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Villa Almost Decide The Title Ahead Of Expected City Collapse – Match Stats

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There can’t have been many (if any) Aston Villa fans looking forward to today’s battle at The Etihad Stadium with Manchester City and Pep Guardiola looking to lift the Premier League title on home soil.

Although our performance against Burnley was much improved in some respects, our more recent form under head coach Steven Gerrard wouldn’t have had anyone confident going into this one and with us losing Emi Martinez to a training knock, hopes were even more muted.

It was a semi decent start though, although Olsen was looking very wobbly and although the players were battling away, it felt like it was only going to be a matter of time as our few forays into their box just weren’t coming off for us.

With just under ten left in the half, we broke and the unthinkable happened. Digne into Cash and Matty gets on the score sheet with a bullet header. And it really should’ve been at least 2-0 but Ollie was fouled (funny no VAR) on the first one, and for the second chance he just took too long to take the shot.

It was the expected continued onslaught in the second half, but City were still struggling to test Olsen between the sticks and Ollie Watkins had the chance of the game to make it 2-0 but again he dallied on it for too long.

And then again, almost from nothing Philippe Coutinho had a moment of magic, caught them napping at the back and 2-0 it was. I can’t be alone in wondering if I’m still in bed and dreaming at this point?

With less than 15 left on the clock, the game really got interesting as a round of poor defending saw Gundogan grab one back and sadly it was then soon 2-2 and Olsen was continuing to do himself no favours with the efforts conceded.

Then the inevitable happened – more ridiculous defending, and a tap in for 3-2.

It’s the hope that kills you isn’t it but the problems ahead of next season are abundantly obvious to all.

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Manchester City
3 – 2
Aston Villa

Etihad Stadium

Premier League

22/05/2022 4:00 pm

Attendance: 53395

Referee: Michael Oliver

Manchester City Aston Villa
Gundogan (76, 81), Rodri (78) Cash (37), Coutinho (69)
Ederson Olsen
Stones Cash
Fernandinho 45 Chambers
Laporte Mings
 
Cancelo Digne
De Bruyne McGinn
Rodri Douglas Luiz
Bernardo Silva 68 J Ramsey 83
Mahrez 56 Buendia 88
Gabriel Jesus Coutinho 72
Foden Watkins

Substitutes

Walker Sanson
Ake Traore
Sterling 56 Young 88
Gundogan 68 Nakamba
 
72
Grealish Ings 83
Zinchenko 45 Carney Chukwuemeka
Carson Sinisalo
Palmer Chrisene
McAtee Iroegbunam

Game Statistics

24 Goal attempts 4
5 On Target 2
13 Corners 1
5 Fouls 11
0 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
71 % 29

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