Manchester City v Aston Villa Premier League Round of 23 match, February 12, 2023. Manchester's Jack Grealish, right, and Aston Villa's Ashley Young.
London – Manchester City football players defeated Aston Villa 3:1 in the 23rd round of the English league and reduced the lead of Arsenal to three points. The Gunners only drew with Brentford on Saturday. On Wednesday, the two best teams in the competition will face each other in London. Third in the table is another two points behind Manchester United, who won in Leeds 2:0.
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“Citizens” took the lead in the 4th minute when Rodri headed in a corner. In the first half, Gündogan and Mahriz also scored, who converted the penalty. Aston Villa only reduced from the penalty kick, from which their top scorer Watkins hit.
Pep Guardiola coached the 250th game in the English league on the bench of the defending champions and scored his 184th victory. No other coach can boast of a similar balance sheet.
Manchester footballers decided the match in Leeds only at the end. In the 80th minute, Rashford scored, and five minutes later, 18-year-old Argentine Garnacho sealed the win. The English striker has scored for the seventh time since the restart of the league after the World Cup, and with 12 league goals he is unquestionably the team's top scorer.
The two teams met again after four days. On Wednesday, Leeds went 2-0 up in their first league game since the sacking of coach Jesse Marsch and moved above Old Trafford with a surprise win, but Manchester held to a 2-2 draw.
Leeds have not won in the Premier League for nine matches.
England Football League – Round 23:
Leeds – Manchester United 0:2 (80. Rashford, 85. Garnacho), Manchester City – Aston Villa 3:1 (4. Rodri, 39. Gündogan, 45.+1 Mahriz from pen. – 61. Watkins from pen.) .