Raheem Sterling scored his 100th Premier League goal as Manchester City beat 10-man Wolves 1-0 following Raul Jimenez’s foolish first-half red card.
At the end of a sleepy opening half, Jimenez inexplicably saw red for two yellow cards in the space of just 31 seconds, first for a foul on halfway and then for attempting to block the resulting free-kick.
City finally broke the deadlock with a controversial penalty award – Bernardo Silva’s cross hit Joao Moutinho’s armpit, though Jon Moss and VAR adjudged the ball to have hit enough of the midfielder’s arm – allowing Sterling to reach his Premier League century from the spot, the 32nd player to do so and the eighth-youngest at 27 years old.
Wolves boss Bruno Lage disagreed with the decision, saying after the game to BT Sport: “He put his arm out but where did it touch? Come on.”
31 – Only 31 seconds separated Raúl Jiménez's first and second yellow cards (45:50-46:21). It's his first red card in his 102nd Premier League appearance, while he's the first Mexican to be sent off in the competition. Orders.
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The result means City extend their winning Premier League run to seven, and will end the weekend top of the Premier League, while Wolves are now winless and without a goal in four.
Man City: Ederson (6), Cancelo (7), Dias (6), Laporte (6), Zinchenko (6), Rodri (6), Gundogan (6), Silva (6), Grealish (5), Sterling (7), Jesus (6)
Subs: Foden (5), De Bruyne (5)
Wolves: Sa (6), Semedo (6), Kilman (7), Coady (7), Saiss (6), Ait-Nouri (6), Moutinho (6), Neves (6), Dendoncker (6), Traore (6), Jimenez (3)
Subs: Hwang (5), Trincao (NA), Podence (NA)
Man of the match: Joao Cancelo