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Southampton 1-1 Manchester City

Dani Osvaldo scores for Southampton

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.

Mauricio Pochettino

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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.

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.

Manuel Pellegrini

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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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Line-ups

Southampton

  • 25Gazzaniga
  • 22Chambers
  • 23Shaw
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 6Fonte
  • 5Lovren
  • 20LallanaSubstituted forRamírezat 85'minutes
  • 18Cork
  • 17OsvaldoSubstituted forLambertat 77'minutes
  • 8DavisSubstituted forReedat 90'minutes
  • 9Rodriguez

Substitutes

  • 3Yoshida
  • 7Lambert
  • 10Ramírez
  • 26Hooiveld
  • 38Reed
  • 40Gallagher
  • 41Cropper

Man City

  • 30Pantilimon
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 13Kolarov
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 4Kompany
  • 26Demichelis
  • 7MilnerSubstituted forJavi Garcíaat 62'minutes
  • 42Y TouréSubstituted forDzekoat 79'minutes
  • 16AgüeroBooked at 90mins
  • 9NegredoSubstituted forJesús Navasat 62'minutes
  • 8NasriBooked at 78mins

Substitutes

  • 1Hart
  • 2Richards
  • 6Lescott
  • 10Dzeko
  • 14Javi García
  • 15Jesús Navas
  • 22Clichy
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
31,229

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthamptonAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home15
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Southampton 1, Manchester City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southampton 1, Manchester City 1.

Booking

Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.
Harrison Reed (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Samir Nasri (Manchester City).

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Harrison Reed replaces Steven Davis.
Calum Chambers (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Samir Nasri (Manchester City).
Offside, Manchester City. Samir Nasri tries a through ball, but Sergio Agüero is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Javi García with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Gastón Ramírez replaces Adam Lallana.
Offside, Southampton. Jay Rodriguez tries a through ball, but Rickie Lambert is caught offside.
Offside, Southampton. Steven Davis tries a through ball, but Jay Rodriguez is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Javi García.
Foul by Jack Cork (Southampton).
Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Southampton. James Ward-Prowse tries a through ball, but Jay Rodriguez is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Edin Dzeko replaces Yaya Touré.
Offside, Manchester City. Aleksandar Kolarov tries a through ball, but Sergio Agüero is caught offside.

Booking

Samir Nasri (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Steven Davis (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Samir Nasri (Manchester City).
Offside, Southampton. Jay Rodriguez tries a through ball, but Adam Lallana is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Rickie Lambert replaces Pablo Osvaldo.
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.
Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City).
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jack Cork.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Dejan Lovren (Southampton) because of an injury.
Attempt missed. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Steven Davis.
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.
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.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Martín Demichelis.
Dejan Lovren (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Sergio Agüero (Manchester City).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Jesús Navas replaces Álvaro Negredo.

Substitution

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Arsenal1411121934
2Liverpool159331630
3Chelsea159331330
4Man City159242629
5Everton14761927
6Tottenham15834-127
7Newcastle15825-126
8Southampton15654523
9Man Utd15645322
10Aston Villa14545019
11Swansea14536118
12Stoke15456-517
13Hull14527-617
14Norwich15528-1417
15West Brom15366-415
16Cardiff15357-1114
17West Ham15348-613
18Crystal Palace154110-1213
19Fulham143110-1410
20Sunderland152211-188
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