The 10 men of Manchester City lost for a second time in four Premier League games on Friday when a 3-2 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers saw them stay 14 points below leaders Liverpool.
The Reds beat Leicester City 4-0 on Boxing Day to go 13 points clear of the Foxes, while the Citizens failed to move back into second as expected after Ederson’s early dismissal spoiled their efforts.
City’s stopper was shown red for a clumsy challenge on winger Diogo Jota way outside his box, though that didn’t prevent the visitors steaming ahead 2-0 at Molineux thanks to a Raheem Sterling brace.
Wolves winger Adama Traore inspired the comeback and scored their first before teeing up Raul Jimenez for an unselfish second. The Mexico striker then turned architect himself as wing-back Matt Doherty got free to convert a deserved 89th-minute winner
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side became the first team to ever take 60 percent of possession or more against a team managed by Pep Guardiola, per Squawka. Not to mention Wolves are the first team this term to beat City both home and away (they triumphed 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium in October).
Jurgen Klopp’s leaders still have one game in hand over the rest of their competition, while Leicester will be thankful to remain second after City—one point behind them—came up blank in Week 19.
Liverpool – who are chasing their first top-flight title since 1990 – host Wolves themselves at Anfield on Sunday, shortly before City are set to face seventh-place Sheffield United at the Etihad.