- De Bruyne, Delph put City 2-0 up
- Long pulled one back
- City momentarily go top
- Saints suffer back-to-back defeats
Manchester City beat Southampton 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday with the Citizens riding a fast start to victory.
With the win City move to 29 points, while Saints remain on 20.
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City came flying out of the traps with Sterling playing a great one-two and striking a low shot which Stekelenburg saved well and cleared well with the ball played back to him.
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The Citizens were all over Saints as Aleksandar Kolarov whipped in a free kick that Stekelenburg clawed out of the top corner and held onto the rebound well under pressure. Nine minutes in the opening goal arrived with Maya Yoshida giving the ball away cheaply to Sterling and he ran into the box and set up De Bruyne to head home. 1-0.
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Wave after wave after City attack continued in the pouring rain in Manchester with Oriol Romeu giving the ball away cheaply but Stekelenburg saved well from Sergio Aguero.
Steven Davis then appeared to block Fernandinho‘s effort on the line with his hand but the officials missed it and from the resulting corner City went 2-0 up. The ball was half cleared to Delph and his shot struck Virgil Van Dijk and deflected in.
Moments later Van Dijk strolled forward from the back and drilled a superb effort towards the top corner but the ball rattled off the bar and out. Victor Wanyama then had an overhead kick saved well by Willy Cabellero but then Saints’ skipper Jose Fonte went off injured before the break.
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Saints improved in the second half and soon halved the deficit. Substitute Tadic took a quick free kick to Sadio Mane and his cross found Long at the back post who rose like a salmon to head home. 2-1 and Southampton were in the ascendancy.
Tadic danced through City’s defense and almost chipped Caballero, then Fernandinho seemed to block Long’s rebound with his arm as Southampton piled forward at every opportunity in the second half.
Tadic then had another shot which Caballero saved well down low but City sealed the win as they broke and De Bruyne’s pass found Kolarov who hammered home. 3-1 to the Citizens and that’s how it finished despite Saints pressing to get back into the game.