Match report: Man City 4-0 Villa
Hosts win after second half rush of goals.
5th Mar 2016
Match report: Man City 4-0 Villa


A clinical second half display from Man City saw Villa well beaten at the Etihad Stadium.

After a solid opening 45 minutes, the claret and blues were overpowered by their opponents after the break.

Both sides suffered defeat in midweek against the two Merseyside clubs.

Villa were keen to bounce back from their 3-1 loss to Everton while City were attempting to reignite their title charge after they were beaten by J├╝rgen Klopp's Liverpool at Anfield.

Much like in the corresponding fixture last season, the hosts started brightly and only alert defending from centre-backs and former City men Micah Richards and Joleon Lescott as well as interventions from stopper Brad Guzan kept the game goalless.

The goalkeeper's first major contribution arrived 11 minutes into the contest, saving Sergio Aguero's close-range shot as the Argentine worked his way into a promising positon.

That said, the visitors looked threatening on the break, especially down the right flank with full-back Alan Hutton.

His fine run beat Vincent Kompany but Gael Clichy was able to produce the vital challenge.

On one of the occasions Villa were able to counter, the Scotland international then worked his way into a good position but Joe Hart gathered the cross.

Manuel Pellegrini's men continued to attack and there was a big let off for Villa when Clichy picked out Wilfried Bony with a cross from the left but the City man steered wide from close range.

Guzan then proved Aguero's nemesis once more, this time from his half volley.

Argentine Aguero then produced a fine one-two with strike partner Bony before the former fired his effort wide.

The visitors' first opportunity of note came on 26 minutes - forward Jordan Ayew saw his strike saved by the fingertips of Hart as City struggled to clear their lines.


There was more frustration for forward Bony when his free header from a corner was off target.

City won a host of set pieces as the opening 45 minutes drew to a close but the claret and blues stood firm.

Garde's men were unfortunate to see all their hard work undone within two second half minutes.

Yaya Toure gave the home side the lead on 48 minutes - directing David Silva's deft pass past Guzan.

They then doubled their advantage in fortuitous circumstances - Richards' attempted clearance bouncing back off Aguero and into the net.

City grabbed their third on the hour mark.

A fine move saw Aguero pick up a return pass from Silva and fire past the Villa goalkeeper.

Pellegrini introduced Raheem Sterling and he almost grabbed a goal with his first touch - Guzan showing good hands to tip away his angled drive.

He was not to be denied for long, though and tapped home Navas' cross to increase the home side's advantage.

Aguero hoped to complete his hat-trick as City were awarded a penalty when Ciaran Clark clipped the recently introduced Kelechi Iheanacho in the box - but hit the post with his strike.

Manager Garde made three changes in the final 20 minutes with Rudy Gestede, Leandro Bacuna and Scott Sinclair introduced.

Gestede saw his effort charged down by Nicolas Otamendi after skipper Richards had surged forward from the back as Villa looked for a consolation in front of their travelling contingent.

MAN CITY: Hart, Sagna, Kompany (C), Otamendi, Clichy, Navas, Fernandinho, Toure (M.Garcia 79), Silva (Iheanacho 70), Bony (Sterling 62), Aguero. Unused subs: Caballero, Zabaleta, Mangala, Kolarov.

VILLA: Guzan, Hutton, Richards (C), Lescott, Clark, Cissokho, Westwood, Gana, Veretout (Bacuna 74), Ayew (Sinclair 80), Agbonlahor (Gestede 70). Unused subs: Bunn, Okore, Gil, Lyden.



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