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Aston Villa shocks Manchester City, twice come back to win 3-2
September 28, 2013, 3:45 pm

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) - Aston Villa brought Manchester City down to earth with a 3-2 victory in the English Premier League on Saturday with Andreas Weimann scoring the winner in the 75th minute.

In its first league game since humbling rival Manchester United 4-1, City went ahead 2-1 with a close-range header from Edin Dzeko in the 56th before Villa hit back with two goals in two minutes.

Villa equalized with a perfect free kick from Leandro Bacuna in the 73rd at Villa Park and Weimann grabbed the victory with a right-footed shot from outside the area.

Earlier, Yaya Toure opened the scoring for City in the 45th and Karim El Ahmadi equalized six minutes after the interval.

City provisionally drops to at least fifth in the league, with Villa moving to ninth. It was also not the ideal preparation for City's tie against Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Despite missing striker Sergio Aguero, City dominated the first half and created a succession of chances against a side missing the spark of striker Christian Benteke, who missed the game through injury.

The first chance came in the opening moments as Aleksandar Kolarov burst down the left but James Milner, against his former club, shot well wide from his cross.

Dzeko shot at Brad Guzan after being put in by Samir Nasri, who then had a good effort of his own deflected wide from 18 yards after he was released by Toure.

Dzeko blazed over after a charge from deep by Fernandinho before Alvaro Negredo was denied the chance to shoot in a goalmouth scramble and Kolarov put wide.

Villa had been limited to half-chances with Bacuna twice shooting over from distance and El Ahmadi missing the target from a free-kick.

City upped the tempo in the closing minutes of the first half and Villa breathed a sigh of relief as Ciaran Clark turned a threatening cross from Kolarov over his own bar.

Toure then seemed to take it upon himself to wrest control of the game, having an effort from a corner cleared off the line by Libor Kozak.

The inspirational City midfielder then charged forward, only to have a powerful drive deflected inches wide by Nathan Baker.

The Ivorian's persistence paid off in the final minute of the half as Nasri's corner reached him in front of goal and he diverted in his sixth of the season from eight yards.

City was expected to build on that lead and Negredo almost pounced on a poor backpass from Yacouba Sylla but Guzan was quick off his line to clear.

City was stunned as Villa equalized on 51 minutes, Bacuna cleverly flicking a pass through for El Ahmadi and the Moroccan firing across City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Replays suggested he had been offside but City's complaints fell on deaf ears.

City responded well and went back ahead within five minutes from another corner, this time Dzeko meeting Nasri's cross with a superb glancing header at the near post.

But the visitors switched off as Weimann ran at their defence and was brought down by Matija Nastasic outside the area.

Bacuna stepped up and brilliantly curled a shot into Hart's top-left corner.

City was still reeling from that when they conceded again two minutes later.

Weimann again raced clear, this time from a long punt upfield from Guzan. Hart rushed out to meet the Austrian but a strong touch took the ball past the goalkeeper and another was not needed as the ball rolled into the net, despite Nastasic's desperate attempts to clear.

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