Manchester City were forced to dropped their first points of the season, as Premier League returnees, Wolverhampton Wanderers, claimed a well-deserved 1-1 draw at home.
The drawn result was, however, not without controversy as the first goal at Molineux clearly went into the net off the arm of home defender Willy Boly.
Aymeric Laporte powered home a header to grab a point for City as Pep Guardiola‘s side were a little sluggish, but still had plenty of chances to wrap up the victory with Sergio Aguero striking the woodwork in each half and Raheem Sterling also denied by the crossbar.
Willy Boly scores for Wolves though the ball seems to have hit his arm before entering the Man City net
There will clearly be more questions over why the Premier League didn’t bring in the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system this season, but the controversy shouldn’t overshadow what was a terrific performance and result for Wolves.
Big-spending City had enjoyed the perfect start to the season, winning 2-0 at Arsenal and then thrashing Huddersfield 6-1, fully justifying their status as favourites to be the first team to successfully defend a Premier League title since Manchester United a decade ago.
But they didn’t have it all their own way on this particular Saturday afternoon. With the atmosphere crackling at Molineux, the home side were fired up from the start, and Benjamin Mendy had to be alert to intervene and prevent Helder Costa having an early shot on goal.
Naturally City always looked dangerous, such is their attacking power. And after a fine move involving Mendy and Sergio Aguero, Ilkay Gundogan was sent through on goal, but his shot was weak and straight at Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio.
Wolves then had a goal disallowed after 19 minutes, Vincent Kompany being slow to clear and Diogo Jota driving across goal for Raul Jimenez to tuck the ball home – but the Mexican was in an offside position.
That seemed to spark the champions into life and City hit the woodwork twice in two minutes – first Aguero’s fizzing low shot cannoned off a post, then a brilliant Raheem Sterling drive from distance was superbly tipped by Patricio onto the crossbar.
Just after the half hour mark, Fernandinho dragged a shot just wide as City began to stamp their authority on proceedings. But before the interval, Jimenez screwed wide for the hosts when in a decent position.
With Liverpool winning against Brighton, the draw proved costly for Man City as they dropped to second place with 10 points from their opening three games, while Wolves have two points after their first three matches on their return to the Premier League.