In one of the biggest upsets in recent history, Aston Villa came back from being dominated in the game and down 1-0 at the break to beat Manchester City 3-2 in a thrilling contest at a packed Villa Park. It was all City all the time right from the off as the favorites took a well deserved lead on 45 minutes as a Yaya Toure strike off a corner kick finally put City on the board as their dominance was not truly reflected until that point. Villa came out with a bit more pep in their step come the second 45 and were rewarded with an equalizer only 6 minutes into the second half, with Karim El Ahmadi firing past Joe Hart although the Moroccan international appeared to be offsides on the play. The flag stayed down regardless and Villa were suddenly (and unexpectedly) back in the game. Their newfound joy lasted only 5 minutes as the yo-yo format of the game continued with Edin Dzeko heading home on City’s 10th corner of the game to regain the lead for the Manchester side. That seemed to finally put City in the clear as far as the 3 points went, but they were pegged back yet again by Leandro Bacuna, whose free kick curled past Hart to level the match at 2 apiece. Villa then went on to win the match only 2 minutes later as Brad Guzan (who made several splendid stops throughout the match) punted the ball downfield to Andreas Weimann. Weimann went on to split the 2 discombobulated City defenders and poke past an on-rushing Joe Hart to score the winner as Aston Villa pulled the rabbit out of their hat for a shock 3 points. Conversely, this leaves Manchester City in a precarious position as it marks their 2nd embarrassing road loss of the campaign (Cardiff City) and asks more questions of Manuel Pellegrini’s tactics, who included subbing out Dzeko after he gave City a 2-1 lead with still half an hour to play.
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