Pep Guardiola says Phil Foden is becoming a “serious player” as he hailed the young Englishman’s “massive influence” in Manchester City’s chase for silverware. Foden continued his terrific recent form by scoring one goal and playing a major hand in the other as City beat Aston Villa 2-1 on Wednesday night to move 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League. Foden also scored in both legs of City’s Champions League quarter-final win over Borussia Dortmund and was superb after coming off the bench as their quadruple dream was ended by Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday.
Stephanie Frappart will make history at Euro 2020 after being named as the first woman to officiate at a men's European Championships this summer. The 37-year-old has already become the first woman to have refereed a Ligue 1 match, a Champions League match and a World Cup qualifier. Frappart also refereed the 2019 Super Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea, which Liverpool won on penalties.
Manchester City took a huge step towards the Premier League title as they beat Aston Villa 2-1 in a game which saw both sides finish with ten men. Rodri’s first-half header proved the decisive goal, after Phil Foden had cancelled out John McGinn’s first-minute opener. Villa briefly had a man advantage after John Stones was sent off on the stroke of half-time, only for Matty Cash to receive two yellow cards in quick succession soon after the restart.