Posted by News Express | 27 December 2019 | 821 times
•Wolves players celebrate victory over Man City
Wolves fought back from two goals down to beat 10-man Manchester City in a memorable and controversial Premier League encounter on Friday night at Molineux.
City looked as though they would make light of the 12th-minute red card shown to goalkeeper Ederson for a foul on Diogo Jota when Raheem Sterling scored twice.
The first came after two dramatic interventions by the video assistant referee, one to award City a penalty, then rule a retake, both of which Rui Patricio saved before Sterling tapped the rebound from the second kick into an empty net.
But Wolves, roared on by a passionate crowd, levelled through Adama Traore and Raul Jimenez before Matt Doherty won it with a shot from the edge of the area in the final minute.
The result leaves City in third place. 14 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool, who have a game in hand.
There were jubilant scenes among the home fans at the final whistle - but the match was overshadowed by an incident which saw objects thrown from the stands as City celebrated their opener.
It seems certain that will lead to further action, as a public announcement needed to be made warning supporters that charges would be brought against anyone caught on CCTV committing an offence.
A famous Wolves comeback
When Sterling scored the opener, Manchester City manager Guardiola did not look entirely satisfied that the winger had taken both spot-kicks.
There was no complaint about the England international's second goal of the night, though, as he raced clear on to Bernardo Silva's superb through ball and then chipped brilliantly past an advancing Rui Patricio.
It was the first time Sterling had scored two in a league game since the opening day of the season - and City seemed certain to become only the sixth team in Premier League history to win after having a man sent off in the opening 12 minutes.
Instead, it provided the backdrop to a Wolves comeback that will live long in the memory.
Guardiola had brought on Eric Garcia and changed to a three-man defence at the break. It was supposed to repel the twin threat posed by Jimenez's power and Traore's pace. But that defence was breached five minutes after Sterling's second when Traore drove a shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.
It was the Spaniard's third goal of the season against City - only Eden Hazard and Jamie Vardy had previously scored that many against a Guardiola team in a Premier League season.
More was to come. A dreadful loss of possession inside his own area by Benjamin Mendy allowed Traore to cross low for Jimenez, who converted from close range.
Roared on by a partisan crowd and with tensions on the touchline heightening, Wolves won it - with Doherty providing the climax by drilling home from the edge of the area. He raced away to be greeted by ecstatic team-mates as Nuno Espirito Santo and his coaching staff leapt for joy on the touchline.
Amazingly, both sides must play again within 48 hours of the final whistle at Molineux - a result of the congested festive fixture programme that has brought complaints from both Nuno and Guardiola. (BBC)