Manchester City raced into a 2-0 lead at Wembley before John Stones helped Aston Villa get back into the match.
The England international seemed to lose his balance before Anwar El-Ghazi’s cross was headed home by Mbwana Samatta to halve the deficit.
Fans were quick to respond to Stones’ mistake online to question what he was doing, with the 25-year-old at risk of missing out on Gareth Southgate’s squad for Euro 2020.
One fan joked: “John Stones falling down an imaginary set of stairs to help gift Aston Villa a goal.”
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Another added: “Another masterclass from John Stones.”
“John Stones rhymes with Phil Jones,” said a third.
A fourth chipped in with: “John Stones collapsed there like a giraffe hitting the deck.”
A fifth then said: “Hold up while VAR checks if John Stones is a Premier League footballer.”
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Former Manchester United striker Dion Dublin gave his thoughts on the slip ahead of half-time, and he questioned how it happened.
“I’m trying to figure out how John Stones fell over…,” he told BBC Sport.
“He had an eye on Mbwana Samatta, he fell over, that means Samatta is free and it's a great cross – and Samatta finishes absolutely great.
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“This has given Villa a bit of a lifeline, and all the fans in claret and blue have woken up!”
He then added: “Villa probably didn't want the half-time whistle to come.
“They had a reaction – they're back in the game. They have to go forward, be positive. They've got to give everything.”
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