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Villa come from behind twice for shock City win

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Andreas Weimann grabbed Aston Villa's winner © PA Photos
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Manchester City fell back down to earth with a bump after last weekend's rousing derby triumph with Aston Villa coming from behind twice to beat them 3-2, while there were wins elsewhere for Southampton, Hull and Cardiff.

City took the lead their dominance deserved on the stroke of half-time at Villa Park with Yaya Toure on hand to tuck home from his side's eighth corner of the opening period.

However Villa grabbed an unlikely equaliser in controversial fashion six minutes after the restart. Leandro Bacuna teed up Karim El Ahmadi to blast the ball in past Joe Hart but replays showed he was offside.

The visitors weren't behind for long, though, Edin Dzeko bundling in Samir Nasri's corner five minutes later.

But Villa levelled for a second time with Bacuna curling in an exquisite free-kick in the 73rd minute before the hosts stunned City by taking the lead two minutes later, Andreas Weimann running clear to prod past Hart.

Southampton grabbed two quick-fire goals at the start of the second half to see off Crystal Palace. Pablo Osvaldo netted his first goal for the Saints since his £15 million move from Roma with a low shot from the edge of the box after 47 minutes, before a Rickie Lambert free-kick went in off the angle of crossbar and post two minutes later for the striker's 200th career league goal.

Two controversial incidents helped Hull to all three points with a 1-0 win at home to West Ham. Hull were awarded an early penalty when Joey O'Brien was harshly penalised for pushing Robbie Brady in the back, a decision which left Sam Allardyce fuming, and Brady confidently converted from the spot to give the Tigers the lead. The West Ham boss was livid again late in the second half when Jake Livermore blocked a cross with his elbow in the box only for the visitors' penalty appeals to be waved away.

Cardiff heaped more pressure on under-fire Fulham boss Martin Jol after a 2-1 win at Craven Cottage. Steven Caulker put Cardiff ahead with a thumping header from Kim Bo-Kyung's corner after 12 minutes. In first-half stoppage time Bryan Ruiz, three minutes after coming on, curled a beautiful shot from 25 yards into the top corner. Jordon Mutch then grabbed a late winner in injury time for Cardiff with almost a carbon copy of Ruiz's goal.

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