Aston Villa vs Manchester City result, final standings and Premier League report

Aston Villa vs Manchester City result, final standings and Premier League report

Aston Villa vs Manchester City result, final standings and Premier League report

Erling Haaland became only the second player in Premier League history to score 10 goals in their first six appearances, but Manchester City failed to assert their dominance when Leon Bailey secured a much-needed draw for Aston Villa.

The 22-year-old City striker has shone since he left Borussia Dortmund for his father’s former club in the summer and followed back-to-back hat-tricks with another try on Saturday night.

Haaland pushed Kevin De Bruyne’s inch-perfect cross home early in the second half and the pair played with Villa every now and then, only before City were taken cold by Bailey’s effervescent attack in a 1-1 draw.

It ended a three-game loss streak for Steven Gerrard who was under pressure, whose side remained steadfast in the first half only to concede five minutes after the restart at Villa Park.

Haaland came in at the far post to land De Bruyne’s perfect cross and score his 10th goal in six games – a feat only Coventry’s Micky Quinn could achieve in 1992 Premier League history.

De Bruyne hit the crossbar with a free kick and showed an incredibly early understanding with Haaland, but Villa held on tight and scored a well-taken equalizer.

Bailey unleashed a fierce attack from a Jacob Ramsey ball for the Holte End, who once again celebrated when substitute Philippe Coutinho’s strike came in through the bottom of the bar.

Referee Simon Hooper had already whistled for offside when the Brazilian struck, but replays showed that he was indeed onside in the build-up.

That decision will be considered after this draw and Guardiola will no doubt be annoyed by his side’s debauchery in front of goal.

The pressure on Steven Gerrard (Martin Rickett/PA) has eased

(PA wire)

Kyle Walker got the first chance of the game. The right-back may have been offside in the run-up, but that didn’t take the edge off Haaland’s anger when he struck the goal instead of looking after him.

De Bruyne missed an attempt from 20 meters wide and there was a collective sigh of relief as the brilliant Belgian’s inviting cross just dodged Ilkay Gundogan.

Villa struggled to contain the visitors and was hit by an injury to right-back Matty Cash, who was replaced by Ashley Young after 27 minutes.

There was a huge roar as the veteran brilliantly went back to stop a De Bruyne led counter before launching their own, causing Ollie Watkins to go through and clear a shot that John Stones over the face of the goal bounced off.

Haaland scored his 10th goal of the season (Nick Potts/PA)

(PA wire)

Villa grew in confidence as halftime approached, but would fall behind in the 50th minute.

De Bruyne tapped a beautiful cross from the right that crawled agonizingly out of Emiliano Martinez’s reach and fell perfectly for Haaland to push home through the far post.

City fans hounded Gerrard with chants of “you’ll be fired tomorrow,” but a rare Rodri mistake soon sent them into a panic.

Ramsey had won the ball and got a pass back from Ollie Watkins, but Ederson raced out to refuse it. Bailey fired wide from the edge of the box shortly afterwards.

City eventually regained control and Haaland turned to make an attack that saved Martinez, with the striker fouling Tyrone Mings, resulting in De Bruyne hitting a 22-yard free kick on the crossbar.

The Belgian gave the Norwegian the lead to clear a shot that Martinez parried before the tables turned and the midfielder slammed the outside of his boot wide.

It seemed more like a question of when than if City would score again, but they had to pay for not converting those chances into goals in the 74th minute.

Ramsey drove forward and then played for Bailey to hit a sweet first strike with his left foot flying past Ederson.

The volume went up a few more times into a rocking Villapark five minutes later as Coutinho’s thumping effort went in.

City tried to take advantage of their delay when they besieged the Villa goal.

Rodri shot a shot wide of the penalty area and Riyad Mahrez missed the goal, unaware that the offside would be called. Guardiola’s men kept knocking, but they couldn’t find a winner.

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