Aston Villa celebrated its 1-0 victory over its guest, Manchester City, in the 15th round of the English Premier League on Wednesday, knocking the defending champion out of third place. The winner of the match for ‘The Villans’ was Leon Bailey who beat City goalkeeper Ederson with a deflected shot. While the Citizens are already six points behind leaders Arsenal, Liverpool closed the gap to two points with a 2-0 win over bottom side Sheffield.
At Villa Park in Birmingham, visiting goalkeeper Erling Haaland wasted several good chances in the first half. After the break, Aston Villa became stronger. John McGinn’s shot narrowly missed the target before Bailly beat Ederson with a shot that was blocked by Ruben Dias from less than 20 metres. Douglas Luiz briefly missed the target to make it 2-0. First the Brazilian was denied by Ederson, then by the post.
For the “Citizens”, this was the fourth consecutive match in the league without a win after three previous draws. Aston Villa, led by coach Unai Emery, surpassed Manchester City to third place in the standings. Arsenal, who struggled to beat Luton Town 4-3 in the last minute on Tuesday, leads by 36 points, ahead of Liverpool (34), Aston Villa (32) and defending champion Manchester (30).
Liverpool are still on the heels of Arsenal
Unlike City, Liverpool remained in contact with Arsenal. The Reds won 2-0 over bottom club Sheffield thanks to goals from Virgil van Dijk, who headed home from a corner kick (37th), and former Salzburg player Dominik Szoboszlai in stoppage time (94th). Sheffield came away empty-handed in their first match under returning manager Chris Wilder.
In the second big blow of the evening, Manchester United celebrated a well-deserved 2-1 victory over Chelsea. Scott McTominay became the match winner thanks to a brace (19, 69), while Cole Palmer (45) equalized for the London team. Indeed, in the ninth minute, Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes failed to kick a weak penalty kick taken by Chelsea goalkeeper Robert Sanchez. While Manchester United is in sixth place with 27 points, the “Blues” in tenth place are still stuck in the middle of the table with 19 points.
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