Man City comfortable in win over 10-man Wolves (video)

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  • Jesus scores inside 10 minutes
  • Wolves’ Willy Boly sent off in the 19th minute
  • Sterling won penalty kick in first half
  • Own goal in second half puts the game on ice

Gabriel Jesus scored a brace and Kevin De Bruyne made his Premier League return for the first time this calendar year as Manchester City comfortably swept aside 10-man Wolverhampton Wanderers, 2-0. After allowing an early goal, Wolves evening went from bad to worse when centerback Willy Boly was sent off in the 19th minute.

It was Wolves’ first red card of the season in any competition.

With the win, Manchester City moves to within four points of Liverpool’s lead at the top of the table, as the title race heats up this frosty January.

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Controlling the tempo early, Manchester City showed that the club’s recent form, with 16 goals scored in the last two cup matches, could carry over into the Premier League. In the 10th minute, it only took three touches for Man City to go from the backline to the back of the net.

Aymeric Laporte split the Wolves backline with a brilliant pass down the left channel, right into the run of Leroy Sane. Sane played a one-time pass across the face of goal, providing Jesus with a perfect pass that he re-directed home sliding towards the goal.

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While Wolves had a pair of half-chances following the goal, the match became just about out of hand in the 19th minute. Boly, in trying to win the ball off Bernardo Silva, slid in with his studs up, going through Silva in the process. Boly was quickly shown a red card, putting his team in a real hole.

Manchester City continued to attack in the first half as time went by, and in the 39th minute, the Cityzens got their just rewards. Silva played Sterling into the box, and after beating his defender, Ryan Bennett, the latter pulled down Sterling to set up a penalty kick. Jesus stepped up and sent Rui Patricio the wrong way for a 2-0 lead.

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The second half was more of the same, with Man City dominating possession, holding the ball for 75 percent of the time while looking for another goal. Once de Bruyne was brought on for David Silva, a new attacking dimension was added. It ended up leading to Man City’s third goal of the night, as defender Conor Coady turned in a darting cross from de Bruyne in the 78th minute.

Watch Live: Man City v. Wolves

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Manchester City host Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Etihad Stadium on Monday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) as Pep Guardiola‘s men aim to cut the gap to leaders Liverpool to four points.

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But after they drew at Wolves earlier this season, Guardiola’s boys will know that the newly-promoted side cannot be taken lightly. Nuno Espirito Santo‘s side have beaten Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool in all competitions this season and they’ve drawn with Manchester United, Arsenal and City too.

In team news Man City start Stones and Laporte at center back with Vincent Kompany not in the squad, as Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne start on the bench. David Silva makes his 267th PL appearance for City and captains the team, which sets a club record.

Wolves make three changes from the team which beat Liverpool in the FA Cup last week as Ruben Neves returns to midfield.


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Man City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Danilo, Fernandinho, Silva, Sane, Sterling, Bernardo, Jesus. Subs: Muric, Gundogan, Agüero, De Bruyne, Delph, Mahrez, Otamendi

Wolves: Patricio, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Jonny, Moutinho, Jimenez, Jota. Subs: Cavaleiro, Costa, Gibbs-White, Ruddy, Saiss, Vinagre, Traore

Jimenez, Neves lead Wolves past Liverpool in FA Cup

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It’s one-and-done for Liverpool in the FA Cup.

Wolves beat a weakened Liverpool 2-1 at the Molineux Stadium on Monday to cap off the third round of the FA Cup.

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Raul Jimenez and Ruben Neves scored for the hosts, with Divock Origi scoring for Liverpool.

It was an even-enough match in terms of chances. Liverpool started the match with Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, and Roberto Firmino on the bench, the latter two emerging as subs with Liverpool trailing in the second half.

Virgil Van Dijk did not make the trip to the Molineux, and a sixth-minute injury to Dejan Lovren meant 16-year-old Ki-Jana Hoever paired with Fabinho at center back.

A James Milner mistakes helped cue Jimenez up for the opener, but Origi responded with a pretty goal through traffic to make it 1-1.

But Neves, who’s proven capable of stunners, added another goal from distance to restore Wolves’ lead.

And Xherdan Shaqiri‘s late free kick was just altered by a flying John Ruddy and hit the post and bounded away from goal.

The Reds also bowed out of the League Cup in the first match, falling at home to Chelsea.

LIVE, FA Cup: Wolves v. Liverpool in third round finale

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An all-Premier League FA Cup tie takes place Monday at Molinuex, as Wolverhampton Wanderers host Liverpool (kick off, 2:45 p.m. ET) in the final third round clash.

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In team news Wolves make five changes with John Ruddy, Leander Dendoncker, Ruben Vinagre, Ruben Neves and Diogo Jota all coming into the team.

Liverpool make nine changes and hand full debuts to Rafael Camacho and Curtis Jones, with Simon Mignolet starting in goal and Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all on the bench.

Click on the link above to follow the action, while below are the lineups for both teams.


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Wolves: Ruddy; Bennett, Coady, Bolly; Otto, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Vinagre; Jota, Jimenez. Subs: Norris, Doherty, Cavaleiro, Costa, Gibbs-White, Saiss, Adama

Liverpool: Mignolet; Camacho, Fabinho, Lovren, Moreno; Milner, Keita, Jones; Shaqiri, Sturridge, Origi. Subs: Kelleher, Firmino, Mane, Salah, Hoever, Christie-Davies, Alexander-Arnold

Crystal Palace snatch late win at Wolves

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  • Ayew scores controversial winner
  • Third win in five for Palace
  • Milivojevic scores stoppage time penalty
  • One win in four for Wolves 

Crystal Palace beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 at Molinuex Wednesday as Jordan Ayew and Luka Milivojevic struck late on to give the Eagles another valuable three points.

Roy Hodgson‘s side looked the more dangerous throughout and their opener finally arrived as Ayew, who seemed to have strayed just offside, controlled and finished calmly late on. In stoppage time Milivojevic then scored a penalty kick to seal the victory.

With the win Palace are in 14th place on 22 points and six points above the relegation zone, while Wolves slip to ninth on 29 points.

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Palace dominated early proceedings as Andros Townsend stole the ball in a dangerous position, then fed Milivojevic who had a shot tipped over by Rui Patricio.

From the resulting corner James Tomkins went close with a header as the away side looked very comfortable.

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Townsend then dribbled past several Wolves players and fired over, as Wolves barely got going in the first half but they did have the best chance to score. A corner from the left found Willy Boly completely unmarked but he didn’t get enough on his header and then Matt Doherty nodded over.

However, Palace then had a great chance to take the lead as a ball to the back post found Mamadou Sakho unmarked but he somehow completely missed the ball as he had a free header on goal.

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In the second half Wolves looked more likely to score with a few chances, but Palace were comfortable enough to sit back and try and hit the hosts on the counter.

Wolves were trying to do the same but Palace looked more dangerous on the counter and eventually they scored.

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Wilfried Zaha‘s shot was blocked, then Patrick Van Aanholt‘s shot across goal found Ayew who looked to be just offside but the Ghanian forward slotted home to put Palace ahead.

Ruben Neves then forced Vicente Guaita into a low save but Zaha won a penalty kick in stoppage time as Ryan Bennett brought him down.

Milivojevic stepped up and slammed home the penalty to make it 2-0 and seal the win for Palace.