Man City 1-0 Wolves: Raheem Sterling scores penalty as Raul Jimenez sent off
Raheem Sterling converted a controversial penalty to reach 100 Premier League goals and give Manchester City victory in a one-sided contest with 10-man Wolves.
Sterling kept his cool to roll his 66th-minute spot-kick past Jose Sa after a lengthy VAR check ruled Joao Moutinho had illegally blocked Bernardo Silva’s cross, even though it seemed to hit the Wolves midfielder on his armpit.
The decision compounded Wolves’ frustrations given they were annoyed at Raul Jimenez’s dismissal for two yellow-card offences within seconds of each other near the end of the opening period.
Not that the visitors could have any complaints on the balance of play. City had 24 shots compared to Wolves’ three. Jose Sa made three excellent saves to deny the hosts, Conor Coady headed an Ilkay Gundogan effort off the line, Max Kilman blocked a goalbound Phil Foden effort and Jack Grealish somehow failed to convert Sterling’s far-post cross with the goal at his mercy.
Kilman brought a save out of Ederson at the end but Wolves have failed to score in their past four games and managed just one goal in their past six.
In contrast, City have now six Premier League games in a row to maintain their place at the top of the table and keep the pressure on title rivals Liverpool and Chelsea.
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- Squad number17Player nameDe Bruyne
- Squad number47Player nameFoden
Squad number1Player nameJosé Sá
Squad number23Player nameKilman
Squad number16Player nameCoady
Squad number27Player nameSaïss
Squad number22Player nameNélson Semedo
Squad number32Player nameDendoncker
Squad number8Player nameRúben Neves
Squad number28Player nameJoão Moutinho
Squad number3Player nameAït-Nouri
Squad number9Player nameJiménez
Squad number37Player nameTraoré
Squad number10Player nameDaniel Podence
Squad number11Player nameTrincão
Squad number26Player nameHwang Hee-Chan
- 27CanceloBooked at 81mins
- 3Rúben DiasBooked at 40mins
- 20Bernardo Silva
- 16RodriBooked at 43mins
- 8GündoganSubstituted forFodenat 56′minutes
- 9Gabriel Jesus
- 10GrealishSubstituted forDe Bruyneat 74′minutes
- 17De Bruyne
- 1Malheiro de Sá
- 22Nélson Semedo
- 32DendonckerBooked at 78minsSubstituted forPodenceat 87′minutes
- 8NevesBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMachado Trincãoat 82′minutes
- 28João Moutinho
- 9JiménezBooked at 45mins
- 37TraoréSubstituted forHwang Hee-Chanat 67′minutes
- 11Machado Trincão
- 17Fábio Silva
- 26Hwang Hee-Chan
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Match ends, Manchester City 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.
Second Half ends, Manchester City 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.
Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Ederson.
Attempt saved. Maximilian Kilman (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Podence with a cross.
Attempt blocked. Phil Foden (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.
Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Attempt saved. Phil Foden (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Daniel Podence replaces Leander Dendoncker.
Foul by Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City).
Nélson Semedo (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Trincão replaces Rúben Neves.
João Cancelo (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by João Cancelo (Manchester City).
Hwang Hee-Chan (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Rodri (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Phil Foden with a cross.
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by José Sá.
Attempt saved. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.
Foul by Rodri (Manchester City).
Rayan Aït-Nouri (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
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