48 mins: City have had a couple of post-restart attacks, but in the first Sterling overhit his pass to Mendy, and in the second Walker allowed Saiss to get a toe to the ball, which bounced back off the City full-back and out of play for a goal-kick. 68 min: City have used all their substitutes. We know if the pace is the same as the last three years it’s going to be a hard job. Yikes! Head to Head information (H2H). 45+7 min: City play the free-kick deep. Manchester City were outstanding in the first half and got their season off to a winning start, though they needed Wolves to miss a few chances, Mon 21 Sep 2020 17.50 EDT Traore gets to the byline and squares to Jimenez, who only needs to sidefoot across goal and into the net, but sends the ball well wide! 47 min: Jota stabs over the bar after Jimenez scooped a delightful ball over the defence and into the little forward’s path. Wolves’ only real outlet is Traore. Sometimes we cannot, and sometimes we need more time to get our best condition, but it’s a good start, to come here and win. “What a thankless task you have, in simply trying to describe a football game that many of your readers don’t have the benefit of watching,” writes Charles Robinson. We find the right way to press, to recover the ball, and we created a lot of good moments, chances that we could score. 37 min: Wolves have appeared a little shellshocked since the penalty incident. Thanks for your emails and tweets. Here’s the beaming Wolves manager Nuno Espírito Santo: It’s a good night to win and perform like this. Kevin De Bruyne was typically influential as Manchester City survived a tough second half to defeat bogey side Wolves 3-1 in their Premier League opener at Molineux. 45+6 min: Moutinho slides in and brings Sterling down and City should get the chance to survive until half-time. If City hang on here it will be some win. 77 min: It’s another wonderful cross into the six-yard box that Saiss gets to again, flicking the ball towards Doherty on the back post … but a touch from Rodri on to Doherty’s head prevents the Wolves defender from nodding it into the gaping goal. Pep Guardiola speaks to Sky. Premier League title race surely over as Wolves come from two down to sink 10-man Manchester City Save Matt Doherty was the unlikely hero on … Neves’s cross is good, but Fernandinho wins the header. We look at some potential options for the former Chelsea striker, which could include a move to Wolves, Arsenal, Tottenham or Manchester City. The full-back tries to shield the ball as it is drifting out of play but Traore nudges into him and scoops the ball from beneath his legs before zipping a low cross into the six-yard box for Jimenez to tap home. “I’m sure Sterling knows that one runner will be level with him and one five yards behind him before he looks up in that position,” says Gary Naylor. Manchester City began their pursuit of the Premier League title with a convincing victory at Wolves that perhaps revealed how they will approach the post-David Silva era.An uncharacteristic lack of consistency, and their defensive vulnerability, undermined their 2019/20, but John Stones showed promise alongside the recently recruited Nathan Aké in central … De Bruyne wants an early throw from Bravo so City can break but the goalkeeper’s having none of it. 74 mins: Neto turns and runs at City’s defence, who pretty let him do it until he’s on the edge of the area, when Ake slides in and takes the ball away. It’s a bit small Peter. 67 min: And that’s De Bruyne’s last action of the match. That was fine defending by the City midfielder. De Bruyne sets up Jesus for a run at goal, but he chooses not to take on Coady in a foot race and instead jinks left and shoots straight at Rui Patricio. Back come Wolves …. 44 min: Moutinho curls a delicious ball forwards to Jimenez’s feet. Always is try to [start] in this way. And I think we blocked City possession through the middle, with Pedro and Daniel inside of the pitch, and we were able to press and recover the ball, and every time we recovered the ball we had a clear moment to accelerate the game. His hold up play and clever touches held Wolves’ play together. Bravo was rooted to his line. When he is playing inside everything is tight but it was a fantastic goal [to get us back into the game]. Moutinho’s pass over Stones sets Podence free, and as Ederson edges off his line he chips from just outside the area, but the ball floats onto the roof of the net! It’s a lovely angle to curl one in from. moment before the game is done. Wolves vs Man City result: Pep Guardiola’s side pass litmus test as attacking talents shine in Premier League return. All rights reserved. 60 mins: And again! It’s wide open now. Your support powers our independent journalism, Available for everyone, funded by readers. We tried to adapt. Wolves – Man City: Manchester City started its 2020-21 Premier League season with a 3-1 win over Wolves at the Molineux. 54 mins: Wolves close to a lifeline! He’s pleading for the ball whenever his teammates get it. Can Wolves get back into this somehow? You wonder why two attackers make the same run for other clubs.”. That’s the sound of City’s defence reversing. 43 mins: De Bruyne should score! Much improved in the second half, much improved. They start with De Bruyne sending a low cross towards Sterling, but a defender gets there first. “I’m not sure if Peter Adams had his tongue in his cheek earlier, but was Ederson’s contact on Jota minimal? Does that Wolves shirt you got for Christmas fit well?” scolds Peter Adams. 90 min: There’ll be four minutes for City to try and salvage a point from this. 35 min: “So just to be sure Gregg; it was minimal contact on Jota and a definite red. Manchester City will be without key players Sergio Aguero and Aymeric Laporte when they start the season at Wolves on Monday night. 32 min: Bravo has just had a wobble. City are clinging on for half-time. Moutinho floats the free-kick in and City clear. There’s also been confirmation that a drinks container was thrown at Sterling after the City forward scored. They’re just hoofing it clear when they regain possession. We cannot think about that [the title race]. This could be a slog of a second half for City, who will likely play 5-3-1 now. That was never handball. The upshot is that De Bruyne will after all get an opportunity to spend the rest of the game by a corner flag. Wolves 1-3 Manchester City: De Bruyne drives opening win. Maybe an indirect free kick from where the defender makes the clearance would be fairer,” writes Tom in New Zealand. City: … Or … First published on Mon 21 Sep 2020 14.16 EDT. Playing with 10 is difficult but against this side especially. Wolves 1-3 Man City (Jesus, 90+5 mins) 4.51pm EDT 16:51 GOAL! So Manchester City are 14 points behind Liverpool, who have a game in hand. It’s been a gritty performance of 80% grit and 20% sheen. And we’ll see just how good the other one is now.” To be fair to them, they have been very solid but I fancy there will be an Oh Claudio! 80 mins: City win a free-kick, maybe 15 yards beyond the halfway line. A corner is headed out to Traore, who plays to Podence on the right touchline. The striker takes a touch and creates space for a curler, but his shot doesn’t have any venom in it and floats into Bravo’s grateful gloves. Even De Bruyne struggled to find his way out of a tight spot then. © 2021 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. Is that City’s title challenge well and truly knacked? Jonny hits the deck a moment later after feeling a push from Rodri. That was a waste. Everything changed with City down to 10 men. 90+3 min: Jimenez is substituted as Wolves look to see out the clock. Sterling is loose in possession. All rights reserved. A dazzling array of step overs, shimmies and dummies before laying off a simple five-yard pass. It’s like he hit that out of anger at everything that has gone before it in this evening’s game. They’re tired … I have no regrets. What a chance! Imagine being out for a meal and asking him to pass the salt - 15 minutes later you’re still waiting as he somersaults round the restaurant with the cellar between his bum cheeks,” writes Stephen Carr (probably before Traore played a simple cross in for Jimenez’s goal). Bye! Raheem Sterling claimed a brace for City but with Pep Guardiola's side reduced to 10-men after the early dismissal of goalkeeper Ederson, Wolves claimed the points thanks to second half goals from Adama Traore, Raul Jimenez and Matt Doherty.. FORM GUIDE. When is the Manchester City vs Wolves Premier League match? Yes, but he trod on his foot, so it was a penalty. Wolves face Liverpool at Anfield next. Manchester City will become the final team to get their 2020-21 Premier League season underway when they visit Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night.. Joao Moutinho’s header in midfield goes straight to Sterling, who heads on to Jesus, who heads on to De Bruyne, whose burst from deep has gone uncovered by Moutinho, but the shot hits Rui Patricio’s shoulder and goes wide! 66 min: De Bruyne fakes to do a dragback and then knocks the ball out his feet to make the space to shoot. 64 min: Traore has got his dancing shoes on now. Wolves 2-2 Manchester City (Jimenez 82) 4.03pm EST 16:03 Goal! Teams Manchester City Wolverhampton Wanderers played so far 18 matches. There’ll be seven minutes of injury/VAR time. He turns and slides the ball towards De Bruyne, who slices the Wolves defence open with a first-time pass behind Dendoncker to Sterling. 45+2 min: Bernardo chests the ball and is penalised for handball out by the touchline on the right. 69 min: Saiss has a pop at goal from distance and then Traore dances inside his marker and makes room for a shot at goal with his left foot that he buries into Bravo’s belly. 65 mins: Wolves’ great discovery is that there is always space behind City’s defence, and they can pretty easily lift the ball into that space, or in Traore’s case just push the ball past defenders and sprint into it, and create some havoc of their own. Probably. Wolves 1-2 Manchester City (Traore 54), Goal! But I do understand why it was given. So we had a lot of things that we changed. We know how difficult it is in this stadium. 41 mins: Podence nutmegs Rodri with a pass to Jimenez on the right, the home side’s highlight of the night so far, and Wolves go on to win a corner. Traore barges into Sterling and gives away a free-kick on the edge of the box. Moutinho is set to deliver another dangerous cross. Wolves have been a bogey team for us in the last couple of seasons so to come here and do this performance is encouraging. He’s quickly into the action, beating Walker and driving a low cross in to the near post, where City clear. We’ll be seeing more goals. There are olés from the Wolves fans as their players keep possession. or Oh Nicolas! The penalty, second goal. Should the penalty have been retaken? It’s a clear foul and a booking to boot. It’s 20 yards out in a central position. We knew that one goal could change everything. Compare Manchester City and Wolves. I get where you’re coming from though Stephen. He’s not sure if he should get an assist for the third - “I was really tired at the time” - but is overall quite chirpy. Had his heel not been clipped he wouldn’t have fallen over. Wolves 0-2 Manchester City (Foden 32) Lovely goal from the visitors! De Bruyne looks miffed and Guardiola looks to be explaining that they have another match in about seven minutes. Wolves are building up the pressure. 82 mins: Another debut, as City bring Ferran Torres on for Sterling. Steady now …. The goal and the second half he played incredibly well, he helped us to keep the ball. Moutinho whips in a delicious ball that Saiss flicks across goal and past the far post by an inch. Compare form, standings position and many match statistics. 45 min: The 18-year-old defender Eric Garcia is on for Riyad Mahrez. Barney Ronay has filed his match report from Molineux: On a gripping night, Manchester City produced a performance of two distinct and telling halves: an imperious passing machine in the first, City were run thrillingly close in the second by a Wolves team that attacked its weak point on the left flank to great effect. 90+5 mins: And that’s the night’s last meaningful action! Last meeting. Lovely tribute to Claudio Bravo, who conceded to the first shot on target he faced in the Champions League, the Premier League & the FA Cup last season. 90+3 mins: Torres’s first significant contribution to English football involves a slow-motion dribble down the left wing that gobbles up a bit more time. 46 mins: Peeeeep! Manchester City go into the game as odds-on 1/2 favourites while Wolves are unfancied to shock the Citizens at 11/2, with the draw at 10/3. Wolves 3-2 Manchester City (Doherty 89) 4.31pm EST 16:31 Goal! 52 min: Jota goes down after a coming together with Walker in the box. Wolves came back from 2-0 down to beat 10-man City 3-2 at Molineux and deliver another significant blow in our bid to win a third-straight Premier League title. That was the belief in the second half, so a very good second half. Manchester City Wolverhampton live score (and video online live stream*) starts on 20 Mar 2021 at 16:00 UTC time in Premier League - England. 45+4 min: Traore scuffs a shot wide from the edge of the area and then Jota tries to dribble through the City defence but is stopped by Otamendi. 78 min: Traore slaloms his way past Bernardo Silva and bursts towards the City box but Doherty mis-controls as Traore finds him coming up in support to his right. Fantastic! Read about Wolves v Man City in the Premier League 2019/20 season, including lineups, stats and live blogs, on the official website of the Premier League. No changes to either side. The goals couldn’t be avoided. Traore picks the ball up just outside the box and drives at goal before hammering home across Bravo and into the far corner. Podence is still being treated, raising the possibility that he is in genuine pain. I imagine he’s trying to take the wind out of Wolves’ sails. First published on Fri 27 Dec 2019 18.00 GMT. Still, there’s some encouragement here for the home side. It could easily be 2-2 by now. Doherty plays a one-two with Jimenez on the edge of the box. Have a read. 90+2 min: Sterling curls a delicious effort over the wall but the ball clips the bar. Last updated 21/09/2020 . Manchester City are just so good at the playing of football. There’s a mistake in Otamendi and Bravo. I’m always positive. They’re building up a head of steam …. Manchester City Official App Manchester City FC Ltd View I’d argue that 39% with 10 men is pretty decent. 86 min: “Traore is captivating to watch. Head coach Pep Guardiola has never lost three consecutive league meetings against … 50 mins: Traore gets past Mendy and Rodri with hilarious ease, but then sends his cross straight into Ederson’s arms. I think we make each other better and that’s what sport is all about. 77 mins: A double change for the home side - Dendoncker and Silva are on, the latter for his league debut, and Neto and Moutinho are off. What a goal this is! Justin Kavanagh is back for more! All the key decisions from VAR have so far been spot on, and you’ve called it right.” I think Peter’s tongue was firmly in cheek, earlier, Charles. 85 min: At least Otamendi and Bravo can say it wasn’t them. I told my players to keep doing the same things [after City’s goal] but we conceded a second goal that made it very hard but it was a fantastic reaction. 45+3 mins: City spend the entirety of stoppage time playing keep-ball with faintly insulting ease. 63 mins: Now City attack, Rui Patricio comes out to try to beat Jesus to the ball, fails, but the Brazilian is forced wide enough to allow him to backpedal back into position before the eventual shot, by Walker, which is anyway blocked. Jesus runs to the edge of the area, ignores De Bruyne to his right - who would surely have spent the remainder of the game by the corner flag - and instead has a shot, which is well saved by Rui Patricio! 22:13 21/09/2020 . Whatever the occasion, whatever the difficulty. For the 10th season in a row, City start their season with a win. Wolves 1-3 Man City (Jesus, 90+5 mins), GOAL! Pep Guardiola has popped up. In a parallel universe Traore went out to attack Mendy from the start, this is 2-2, Mendy's just been subbed off and Pep is doing a lot of pointing. It starts with City taking a short corner and letting a few precious seconds tick away. Manchester City weathered the storm of a difficult second half to pull out a 3-1 win against Wolves. He’ll be praying that Bravo behaves himself. Kyle Walker’s bum is probably getting twitchy. Jota drills a low cross in at the near post. Wolves 1-2 Man City (Jimenez, 78 mins) 4.03pm EDT 16:03 Half time: Wolves 0-2 Man City; 3.48pm EDT 15:48 GOAL! Wolves v City … He’s not a bad outlet, mind. A lot of things to improve. [Traore] had to come inside [to have an impact]. “But really, you’ve got to laugh at the way VAR has been rolled out. But even in the second half we should improve a lot of things, the final touch, the clinical moment that we create, the chances we had. Manchester City are back in action after the international break with a trip to Crystal Palace, live on Sky Sports. 56 mins: Another chance for Wolves! “City hit the man with the final pass so often that it must be coached. Jonny is taken off and Vinagre is on. I really shouldn’t be surprised considering the own goal of Brexit that y’all have inflicted on yourselves but yet somehow still am. The second half is under way. What a match! I think the difference is that Dendoncker appeared to be running in step with Mahrez and not deliberately challenging him. Obviously there’s going to be stages when it’s difficult because offensively they’re really strong. It’s a little bit of a weird season, but we know we need to start well. De Bruyne either totally mishits it or attempts a completely ludicrous shot from insane distance, and it’s not even a very good one. 81 mins: Podence is down and rolling about in apparent agony, after Walker caught him on the chin with a hand. 90+5 mins: City have a throw, lose the ball, win it back, and Jesus has a shot the takes a savage deflection off Coady to leave Rui Patricio helpless! Having absolutely owned the first half, City find themselves hanging on here. Meanwhile, Wolves host Southampton. Moutinho whips in the free-kick but this time Fernandinho heads clear. We always have to give credit to our opponent, but we should do better, especially defensively. From then on things became much harder. 78 mins: Game on! Wolves 2-2 Manchester City (Jimenez 82), Goal! Manchester City started their title assault in a winning style after a strong Wolves side threatened to once again come back from 2-0 down at Molyneux.. 🎯 Gabriel Jesus has scored the 44th PL goal of this match round, a competition record for a 20-team season, surpassing the 43 scored in February 2011 pic.twitter.com/5l8F2leQil. 86 mins: Rodri gets booked. Every one of us has been working so hard and believing. Wolves win the ball back but play a long ball into the corner that runs out of play – and that should be that for this half. De Bruyne slides in Sterling on the left and he makes the right decision, cutting the ball back to … What a ridiculous decision! However, that … I’m not sure Pep Guardiola’s going to pop up anytime soon. Traore slides a low cross to Podence, who is given far too much space inside the penalty area to turn and shoot, but the ball whistles just wide of the post! © 2021 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. 62 min: Beep! 75 min: City have had 39% possession, which is the lowest they have ever had under Guardiola in any match. Jimenez put the press on the substitute goalkeeper, who walloped the ball out of play. Goal! Final score: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-3 Manchester City, GOAL! 90+4 mins: Save! I’m guessing his mood is darker than the skies above Molineux. Manchester City's first Premier League fixture of the 2020/21 season sees them travel to Wolves. He’s obviously not very keen on doing so, and it’s tough to get much out of him, but they do get a few morsels: It was a good one. 76 mins: De Bruyne plays the ball forward to Jesus, a pass and a run not dissimilar to that which led to the penalty. The ball is knocked back in towards Coady on the back post but he can’t stretch to reach it. Otamendi lunges in and misses and Doherty passes the ball into teh far corner with great composure. 90 mins: De Bruyne wins a throw-in, and then a minute later wins a corner. I might have to take it back. Wolves fightback stuns 10-man Manchester City to give Liverpool further advance in title race. Where’s De Bruyne when you need him? We’re very much about to find out. City created a lot of problems for us to recover the ball, but even in the first half we had a good spell, when we had possession, then we conceded the penalty. Again Saiss comes over to defend it, but this time he stays on his feet, eases Jesus off the ball, and the danger is over. 40 min: Wolves are increasing the tempo and making it very difficult for City to keep possession. It looks like Sterling will hit it …. Wolves 0-2 Manchester City (Sterling 50). The home side could well have scored another goal or two, but even so this has been the goaliest weekend in 20-team Premier League history, which is jolly nice. 43 min: Jonny dinks a cross in towards Jimenez from the left, but Bravo collects comfortably. Rodri drops deep to collect the ball in midfield. City have defended with Benítez-like efficiency since being reduced to 10 men. 59 mins: And another! Wolves are a difficult team to face with 11 men but with 10 men for 79 minutes, there was always going to be a tired error in that City defence. full-time: wolves 3-2 manchester city. … City’s shape has been very good, mind. Wolves got better as the game wore on. He’s just whipped in another cross but it’s too deep for Jimenez. Manchester City have only failed to score in one of their last 10 league games against Wolves, netting 21 goals in total. Well, that was eventful. 59 min: Moutinho whips it in and Otamendi heads into the air for Bravo to collect. 45 min: Neves bangs a shot at goal from somewhere near Birmingham and Bravo saves easily. We need to fight against [Liverpool]. 49 min: City enjoy a spell of possession before Otamendi gifts the ball back to Wolves with an errant punt forwards. Whatever the final score Pep will be having a word with the two of them about those tissue-tough challenges later, I’d have thought. But the game was good. As well as Wolves played, City ultimately paid the price for Ederson’s sending off in the first half. When they’re on it, as they are tonight, they give you no time, they give you no space, and they show you no mercy. Wolves 1-3 Manchester City: Wolves must strengthen squad, says Nuno Espirito Santo. 76 min: Sterling drags Jota to the floor over near the corner flag. It took some poor Wolves finishing for City to see out a 3-1 win in their first game of the Premier League season.