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Man City leaves it late to beat Aston Villa 3-2 in EPL

Fernandinho grabs late winner as Man City beats Aston Villa 3-2, goes 2nd in Premier League

Manchester City's Aleksandar Kolarov, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring from a free kick during the English Premier League soccer match b...

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Manchester City's Aleksandar Kolarov, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring from a free kick during the English Premier League soccer match b...

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Fernandinho volleyed in an 89th-minute winner as Manchester City beat Aston Villa 3-2 to cement a place in the English Premier League's top four for the soon-to-be-deposed champions.

Sergio Aguero pounced on an early mistake by goalkeeper Brad Guzan to give City a third-minute lead, and Aleksandar Kolarov made it 2-0 after an hour when he curled a free kick through the defensive wall.

Villa looked like salvaging a point after goals by Tom Cleverley and Carlos Sanchez -- following misjudgments by goalkeeper Joe Hart -- pulled the relegation strugglers level by the 85th.

There was still time for a City corner to drift through a crowded penalty box to Fernandinho, who chested the ball down, and found the net from eight meters.

City moved provisionally to second place.


Updated : 2021-09-28 19:48 GMT+08:00