All you need to know about Wolverhampton’s stunning 3-2 comeback win over 10-man Manchester City in the Premier League Friday afternoon, complete with BayStateSoccerSentinel.com analysis and insight:
Wolves stun the league, world with epic comeback: When you’re playing against the defending champions of the league, even when they’re down a man, there’s no way a team can come back from a two-goal deficit. You just can’t. Well, no one seemed to inform Wolves about that, as they put together an epic final 35 minutes to put Manchester City under the cosh in the league. Adama Traore scored a vicious opener in the 55th and assisted on the second, his thunderous check from behind on Benjamin Mendy opening the door for Raul Jimenez to beat City reserve keeper Claudio Bravo in the 82nd minute. Then in the dying embers of the normal 90, Wolves right back Matt Doherty delivered a thunderous volley to send Molineux into hysterics, and moved Wolves into fifth.
Sterling’s two goals gives City life, even down a man: An interesting set of circumstances in the first 45 minutes, as Manchester City went a man down after 11 minutes: goalkeeper Ederson was sent off from racing well off his line and colliding with Diego Jota well outside the penalty area, forcing referee Martin Atkinson to produce a straight red card for DOGSO. But even as Pep Guardiola removed Sergio Aguero for defensive purposes, the Blues jumped out to a 1-0 lead as Raheem Sterling popped in the rebound of a saved re-taken penalty, before he scored again in the 50th minute on a magnificent chip of Wolves keeper Rui Patricio — which should have been enough for Manchester City to win.
Adama Traore, Wolverhampton: Good lord, what a performance by the Spaniard, who used power and pace in two different ways to beat the defending champions. His goal was the third he has scored against City, and if this were hockey, his check on Mendy would have earned him two minutes in the sin bin.
Raheem Sterling, Manchester City: Sterling hadn’t scored a brace since the season opener back in August, and the English midfielder was certainly due for a big game.
Ederson, Manchester City: His absolutely reckless, clumsy challenge early on cost City dearly, and he’ll miss through the FA Cup Third Round match.
LET’S TALK ABOUT STATS, BABY
Wolves have won more points — 14 — from a losing position, which is the most of any club in the Premier League.
Manchester City only held the ball for 37.8 percent, which is just amazing consider how it controlled play in the first half despite being a man down.
THEY SAID IT
“The advantage is too big, yes. It’s unrealistic to think about Liverpool, we think about Leicester. We have the chance to recover second place. I know the quality of my team but that’s the situation.” — Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on catching Liverpool
Wolves will take on league leaders Liverpool on Sunday, while Manchester City hosts Sheffield United on Sunday.