Erling Haaland continued his streak of goals, but on Saturday, Aston Villa held Manchester City to a painful 1-1 draw with a goal from Leon Bailey.
Erling Haaland continues his scoring spree, but excellent Aston Villa holds off Man City
With his 10th goal in just six Premier League games, Haaland equaled the league record for fewest games to reach double figures when he sidefooted past Emiliano Martinez in the 50th minute. However, Bailey came back in the 74th minute to give Villa a significant point against the defending champions.
At Villa Park, midfielder Jacob Ramsey was very active for the home team, setting up his team’s equalizer and giving Pep Guardiola’s team several difficulties. Initially, City struggled to get going, and Villa may have had the best first-half opportunity when Ollie Watkins was let in on goal in the 38th minute and missed Ederson’s left-hand post following a challenge from John Stones.
After the break, however, City quickly made their superiority clear as Haaland appeared at the back post and volleyed home Kevin De Bruyne’s looping ball. When Ramsey gained control of the ball and sprinted after Watkins’ return pass in the 58th minute, Villa had an opportunity to tie the score, but Ederson was able to smother it thanks to a sloppy touch from the midfielder. In the 67th minute, De Bruyne nearly extended City’s lead with a free kick that just cleared the top of the crossbar.
Shortly after, Haaland beat Martinez inside the penalty area with a right-footed shot. With only 16 minutes left, though, Villa sprung into life as Ramsey sprinted forwards and delivered a low cross for Bailey, who swept home to tie the game. In the 80th minute, Philippe Coutinho was brought on by Gerrard and had the ball in the back of the net when the offside flag was raised.
Although there was no chance for a VAR review of that effort, replays appeared to show Coutinho might have been in an onside position, and Villa manager Steven Gerrard deemed it to be a “valid goal.” As a result, City now has 14 points, one less than league-leading Arsenal, who will play Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday. Guardiola claimed his team had failed to end the game. “Good game,” commented Guardiola. “In 90 minutes, we only let up one goal on one shot that was on goal.
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