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Summary

  1. Kolarov flicks Watson corner into own net
  2. Toure levels with near-post volley
  3. Aguero with superb headed winner
  4. Watch on Match of the Day at 22:30 GMT

Live Reporting

By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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Farewell

It's time to bid farewell. What a start to 2016. Two late goals in two minutes snatch victory from the jaws of defeat for Manchester City and leave Watford heartbroken. Many thanks for your company. 

'Feels good'

Watford 1-2 Man City

That felt good!! 3 points from a tough game!!! Great way to start 2016! Hope you guys enjoyed my goal 😊 #ComeOnCity!
That felt good!! 3 points from a tough game!!! Great way to start 2016! Hope you guys enjoyed my goal 😊 #ComeOnCity!

That felt good!! 3 points from a tough game!!! Great way to start 2016! Hope you guys enjoyed my goal 😊 #ComeOnCity!

Watford 1-2 Man City

A reminder of what we have coming up on Sunday. Chelsea are in London derby action when they travel to Crystal Palace (13:30 GMT) for the early kick-off before Tottenham look to strengthen their top-four place at Everton (16:00 GMT).

Next for Watford?

Watford 1-2 Man City

It's another home game for Watford next week when they entertain Newcastle in the third round of the FA Cup on 9 January before returning to Premier League action at Southampton on 13 January.

Watford goal 'lucky'

Watford 1-2 Man City

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini
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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini tells BBC Sport: "It was important to we take some risks but we continued playing. Watford were just defending their goal. It was a lucky goal, it wasn't a corner and it was an own goal. We had two clear chances to score before that.

"We had more possession, attempts and shots on target. We beat a difficult team and deserved the three points.

"Aguero needs two to three games to return to his normal level of performance. The goal was important for him. Before that he made a lot of good moments. I'm sure we'll see in the second part of the season the performances we're used to from him."

'Difficult to accept'

Watford 1-2 Man City

Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores tells BBC Sport:

"It was very difficult to accept. We played really well but we lost our concentration on a set-piece and gave them the opportunity to come back. I'm really pleased with our performance.

"Against very big teams we have been unlucky. Every time we have been close to positive results. It's very difficult to explain to the players why we haven't won today - we did everything good. Ben Watson was perfect. Today is a very sad, the players deserved more.

"Four months ago when we played Manchester City, we played to protect the team and not concede a lot of goals but today we played to win the match."

'We will learn from this'

Watford 1-2 Man City

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Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores tells Sky Sports: "It's very hard to us. We played fantastic and in the last moments we lose the match.

"We will learn the lesson for the future. The players deserved more. When we have played against amazing teams I have the feeling we have been unlucky. We need to eliminate this match [from our minds]."

Next up for City?

Man City have two cup ties to negotiate before they return to Premier League action at home to Everton on 13 January. They are away to the Toffees in the League Cup semi-final first leg on Wednesday before travelling to Norwich in the third round of the FA Cup on 9 January.

'We never give up'

Watford 1-2 Man City

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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini tells Sky Sports: "This team has a lot of character. We never give up. We continued trying to score, always thinking we are able to score.

"We were losing 1-0 and had to take a risk. A draw was not good – we needed three points. It was a very close, tough game for both teams. Watford are in a good moment. But I think we deserved to win – more shots, shots on target and possession.

"Sergio Aguero's goal is very important. I think he made a lot of better movement than the last games. 

"We are not sending messages. It was important to end the six away games without a win. We want to go game by game."

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24 - Sergio Aguero has now scored against 24 of the 28 different Premier League teams that he has faced in the competition. Class.

'We deserved it'

Watford 1-2 Man City

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Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho tells Sky Sports: “We have started very well in 2016 – the best way to start a new year is winning. We deserved it because we tried to score from the first minute.

“I have a lot of confidence in my team. We tried to keep playing and never stopped.  Since September it’s our first away victory. Many games we played well but didn’t win. Football is like that.“

Watford 1-2 Man City

Watford players look dejected
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Crushing disappointment for Watford. They gave City an almighty scare but are still well placed - ninth in the table after 20 matches. Quique Sanchez Flores will have settled for that at the start of the season.

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City have just done what Utd did for so long under Fergie! Underperform and scrape three points! #bbcfootball #watfordvcity #WATvMC

If that's not the sign of a world class striker not sure what is. Aguero's done nothing all day, then pops up with a top header #bbcfootball

'We have to build on this'

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Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart tells Sky Sports: “I thought it was our season to a tee when we were 1-0 down and looked like we were going nowhere.

“Bacary Sagna deserves so much credit for what he’s done for us this season.

“We have to build on this – we hadn’t won in six on the road. It’s not championship-winning form but we’re somehow still in it. We have all the big boys to come to us and some big cup games. We’re in a good place. We’re utilising our squad. We’re not where we want to be but we’re close.“

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Yaya Toure and Nicolas Otamendi celebrate
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It wasn't pretty, at times they looked anything but champions, but City have managed to turn it around and have the points. 

FULL-TIME

Watford 1-2 Man City

Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores applauds fans
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Watford 1-2 Man City

The match is fizzling out in a flurry of free-kicks. Vincent Kompany has left his seat in the stand and is now in the tunnel. This has not been vintage City but they deserve credit for coming back to take three points.

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Will there be one last twist?

CLOSE!

Watford 1-2 Man City

Four minutes of additional time. Watford are pouring bodies forward. Ighalo turns and belts one, Hart doesn't know much about it, but still manages to stops it.

Watford 1-2 Man City

Two goals in two minutes and suddenly City move to within three points of Arsenal - unless there's one final twist.

Watford 1-2 Man City

Watford's bench is a sea of slumped bodies. Manuel Pellegrini puffs out his cheeks on the opposition bench.

Aguero completes stunning turnaround

Watford 1-2 Man City

Sergio Aguero celebrates
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Unbelievable drama as Sergio Aguero, who has been pretty quiet throughout, strikes after a wonderful cross by Bacary Sagna to turn the game on its head. Heartbreak for Watford.

GOAL - WATFORD 1-2 MAN CITY

Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero celebrates his goal
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Toure to City's rescue

Watford 1-1 Man City

Yaya Toure to City's rescue. It's a familiar story and the big man produces a stunning finish from Aleksandar Kolarov's corner to level it up.

GOAL - WATFORD 1-1 MAN CITY

Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure celebrates
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CLOSE!

Watford 1-0 Man City

Poor defending from City as Etienne Capoue rides one, two, and then a third challenge before skying the ball over the bar. Watford are going for the kill.

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Ben Watson, back to haunt City after putting a crucial winning goal against them when with Wigan. Who remembers this goal? #bbcfootball

For a club where money is no object Man City look absolutely toothless up front #bbcfootball #moneycantbuyeverything

Watford will only be 3 pts off a Champions League spot if they hold on against City... What a refreshing #BPL season so far! #bbcfootball

Watford 1-0 Man City

What is it with City when they venture out of Manchester? World-class players suddenly go into their shells. Another huge roar from the home fans as Kevin De Bruyne skies a cross out of play. 

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Mark in Huddersfield, via text: "Very poor from City. Again. Clearly being carried by a small number of players. Otamendi £32m, Mangala £40m = waste of money."

Tony Lamberhurst, via text: "Time for Bony to earn his corn. We need a striking partnership."

James Marshall, via text: "Arsene Wenger must be enjoying his bubble and squeak. Potentially six points ahead of City tonight. Game over?"

Jack in London, via text: "Watford for the title anyone?"

SUBSTITUTION

Watford 1-0 Man City

It's defender Eliaquim Mangala who makes way for striker Bony. Fifteen minutes and counting. 

Watford 1-0 Man City

Movement on the City bench. It's Wilfried Bony time but who is coming off?

Watford 1-0 Man City

Joe Hart of Manchester City
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City's last Premier League win away from the Etihad? 12 September at Crystal Palace.

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"It's like watching Brazil" my friend the Watford fan might be getting over excited #bbcfootball

Whatever happens in this match, Watford are pretty impressive. Table doesn't lie. #bbcfootball

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Ben Watson in action with Manchester City's Yaya Toure
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Watford are 20 minutes away from a famous win. City are 20 minutes away from a damaging result.

GREAT SAVE!

Watford 1-0 Man City

City are throwing everything at this. Kevin De Bruyne exchanges passes with David Silva before forcing an excellent stop from Heurelho Gomes

CLOSE!

Watford 1-0 Man City

A slick City move and the ball falls to Yaya Toure just inside the area. The big man takes aim and his first time shot...whistles over.

Watford 1-0 Man City

Just to be clear, if Watford win then City will be six points behind leaders Arsenal.

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Why is it that City can never do anything without Kompany. The players aren't earning there wages, especially Ottamendi?#BBCFootball

Pretty sure either Watford are playing with 15 players or City are playing with 6. #bbcfootball

#bbcfootball is something happening behind the scenes where someone has told the big clubs they are not allowed to win the premier league??

Stat attack

Watford 1-0 Man City

Before today, Manchester City had won just one of their last 13 Premier League games that they have been behind in since 1 January 2015. That win was 6-1 v Newcastle in October.