Wolves show great spirit in draw with cham­pi­ons

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MANCH­ESTER City had to bat­tle back from be­hind to earn a 1-1 draw with Premier League new­com­ers Wolver­hamp­ton Wan­der­ers, who ru­ined the cham­pi­ons’ 100 per­cent record and gave them a real test at Mo­lineux yes­ter­day.

Last sea­son’s Cham­pi­onship win­ners showed no in­fe­ri­or­ity com­plex as de­fender Willy Boly put them ahead with a con­tro­ver­sial 57th-minute div­ing header which re­plays showed may have been off­side and ac­tu­ally went in off his arm.

City, who had largely con­trolled pro­ceed­ings but were vul­ner­a­ble to Wolves’ bold counter-at­tacks, equalised with Aymeric Laporte’s first goal for the club, a header from Ilkay Gun­do­gan’s free-kick, 12 min­utes later.

In a high-qual­ity game, City, who have seven points from three matches, hit the post twice in the first half, through Ser­gio Aguero and Ra­heem Ster­ling, and the in-form Ar­gen­tine Aguero also struck the bar with a su­perb free-kick in the dy­ing sec­onds.

Though the cham­pi­ons will be frus­trated at their dom­i­nance not be­ing re­warded, Wolves de­served their sec­ond league point and never stopped striv­ing for a late win­ner.

“It was a good game. We cre­ated enough chances to win the game but it is a good point,” City man­ager Pep Guardi­ola said. “Wolves de­serve credit, of course. We play at the same level as we did last sea­son. We tried but we will im­prove be­cause de­fen­sively we were not solid like we nor­mally are.”

Wolves had been im­pres­sive from the start and mid­way through the first half, Raul Jimenez’s strike looked to have put them ahead only for the goal to be ruled out for a nar­row off­side.

That prompted an in­stant City re­sponse, Aguero’s snap shot hit­ting the post be­fore Ster­ling’s thun­der­ous ef­fort was tipped at full stretch on to the wood­work by a bril­liant Rui Pa­tri­cio save.

The Wolves goal may have had a for­tu­nate end­ing but it was set up su­perbly from Joao Moutinho’s pin­point cross and City’s re­sponse was that of cham­pi­ons.

They could have gone ahead from a point-blank Gabriel Je­sus header that again forced fine work from Rui Pa­tri­cio and felt a foul on David Silva should have drawn a penalty.

“A lot of peo­ple are go­ing to drop points here. They de­served the point,” City de­fender Kyle Walker said.

Wolves man­ager Nuno Espir­ito Santo de­manded that his play­ers re­main “hum­ble” af­ter their ex­cel­lent re­sult.

“We played in the shape and style we be­lieve in. It’s an identity you want to cre­ate,” he said.

Arse­nal celebrated their first Premier League win of the sea­son un­der new man­ager Unai Emery af­ter com­ing from be­hind to beat Lon­don ri­vals West Ham United 3-1 in an ac­tion­packed match.

A Na­cho Mon­real strike, Issa Diop’s own-goal and Danny Wel­beck’s stop­page-time ef­fort en­abled the Gun­ners to bounce back from their open­ing two de­feats af­ter Marko Ar­nau­tovic had fired West Ham into a 25th-minute lead.

Mon­real equalised five min­utes later, drilling a fierce shot from eight me­tres past two de­fend­ers on the line af­ter goal­keeper Lukasz Fabi­an­ski par­ried Hec­tor Bel­lerin’s cross into the de­fender’s path.

Arse­nal took the lead when Diop’s poor clear­ance re­sulted in Alexan­dre Lazazette’s cut-back can­non­ing off the de­fender’s body into the net and Wel­beck sealed the win af­ter Bel­lerin’s cross gave him time and space to beat Fabi­an­ski from close range.

De­fender Harry Maguire’s stop­page-time goal gave Le­ices­ter City a hard-fought 2-1 vic­tory over 10-man Southamp­ton.

Af­ter a goal­less first half, Southamp­ton full­back Ryan Ber­trand broke the dead­lock with a thun­der­ous strike from the edge of the box.

The lead proved short-lived as Le­ices­ter winger De­marai Gray pun­ished slack de­fend­ing to ri­fle home the equaliser and the send­ing-off of Saints mid­fielder Pierre Ho­jb­jerg in the 77th minute proved piv­otal.

Ho­jb­jerg’s fool­ish dive and sub­se­quent dis­missal for his sec­ond yel­low card handed the ini­tia­tive to the vis­i­tors and Maguire sent a low shot into the bot­tom cor­ner for the win­ning goal in stop­page time. – Reuters

Wolves 1, Man City 1; Bournemouth 2, Ever­ton 2; Arse­nal 3, West Ham 1; Hud­der­s­field 0, Cardiff 0; Southamp­ton 1, Le­ices­ter 2; Liver­pool v Brighton (late kick-off)

Wat­ford v Palace (2.30pm SA time kick­off); Ful­ham v Burn­ley, New­cas­tle v Chelsea (both 5pm)

Man United v Tottenham (9pm)


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