Manchester City’s 1-0 victory over the Wolves on Saturday was a dramatic clash at the Etihad Stadium, as Raheem Sterling was the hero to keep City at the top of the Premier League table.
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Raul Jimenez was shown two quick-fire yellow cards to be sent off in first-half stoppage time, and Man City finally broke the deadlock through a dubious penalty kick for a handball that VAR somehow allowed.
Sterling then slotted home the winner — his 100th Premier League goal.
The win extends City’s lead atop the Premier League table as they have 38 points. The Wolves remain on 21 points.
Manchester City vs Wolves final score, stats
Manchester City 1, Wolves 0
Goals scored: Raheem Sterling 66′
Shots: Manchester City 24, Wolves 2
Shots on target: Manchester City 10, Wolves 1
Possession: Manchester City 72, Wolves 28
Three things we learned
1. Dubious handball call: Jon Moss gave the penalty for a handball on Joao Moutinho, and from his angle it did look like a handball. But as soon as VAR came in and replays were shown, it was clear the ball hit Moutinho’s armpit. His arm was raised, yes, but the ball hit his armpit and there is no way that was a handball. How on earth VAR didn’t overturn that decision is beyond me.
2. Jimenez has moment to forget: After picking up a yellow card, Jimenez just lost it and then got himself sent off. The foul on Rodri was a foul, but maybe not a yellow card, and Jimenez was angry. He then reacted in a crazy manner and if you stand in front of a free kick and block it from being taken, you’re going to get a red card. That is just the way it is. Wolves will miss Jimenez badly when they head to Brighton in midweek.
3. Sterling joins the 100 club: He is the eighth youngest player to reach 100 goals and Sterling was superb on Saturday. Roaming around and interchanging with Gabriel Jesus, he dragged Wolves’ defense all over the place. He kept his cool to slot home the penalty kick and it is crazy to think Sterling is just 27 years old. What a career he has already had and he’s back in form and showing his importance for City.
Man of the Match: Bernardo Silva: Silva caused so many problems with his movement and so brave on the ball. In the form of his career.
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