Brazil sensation Fernandinho scored a dramatic 89th-minute winning goal for Manchester City to earn a 3-2 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday, a result which could have major ramifications at both ends of the Premier League.
It was the second goal in four minutes at Eastlands after Carlos Sanchez appeared to have earned FA Cup finalists Villa a priceless point when he was on hand to skilfully hook the ball into the goal from 12 yards after City goalkeeper Joe Hart had failed to deal with a Charles N’Zogbia corner.
But with normal time running out, Aleksandar Kolarov’s left-wing corner passed through a crowded Villa area and reached the unmarked Fernandinho, who took a controlling touch before scoring with an acrobatic half-volley.
Sergio Aguero, with his 21st league goal of the season, and Kolarov had previously been on target for Manuel Pellegrini’s side although, after Tom Cleverley had pulled a goal back for Villa, the visitors looked well capable of escaping with at least a point.
Victory saw reigning champions City climb into second place, nine points behind Chelsea but having played two games more than Jose Mourinho’s leaders.
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