Southampton 0-3 Man City: De Bruyne keys 3rd place leap

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  • Kompany first PL goal since Aug. ’15
  • Sane nabs fifth PL goal, ninth overall
  • Aguero poaches 17th of PL season
  • De Bruyne nabs two assists

Vincent Kompany, Leroy Sane, and Sergio Aguero scored as Man City won a second-straight match, defeating Southampton 3-0 at St. Mary’s on Saturday.

Manchester City moves into third place, two points ahead of Liverpool. City is seven points back of Tottenham and 11 behind Chelsea.

Saints remain ninth with 40 points.

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A sleepy start almost came to life when Manolo Gabbiadini picked out Dusan Tadic near the penalty spot, but the Serbian mailed his effort over the bar.

Fraser Forster was fortunate not to concede a penalty from a takedown of Leroy Sane in the 37th minute, a corner given instead.

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The second half didn’t bring much more life to the proceedings, though James Ward-Prowse tempted the goal with an early free kick.

Forster made a terrific reaction stop to punch a Jesus Navas rip over the bar in the 55th minute, but City struck on the ensuing corner when Kompany headed the ball through Forster.

Kevin De Bruyne keyed a stylish counterattack in the 77th minute, racing down the right to collect David Silva‘s through ball and squaring for Sane. The 21-year-old stayed calm in besting Forster to make it 2-0.

De Bruyne then hit a clever chipped pass square from the edge of the six, and Aguero rose high to head home a third City goal.