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Aston Villa 0-2 Manchester City

Aston Villa v Manchester City
Manchester City have scored six times in their last two away games in the Premier League
  • Man City score two late goals in six minutes
  • City move two points behind leaders Chelsea
  • Aston Villa lose for the third straight game
  • Christian Benteke makes league comeback

Two goals in the last eight minutes from Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero broke Aston Villa's resistance and gave Manchester City a vital victory in their pursuit of Premier League leaders Chelsea.

The champions' uncertain start to the season had seen them win only one of their previous four league games and it appeared they would drop two more points at Villa Park after being unable to find a way through Villa's resolute defence.

With Chelsea playing Arsenal on Sunday, City were facing the prospect of heading into the international break as many as eight points behind Jose Mourinho's men, but instead they signed off with a morale-boosting win.

BBC Radio Manchester summariser Fred Eyre at Villa Park:
"It was hard fought for City. To Villa's credit they had a game plan which they stuck to rigidly and was hard for City to break down. But it is easier to break that down when you have special players. The constant pressure and probing paid off. From the moment Toure scored the game was won."

Toure, who has been under scrutiny over his sluggish early-season form, was again far from his best but finally found a way past Villa's well-drilled defence when he advanced to the edge of the area after 82 minutes and flashed a shot into the bottom corner.

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Aguero made certain of the three points with another fine finish from the edge of the area six minutes later.

It meant Villa, who have lost their last three games, got no reward for a battling display.

But they were able to welcome back fit-again striker Christian Benteke, who came on as a second-half substitute after six months out.

For City, relief was the over-riding emotion after it had appeared that a goal was never going to come.

They had enjoyed 69% of possession in a one-sided first half but failed to force Brad Guzan into a save.

That was mainly down to the home side's well-organised defence, who sat deep and threw themselves at the ball whenever City got near their goal.

Aston Villa v Manchester City
Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke was making his first Premier League appearance since 29 March

Some shots did get through, but the closest City came to breaking Villa's resistance was when Aleksandar Kolarov saw his drilled effort deflect off Alan Hutton and come back off the outside of the post.

Edin Dzeko was guilty of some poor finishing, blazing over after making space inside the box, and Aguero's glancing header flew wide.

But the main reason Villa reached half-time with the score level was the number of timely blocks and tackles made by their defenders, particularly the impressive Nathan Baker.

Paul Lambert's side had barely threatened on the counter-attack at the other end of the pitch but that changed at the start of the second half after Aguero wasted a golden chance to put City ahead.

The Argentina striker had time to pick his spot after running on to James Milner's through-ball, but placed his shot against the post and Villa immediately raced up the other end of the pitch where Joe Hart's outstretched leg denied Kieran Richardson.

City, who were beaten here last season in another game where they saw the vast majority of the ball, continued to probe and forced Guzan into his first save after 50 minutes when he denied David Silva after the Spaniard's neat turn inside the area.

More vital stops followed, from Silva and Aguero snap-shots and also Eliaquim Mangala's towering header but, as the game entered the last 10 minutes, City's pressure eventually told.

Villa's defence, for once, was at fault as it allowed Toure too much time and he punished them ruthlessly with his first Premier League goal of the season.

Aguero's strike was also top quality, although it gave the scoreline a sheen that City did not truly deserve.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert: "For 82 minutes we were in it and Kieran (Richardson) had a really good chance after they hit the post. That is how tight it is.

"When you play against these sides, if you get a chance you have to take it. For 82 minutes, the lads were excellent, they did really well, but the two lads that scored the goals are top players themselves."

Aston Villa v Manchester City
There were no shots on target in the first half between Aston Villa and Manchester City
Aston Villa v Manchester City
Aston Villa have conceded eight times in the last three Premier League games without scoring
Aston Villa v Manchester City
Yaya Toure has scored in his last three Premier League games against Aston Villa
Aston Villa v Manchester City
Sergio Aguero has scored in each of his last five away Premier League games

Line-ups

Aston Villa

  • 1Guzan
  • 21Hutton
  • 14Senderos
  • 2Baker
  • 23Cissokho
  • 8Cleverley
  • 15Westwood
  • 16Delph
  • 28N'ZogbiaSubstituted forBacunaat 71'minutes
  • 10WeimannSubstituted forBentekeat 61'minutes
  • 18RichardsonSubstituted forGrealishat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Clark
  • 7Bacuna
  • 19Bent
  • 20Benteke
  • 24Sánchez
  • 31Given
  • 40Grealish

Man City

  • 1Hart
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 4Kompany
  • 20Mangala
  • 11KolarovBooked at 24mins
  • 7Milner
  • 25FernandinhoSubstituted forLampardat 56'minutes
  • 42Y Touré
  • 21SilvaSubstituted forJesús Navasat 84'minutes
  • 10DzekoSubstituted forFernandoat 64'minutes
  • 16Agüero

Substitutes

  • 3Sagna
  • 6Fernando
  • 13Caballero
  • 15Jesús Navas
  • 18Lampard
  • 26Demichelis
  • 35Jovetic
Referee:
Chris Foy
Attendance:
32,964

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home32%
Away68%
Shots
Home6
Away27
Shots on Target
Home1
Away7
Corners
Home0
Away7
Fouls
Home4
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Aston Villa 0, Manchester City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aston Villa 0, Manchester City 2.

Attempt missed. Frank Lampard (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by James Milner with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Aston Villa 0, Manchester City 2. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Milner.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Jesús Navas replaces David Silva.

Goal!

Goal! Aston Villa 0, Manchester City 1. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Fernando.

Attempt saved. Frank Lampard (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Frank Lampard (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Milner.

Foul by James Milner (Manchester City).

Philippe Senderos (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Aleksandar Kolarov with a cross.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Philippe Senderos.

Attempt saved. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Silva.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Jack Grealish replaces Kieran Richardson.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Leandro Bacuna replaces Charles N'Zogbia.

Attempt missed. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by James Milner with a cross.

Attempt saved. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yaya Touré.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Fernando replaces Edin Dzeko.

Attempt missed. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa).

Offside, Manchester City. Yaya Touré tries a through ball, but Sergio Agüero is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Christian Benteke replaces Andreas Weimann.

Attempt missed. Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cleverley with a cross.

Offside, Aston Villa. Charles N'Zogbia tries a through ball, but Alan Hutton is caught offside.

Offside, Manchester City. David Silva tries a through ball, but Edin Dzeko is caught offside.

Foul by James Milner (Manchester City).

Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Frank Lampard replaces Fernandinho because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Fernandinho (Manchester City) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Charles N'Zogbia following a fast break.

Attempt missed. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Yaya Touré.

Attempt saved. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.

Attempt saved. Kieran Richardson (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Charles N'Zogbia.

Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by James Milner with a through ball.

Second Half

Second Half begins Aston Villa 0, Manchester City 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Aston Villa 0, Manchester City 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea65101971216
2Man City7421147714
3Southampton6411114713
4Swansea7322108211
5Arsenal6240117410
6Liverpool73131010010
7Aston Villa731349-510
8Hull7232111109
9Leicester72321112-19
10Man Utd622211928
11Sunderland71518718
12Tottenham62228718
13West Brom722389-18
14Crystal Palace72231012-28
15Stoke722368-28
16West Ham6213101007
17Everton61321214-26
18Newcastle7043714-74
19Burnley7043310-74
20QPR6114413-94
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