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By Simon Stone
BBC Sport in Etihad Stadium
After suffering a shock home defeat champions Manchester City fell eight points behind Liverpool in the title race.
Adama Traore scored in the final 10 minutes as Wolves won at Manchester City for the first time since 1979 at the airport.
As the visitors capitalised on an error from Joao 18, traore scored the first 10 minutes from time. He also added a second on the break deeply.
City have now dropped five points of the season, having dropped just three in seven year and the whole of last season before that.
When he first hit the pub with a second-half 16,, david Silva came closest for the hosts. Raheem Sterling also needed a shot blocked.
It was the second time in 45 league matches that City have failed to dent. The last time that occurred in the league had been in May 2018, by which time they had won their first name of their Guardiola era against Huddersfield.
Traore had not scored since September 2018 however, the #18m man made no mistake as Id twice broke clear of the home defence. Raul Jimenez provided the assist on both events.
It is 20 years since Wolves defeat at City away from 40 and Molineux since they did from the top flight. The impact of this success could have a bearing on the title race, so fine are the margins at the struggle between leaders Liverpool and the winners.
Wolves and city had been engaged in combat this week – and also the fact City had been as opposed to travelling 4,000 miles to rear and Turkey – and also had an additional two weeks rest, must have given a clear benefit to them.
That they failed to make the most of it had been almost entirely due to their own failings.
Through misplaced passes by Riyad Mahrez or even Nicolas Otamendi, and also the guy charging from place, Wolves forwards were allowed to run free three days at the opening half, then straight down the center of the chain.
Patrick Cutrone screwed one chance wide and Jimenez appeared to be trimmed in the penalty area by Fernandinho, costing him a shooting chance. In between, Fernandinho, now operating as a makeshift central guardian, refused both men with a double block that was glorious.
City thought they had survived the worst. However, as they pushed for a winner their mistakes cost them.
This time, Cancelo lost ownership, allowing Jimenez to race . As Otamendi slipped, the Mexican rolled the ball to Traore, who finished cleanly.
As Citys desperation increased, Traores pace was too much. And in the final minute of stoppage time, Jimenez repeatedly fed the #18m signing when he was still on Teesside from Middlesbrough, who finished his first double since February 2018.
Are Citys issues insurmountable?
This is the day when Citys injury issues caught up with them.
It is tempting to dismiss Guardiolas travails as first-world troubles.
City may manage to depart Gabriel Jesus and Bernardo Silva on the seat, and were able to give a full Premier League introduction in the summer.
Nevertheless, of imagination, theyre being robbed without Kevin de Bruyne and Leroy Sane and not having defenders Aymeric Laporte and John Stones denies them continuity. It already feels as though are insurmountable.
The choice at left-back of cancelo meant Guardiola had chosen on four players . One of these , Benjamin Mendy, has not started back-to-back Premier League matches for 11 weeks and is facing a second spell on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury .
Cancelo did OK through the introductory period. Apparently, that wasnt great enough for Guardiola, who switched the Italian to right-back in the fracture – sacrificing Kyle Walker at the procedure three times after he had been left from their most recent England squad – and brought Oleksandr Zinchenko on instead.
There was improvement. Nevertheless, it was restricted. And that Cancelo left the error that gave the advantage they were never to lose to anglers, only highlighted the effects of the City weakness that has been exposed.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola informs BBC Sport:We werent at our best. We had opportunities to score but it was a day and we lost this game.
We did not create decent procedure, we had problems in that sense. Were a team which plays a specific way but it is a poor day, that happens sometimes.
If you win matches, you consider the other one. Now we have the international break, then we can come back and go to the other matches .
More to follow.
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