Manchester City beat Aston Villa 2-1 to move within eight points of the Premier League title. They managed a win in spite of going a goal down inside 20 seconds. There was a further setback when John Stones was shown red just before half-time. John McGinn scored for Villa after just 20.82 seconds. It was the second-fastest goal scored in the Premier League this season after Miguel Almiron scored for Newcastle.
The citizens fought back and were rewarded in the 22nd minute when Phil Foden tucked away a Bernardo Silva cutback. They then took the lead in the 40th minute when Rodri glanced his header after the keeper missed his punch. John Stones had a game to forget. He was at fault for the first goal and was then sent off for a bad tackle. He was shown a yellow at first before VAR intervened. He will now miss the Carabao Cup final against the Spurs on Sunday.
Villa could not capitalize on their numerical advantage in the second half. Matt Cash was sent off for two bookable offences in the space of three minutes. His sending-off finished the game as a contest as neither side created much thereafter.
Manchester City restored their 11 point lead over their neighbours Manchester United having played an extra game. Their victory against Aston Villa means Pep Guardiola‘s side requires an additional eight points to seal the title. Manchester City is looking to win their third Premier League title in four years. If they manage to win their next two games, they could win the title against Newcastle on May 12.
Aston Villa: Martinez (5), Cash (4), Konsa (6), Mings (6), Targett (5), Nakamba (5), Douglas Luiz (5), Ramsey (5), McGinn (5), Traore (5), Watkins (6)
Subs: Davis (5), Barkley (5), El Ghazi (5)
Man City: Ederson (6), Walker (6), Stones (4), Dias (6), Zinchenko (6), Rodri (7), Bernardo (8), Gundogan (7), Mahrez (7), Jesus (6), Foden (8)
Subs: Laporte (6), Fernandinho (NA)
Man of the match: Phil Foden