Sterling fires Guardiola’s Men to Victory. Manchester City beat 10-man Wolves 1-0 thanks to Raheem Sterling’s second-half penalty, giving them their sixth Premier League win in a row and keeping them at the top of the table.
Last weekend, City went to the top of the table for the first time this season, and they made the most of their opportunity to play before Liverpool and Chelsea on Saturday, winning a hard-fought – though somewhat contentious – match at the Etihad Stadium.
Raul Jimenez’s harsh sending-off in first-half stoppage time for two bookable offences in the space of 31 seconds provided a significant boost to Pep Guardiola’s side.
When referee Jonathan Moss ruled that Bernardo Silva’s cross had hit Joao Moutinho on the arm, Sterling was given the chance to convert the resulting penalty with 66 minutes remaining, giving him his 100th Premier League goal, which was enough to give Wolves a slender victory.
Wolves were only undone by a last-gasp goal in last week’s loss to Liverpool, and they managed to contain City in a first half that saw the hosts register just two attempts on target.
However, the visitors were reduced to 10 men when Jimenez was booked for a foul on Rodri and again penalised almost straight after for failing to retreat when the free-kick was taken.
Ilkay Gundogan had a header blocked on the line by Conor Coady and City’s pressure eventually told when Sterling calmly converted the match-winning penalty, which Wolves’ players argued should never have been given as Silva’s cross appeared to hit Moutinho on the armpit, rather than his arm.
Jack Grealish blasted over a great opportunity soon after, while Silva and Sterling had attempts saved by Jose Sa, but Wolves struggled to pose a sustained threat at the other end as they went a fourth game without scoring.
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