Man City see off spirited Wolves

English Premier League

Manchester City made a winning start to their Premier League campaign after seeing off Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 on Monday evening.

Nathan Ake was given his City debut after sealing a move from Bournemouth in July, while Wolves began life without Diogo Jota who signed for the champions Liverpool over the weekend.

Nuno Espirito Santo was forced to an early change on eight minutes when Fernando Marcal hobbled off injured with Ruben Vinagre his replacement.

City looked to utilise Wolves’ situation to their advantage minutes later as Kevin De Bruyne stung the gloves of goalkeeper Rui Patricio from a close-range free-kick.

De Bruyne managed to break the deadlock when he beat Patricio from the penalty spot 20 minutes in after being brought down under Romain Saiss’ foul in the area.

A thread of passes around Wolves’ area 12 minutes later gave the visitors a second after Raheem Sterling played a low ball at the near post for Phil Foden to tap home.

Patricio denied City a three-goal cushion at the interval as he turned De Bruyne’s left-footed strike in the area for a corner-kick.

The danger signs remained for the hosts soon following halftime, as Gabriel Jesus produced the best out of Patricio following a thumping strike.

An inviting opportunity went astray for the hosts on 60 minutes after Raul Jimenez side-footed wide of the mark following Adama Traore’s cross from the right.

Wolves were rewarded 12 minutes from time when Jimenez made connection with Daniel Podence’s inch-perfect cross to head into the near corner for his second goal of the season.

However, Jesus though made sure of the points when he got goal-side of a corner to beat Patricio at the near post, as City start their campaign on a winning note