Two late goals by from Wolves’ Adama Traore inflicted a stunning 2-0 defeat on Manchester City to leave the Premier League champions trailing leaders Liverpool by eight points.
It was a thoroughly deserved victory for the Nuno Espirito Santo’s men, who enjoyed the better chances and became the first team to stop City scoring at the Etihad Stadium for 34 matches. Even with only eight games played, Liverpool now have a golden chance to win their first league title for 30 years after starting the campaign with eight straight wins.
City were again made to pay for a serious of key defensive injuries and badly missed the creativity of Kevin de Bruyne in midfield. The breakthrough City so badly wanted almost came when David Silva was brought down just outside the area before picking himself up to curl the free kick against the crossbar.
But with 10 minutes remaining, the decisive blow was delivered by Traore as he coolly slotted past Ederson after Jimenez had skipped away from Nicolas Otamendi for his first goal since August 2018. And in the final minute of injury time with City pushing men forward, Traore repeated the trick when he was put clear with an almost identical goal.
Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount celebrated their England call-ups by firing Chelsea to a 4-1 rout of struggling Southampton.
Arsenal edged up to third in the table as David Luiz’s first goal for the club earned a 1-0 win over Bournemouth.
Newcastle teenager Matthew Longstaff added to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s problems as he marked his league debut with the superb strike that sealed a shock 1-0 win over woeful Manchester United.
United are just two points above the relegation zone in 12th place after their third successive league game without a win. This was wretched display especially given the troubles at Newcastle.
Atletico Madrid lost ground on La Liga’s early pace-setters Real Madrid after they were held to a 0-0 draw away at Real Valladolid on Sunday, thanks to Sandro Ramirez missing a penalty for the home team.
Atletico will head into the international break three points behind their city rivals and with work to do after the stalemate means Diego Simeone’s side have managed only two wins from their last seven games.