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Southampton 0-3 Manchester City

By Jonathan JurejkoBBC Sport
Manchester City
Yaya Toure fired Manchester City ahead with his fifth goal of the season
  • Clinical City leapfrog Southampton into second
  • All three goals came in the second half
  • Saints suffer first home defeat of the season
  • Aguero wrongly booked for dive in 100th PL match

Manchester City moved above opponents Southampton into second place as three second-half goals cut Chelsea's Premier League lead to six points.

Sergio Aguero, in his 100th top-flight game, pulled the ball back for Yaya Toure to drill in a low strike.

City played the final 16 minutes with 10 men after Eliaquim Mangala saw red.

But Frank Lampard's strike and a close-range finish from Gael Clichy saw City clinch their third straight win as Saints suffered a first home defeat.

MOTD2 analysis of Southampton 0-3 Man City
Jermaine Jenas: "Pellegrini thought 'if I can stop Ryan Bertrand, I will cut off a big source of Southampton's attacks'. He did that by picking Jesus Navas, but the reason the plan worked did not rely on his winger doing any defending."
Read more:'How Navas helped see off Saints'

Ronald Koeman's side, who had not lost in their last six matches, never looked like extending that unbeaten run against the defending champions.

City produced a professional display, restricting Southampton to few clear-cut opportunities and clinically taking their own, to take advantage of Chelsea's goalless draw at Sunderland on Saturday.

When the Premier League fixture list was released in the summer, few would have glanced at this match and marked it down as one between two teams potentially competing for Champions League qualification.

Southampton 0-3 Man City: Sergio Aguero never dives - Manuel Pellegrini

After a summer of upheaval, Koeman has rebuilt the south coast side on a strong foundation of defensive stability, with the Saints having conceded just six goals in their previous 12 top-flight matches.

But, after French holding midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin's injury forced a defensive reshuffle at half-time, they were picked apart by the visitors.

City striker Sergio Aguero, whose midweek hat-trick against Bayern Munich took him to 17 goals for this season, was expected to be the biggest threat to the home defence.

The Argentine did not add to his tally, instead turning provider for both Toure and Clichy, who poked in at the end for his first Blues goal.

However, Aguero should have been given the opportunity from the penalty spot on 10 minutes. The City talisman was scythed down by home skipper Jose Fonte's lunging tackle, but looked up to see referee Mike Jones showing a yellow card after the official decided he had dived.

Saints must learn from mistakes - Koeman

But in the end, that controversial decision did not matter.

Many observers warned that Southampton's credentials would be tested in a difficult run against City, Arsenal and Manchester United - and in this game they looked short of the quality needed to break into the top four.

Koeman's men grew in confidence after a nervous start and could have opened the scoring when Steven Davis's low shot forced Joe Hart into a superb save low down to his right.

Speculative shots from Toby Alderweireld and Dusan Tadic flew past Joe Hart's right-hand post shortly after the restart, but once Toure scored his fifth goal of the season there appeared to be little way back for Saints.

And so it proved - despite Mangala, who was booked in the first-half for a cynical tackle on Tadic, seeing red after clipping home substitute Shane Long.

Eliaquim Mangala
City defender Eliaquim Mangala has found life difficult in the Premier League since a £32m summer move from Porto
Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard powered in his 174th Premier League goal, leaving him one behind fourth-placed Thierry Henry in the list of all-time top-flight scorers
Gael Clichy
Gael Clichy scored his first Premier League goal for Manchester City - in his 86th appearance. He hit one in 187 appearances for previous club Arsenal
Southampton v Manchester City: Manuel Pellegrini
Manuel Pellegrini was given a warning by referee Mike Jones in a frustrating first half for Manchester City

Line-ups

Southampton

  • 23Forster
  • 2Clyne
  • 6José Fonte
  • 17Alderweireld
  • 21Bertrand
  • 8DavisSubstituted forMayukaat 82'minutes
  • 12WanyamaBooked at 7mins
  • 4SchneiderlinSubstituted forYoshidaat 45'minutes
  • 11Tadic
  • 19Pellè
  • 10ManéSubstituted forLongat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Davis
  • 3Yoshida
  • 5Gardos
  • 7Long
  • 24Mayuka
  • 28Reed
  • 33Targett

Man City

  • 1Hart
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 4KompanyBooked at 81mins
  • 20MangalaBooked at 74mins
  • 22Clichy
  • 15NavasSubstituted forDemichelisat 76'minutes
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 42Y Touré
  • 8NasriSubstituted forLampardat 65'minutes
  • 35JoveticSubstituted forMilnerat 55'minutes
  • 16AgüeroBooked at 9mins

Substitutes

  • 3Sagna
  • 6Reges
  • 7Milner
  • 13Caballero
  • 18Lampard
  • 26Demichelis
  • 78Pozo
Referee:
Mike Jones
Attendance:
30,919

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthamptonAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home13
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Southampton 0, Manchester City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Southampton 0, Manchester City 3.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Southampton. Ryan Bertrand tries a through ball, but Dusan Tadic is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Southampton. Shane Long tries a through ball, but Dusan Tadic is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Southampton. Toby Alderweireld tries a through ball, but Dusan Tadic is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Toby Alderweireld (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Victor Wanyama.

  7. Post update

    Foul by James Milner (Manchester City).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  10. Post update

    Vincent Kompany went off injured after Manchester City had used all subs.

  11. Post update

    Delay in match Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) because of an injury.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Southampton 0, Manchester City 3. Gaël Clichy (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Sergio Agüero following a fast break.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Fernandinho.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Victor Wanyama (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Toby Alderweireld.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Victor Wanyama (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Emmanuel Mayuka.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gaël Clichy with a through ball.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Victor Wanyama (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Southampton. Conceded by James Milner.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Southampton. Emmanuel Mayuka replaces Steven Davis.

  20. Booking

    Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

MOTD2 analysis of Southampton 0-3 Man City
Jermaine Jenas:Pellegrini thought 'if I can stop Ryan Bertrand, I will cut off a big source of Southampton's attacks'. He did that by picking Jesus Navas, but the reason the plan worked did not rely on his winger doing any defending."
Read more:'How Navas helped see off Saints'

As It Stood

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1Chelsea13103030111933
2Man City1383227131427
3Southampton138232491526
4Man Utd136432215722
5West Ham136342116521
6Arsenal135532115620
7Tottenham136251818020
8Swansea135441714319
9Newcastle135441416-219
10Everton134542321217
11Liverpool135261618-217
12Stoke134361316-315
13Sunderland132831219-714
14Crystal Palace133461822-413
15West Brom133461318-513
16Aston Villa13346718-1113
17Hull132561420-611
18QPR133281425-1111
19Burnley13256921-1211
20Leicester132471321-810
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