This Premier League season has already seen a handful of shocking results, but this might be the craziest of the year. While a home win by Aston Villa over Manchester City isn't inherently stunning in and of itself, the manner in which the Villains pulled off their comeback victory on Saturday was surprising. City was well on top and appeared to be in cruise control until they conceded twice in two minutes, as Villa pulled off a stellar 3-2 comeback win.
City had all of the ball and all of the shots in the first half, but failed to do much with them. While Aston Villa's supporters groaned with every giveaway and grumbled every time City won the ball back seconds after losing it, Paul Lambert's side did do a good job of not allowing clear-cut chances. That is, until the last minute of the half, when Yaya Toure struck.
The Ivorian midfielder created a corner with a vicious shot that deflected off Nathan Baker and just barely missed sneaking it at the near post before going out for a corner. That ensuing corner was poorly defended, and Toure found space for a shot from 10 yards that he got by Brad Guzan, though the Villa keeper probably should have made a save.
Surprisingly, Villa hauled one back in the 51st minute. Karim El Ahmadi was the uncharacteristic scorer, and he looked to be a hair offside when he received the assist from Leandro Bacuna. No one in the City back line picked him up as he slid in behind them, and he placed an impressive finish past Joe Hart to the far post from inside the penalty area.
Villa's joy lasted just six minutes. City reclaimed the lead via Edin Dzeko, who directed an impressive and powerful header into the top corner off a cross by Samir Nasri. City appeared to be in control afterwards and cruising to a comfortable win, but then lightning struck twice with just over 15 minutes to go.
In the 73rd minute, Matija Nastasic fouled Andreas Weimann 25 yards out from goal. Bacuna and Ron Vlaar stood over the ball, with Hart anticipating a shot from the left-footed central defender. Instead, Bacuna stepped up and hit a right-to-left curler, completely fooling everyone and beating Hart to equalize.
City, apparently stunned, were caught napping less than two minutes later on an innocuous-looking goal kick. Guzan thumped a ball forward towards Libor Kozak, who got a tiny touch of the ball with his toe to put it in behind the City defenders. They stood still, baffled, as Weimann sprinted by them, then chipped the ball around Hart as Villa Park erupted.
The visitors introduced Stevan Jovetic in an attempt to create an equalizer, to no avail, as Villa comfortably head on to an extremely impressive comeback victory.
Aston Villa: Guzan, Vlaar, Clark, Baker, Sylla, El Ahmadi, Delph, Bacuna, Luna, Weimann (Bowery 80'), Kozak
Goals: El Ahmady (51'), Bacuna (73'), Weimann (75')
Manchester City: Hart, Kolarov, Nastasic, Kompany, Zabaleta, Milner, Toure, Fernandinho, Nasri (Navas 66'), Negredo, Dzeko (Jovetic 74')
Goals: Toure (45'), Dzeko (57')