Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium witnessed Premier League history on Saturday as the encounter was the first game in Premier League history to have goalscorers from three different South American countries.
It was a fascinating battle at the Etihad Stadium as the Citizens looked in control at 2-0 before surrendering their lead to Aston Villa, only to then find a late winner.
Argentine superstar Sergio Aguero netted his 21st goal of the season, profiting from Villa shot-stopper Brad Guzman’s mistake after just three minutes to open the scoring.
A precise Aleksandar Kolarov free-kick doubled the hosts’ lead midway through the second period before Villa fought back, Tom Cleverley and Colombian ace Carlos Sanchez restoring parity.
It was the Colombian’s first goal in Villa colours, and it looked for all the world that it would rescue Tim Sherwood’s men a valuable point in their bid to avoid relegation.
However, Brazilian international Fernandinho’s 89th-minute strike proved to be the winner and created Premier League history in the process.
3 - Man City v Aston Villa was the first game in PL history to have goalscorers from three different South American countries. Exotic.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) abril 25, 2015
The victory takes City back up to second in the table, ahead of Arsenal and Manchester United who both face tough tests on Sunday.
The Villans, in contrast, remain in 15th spot but are now just two points above the drop zone with Hull City, Leicester City and Sunderland able to push them back in the bottom three if they win their games in hand.