Premier League Champions Manchester City needed to come from behind to rescue a point at the home of newly promoted Wolverhampton wolves on Saturday! After opening their title defence with convincing wins over Arsenal and Huddersfield Town, last years Championship winners shown them little respect in an eventful match at the Molineux.
City could have easily been 2-1 in front at the break, only for the on form Sergio Aguero to hit the wood work, while an excellent save from Wolves keeper Rui Patricio deflected Raheem Sterling’s effort onto the crossbar. It wasn’t all one way traffic as the hosts had a Raul Jimenez goal ruled out for offside.
However, it was the home side that took the lead in the 57th minute with a somewhat controversial goal! Wolves defender Willy Boly’s attempted diving header connecting with Joao Moutinho’s free kick, to beat Ederson in the city net. After a second look you can clearly see the ball hit Boly’s leading arm to take the deflection, but the goal stood.
City came back and shortly after had a penalty appeal turned down after by referee Matty Atkinson for Ruben Neve’s clumsy challenge on David Silva, but minutes later they did draw level, this time from the head of Aymeric Laporte with his first goal for the club. The defender out leaping everyone to connect with an Ilkay Gundogan free kick. Both teams had the chance to pinch the three points in the closing minutes, City coming the closest when Aguero’s free kick looked like it was in, only to catch the inside of the cross bar with one of the last touches of the game.
Over on Merseyside Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Brighton saw them leapfrog Manchester City into top spot, courtesy of a Mohammed Salah effort midway through the first half. After last week’s surprise 3-2 win over Manchester United Brighton travelled north full off optimism, but rarely had any chance to threaten a repeat upset as Liverpool controlled the game throughout. Although still not at their fluid best the Reds front men could have easily sealed the three points before the break, with Salah looking dangerous with ever touch and Sadio Mane just knocking his effort wide. Brighton keeper Mat Ryan had his work cut out but did an excellent job to deny Roberto Firmino’s headed effort, while young England fullback Trent Alexander-Arnold saw his free kick rattle the woodwork.