Goals from Portuguese Ruben Dias and Bernardo Silva were enough for Manchester City to beat Aston Villa 2-1 on Wednesday night. The win puts pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea, who beat Watford 2-1 overnight.
The visitor’s rule was amazing right from the start and they finally told him for 27 minutes, when they cut through the backpack using an unexpected source. Raheem Sterling’s Winger made its way to the Dias on the edge of the field, before the midfielder gave a nice ending in a nearby corner.
Pep Guardiola’s side doubled their profits just before the break, courtesy of an inch-perfect counterattack. Posted on the right by Fernandinho, Gabriel Jesus showed no hesitation in raising the ball in the direction of Bernardo Silva, who hit a high pass past helpless Emi Martinez.
The hosts didn’t lie down, however, and came out fighting after the break. Within 1 minute of the restart, Ollie Watkins had finished brilliantly at Ederson’s near post to convert Douglas Luiz’s corner.
The Aston Villa grew into proceedings and visibly became more confident after notching that goal. Indeed, it was Steven Gerrard’s side that came closest to grabbing a fourth goal of the night with 15 minutes remaining. Carney Chukwuemeka found himself through on goal courtesy of Argentine’s Emi Buendia’s ball around the corner, only to be thwarted by the onrushing Ederson.
The Manchester City rearguard stood firm to the late Aston Villa pressure, eventually earning a 2-1 win that keeps them within a point of Chelsea at the summit of the table, while Gerrard’s side remains in 13th place.