Manchester City beat Aston Villa to keep pressure leaders Chelsea
Manchester City recorded a 2-0 win over Aston Villa to keep the pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea, thanks to late goals from midfielder Yaya Toure and striker Sergio Aguero on Saturday.
London: Manchester City recorded a 2-0 win over Aston Villa to keep the pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea, thanks to late goals from midfielder Yaya Toure and striker Sergio Aguero on Saturday.
City had been frustrated for large parts of the game as a combination of poor finishing and an organised Villa back-line kept them at bay. But the deadlock at Villa Park eventually ended in the 82nd minute when Toure scored from the edge of the box and six minutes later Aguero made the points certain with a powerful strike.
Villa manager Paul Lambert initially made one change from the side that had lost 3-0 at Chelsea, as Charles N'Zogbia came in for Andreas Weimann. However, Gabriel Agbonlahor injured himself in the warm-up, so Weimann was restored to the starting line-up in his place, Sport24 reported.
Villa also included Belgium striker Christian Benteke in their squad for the first since he ruptured his Achilles tendon at the start of April.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini made three changes from his side's mid-week 1-1 draw with Roma in the Champions League, with James Milner, Aleksandar Kolarov and Eliaquim Mangala coming in.
After a goalless first half the game continued without any of the teams having found the net until just 10 minutes left in the match. However, the breakthrough eventually arrived for City from Toure with eight minutes left when Villa defenders Alan Hutton and Philippe Senderos were punished for backing off.
Toure received the ball from substitute Fernando and with space in front of him to shoot, he stroked the ball into the net past the despairing dive of Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan. City ensured the win after Aguero received the ball from James Milner on the edge of the box and powerfully fired a shot past Guzan, the report added.