Manchester City have one foot in next season's Champions League after a very important 3-0 victory over Southampton on Saturday. The Sky Blues dominated the entire match and found the goals in the second half to pick up three vital points in the Premier League top-four race.
The first half belonged completely to City, who had the ball and made some really good passing, but the Southampton defense always blocked the final pass and frustrated the City attacks. Slowly but surely, though, the spaces started to appear, and the Sky Blues had some really good chances to score, but Sergio Agüero and David Silva couldn't convert two golden opportunities.
City kept going after the goal, and after a beautiful through ball by Yaya Touré, Leroy Sané was fouled by Fraser Forster inside the box. It was a clear penalty, but referee Neil Swarbrick decided not to give it for some strange reason.
At halftime, a very strong City performance didn't earn them a goal, and the game was wide open.
City continued to be the better team and continued to be frustrated by the Saints' defenders blocking everything and Forster saving everything, until Vincent Kompany scored a fantastic header to put the Sky Blues ahead. Southampton naturally went forward looking for the equalizer, but they opened themselves to a killer goal from the Citizens, and it came when a tremendous counter-attacking action was finished by Leroy Sané.
At 2-0, the game was basically done, but the Saints didn't give up and kept looking for a goal, but they conceded a third when another counter-attack was finished by Sergio Agüero after a beautiful cross from Kevin De Bruyne.
3-0, big win away from home, clean sheet. Happy days at Manchester City.
Southampton: Forster; Cédric, Stephens, Yoshida, Bertrand; Davis, Hojbjerg; Ward-Prowse (Long (Rodriguez)), Tadic, Redmond; Gabbiadini (Boufal)
Man City: Bravo; Navas, Kompany, Otamendi, Clichy; Fernandinho, Touré; De Bruyne, Silva (Zabaleta), Sané (Sterling); Agüero (Iheanacho)
Goals: Kompany (55'), Sané (77'), Agüero (80')