Bernardo Silva and Iklay Gundogan’s late goals broke Aston Villa’s stubborn defence late on to send Man City top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win at the Etihad.
Silva’s 80th-minute opener, stunning as it was, had more than a touch of controversy about it after Rodri was adjudged to have been onside by Tyrone Mings’ heavy touch in the build-up. Villa’s remonstrations lead to manager Dean Smith being sent to the stands.
Gundogan then rubbed salt in the wound in the final minute after Matty Cash was ruled to have handballed in his own penalty area, leaving the German midfielder to beat Emiliano Martinez from 12 yards.
The scoreline was harsh on Villa, who had stretched their hosts throughout the night and come close a number of times in the second half, but they were ultimately powerless to stop Pep Guardiola celebrating his 50th birthday by taking his side top of the Premier League – at least until Manchester United play Fulham in Wednesday’s other game.