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Sep 21, 2020 at 8.15pm UK
WolvesWolverhampton Wanderers
Man CityManchester City
Jimenez (78')
FT(HT: 0-2)
De Bruyne (20' pen.), Foden (32'), Jesus (90+5')
Jesus (35'), Mendy (35'), Rodri (86')

Result: Manchester City kickstart Premier League campaign with win over Wolves

:Headline: Result: Manchester City kickstart Premier League campaign with win over Wolves:
De Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus struck at Molineux to give Pep Guardiola's side a winning start.
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Manchester City sent out a title warning to Liverpool as Kevin De Bruyne inspired them to a hard-fought 3-1 win at Wolves.

The midfielder's penalty and goals from Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus gave Pep Guardiola's side a statement victory to open their Premier League campaign.

City were unplayable at times before losing their way after the break and Wolves made it nervy when Raul Jimenez pulled a goal back before Jesus struck in stoppage time.

Guardiola's men still sent out a message to champions Liverpool as they look to reclaim the title they surrendered last season.

Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring from the spot at Molineux (Nick Potts/PA)

De Bruyne, last term's Professional Footballers' Association player of the year, delivered a near faultless display while debutant Nathan Ake was assured.

City finished last season – just over a month ago – in disarray after their Champions League quarter-final exit to Lyon but immediately ended any fears of a hangover with a dominant first-half display.

They quickly swarmed all over Wolves and the hosts' night was made harder when Ruben Vinagre replaced the injured Marcal after just eight minutes.

City pinned them back and Wolves needed Rui Patricio to parry De Bruyne's free-kick but the dominant visitors kept probing and got their reward after 20 minutes.

But Wolves finally found their spark and created a flurry of chances, starting when Daniel Podence curled wide.

Ruben Neves' low drive was then cleared by Kyle Walker in a warning to City and Podence went closer after 59 minutes.

The forward was sent through by Neves only to chip over and, a minute later, Jimenez side-footed Traore's cross wide from six yards.

The striker did pull a goal back with 12 minutes left when Podence nutmegged De Bruyne and crossed for him to head in.

But Jesus ended any City fears when he made it 3-1 in injury time, his shot deflecting in off Conor Coady.

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