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Man City inflicted the first defeat of the Premier League on Steven Gerrard as they produced one of the close football results of the midweek action in the Premier League. City played some scintillating football in the first half and was rewarded with a goal from Ruben Dias. Ollie Watkins got a goal back for the hosts just after the break before a moment of brilliance from Bernardo Silva sealed all three points for the defending champions.

Player ratings

Aston Villa: Martinez (6), Cash (7), Konsa (6), Mings (7), Targett (7), Luiz (8), Nakamba (7), Bailey (6), McGinn (7), Buendia (7), Watkins (8).
Subs: Young (6), Chukwuemeka (7). Sansom (n/a).

Man City: Ederson (7), Cancelo (7), Dias (8), Ake (7), Zinchenko (6), Fernandinho (7), Rodri (7), Sterling (8), Bernardo Silva (8), Mahrez (7), Jesus (7).
Subs: Grealish (n/a).

Man of the match: Ruben Dias.

Managers Reaction

Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard: “The performance second half was really good. It maybe deserved that we take something from the game.” he added. “We lacked a bit of belief at the start of the first half. That is a combination of them having top players and managers. We got a foothold and then conceded. The second goal we could have stopped the game higher up the pitch. The second goal we could have stopped the game higher up the pitch. The reaction I got, I can’t ask for more. I think the fans appreciated that.”

Man City boss Pep Guardiola: “The game we played was fantastic. Difficult game. We knew it. I understand why. Especially after conceding early in the second half, the way we reacted… we played really well.”

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