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Manchester City 1-1 West Brom: Dias Own-Goal, Slows down City’s progress

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As West Brom stole a 1-1 draw thanks to Ruben Dias’ own goal, Manchester City were kept again in the Premier League.

City again missed the cutting edge on the back of a lackluster Manchester derby that they have so often shown under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola.

The 30th-minute strike of Ilkay Gundogan, his first in nearly a year in the Premier League, nosed City ahead on Tuesday, but they were pegged back when Dias turned in the wayward effort of Semi Ajayi.

While Sergio Aguero made his return late on, City failed to select the lock, Sam Johnstone saves either side of Gundogan curling a free-kick inches wide as the Baggies held on for a hard-earned point, making two wonderful stoppage-time.

After enjoying 63.2 percent possession in the opening five minutes, when Grant found room in their field, City should have been behind only to curl a tame effort straight at Ederson.

In the 25th minute, Rodri sent a header over from Kevin De Bruyne’s excellent corner, but City soon had the leadership deserved by their dominance.

Raheem Sterling was fed by Joao Cancelo, who rolled it back for Gundogan to sweep home his first Premier League goal in 359 days.

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In the 38th minute, with Cancelo volleying wide from a deep corner, De Bruyne’s set-piece capacity opened up West Brom again.

It was West Brom who struck next for all the dominance of City, Ajayi managing to get away from a shot that redirected in off Dias to level the scores at half-time.

Johnstone stretched himself to deny Sterling a last-gasp winner and secure a deserved draw, having kept out a close-range header from Gundogan, who subsequently sent a free-kick into the side netting.

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