Manchester City moved closer to becoming Premier League champions after they beat Aston Villa in a match where both sides ended with 10 men.
City, playing for the first time since they signed up to the European Super League and then withdrew from the competition, had centre-half John Stones sent off just before the break for a knee-high challenge on Jacob Ramsey.
However, Villa wasted the man advantage when Matty Cash was dismissed 11 minutes into the second half following two bookings in the space of three minutes.
Villa went ahead after only 20 seconds as John McGinn guided a shot past Ederson following Ollie Watkins’ low cross.
The impressive Phil Foden finished off a fine City team move to equalise before Rodri headed the visitors in front following Bernardo Silva’s cross.
City led 2-1 when they went down to 10 men, but Villa could not capitalise on the extra player and then offered little threat when it was 10-a-side.
Pep Guardiola’s team are 11 points clear of Manchester United and need eight points from their final five matches to become English champions for the third time in four seasons.
Stones will be suspended for Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Tottenham at Wembley as City, who are also in the Champions League semi-finals, aim to pick up the first of a potential three trophies this season.
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- 2CashBooked at 57mins
- 19NakambaSubstituted forBarkleyat 63′minutes
- 15TraoréSubstituted forEl Ghaziat 75′minutes
- 6Douglas Luiz
- 41RamseySubstituted forDavisat 45′minutes
- 21El Ghazi
- 27El Mohamady
- 5StonesBooked at 44mins
- 3Rúben Dias
- 20Bernardo Silva
- 8GündoganBooked at 44mins
- 26MahrezSubstituted forFernandinhoat 90′minutes
- 9Gabriel JesusSubstituted forLaporteat 45′minutes
Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Manchester City 2.
Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Manchester City 2.
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Matt Targett.
Substitution, Manchester City. Fernandinho replaces Riyad Mahrez.
Attempt missed. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.
Kyle Walker (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa).
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Ezri Konsa Ngoyo.
Rodrigo (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Keinan Davis (Aston Villa).
Hand ball by John McGinn (Aston Villa).
Phil Foden (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Aston Villa).
Attempt missed. Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.
Substitution, Aston Villa. Anwar El Ghazi replaces Bertrand Traoré.
Kyle Walker (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa).
Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.
Foul by Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City).
Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.