Leon Bailey’s Curler Denies City Top Spot

Leon Bailey’s Curler Denies City Top Spot

Leon Bailey’s Curler Denies City Top Spot

Leon Bailey’s Curler Denies City Top Spot

Aston Villa and Manchester City drew 1-1 in the Premier League, with Leon Bailey canceling out Erling Haaland’s opening goal. This was Manchester City’s second loss of points this season.

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The first half saw no shots on goal for Pep Guardiola’s team, but five minutes after the break, Haaland’s close-range strike—his 10th of the year—gave them the lead.

After that, the city was made to pay for numerous squandered opportunities when, with 16 minutes left, Bailey rifled in to excite Villa Park and relieve the strain on the home team’s manager Steven Gerrard.

The second-place champions dropped to a point behind the league leaders Arsenal, who will be tested on Sunday when they play an improved Manchester United, while Villa increased to

City started in a typically dominant mood, with Kyle Walker blazing over and Kevin De Bruyne lashing wide inside the opening 10 minutes.

Leon Bailey’s Curler Denies City Top Spot

Villa withstood that early pressure, though, and almost took the lead in the 38th minute when Ollie Watkins’ effort was deflected narrowly wide by John Stones.

City went ahead in the 50th minute with their first shot on target, Haaland stealing in at the back post to convert De Bruyne’s looping cross.

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The former Borussia Dortmund striker almost had a second shortly after the hour mark, yet his instinctive effort was kept out by the legs of Emiliano Martinez.

De Bruyne then clipped the top of the crossbar with a free-kick from 20 yards, before Martinez again denied Haaland.

Villa snatched a point on a rare foray forward as Bailey whipped home from 15 yards after being picked out by Jacob Ramsey.

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