It was one of those rare days when Erling Harland was eclipsed by a team-mate whose goalscoring exploits grabbed the headlines at Wembley.
Manchester City were held by another late equaliser after Riyad Mahrez’ opener at RB Leipzig was cancelled out by Josko Gvardiol.
The mood was one of defiance as Manchester City swept aside Aston Villa to move within three points of leaders Arsenal.
Goals by Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan, and Riyad Mahrez in an intense first half saw Manchester City through against Aston Villa as City responded to a week of legal charges by the Premier League.
In likening this to a boxing bout, Manchester City lifted themselves off the canvas to land a knockout blow following an epic encounter against Tottenham at the Etihad only for manager Pep Guardiola to later launch a ferocious attack on his team.