Man City vs Aston Villa Highlights: City wins 3-2 to clinch sixth Premier League title

Manchester City vs Aston Villa: Read highlights of the MCI vs AVL Premier League fixture played at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England.

Manchester City players celebrate after winning the 2021-22 Premier League title.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Welcome to Sportstar's highlights of the Premier League clash between Manchester City and  Aston Villa played at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England.

This was Aneesh Dey bringing you the pre-match buildup and live updates of the match.

What a day of football. That was all for the day. Thank you for tuning in. Goodnight and take care.

Match report: Man City wins sixth Premier League title after beating Aston Villa 3-2

FULL TIME!! MANCHESTER CITY WINS THE PREMIER LEAGUE TITLE!! IT DEFEATS ASTON VILLA 3-2 ON THE FINAL DAY TO CLINCH IT!!

90+3' Kevin De Bruyne forces a corner and City can save some precious seconds.

90+2' Ederson is back up and okay to continue for now.

90+2' Ederson is down with a problem. The exact reason isn't known yet.

90+1' Liverpool leading 3-1 against Wolves. All City needs to do is just hold on. If he does, it will become Champions of England. 

Four added minutes!

88' Aston Villa Sub: IN- Ashley Young OUT- Emi Buendia

83' Booking- Aston Villa's Nakamba is shown yellow.

83' Aston Villa Sub: IN- Danny Ings OUT- Jacob Ramsay

81' GOOOOAAAALLL!!! IT IS GUNDOGAN!! WOW!! De Bruyne with a lovely assist to Gundogan from the edge of the box. Gundogan was there at the back post to convert.

78' GOOOAAALLLLL!!! CITY EQUALIZES!! IT IS RODRI!!!  A beautiful finish by Rodri as he opened his body up and slotted the ball home from distance.

76' GOAAALLLLL!!! CITY GETS ONE BACK!! IT IS GUNDOGAN!! Sterling with an accurate ball to Gundogan who headed the ball home at the far-post.

74' City with a mountain to climb right now. For now, all City can hope is Wolves holds on but how often does Liverpool not win at Anfield?

72' Aston Villa Sub: IN- Marvelous Nakamba OUT- Philippe Coutinho

69' GOOOAAALLL!!! ITS TWO FOR VILLA!! IT IS COUTINHO!! You cannot write this script. Coutinho did well to cut inside to his right foot and slotted the ball home at Ederson's near-post.

67' Coutinho with a silly foul on Rodri close to Villa's box and it is a City freekick in a dangerous area.

66' Villa with a good chance to counter but it ends with Watkins' inaccurate ball which goes straight to Ederson.

64' Coutinho thought he had found Watkins with a clever pass but the latter was offside. The assistant referee could have raised his flag earlier though.

61' City choking Villa inside its own half right now but Steven Gerrard's men have done well to keep City out till now.

58' Cancelo slips a good ball to Sterling. Sterling's attempted cross inside the box is blocked by Mings.

56' Man City Sub: IN- Raheem Sterling OUT: Riyad Mahrez.

55' Chance- City's backline caught out by Olson's goalkick. Watkings had acres of green ahead of him but Laporte's pressure did not allow the Villa forward to get a clean shot.

51' Shot- Rodri's shot from distance is not on target.

50' Close- Cancelo sends a pinpoint low cross into the Villa box. It found Jesus but he could not convert at the far-post.

49' Booking- Aston Villa captain Tyrone Mings sees yellow.

48' Chance- De Bruyne's volley is high and not on target. The ball was a bit high, which might have resulted in the Belgian's poor shot.

47' This change means that Zinchenko will replace Stones at full back and Stones will play in his natural centre-back position.

46' Man City HT Sub: IN- Oleksandr Zinchenko OUT- Fernandinho

We are back for the second half!

Half time (Manchester City 0-1 Aston Villa)

45+3' Mahrez's corner finds Laporte. His header is on target but easy for Olson to deal with. City finally gets a shot on target.

45+2' Cancelo's shot from distance is weak and is blocked. City still hasn't been able to register an effort on goal. This does not happen very often.

45+1' Jesus with a good chance to get a shot on target but Chambers did well to jostle and snatch the ball from the Brazilian.

Four added minutes!

44' De Bruyne's shot is blocked and it is a City corner. City coming all guns blazing.

41' Watkins was clear on goal but Stones did well to get back before he could get his shot away. Fernandinho not looking too comfortable as a centre-back till now.

37' GOOOAAALL!!! VILLA SCORES!! ITS MATTY CASH!! A lovely attacking move by Villa. Digne sent a lovely cross inside the box from the left and Cash was there to head the ball home.

34' Jesus shows his quick feet as he tries to find an perfect opening. However, his final ball was disappointing and Villa clears it fairly easily.

33' Mahrez's cross inside the box from the right flank takes a deflection and Chambers does well to deal with the awkward ball by sending it out for a corner.

31' Chance- Luiz loses the ball and Jesus pounces on the loose ball. He cuts inside to his right and shoots at goal but cannot get a clear connection.

30' Fernandinho's pass is horribly misguided and Villa gets a throw. That is a rare sight to be honest.

27' Block- Cancelo twists and turns and finally gets his shot away but its blocked well.

24' Close- Foden's shot misses the target by inches. It all started with a City counter spearheaded by Kevin De Bruyne.

21' De Bruyne shows his vision yet again by slipping a beautiful pass to Jesus inside the box. Unfortunately, Jesus could not get to the ball as it goes out of play.

17' Mahrez with some lovely footwork on the left flank to get the better of Cash. He squares the ball to De Bruyne on the far post but Digne gets to the ball on time and clears it.

15' An inspiring run by Cash on the right flank as he goes past Foden and Silva but he is ultimately stopped by Rodri who snatches the ball from the Villa player.

12' Thankfully, Digne is back on his feet and ready to continue.

10' Lucas Digne has taken a blow on the face after Chambers kicked the ball straight at him. He is down on the ground and getting medical attention.

9' A loose touch from Olson almost turned out to be fatal for Villa. Jesus had made some good ground and charged at the Villa keeper but the ball hit Jesus and went out of play.

9' Fernandinho sends a lovely aerial ball to Jesus but Olson comes out and gathers the ball.

7' Like usual, Man City is on the frontfoot. The Villa players have hardly got a taste of the ball in the last few minutes.

4' Cancelo tries to slip a clever ball to Jesus who had made a run. But the pass had too much weight and the ball goes out of play.

3' De Bruyne whips a ball inside the Villa box from a freekick. Fernandinho gets his head to the ball but cannot keep it on target.

1' Aston Villa keeper Olson who makes his debut tries to clear the ball but ends up sending it out of play.

1' KICK-OFF!

8:30 pm: And we are underway!

8:00 pm: 30 minutes to kick-off! The stakes couldn't be higher.

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Manchester City fans outside the stadium as the team coach arrives before the match.   -  Action Images via Reuters

 

7:50 pm: Form guide of Manchester City and Aston Villa

Manchester City last five matches:

  • Draw: West Ham United 2-2 Manchester City
  • Win: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-5 Manchester City
  • Win: Manchester City 5-0 Newcastle United
  • Loss: Real Madrid 3-1 Manchester City
  • Win: Leeds United 0-4 Manchester City

Aston Villa last five matches:

  • Draw: Aston Villa 1-1 Burnley
  • Draw: Aston Villa 1-1 Crystal Palace
  • Loss: Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool
  • Win: Burnley 1-3 Aston Villa
  • Win: Aston Villa 2-0 Norwich City

7:45 pm: Head-to-Head record!

Manchester City and Aston Villa have met 43 times in the past and City has won 27 times while Aston Villa has won seven times and the remaining nine matches have been draws.

7:30 pm: Lineups are out!

Manchester City XI: Ederson, Stones, Fernandinho (C), Laporte, Cancelo, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Mahrez, Foden, Jesus.

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Aston Villa XI: Olsen(GK), Cash, Chambers, Mings (C), Digne, McGinn, Doughlas Luiz, Ramsey, Buendia, Watkins, Coutinho.

Manager: Steven Gerrard

7:15 pm- VOTE NOW!

 

MATCH PREVIEW

One point separates the cumulative tallies of Liverpool and Manchester City over the past four Premier League seasons so there is little surprise that they head into the final weekend of the current campaign with all still to play for.

The final day of the season promises some blockbuster action as Champions League qualification and relegation go down to the wire on Sunday, but the title race is where most eyes will be trained.

The battle for supremacy between City and Liverpool has been a repeating storyline over recent seasons and the two sides go into the final weekend with Pep Guardiola's champions one point ahead of their rivals on Merseyside.

And to illustrate just how evenly matched the sides are, City has amassed 355 points since the start of the 2018-19 season and Liverpool 354.

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Guardiola will go one better than any club he has been at previously if he wins his fourth Premier League trophy when his City side takes on Aston Villa.

The Spaniard has won three league championships in charge of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and City but will reach unchartered territory at the Etihad if his side gets over the line and clinches its sixth Premier League title overall.

City tops the standings on 90 points, with Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool, which finishes at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers, on 89. The situation has echoes of the 2018-19 season when City pipped Liverpool to the title by a single point.

"We know what we have to do. Be ourselves and give everything we have to win the game," Guardiola told a news conference on Friday.

Via Reuters

Where can you watch the match?

The Manchester City vs Aston Villa match will kick-off at 8:30 pm and will be telecast live on the Star Network (SD and HD). It will also be live streamed in the OTT Platform, Disney+Hotstar and JioTV.