Wolves 1-1 Man City: Champions draw after controversial Wolves opener

Wolves impressed as they earned a 1-1 draw with Premier League champions Manchester City on Saturday at Molineux.

After City hit the woodwork twice in the first half, Wolves took the lead in the most controversial fashion as Willy Boly handled Joao Moutinho's fine cross into the far corner (57), the touch not spotted by referee Martin Atkinson or his assistants.
City equalised through Aymeric Laporte's strong header from Ilkay Gundogan's set piece (69), before Sergio Aguero hit the crossbar with a free-kick in the last minute of stoppage time.
Aymeric Laporte celebrates his equaliser at Molineux
Image:Aymeric Laporte celebrates his equaliser at Molineux

Player ratings

Wolves: Patricio (8), Coady (6), Bennett (7), Boly (8), Doherty (6), Neves (6), Moutinho (7), Jonny (7), Jota (7), Jimenez (7), Costa (7). 

Subs: Traore (7), Vinagre (NA) 

Man City: Ederson (6), Walker (5), Kompany (7), Laporte (7), Mendy (6), Fernandinho (6), David Silva (6), Gundogan(7), Bernardo Silva (6), Aguero (6), Sterling (7). 

Subs: Jesus (6), Sane (5), Mahrez (NA) 

Man of the match: Willy Boly
The result means City drop points for the first time this season, while Wolves are on two points from their opening three games.
Wolves caused City some problems early on, seeing Raul Jimenez's early close-range strike chalked off correctly for offside, but City eventually got going.
They rattled the woodwork twice in two minutes; Aguero slid a first-time effort against the foot of the post from 12 yards, before Raheem Sterling's fine half-volley from 25 yards was superbly tipped onto the bar by Rui Patricio, an early contender for save of the season.

Team news

Wolves were unchanged following the 2-0 defeat by Leicester, while Man City made two changes after the 6-1 win over Huddersfield. Gabriel Jesus was replaced by Raheem Sterling, and Kyle Walker came in for John Stones.

Team news

Wolves were unchanged following the 2-0 defeat by Leicester, while Man City made two changes after the 6-1 win over Huddersfield. Gabriel Jesus was replaced by Raheem Sterling, and Kyle Walker came in for John Stones.
Willy Boly gives Wolves a 1-0 lead
Image:Boly gave Wolves the lead in controversial fashion, handling in from close range
Aguero then fired straight at Patricio in a good position after Benjamin Mendy's wicked cross was palmed into his path, before a frantic two-minute period in the second half saw Wolves take the lead and leave City feeling hard-done-by.
Ederson brilliantly tipped wide after Douglas Costa had raced through one-on-one on the City goal, but from the resulting short corner, Moutinho's wicked cross was turned home by the hand of Boly.
Seconds later, Boly superbly blocked from David Silva's drive as City looked for an instant reply, and City then saw strong appeals for a penalty turned down by Atkinson as Ruben Neves tripped Silva.
City did eventually respond through Laporte's first goal for the club, a thumping header from six-yards from Gundogan's pinpoint free-kick, and it was nearly 2-1 as Patricio saved brilliantly with his legs from Gabriel Jesus' strong header.
Raheem Sterling of Manchester City shoots and misses during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester City at Molineux on August 25, 2018 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.
Image:Raheem Sterling hit the post with a long-range effort in the first
Aguero hit the woodwork for the second time with a 95th-minute free-kick coming off the crossbar, and it stayed one apiece after a frantic and entertaining contest.

Opta stats

  • Wolves have lost just two of their 28 home games in all competitions under Nuno Espirito Santo (W18 D8 L2).
  • City have lost just one of their last 30 Premier League games against newly-promoted teams (W22 D7 L1).
  • City conceded the first goal of a Premier League game for the first time in their last 18 fixtures in the competition, since losing 3-4 to Liverpool on January 14th.
  • Since the start of last season, City have lost just one of the six Premier League games in which they conceded the first goal (W3 D2 L1).

The managers

Nuno: "The players deserve credit. the way they worked and prepared themselves, we knew it would be tough but we worked for it, played the way and style and shape we believe, and individually we were fantastic."

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