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Fernandinho rescues City against Villa

Manchester, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Fernandinho's goal in the 89th minute lifted Manchester City to a 3-2 win over Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, moving City into second place in the Premiership table.

City went up 2-0 through goals from Sergio Aguero and Aleksandar Kolarov, only for Villa to rally and level the match with five minutes to play as both Tom Cleverley and Carlos Sanchez found the net.

However, the hosts made the most of a late corner kick and Fernandinho fired home his third goal of the season to hand City three massive points.

The loss is a tough one for Villa as it leaves the club just two points above the relegation places.

Villa was extremely sloppy in the first half and was fortunate to only be down 1-0 at the break, although Guzan handed Aguero the easiest goal he will score this season in the third minute when the American scuffed a clearance off his own leg that let the Argentina international roll the ball into the empty net.

City looked to have secured the win in the 66th minute when Kolarov's free kick from 25 yards was curled between two players in the wall and slipped inside the left post.

However, Cleverley handed Villa a lifeline two minutes later when he drove a first-time shot past goalkeeper Joe Hart at from the top of the box.

The visitors pulled level five minutes from time when a corner kick was punched only as far as Sanchez, allowing him to volley home the equalizer from the middle of the area.

However, Villa failed to hold City off in the 89th minute as a corner kick skipped through traffic to Fernandinho in front of goal and he took a touch and drove the ball between the legs of Guzan for the win.

The relegation battle really heated up in the Premiership on Saturday as Leicester City notched a 1-0 win at Burnley to climb out of the bottom three.

Burnley's Matthew Taylor missed a penalty kick in the 59th minute, and Leicester went down the field and scored the lone goal one minute later through Jamie Vardy, moving the Foxes one point clear of the drop zone while heaping more pressure on last-place Burnley.

Hull City also secured a huge 2-0 win at Crystal Palace with Dame N'Doye scoring both goals in the second half to help the Tigers move one point above the bottom three.

Sunderland drops into the relegation zone after a 1-1 draw at Stoke City saw the two sides trade first-half goals, while QPR sits four points from safety after a 0-0 draw with West Ham that saw QPR's Charlie Austin fail to score on a first-half penalty kick.

Liverpool's Champions League ambitions took a hit as the club was held to a 0-0 draw by West Bromwich, while fellow top-four contenders Southampton and Tottenham battled to a 2-2 draw with the Saints getting two goals from Graziano Pelle.