Both coaches made two changes to the starting lineup compared to the previous round’s draw. While loan goalkeeper Robin Olsen made his Aston Villa debut and Philippe Coutinho also began signing, Emiliano Martinez was absent with a knee injury and Karne Chukwuemeka was seated on the bench. On the other hand, Pep Guardiola brought his two stars Phil Foden and John Stones in place of Oleksandr Zinchenko and former Villain Jack Grealish.
It started well from the citizens’ point of view. Liverpool lagged early in the long-distance duel for the championship, while Manchester City completely dominated the match at the Etihad Stadium. However, Skyblues were unable to score at the moment, although goalkeeper Robin Olsen wasn’t too confident at the start of the match.
But in the end, Gerrard’s team fell 1-0 out of nowhere! Jacob sent Ramsey to Lucas Denny on the left. The Frenchman crossed with great precision to Mattie Cash’s head and nodded the pole with full force from a few meters (37 minutes). Villans maintained a tight lead until the end of the first half, so Guardiola responded: He replaced Oleksandr Zinchenko with a disappointing Fernandinho (46).
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Since then, Manchester City posed a much greater danger, because the goal in the first half motivated the guests. Despite this, Aston Villa made it 2-0 (69th place)! Ole Watkins passed a now better Olsen shot to Coutinho, who made a quick move to the right and shot low into the near corner from about twelve yards. At this point, the league title was suddenly out of reach, as Liverpool had already equalized and pressed for the top spot.
The next 20 minutes should go down in history. Ilkay Gundogan, who participated as a substitute a few moments before the minute 0: 2, hit the ball into the net after Rahim Sterling’s cross (76). Just two minutes later, Rodrygo equalized with a long-range shot after Zinchenko sent a cross (78), before the former Dortmunder fired again: Kevin De Bruyne played flat from the right flank to the middle, with Gundogan only having to push from inside the goal. The shortest distance (81.). City have won over time and thus Sky Blue can no longer win the title despite Liverpool’s parallel success.
Ruben Dias (Manchester City): “Every one of us feels great. Especially watching the match from the bench made your heart pump, but there’s no better way to win that.”
Steven Gerrard (Aston Villa manager): “I’m sure you’re as frustrated as I am, but I can assure you we will come back better and stronger.”
Phil Foden (Manchester City): “It’s the hardest competition to win in my opinion. It was very special today to share it with the fans the way we did.”
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This result was the best response to citizens’ criticism. Even on the field, there was no longer any belief to return, but the players on the field had a different attitude.
Eye-catching – Gundogan: The Manchester Champion
Time was running out for the Nationals and Pep Guardiola replaced Ilkay Gundogan in the 68th minute. When Coutinho scored the second goal a minute later, the despair among Sky Blue fans was perhaps even greater. But in the last 20 minutes of the match, the German player led his team to victory with an excellent performance. With two goals, Gundogan made contact first and then lead. Even more surprising is that the 31-year-old may have to leave the club. However, this is the “problem” when the team consists of world stars …
After nine years at the club, Fernandinho celebrated his farewell match in the light blue jersey today. He started against Aston Villa but was substituted due to poor performance. The City fans’ gratitude for Fernandinho’s performance in Manchester must remain undiminished.
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