Champions fell eight points behind in the title race after suffering a shock home defeat against Wolves.

Adama Traore scored twice in the final 10 minutes as Wolves won in the top flight at for the first time since 1979.

Traore scored the first 10 minutes from time as the visitors capitalised on a mistake from Joao Cancelo. He added a second on the break deep into injury time.

City have now dropped five points in their opening four home games of the season, having dropped just three in the whole of last season and seven the year before that.

David Silva came closest for the hosts when he hit the bar with a second-half free-kick. also had a shot blocked in the scramble that followed.

It was only the second time in 45 league games that City have failed to score. The last time that happened at home in the league was against Huddersfield in May 2018, by which time they had already won their first title of the Guardiola era.

Traore had not scored since September 2018 but the £18m man made no mistake as Wolves twice broke clear of the home defence. Raul Jimenez provided the assist on both occasions.

City defensive errors ruthlessly punished

It is 20 years since Wolves last beat City away from Molineux and 40 since they did so in the top flight. The impact of this victory could have a significant bearing on the title race, so fine are the margins in the battle between the champions and leaders .

City and Wolves had both been engaged in European combat this week – and the fact City were at home, rather than travelling 4,000 miles to Turkey and back – and had an additional two days’ rest, should have given them a clear advantage.

That they failed to make the most of it was almost entirely due to their own failings.

Through either misplaced passes by or Nicolas Otamendi, or the latter man needlessly charging out of position, Wolves forwards were allowed to run free three times in the opening half, straight down the middle of the pitch.

Patrick Cutrone screwed one opportunity badly wide and Jimenez appeared to be clipped in the penalty area by Fernandinho, costing him a shooting chance. In between, Fernandinho, currently operating as a makeshift central defender, denied both men with a magnificent double block.

City thought they had survived the worst. But as they pushed for a winner in the final 10 minutes, their mistakes finally cost them.

This time, Cancelo lost possession, allowing Jimenez to race on. As Otamendi slipped, the Mexican rolled the ball to Traore, who finished cleanly.

As City’s desperation increased, Traore’s pace was too much for them. And in the final minute of stoppage time, Jimenez again fed the £18m signing from Middlesbrough, who completed his first double since February 2018, when he was still on Teesside.

More to follow.


Man City

  • 31EdersonBooked at 62mins
  • 2WalkerSubstituted forZinchenkoat 45′minutes
  • 30Otamendi
  • 25FernandinhoBooked at 76mins
  • 27CanceloBooked at 50mins
  • 8Booked at 71mins
  • 16RodriBooked at 50mins
  • 26MahrezSubstituted forBernardo Silvaat 60′minutes
  • 21SilvaSubstituted forat 75′minutes
  • 7Sterling
  • 10


  • 1Bravo
  • 9
  • 11Zinchenko
  • 12Angelino
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 47Foden
  • 50Garcia


  • 11
  • 15Boly
  • 16Coady
  • 27Substituted forBennettat 13′minutes
  • 37
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 8NevesBooked at 84mins
  • 28Booked at 86mins
  • 29VinagreSubstituted forCastro Ottoat 74′minutes
  • 9
  • 10CutroneSubstituted forDohertyat 68′minutes


  • 2Doherty
  • 4Vallejo
  • 5Bennett
  • 17Gibbs-White
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 21Ruddy
  • 49Kilman
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Attempt missed. Fernandinho (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Oleksandr Zinchenko with a cross following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Foul by Bernardo Silva (Manchester City).

Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City).

Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.


Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.


Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Willy Boly.


Fernandinho (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers).


Fernandinho (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.


Substitution, Manchester City. Gabriel Jesus replaces David Silva.

Attempt blocked. Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rodrigo.




Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Matt Doherty replaces Patrick Cutrone.



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