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Nottingham Forest vs Man City highlights as Chris Wood equaliser stuns Guardiola to leave Arsenal top’s men

Nottingham Forest vs Man City highlights as Chris Wood equaliser stuns Guardiola to leave Arsenal top’s men

Chris Wood’s equaliser six minutes from time for Nottingham Forest punctured Manchester City’s title bid and left Arsenal top after a dizzying day at the Premier League summit.

A blistering Bernardo Silva strike gave Pep Guardiola’s side 1-0 halftime lead as they looked to build on a superb 3-1 win at Emirates Stadium in midweek.

But Erling Haaland and Phil Foden were among the culprits as City wasted a host of second-half, chances, leaving substitute Wood to convert Morgan Gibbs-White’s cross for a first Forest goal since his January move from Newcastle.

Arsenal have a two-point advantage at the top with a game in hand on City, a situation that looked utterly implausible when they entered injury time at 2-2 in the early Saturday kickoff at Aston Villa before running out 4-2 winners.

Nottingham Forest vs Man City highlights as Chris Wood equaliser stuns Guardiola to leave Arsenal top’s men

1H 2H Final
NOT 0 1 1
MCI 1 0 1

Goals:

MCI — Bernardo Silva (Jack Grealish) — 41st minute

NOT — Chris Wood (Morgan Gibbs-White) — 84th minute

Foden was restored to Pep Guardiola’s starting lineup and to the fore during the opening stages. He darted into a pocket of space on the left hand side of the Forest area in the eighth minute to set up Grealish for a chance to add to his Emirates Stadium strike, only for Worrall to have other ideas.

Rodri headed wastefuly wide from a Kevin De Bruyne cross after the half hour before Silva, starting again in the unfamiliar position of left-back, took centre-stage. First the Portugal international ripped a long-range shot just past the top-right corner before, from a similar range, leaving Navas grasping at air.

Forest were indebted to the former Real Madrid and PSG goalkeeper after the interval, with a point-blank save from an Aymeric Laporte header and a full-length dive to keep an Ilkay Gundogan free-kick out of the top corner standing out among a fine body of work.

Navas should have been left with no chance when Foden streamed through on goal and lost his footing, seemingly in two minds over whether to pass to Haaland.

It was scarcely believable when, after Navas spilt a blistering Foden shot in the 68th minute, Haaland hit the crossbar from the rebound and then blasted his second attempt at an empty net into orbit.

All those let-offs saw belief grow inside a raucous City Ground and Wood was the Forest — and Arsenal — hero when the livewire Brennan Johnson darted into the box to feed Gibbs-White, whose delivery under pressure was exemplary, leaving the former Burnley striker with a finish even simpler than some of those City passed up.

Nottingham Forest vs Man City highlights as Chris Wood equaliser stuns Guardiola to leave Arsenal top's men
Nottingham Forest vs Man City highlights as Chris Wood equaliser stuns Guardiola to leave Arsenal top’s men

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