Aston Villa, captained by Steven Gerrard, was the opponent for the city's final English Premier League match of the season. After a scoreless first half, Matty Cash gave Aston Villa the lead with a goal in the 37th minute.
Pep Guardiola's Manchester City went into the second half behind 1-0. When Philippe Coutinho, a former Liverpool star, made it 2-0, it appeared like the Citizens would be unable to mount a comeback win.
When Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard, now the head coach of Aston Villa, replaced Philippe Coutinho in the 72nd minute, the mood of the game changed. After Ilkay Gundogan restored parity for the hosts in the 76th minute, Rodri made it 2-2 for the home team just two minutes after the opening goal had been scored.
Manchester City beat Steven Gerrard's Aston Villa 3-2 in the final game of the English Premier League season, and Kevin De Bruyne assisted Ilkay Gundogan's winning goal.
Steven Gerrard's substitution of Philippe Coutinho in the 72nd minute was a mistake that cost his team a two-goal advantage. Despite Manchester City's siege, Philippe Coutinho's presence in midfield kept Aston Villa in control of the game.
Aston Villa were unable to hold on to the ball in the middle when the Barcelona loanee left the field, which resulted to Manchester City's victory over the Villains today.
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