Manchester City squandered a lead at Wolverhampton Wanderers, losing 2-3 (1-0). Raheem Sterling scored both goals for the 80th-minute score (25th minute by foul, 50th). Adama Traoré (55th), Rael Jiménez (82nd) and Matt Doherty (89th) scored for the Wolves, who won the first round against City since 1961. It was City’s fifth defeat of the current Premier League season. In the entire league season, the reigning champion had lost only four times.
The game was already far from promising for the reigning champions from Manchester. Ederson was sent off in the 12th minute with red. Diogo Jota had earlier walked alone towards the City keeper’s goal and was hit by the outgoing Ederson in front of the penalty area boundary. For substitute goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, Sergio Agüero, who had just made his starting eleven comeback after a calf injury, left the pitch shortly afterwards (14th).
As a result, things continued turbulently. After City’s Riyad Mahrez was fouled in the penalty area, Sterling laid the ball in for the penalty kick. But Rui Patr cio sensed the corner and held the shot. The cheers of the hosts lasted only briefly: the penalty kick had to be repeated as a City player had started before Sterling’s shot over the penalty area boundary. In fact, Patr cio also parried Sterling’s second attempt, but this time he could only fend off the ball forward. Sterling was on the spot again and hit the lead with a rebound.
After the restart, City were in short supply to defend the narrow lead with a chain of five. But Jota managed another finish, which flew just over the goal of Bravo from a short distance (47th). On the other hand, it was Sterling who, after a strong play by Kevin De Bruyne, lifted the ball over Patrécio into the Wolves’ goal. It was 2-0 for the visitors.
Traoré scored the follow-up goal a little later (55th). Both sides created good chances, but it was the Wolves who scored twice in eight minutes. First it was Jiménez who, after losing the ball from Benjamin Mendy and pass from Traoré, only had to slide in (82nd), before Doherty City’s Nicol’s Otamendi turned around and turned a crazy game in the hosts’ favour.
City missed the chance to become the first chaser of league leaders Liverpool (52) on the 19th day of the season and remain third behind Leicester by 38 points. The league runners-up could have cut the gap to Liverpool to seven points in a direct duel the day before, but instead went 0-4 down against Jurgen Klopp’s team.
Some Premier League clubs will have to play two matches in less than 48 hours in the coming days. City, for example, will host the next game on Sunday (7pm), when Sheffield United host. Liverpool host City’s victorious Wolves 90 minutes earlier.
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 Manchester City (0-1)
0:1 Sterling (25th, Foulelfmeter)
0:2 Sterling (50th)
1:2 Traoré (55th)
2:2 Jiménez (82nd)
3:2 Doherty (89th)
Wolverhampton– Dendoncker, Coady, Saiss – Doherty, Neves, Moutinho, Otto (73rd Vinagre) – Traoré , Jiménez, Jota (79th Neto)
City: Ederson – Walker, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Mendy – Rodrigo, Silva, Mahrez (46th Garcia), De Bruyne (67th Gündogan), Sterling – Agüero (14th Bravo)
Red card: Ederson (12th, emergency brake)
Yellow card: – / Otamendi
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article said Liverpool had to face city-defeated Wolves. In fact, the Wolves won the game against City. We have corrected the error.