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90' + 5'
Gabriel Jesus
K. De Bruyne
1 - 3
Yellow Card
R. Jiménez
Daniel Podence
1 - 2
P. Foden
R. Sterling
0 - 2
K. De Bruyne
Penalty Goal
0 - 1

Match Stats

35% 65%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 1 9
Total Passes 356 692
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Guardiola's side turn focus to round three of the EFL Cup on Thursday with a home match against Bournemouth. City then host Leicester City in the Premier League on Sunday, the same day that Wolves travel to a so far pointless West Ham.
City kick off their Premier League campaign with a 3-1 win at Wolves. De Bruyne put the visitors in front from a penalty he won himself and Foden rounded off a slick team move to double his side's tally. Jimenez deservedly pulled one back for Wolves 12 minutes from time, but Jesus killed off the contest in added time with a deflected shot.
K. De Bruyne
90' + 5' De Bruyne closed down Wolves' players in their own box and that paid off. After turning over possession, he played in Jesus and the striker converted despite the angle being against him.
Gabriel Jesus
90' + 5' GOOOOAAAALLL!!! WOLVES 1-3 CITY!!! City have their third goal through Jesus' heavily deflected shot. De Bruyne wins back the ball inside the opposition box and Jesus takes over by sending a shot past Patricio via a telling touch off Coady at the near post.
90' + 4' SAVE! Jesus' low drive from the edge of the box is pushed behind by Patricio. City may not have a third goal but that will eat up another minute or so.
90' + 3' Torres has no intention of carrying the ball into the Wolves box. Instead he goes towards the corner and wins his side a throw-in. That should be that.
90' + 2' Two of the four added on minutes have passed by with little incident. City are running down the clock in a professional manner.
90' + 1' Four minutes have been added on at the end of the match at Molineux.
90' This latest Wolves set-piece comes to little. City are closing in on a big opening game victory.
89' Wolves win a free-kick wide on the right. Neves whips it in and Dendoncker is beaten to it by Fernandinho at the expense of a corner.
88' De Bruyne stays down for a minute or so after being barged into by Boly. It was more to do with the awkward landing than the contact from the Wolves defender. The Belgian playmaker is fine to continue.
Yellow Card
86' Rodrigo is issued a yellow card for a challenge on Wolves goal-scorer Jimenez.
86' City have done well to keep Wolves quiet since Jimenez's headed goal. Play has gone pretty flat in the eight minutes since then which will suit the visitors just fine.
84' Wolves forward Raul Jimenez's goal was Wolves' first shot on target in the match and his sixth headed goal in the Premier League since the start of last season - no player has scored more.
83' Wolves have had seven attempts in this second half compared to City's three. The visitors face a nervous end to an entertaining contest at Molineux.
Ferran Torres
R. Sterling
82' Torres is on for his City debut in place of Sterling with around 10 minutes to go.
81' Walker catches Podence with a stray arm. The VAR officials take a quick look at it and decide there was no malice.
80' Guardiola is about to make a change or two, knowing that the three points now hang in the balance. Wolves deserve that goal on the basis of this second half.
Daniel Podence
78' This was sensational from Podence. He knocked the ball through De Bruyne's legs and then picked out Jimenez with his right-sided delivery.
R. Jiménez
78' GOOOOAAAALLL!!! WOLVES 1-2 CITY!! GAME ON! Podence nutmegs De Bruyne and sends in a delightful cross for Jimenez, who powers a header away from Ederson to give Wolves some real hope here.
Fábio Silva
Pedro Neto
78' Neto is off and Fabio Silva on in his place for the Portuguese youngster's Premier League debut.
L. Dendoncker
João Moutinho
78' Dendoncker, who started last weekend's victory at Sheffield United, comes on for Moutinho.
76' City are taking the sting out of the game now by knocking the ball around. Nuno is still waiting to make his final two changes - they have been stood on the touchline for a few minutes now!
75' Ake puts his body on the line to block Neto's powerful drive. A clean sheet and all three points would make this the dream debut for Ake.
74' Stones gets his head to a right-sided cross. Wolves are probing away but are not really getting anywhere as Nuno prepares another couple of changes.
73' GOAL RULED OUT! Jesus goes too early when latching on to Foden's throughball. He clinically fires past Patricio but the offside flag goes up straight away and the strike is correctly chalked off.
72' Wolves have still yet to register an attempt on target today. The hosts have created plenty of chances in this second period but have failed to make the most of them and are running out of time to pull one back.
70' City again play some slick football to carve Wolves open. Sterling has the ball at his feet in a left-sided position inside the box but is unable to pick out a team-mate with the pass.
68' The game finally appears to have settled down over the past couple of minutes. Guardiola is holding off from making his first change for now, while opposite number Nuno has two substitutions left to make.
66' Fernandinho of all players gets in behind but fires off target. This match is somehow still 2-0 with around 25 minutes to go.
65' Wolves are having plenty of joy down their right-hand side. Mendy is being caught out of position, while Ake and Stones have also been guilty of switching off over the last 10 minutes. Up the other end, Walker's drive from the edge of the box is blocked by Moutinho.
63' Podence is very nearly in, only for a bad first touch to take him away from goal. Stones was caught ball watching then.
62' JIMENEZ STEERS IT WIDE! Chances galore for Wolves now! Neto tees up Jimenez, who guides a side-footed shot wide of the target when left pretty much unmarked 12 yards from goal. Guardiola looks concerned all of a sudden!
61' ANOTHER CHANCE FOR WOLVES! Ake steps up and Stones is left one-on-one with Podence. The Wolves attacker carries the ball forward and tries to lift it over Ederson, but he gets too much on the effort and the ball drops on the roof of the net.
59' Not sure why Podence decided to leave that for Neves behind him! Wolves have been on top for the last five minutes and need to make these chances count for something.
58' CHANCE! Neto charges into acres of space down the right and cuts the ball back for Podence 15 yards from goal. Podence has time to take a touch but instead dummies it and Neves' shot from further out is blocked by Foden in front of goal.
56' NEARLY! Out of pretty much nowhere, Podence spins in the box and skims the side-netting with a decent effort. That came about as a result of Traore getting the better of Mendy down Wolves' right.
55' Wolves’ Adama Traore scored in both of his side's league wins over Manchester City last season. The Spaniard’s three Premier League goals against them is more than he has scored against all other sides in the competition combined (two - one each v Tottenham and West Ham).
53' De Bruyne slides in Jesus with an outside-of-the-boot pass. Jesus brings it inside Coady and takes on the shot a little early, allowing Patricio to make the save. He perhaps should have gone the other side of the Wolves defender.
51' Wolves would have liked to have really got at their opponents early in this second half but they have not really been able to do so. Guardiola's men clearly mean business today.
49' Having already given away a penalty today, Saiss is wary of committing himself when Walker charges into the box. The Wolves defender stays on his feet and wins a goal-kick for his side.
48' Foden and De Bruyne turn down the chance to shoot from 20 yards. City are forced all the way back to Ake but soon come forward again, the attack ending with Sterling's pass to Mendy rolling out of play.
46' RESTART! Wolves, trailing to a De Bruyne penalty and Foden strike, get us back up and running at Molineux.
Wolves, not helped by the injury loss of Marcal inside the first eight minutes, looked terrible in the first half. Nuno needs to change something if his side are to realistically take something from this game. As for City, they are in complete control and have the likes of Mahrez and new signing Torres on their bench.
City take a commanding 2-0 lead into half-time against Wolves. De Bruyne earned a penalty from Saiss' challenge and made no mistake in converting, before Foden rounded off an impressive team move to double the visitors' tally. De Bruyne was denied from a one-on-one late on, giving Wolves some hope of a comeback in the second half.
45' + 1' Two minutes have been added on at the end of the first half at Molineux.
45' CLOSE! Rodrigo sends a swerving shot - or was it a cross? - just wide of the far post. Patricio, having pulled off a good save to deny De Bruyne a couple of minutes ago, looks glad to see it spin past the post,
44' DE BRUYNE DENIED! Jesus nods on an aerial ball and De Bruyne is through on goal with a good first touch. Patricio makes himself big and De Bruyne is unable to squeeze it past the Wolves keeper.
42' The corner is worked short. Traore eventually swings it in and Jimenez gets his head to it first, sending an effort a yard or so wide. That is easily the closest Wolves have come to scoring.
40' Podence rolls the ball to Jimenez and the Mexico international drives down the right. His attempted cross is cut out for a corner.
39' WIDE! City turn over possession in the opposition half. Foden is played in and tries to curl one in from an angle but is unable to find the target.
37' Nuno will surely change something at the interval because his side have offered nothing in the first half. If anything, City could well be further ahead by the time the half-time whistle sounds.
B. Mendy
Yellow Card
35' Traore has been very quiet in the first half. He gets the wrong side of Mendy here, though, and is caught by the City left-back.
Gabriel Jesus
Yellow Card
35' Jesus, who has been frustrated with some tackles made on him in this first half, catches Neto and is the first player to be booked.
34' Guardiola's charges really are in complete control of this match now. It is incredible just how sharp they look despite having a five-week gap between games.
R. Sterling
32' This was Man City at their best. Following some patient build-up, De Bruyne found a gap, Sterling pounced and Foden was left with a simple finish.
P. Foden
32' GOOOOOAAAALLL!!! WOLVES 0-2 CITY!! The visitors deservedly double their lead through a superbly worked team move. After some one-touch passing outside the box, De Bruyne slips in Sterling and he pulls it back for international team-mate Foden to slide home from close range.
31' STERLING COMES CLOSE! Foden carries the ball inside and finds a gap in the Wolves defence. He picks out Sterling and the angled shot is easily captured by Patricio.
30' Pass, pass, pass, pass, pass from City. Wolves could do with half-time so boss Nuno can change something.
29' Jesus claims he was pushed when attempting to get on the end of Walker's latest cross. City are truly dominating possession now, highlighted by the seven touches of the ball Wolves forward Jimenez has had in the opening half an hour.
27' De Bruyne slightly overhits a throughball intended for Sterling. Wolves' back three are being pulled all over the place.
26' Wolves are struggling to get the ball into the opposition half. Guardiola's men may not have played for five weeks, but they are looking impressive so far today.
24' Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne has scored each of his last three penalties in the Premier League, having missed his first one in October 2016 v Everton.
23' City's movement in the final third is causing Wolves plenty of problems now. A corner is won and played into the middle, where Jimenez is well positioned to head behind.
21' That really was a clumsy challenge from Wolves defender Saiss, who should have stayed on his feet with De Bruyne not really going anywhere.
K. De Bruyne
Penalty Goal
20' GOOOOAAAALLL!!! WOLVES 0-1 CITY!! De Bruyne tucks the penalty towards the bottom-right corner. Patricio dives the right way but is unable to get to it. Last season's PFA Player of the Year is up and running for the 2020-21 campaign!
19' PENALTY TO CITY! De Bruyne gets to the ball ahead of Saiss, who needlessly slides in and makes contact with his opponent just inside the box. The referee Andre Marriner points to the spot.
18' Wolves have settled down over the last five minutes or so. City are still looking the more threatening in an attacking sense but the hosts are not exactly looking troubled at the back.
17' De Bruyne plays a pass in behind the Wolves backline for Jesus, who fails to hold is run and is flagged for offside.
16' After a promising City move breaks down in the Wolves box, the hosts get forward and Podence's 25-yard drive is blocked by the returning Stones.
15' De Bruyne floats a pass towards Jesus but it has too much height and Wolves goalkeeper Patricio gathers.
14' City have had 73 per cent of the ball so far - it has been one-way traffic at Molineux. For all their possession, however, the visitors have yet to create a clear-cut opportunity.
12' SAVE! Jesus is fouled by Neto around 20 yards from the Wolves goal. De Bruyne gets the free-kick on target but it is a fairly simple one for Patricio to push aside.
11' Manchester City have not lost their opening game in any of their last 11 Premier League seasons, winning the last nine in a row. No side has ever won 10 consecutive season openers in the competition before.
9' That is a bit of a blow for Nuno so early in the match, but Vinagre is at least a wing-back by trade so it should not disrupt the hosts too much.
Rúben Vinagre
Fernando Marçal
8' Wolves are forced into an early change. Marcal hobbles off on his home debut to be replaced by Vinagre.
7' City full-backs Walker and Mendy are being given permission to play high up the pitch, with Fernandinho dropping into the backline when needed.
6' De Bruyne catches Neves and Wolves have a free-kick. The hosts have not really been able to find any sort of rhythm to their play early on.
5' That was superb defending from Coady to bail out defensive team-mate Boly, who got himself in a right mess. Sterling is looking very sharp as he tries to jink past a couple of players, but Wolves stand firm.
3' PENALTY SHOUT! Sterling turns Boly brilliantly on the edge of the Wolves box. He drives towards goal and is sent crashing to the ground by Coady, but referee Andre Marriner waves away the penalty appeals. Replays show that the officials got the decision spot on - Coady did not touch the City winger.
1' KICK-OFF! Man City officially get their 2020-21 campaign under way! The visitors are wearing their third kit today, while Wolves are in their traditional gold and black home strip.
The two sides have made their way down the tunnel area and kick-off at Molineux is now just a couple of minutes away. This match will be played behind closed doors, as will all Premier League fixtures for the foreseeable future.
Manchester City lost both Premier League meetings with Wolves last season. Head coach Pep Guardiola has never lost three consecutive league meetings against a single opponent in his entire managerial career. 
Guardiola has handed a debut to new signing Ake in the heart of defence alongside Stones, but fellow newbie Torres has to settle for a place among the subs. Ilkay Gundogan tested positive for coronavirus on the day of the game and is therefore not involved today, while Sergio Aguero is still at least a month away from a return, so Jesus will be given a run in the side up top. 
Wolves show six changes from their EFL Cup loss to Stoke last Thursday - Patricio, Marcal, Moutinho, Podence, Jimenez and Neto all returning to the starting line-up. In terms of last weekend's win over Sheffield United, Neves is brought into the side in place of Dendoncker, meaning a 3-4-3 formation of sorts for the home side.
Subs: Adrian Bernabe, Zack Steffen, Nicolas Otamendi, Liam Delap, Ferran Torres, Tommy Doyle, Riyad Mahrez.
CITY XI (4-2-3-1): Ederson; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Nathan Ake, Benjamin Mendy; Fernandinho (c), Rodrigo; Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling; Gabriel Jesus.
Subs: Oskar Buur, Fabio Silva, Vitinha, Maximilian Kilman, Ruben Vinagre, John Ruddy, Leander Dendoncker.
WOLVES XI (3-4-2-1): Rui Patricio; Willy Boly, Conor Coady (c), Romain Saiss; Adama Traore, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Marcal; Daniel Podence, Pedro Neto; Raul Jimenez.
City are in action for the first time this season, five weeks on from their 2019-20 campaign being brought to an end with defeat to Lyon in the Champions League quarter-finals. Pep Guardiola's side are already playing catch up on champions Liverpool, who have won two games from two - one of five sides to have collected maximum points thus far.
Wolves kicked off their Premier League campaign with a 2-0 win over Sheffield United last weekend through early goals from Raul Jimenez and Romain Saiss. However, Nuno Espirito Santo's men were knocked out of the EFL Cup by Stoke City at the second-round stage last Thursday, despite naming a fairly strong side, and will be looking to hit back here.
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