Dani Osvaldo's spectacular strike gave Southampton a point their vibrant performance fully deserved against Manchester City.

Sergio Aguero's early goal was the reward for an impressive City start as they looked to prove their travel troubles were over after the midweek win at West Bromwich Albion.

Southampton, however, demonstrated the energy and ability that has marked them out as one of the surprise teams of this Premier League season and Osvaldo provided the highlight of an entertaining game just before the interval.

Pochettino glad to end run of defeats

He showed high-class control to open up a shooting opportunity on the corner of the area and provided a finish to match with a delicate lofted effort that left City keeper Costel Pantilimon with no chance.

City will regret a bad miss by Aguero when they led 1-0 - but no-one could deny a draw was the very least Saints deserved and for large portions of the second half they looked the more likely winners, with Pantilimon saving crucially from Jay Rodriguez.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino, who was without a host of key players, looked disappointed with a point at the final whistle whereas opposite number Manuel Pellegrini will be frustrated his team, now fourth, did not cash in fully on Chelsea's shock loss at Stoke City.

Saints have been hit by injuries and had lost their previous three Premier League games - so it would have been understandable had their confidence dipped as Aguero gave City a 10th-minute lead.

AGUERO STRIKES AGAIN

  • Sergio Aguero has now scored 11 goals in his last 10 Premier League appearances for Manchester City.

Aleksandar Kolarov was the creator with a left-wing cross that was swept instinctively beyond Southampton keeper Paulo Gazzaniga, in for injured Artur Boruc and Kelvin Davis, by the left foot of Aguero.

With Yaya Toure controlling midfield, Saints struggled early on, but what unfolded for the rest of the first half was a testimony to the fine work done by Pochettino and this group of players in the early phase of this season.

They were fortunate the normally deadly Aguero was off target when he shot over from close range after being set up by Pablo Zabaleta but Saints were full value for their equaliser.

The home side's trademark pressing game put City under pressure and as a consequence they were able to take control.

Callum Chambers headed just wide from a wonderful Luke Shaw cross but City were powerless to prevent a moment inspiration from Osvaldo pulling Southampton level minutes before the break.

Man City lost control of game - Pellegrini

The striker, signed for £15m from Roma, showed dazzling footwork on the angle of the penalty area to fool City captain Vincent Kompany before curling his finish beyond the stretching Pantilimon into the far corner.

In an eventful opening to the second half, Gazzaniga did well to save low down from Aguero and Toure was inches wide - but it was Southampton who had the clearest opportunity.

Pantilimon saved at the feet of Rodriguez after he weaved his way through City's defence - and Osvaldo's composure deserted him as he lashed the rebound wildly over the top.

Since his early goal Aguero had not quite been able to get his radar right and another cross-shot flew across the face of goal after he had worked some space in the area.

Southampton were not daunted and they were the side pressing forward with intent when referee Anthony Taylor blew the final whistle.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino:

"Overall the performance was amazing from my team.

"I think we have been on a negative run of results as of late but the thing about this team is it keeps believing.

"This team believes and I think this team is on a good run in how it plays. It tries to play always the same way, it tries to play well the same way.

"Overall, I am very happy with the team."

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini:

"It is a good point. I don't feel like we lost two points.

"In all the other games away I felt like we deserved more but here this was the result that both teams deserved.

"I always say that if you don't play well and you can't win, then at least don't lose. We didn't play well but we got a point."

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Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Southampton

  • 25 Gazzaniga
  • 22 Chambers
  • 23 Shaw
  • 16 Ward-Prowse
  • 06 Fonte
  • 05 Lovren
  • 20 Lallana (Ramírez - 85' )
  • 18 Cork
  • 17 Osvaldo (Lambert - 77' )
  • 08 Davis (Reed - 90' )
  • 09 Rodriguez

Substitutes

  • 03 Yoshida
  • 07 Lambert
  • 10 Ramírez
  • 26 Hooiveld
  • 38 Reed
  • 40 Gallagher
  • 41 Cropper

Manchester City

  • 30 Pantilimon
  • 05 Zabaleta
  • 13 Kolarov
  • 25 Fernandinho
  • 04 Kompany
  • 26 Demichelis
  • 07 Milner (Javi García - 62' )
  • 42 Yaya Touré (Dzeko - 79' )
  • 16 Agüero Booked
  • 09 Negredo (Jesús Navas - 62' )
  • 08 Nasri Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Hart
  • 02 Richards
  • 06 Lescott
  • 10 Dzeko
  • 14 Javi García
  • 15 Jesús Navas
  • 22 Clichy
Ref: Anthony Taylor
Att: 31,229

Match Stats

Shots

15 13

On target

4 3

Corners

5 4

Fouls

6 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Southampton 1, Manchester City 1.

90:00 +4:04 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Southampton 1, Manchester City 1.

90:00 +2:55 Booking

Booking Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +2:49

Harrison Reed (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:49

Foul by Samir Nasri (Manchester City).

89:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Harrison Reed replaces Steven Davis.

89:01

Calum Chambers (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

89:01

Foul by Samir Nasri (Manchester City).

87:31

Offside, Manchester City. Samir Nasri tries a through ball, but Sergio Agüero is caught offside.

85:00

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Javi García with a cross.

84:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Gastón Ramírez replaces Adam Lallana.

83:18

Offside, Southampton. Jay Rodriguez tries a through ball, but Rickie Lambert is caught offside.

82:29

Offside, Southampton. Steven Davis tries a through ball, but Jay Rodriguez is caught offside.

80:47

Attempt blocked. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Javi García.

79:19

Foul by Jack Cork (Southampton).

79:19

Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:54

Offside, Southampton. James Ward-Prowse tries a through ball, but Jay Rodriguez is caught offside.

78:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Edin Dzeko replaces Yaya Touré.

77:49

Offside, Manchester City. Aleksandar Kolarov tries a through ball, but Sergio Agüero is caught offside.

77:09 Booking

Booking Samir Nasri (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

77:03

Steven Davis (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:03

Foul by Samir Nasri (Manchester City).

76:42

Offside, Southampton. Jay Rodriguez tries a through ball, but Adam Lallana is caught offside.

76:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Rickie Lambert replaces Pablo Osvaldo.

74:25

Attempt missed. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.

71:11

Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

71:11

Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City).

70:36

James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:36

Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

69:41

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jack Cork.

69:30

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

68:14

Delay in match Dejan Lovren (Southampton) because of an injury.

67:18

Attempt missed. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Steven Davis.

66:38

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Yaya Touré.

64:43

Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross following a corner.

64:14

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Martín Demichelis.

62:49

Dejan Lovren (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:49

Foul by Sergio Agüero (Manchester City).

61:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Jesús Navas replaces Álvaro Negredo.

61:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Javi García replaces James Milner.

59:00

Attempt saved. Steven Davis (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

57:41

Attempt missed. Pablo Osvaldo (Southampton) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

55:22

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

55:00

Delay in match Steven Davis (Southampton) because of an injury.

53:19

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Calum Chambers.

52:14

Attempt missed. Pablo Osvaldo (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

51:00

Foul by Luke Shaw (Southampton).

51:00

James Milner (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:23

Attempt missed. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.

49:55

Attempt saved. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pablo Zabaleta.

46:35

Offside, Southampton. Steven Davis tries a through ball, but Pablo Osvaldo is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins Southampton 1, Manchester City 1.

45:00 +1:11 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Southampton 1, Manchester City 1.

45:00 +0:45

Attempt missed. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by James Milner with a cross.

45:00 +0:08

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

45:00 +0:08

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 1, Manchester City 1. Pablo Osvaldo (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Steven Davis.

39:14

Foul by Calum Chambers (Southampton).

39:14

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:57

Attempt saved. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Davis.

37:19

Luke Shaw (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:19

Foul by James Milner (Manchester City).

36:39

Attempt missed. Calum Chambers (Southampton) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Shaw with a cross.

34:13

Attempt saved. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Álvaro Negredo with a through ball.

33:33

Attempt missed. Adam Lallana (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Shaw with a cross.

32:58

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Fernandinho.

32:23

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by James Milner.

30:33

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Pablo Zabaleta.

29:00

Attempt saved. Jack Cork (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luke Shaw.

27:42

Attempt blocked. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

27:02

Attempt blocked. Adam Lallana (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse.

23:58

Offside, Southampton. James Ward-Prowse tries a through ball, but Pablo Osvaldo is caught offside.

22:26

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Aleksandar Kolarov.

22:23

Attempt blocked. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

21:26

James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:26

Foul by Yaya Touré (Manchester City).

19:39

Attempt missed. Dejan Lovren (Southampton) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross following a corner.

19:11

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Aleksandar Kolarov.

18:13

Jose Fonte (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:13

Foul by Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City).

16:06

Attempt missed. James Milner (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

15:02

Foul by Dejan Lovren (Southampton).

15:02

Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

12:29

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Dejan Lovren.

10:40

Hand ball by Adam Lallana (Southampton).

9:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 0, Manchester City 1. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aleksandar Kolarov with a cross.

7:01

Attempt missed. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

6:37

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jose Fonte.

5:56

Attempt missed. Steven Davis (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Lallana with a headed pass.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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