West Brom ended a run of 13 straight Premier League defeats against Man City as they drew 1-1 at the Etihad on Tuesday night.
City opened the scoring through Ilkay Gundogan and it appeared to be business as normal for Pep Guardiola’s side.
Semi Ajayi saw his effort deflected in by Ruben Dias
Ilkay Gundogan had put Man City ahead
The Baggies scored a surprise equaliser, which was a Ruben Dias own goal, and held on for the point – their first against the Manchester club since 2011.
City made a sluggish start to the match at the Etihad with Karlan Grant nearly capitalising after 25 minutes.
The striker found himself and a great position but saw his shot well saved by Ederson down to his left.
But, as so often happens, the home side made the breakthrough on the half-hour mark as Raheem Sterling cut the ball back and Gundogan fired home from close range.
Ajayi helped earn West Brom a point
It was not all City, though, as West Brom levelled before the break thanks to some sloppy defending from a free-kick..
As the ball came back into the box, Semi Ajayi turned Nathan Ake before shooting, with his effort taking a big deflection off Ruben Dias to beat Ederson and bring City’s run of six consecutive clean sheets to an end.
Unfortunately for Ajayi, the goal counted as a Dias own goal.
As expected, City dominated the possession and efforts on goal after the break but struggled to break down the Baggies.
City struggled to break down West Brom
Slaven Bilics side were camped deep in their own half for much of the second 45 minutes and were virtually playing a back six.
The home side were frustrated and had to call on Sergio Aguero for the final 15 minutes but he could not inspire a late goal.
Kevin De Bruyne had a relatively quiet evening but forced goalkeeper Sam Johnstone into a late save from a close range free-kick.
Johnstone then made two crucial saves in the final few minutes to earn his said a valuable point.