Man City 3-0 Aston Villa: Champions cut lead to 3 points

Manchester City are back within three points of Premier League leaders Liverpool thanks to a 3-0 win at home to Aston Villa on Saturday lunchtime.

The Reds are not in action until Sunday afternoon when they host Tottenham Hotspur, with both teams winning in the Champions League midweek.

Aston Villa managed to hold the defending champions to a half-time score of 0-0 in which John McGinn had forced Ederson into a fine save.

Raheem Sterling had caused a lot of problems to the visitors in the first half before he opened the scoring 20 seconds after the break when he raced into Gabriel Jesus’ flick on to beat Tom Heaton at his near post.

Dean Smith’s side offered little threat in the second half and fell two behind on 65 minutes when Kevin De Bruyne’s cross from deep was flicked in by David Silva. The goal was reviewed by VAR, who adjudged there was no flick from the Spaniard, which would have seen the goal overturned for offside. It was only confirmed after the game by the dubious goals committee that Silva scored the goal.

Ilkay Gundogan produced a fine five five minutes later to seal the points.

There was still time for Fernandinho to pick up a second yellow card to rule him out of Manchester City’s next game, against Southampton, before McGinn hit the inside of the post in stoppage time.