Manchester City dropped points in the Premier League for the first team in more than three months thanks to a valiant effort by Southampton that gave them a 1-1 draw at the Etihad. The Blues dominated the game as usual and had a lot of great chances, but couldn’t convert more than one and were held by a tough Saints side who will look at this result like a victory.
EXCEPT THEY DIDN’T BECAUSE RAHEEM STERLING SCORED A SPECTACULAR GOAL TO GIVE CITY A 2-1 WIN AT THE LAST SECOND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The game had a very bright start, with both teams pressing each other and making some good passes to find runners in good positions. City had the majority of chances but could never find the goal thanks to a strong performance by Fraser Forster in goal and a very tight defense from the rest of the Saints, who played a back five and made things really tough for the Blues.
Southampton had chances of their own, but unfortunately for them they fell to Maya Yoshida and Wesley Hoedt, two defenders who should have scored but didn’t because they’re defenders. The last few minutes were poor from both teams, who couldn’t get anything going and made a lot of fouls.
At halftime, City were playing good stuff and had good chances, but they needed to create better and finish better to get the win in the second half.
Things could not have gone better for City to start the second half, with a goal from Kevin De Bruyne putting the Blues ahead just two minutes into the period. The goal calmed everything down for City, who were a lot more confident in their passing and increased the pressure on Saints even more.
Southampton were able to withstand the pressure and started to commit more bodies forward. Van Dijk nearly redeemed himself after the own goal with a free header inside the box, but he was just another Saints defender to miss a clear chance from a corner. City needed a second as quick as possible to avoid a nervous ending, but they couldn’t and Oriol Romeu fired home the equalizer for Southampton.
City had 15 minutes to find a winner while Saints tried to stay organized at the back while still being dangerous on the counter, and visitors’ plan worked. Until the 96th minute, when Raheem Sterling curled a spectacular ball into the top corner to give the Blues a 12th consecutive league win. What a win. What a team.
Man City: Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Delph; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Gundogan (Bernardo); Sterling, Agüero, Jesus (David Silva)
Goals: De Bruyne (47’), Sterling (90’+6)
Southampton: Forster; Cédric, (McQueen) Yoshida, Van Dijk, Hoedt, Bertrand; Hojbjerg (Boufal), Romeu, Lemina; Long (Austin), Redmond
Goal: Romeu (75’)
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