- Title defence in jeopardy
Champions Manchester City missed the opportunity of leap-froging Leicester City into second place and close the gap on Liverpool at the top of English Premiership on Friday night.
Hosts, Wolverhampton Wanderers came from behind to beat the 10-man City 3-2 after their Brazilian keeper, Ederson was sent off just 12 minutes for a late challenge on Jota.
The defeat also means City’s four-game winning streak is over and Pep Guardiola will seek to bounce back against Sheffield United in the next 48 hours.
The win for Wolves has now catapulted them into fifth place on the log, just two points off the top four spot. But it is another tough game for them on Sunday as they travel to Anfield for a showdown with the league leaders, Liverpool.
VAR had awarded City a penalty which Sterling had two attempts denied by Patricio, but he eventually turned in the rebound of the second. Just after the break, Sterling doubled their lead, but City couldn’t hold on as Traore scored Wolves’ first before setting up Jimenez for the equalizer.
Doherty then scored the backbreaker in the 89th minute to secure all three points for Wolves.
The Friday night’s loss at a frantic and fraught Molineux seems to have effectively ended Man City’s title defence, with Pep Guardiola expected to look towards Europe for respite in the Champions League.
By letting a two-goal lead slip away at Wolves, the Club now sit 14 points behind Liverpool, having played one game more and face another match in two days
A ridiculous fixture schedule of having to play two matches in 48 hours means there is only faint hope of City cutting Liverpool’s lead at the top of the table before the New Year. – With agency reports