an immediate equaliser. Steven Gerrard’s men broke into space before Watkins freed Jacob Ramsey, but Ederson was quick off his line to smother the midfielder as he broke through one-on-one.
The excellent De Bruyne cracked the crossbar from a free-kick before he went close from inside the penalty area after a neat one-two with Haaland.
However, Villa found an equaliser out of nothing with a little over 15 minutes remaining to stun Guardiola’s men. Ramsey ghosted down the left before pulling the ball across goal for Leon Bailey to slam a cultured finish into the top corner.
Villa were unfortunate not to take the lead when Philippe Coutinho’s curling effort crashed off the underside of the bar and into the net, only for the linesman to have raised his flag earlier in the move. However, replays showed that the Brazilian hadn’t strayed offside in the build-up.
Let us now see have Man City fans have reacted to this draw on Twitter.
“So so wasteful”
“Too complacent, we played like we were 4-0 up, passing around the back very slowly. Dunno why Bernardo was subbed off for Mahrez when Bernardo is literally a workhorse. Cancelo was just Cancelo. There was literally no hunger in the attacking third, no closing down or anything”
“We dropped points again very disappointing. Haaland goal was the only positive from that game. I can only imagine that pep has told the wingers not to try and beat their man but is weird as our full backs don’t overlap”
“Really should’ve brought Alvarez on”
“Disgusting performance and dreadful substitutions..how on earth can Alvarez not touch that pitch I don’t care”
“None of the wingers look confident 1 on 1. Haaland was the best part of today but the men out wide do f**king nothing to service him. Hope to bounce back but so frustrating”
“Alvarez HAS to be our starting RW, we absolutely need him and his movement”
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