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City's win against Wolves: More Portuguese on the pitch than games not won


City's run in the Premier League could be a historic one. Against the Wolves they already set a record for most Portuguese in one game with the opponent. But they didn't score the goals.

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Semedo (from left) and Moutinho were two of eight Portuguese in the starting line-up - the Brazilian Jesus at least shares the language


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Manchester City have won a competitive match for the 21st consecutive time.

In the 4: 1 (1: 0) against Wolverhampton Wanderers, the team of coach Pep Guardiola expanded the series, in the Premier League it is the 14th victory in a row.

City are still five more victories short of the league record set by Liverpool FC last season.

Leander Dendoncker had put the Citizens in the lead with an own goal (15th minute), Dendoncker's central defender colleague Conor Coady equalized (61st).

Gabriel Jesus (80th, 90th + 5) and Riyad Mahrez (90th) ensured the championship leader's victory in the closing stages.

The game set a record right from the start.

A total of eight Portuguese players were on the two starting lineups, more than ever before in a Premier League game.

There were more players from Portugal on the field than City has not lost this season - namely seven.

The Wolverhampton Wanderers in particular are known for their penchant for Portuguese.

The Portuguese coach Nuno Espírito Santo has now guided eight Portuguese into his squad.

For the new season, the club also introduced a new color combination of the away jerseys, which is reminiscent of the jerseys of the Portuguese national team with dark red and green.

In keeping with the Portuguese record, the Wolves also wore the jerseys on Tuesday evening in the Emirates.

As surprising as the interim equalization of the Wolves fell, it was absurd in view of the countless opportunities that City left.

Starting with Raheem Sterling (2nd), City played his way into the opponent's penalty area almost every minute, especially in the first half hour.

The fact that the game was not decided earlier was due to Wolves keeper Rui Patrício, who parried strongly several times.

If you have a lot of possession, then you have to commit a lot of fouls

When City wasn't in possession of the ball, they tried to stop the opponent quickly - with unfair means if necessary.

After about an hour, the Wolves had only two fouls with far less possession, the Citizens already seven.

At the end of the game City had committed eight fouls with 74 percent possession, Wolverhampton at least six.

And although the few attacks of the Wolves were to be nipped in the bud by the fouls, one thing ensured the equalization: A free-kick flank from the right half-field meant the first major danger for City Keeper Ederson, who grabbed a header from Coady directly behind him had to (61st).

City subsequently seemed to despair of his chances evaluation - at least for a short time.

First Patrício could not be overcome again, then Sterling hits the outside post (78th).

Only Jesus met after a cross from the right side from the hustle and bustle at the six-yard area from the turn for renewed leadership (80.)

The then substitute Ilkay Gündoğan ensured with two goal preparations for Mahrez (90th) and Jesus (90th + 5) that the victory remains.

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Source: spiegel

All sports articles on 2021-03-02

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