Easy in their first two games of the season against Arsenal (2-0) and Huddersfield (6-1), Manchester City fell on a bone Saturday opening the third day of the Premier League: the promoted Wolverhampton (1- 1). Organized in 5-4-1 in the defensive phase, with a big density in the axis, the players of Nuno Espirito Santo managed to neutralize the Mancunians. And to make them doubt, with their intelligent use of the ball and their constant search for verticality.
After being denied a goal for an offside in the 20th and then falling on Ederson (Helder Costa in the 56th), the graduates opened the scoring at the hour of play (57th). Willy Boly cut the trajectory of a center Joao Moutinho, who was already behind the goal denied. That of the defender should not have been granted: he scored with his hand. The Mancunians have not been varnished arbitration side: Mr. Atkinson forgot to give them a penalty two minutes later (58th) for a flaky belt on David Silva. It did not discourage them.
If they had already been dangerous in the first period by touching the amounts twice (21st and 22nd), players Pep Guardiola have confiscated the ball to chase the opportunities during the last half hour. David Silva was stopped (58th) then Ilkay Gündogan pulled too softly on Rui Patricio (65th). Aymeric Laporte equalized his head on a free kick shot by the German (68th). They continued to push (Agüero in the 72nd, Jesus in the 77th) without succeeding in forcing the decision. Sergio Agüero thought he did, but his free-kick ended his race on the crossbar (90 + 5). Success has fled Argentina.