Premier League

  • K. Iheanacho 55’
  • 27’ N. Redmond
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Premier League
Etihad Stadium
Attendance 53,731


    • KICK OFF
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    • 90'
      Play comes to a halt with Boufal down following a clash of heads, but this may only add another 30 seconds on, if anything, and Southampton will have a free-kick when play restarts. That might do it.
    • 90'
      City corner is cleared and Southampton get the ball up the pitch in an attempt to wind the clock down. City win it back straight away and get forward with 90 seconds still remaining, but determined defending from Southampton snatches it right back! Bit of hot potato going on at the moment.
    • 45'
    • 90'
      Forster is booked for time wasting. Real sense of tension in the ground as City commit everyone forward in search of a winner.
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      Not sure where the referee has pulled this from, but there will be FIVE minutes of time added on at the end of this match.
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      That's all for our live coverage from the Etihad, thanks for following along. Goodbye!
    • 0'
      Nathan Redmond pounced on a John Stones gift to give Saints a first-half lead, but Kelechi Iheanacho came off the bench equalise as Pep Guardiola's side reclaim their place atop the Premier League.
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      John Stones' gift has seen Nathan Redmond send Southampton into the break with the lead, and it's nothing more than they deserve given the work they put forth in that first half. Stones appeared to equalise minutes later, but a controversial offside on Aguero denied them, while this has otherwise be
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      Matt Targett, Ryan Bertrand and Cedric Soares remain unavailable, paving the way for Steve McQueen to make his first Premier League start. Jordy Clasie, Steven Davis and Jose Fonte are also back in, at the expense of James Ward-Prowse, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Maya Yoshida.
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      Claude Puel makes five changes from his side which lost 1-0 to Inter on Thursday. Shane Long picked up an injury in that contest, and is replaced by Nathan Redmond who is a welcome return. Charlie Long is also back in the side after being limited to a cameo on Thursday, replacing Jay Rodriguez, and
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      Leroy Sane comes into the team for the injured Zabaleta, though will play in a more advanced role, while Sergio Aguero comes in to lead the line after being relegated to appearances off the bench in their last two games. His inclusion forces Nolito out of the XI, with Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Br
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      Vincent Kompany is cleared to make his first Premier League start of the season, with Pep Guardiola opting to play with three at the back, as Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta miss out with injuries. Kompany replaces Otamendi as one of three changes made by the Citizens.
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      SUBS: Yoshida, Rodriguez, McCarthy, Ward-Prowse, Boufal, Hojbjerg, Stephens.
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      SOUTHAMPTON (4-3-1-2): Forster; Martina, Fonte, van Dijk, McQueen; Clasie, Romeu, Davis; Tadic; Redmond, Austin.
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      SUBS: Fernando, Nolito, Caballero, Navas, Clichy, Otamendi, Iheanacho.
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      MANCHESTER CITY (3-4-3): Bravo; Kompany, Stones, Kolarov; Sane, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Silva; De Bruyne, Sterling, Aguero.
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      Three wins from four in the league, with just one goal conceded, has propelled them back into the top half of the table, but it gets harder for them with City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton in four of their next five games.
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      Southampton are trending in the opposite direction to that of today’s opponents. Unlike City, they stumbled a bit out of the gate, but have come on incredibly strong since mid-September.
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      It’s seen their one four-point lead atop the table evaporate, but they can reclaim their spot at the summit with three points today, with West Brom, Boro, Palace and Burnley their next four league games on the schedule.
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      Manchester City looked invincible in the first two months of the season, but they have come back down to earth a bit in recent weeks, still in search of their first win in October.
    • 0'
      Hello and welcome to live coverage from the Etihad as Manchester City aim to go top when they host a stingy Southampton side.
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      AND WE'RE OFF! City get us underway, attacking right to left.
    • 3'
      City have bossed possession early on, but Southampton are sitting comfortably in defence. The bulk of their time on the ball has come near the halfway line, with the likes of De Bruyne, Sterling and Aguero still waiting for their first good looks.
    • 5'
      Great cover from Van Dijk! How instrumental has he been to this Saints side? Aguero navigates passage beyond Martina and looks to have space for a shot from inside the left channel, but the big Dutchman comes across to block his way through, poking the ball free before Silva's follow-up is chipped t
    • 7'
      With Southampton's midfield diamond, they have been known to get a bit too narrow at times, which is a luxury they can ill-afford this afternoon with City boasting so much talent out wide. The visitors have started well, however, while De Bruyne seems to be struggling a bit.
    • 9'
      STAT: Sergio Aguero hasn’t gone three Premier League games without a goal since December 2015.
    • 11'
      The first glimpse in attack for Southampton sees them win a corner through Tadic, before Davis' delivery is cleared accordingly by Gundogan. Southampton certainly do appear up for the occasion, however, as they get forward again straight away, but this time Tadic's cross is knocked safely back to Br
    • 13'
      City remain rather pedestrian in possession, struggling to pick out a decent pass in the attacking half. Everyone is playing their part in defence for Saints, reading play and stepping in to intercept - but they have to be smarter when trying to pass out from the back.
    • 15'
      There's so much space available in the City end if Southampton can break quickly. Saints are biding their time between counters, but with Sane and Sterling playing so high up the pitch, this is as true a back three as there is from City, with no one in defence on hand to man the flanks.
    • 17'
      For all the possession City have had, it's Saints who have posed more of a threat in going forward - though that's not really saying much. Tadic skips forward on a counter and navigates passage into the area, but his final effort is weak in the end, unable to really test Bravo who makes a comfortabl
    • 19'
      STAT: Dusan Tadic has created 28 chances in the Premier League this season, more than any other player, but hasn’t provided an assist for a teammate yet.
    • 21'
      Lashed over! That was far from an easy chance for Clasie to take, teed up at the edge of the box from Redmond, but the pass came in with plenty of pace behind it and a City defender closing down. Clasie takes first-time, but hits a wild effort over the bar.
    • 23'
      Southampton remain on the ascendency, growing in confidence as City's struggles continue. Silva and Sterling link up in the final third to get the crowd excited, but Southampton get defenders back in such a hurry that it's snuffed out as if the threat never existed in the first place.
    • 25'
      Redmond and Tadic are looking very comfortable on the ball, but Austin has yet to get involved much in this one. His first real contribution sees him hold the ball up brilliantly, winning a free-kick as Fernandinho kicks out at the back of his leg, which earns the City midfielder a talking to from t
    • 27'
      G N. Redmond Assist K. De Bruyne
    • 27'
      SAINTS LEAD AT THE ETIHAD! You can hardly say it's not deserved! John Stones has had a nightmare, as his back-pass essentially is served up on a platter for Redmond, playing the attacker clean through on goal. Redmond rounds Bravo and tucks home confidently.
    • 29'
      STAT: Southampton have lost their last five league visits to the Etihad, last beating City on their own patch in April 2004. Paul Sturrock’s side won 3-1 thanks to James Beattie and two from Kevin Phillips.
    • 31'
      City reeling and in desperate need of some inspiration. A free-kick is won on the right and De Bruyne stands over it, as the blue shirts pack themselves into the penalty area like sardines. City need something here.
    • 32'
      HE'S ALMOST REDEEMED HIMSELF! Stones meets De Bruyne's cross at the far post and bundles it in off Forster! He's off in celebration with his team-mates following, and it takes them a while but they eventually spot the offside flag! Stones had a get-out-of-jail-free card there but he's squandered it!
    • 34'
      It was Aguero who was offside there, needlessly so, too, as he actually had to step away from goal to try and head the ball. He missed completely, but the attempt was enough to put the keeper off, and that's why the flag has been raised. Poor, that, from the striker.
    • 36'
      Southampton looking so assured as they work their way towards half-time. City are starting to show a bit more urgency, but they haven't done anything in these wide positions to really threaten the back line. Someone has to take charge for them in attack.
    • 38'
      Disappointing! A good spell of possession here from City as they work it around the fringes of the final third, but it allows pressure to build as the movement off the ball opens up a bit of space. It's all wasted in the end, however, as Gundogan drags a shot well wide from 25 yards. That's poor fro
    • 40'
      STAT: Manchester City had won four in a row in the Premier League against Southampton before their 4-2 loss to the Southampton in May.
    • 42'
      Guardiola has his work cut out for him at half-time. His formation hasn't worked at all in this first half, but he has the option of changing the width if he wants at the interval, with both Nolito and Ihenacho available off the bench. Until then, these home supporters are growing frustrated as the
    • 44'
      A heavy touch from Clasie gives the ball to Fernandinho, and in an attempt to win it back quickly he catches the City midfielder with an awkward challenge and that will see him into the book.
    • 45'
      There will be two minutes added on at the end of this first half, though it's not entirely clear what for - stoppages have been relatively limited.
    • 46'
      SI K. Iheanacho SO K. De Bruyne
    • 46'
      Here we go again...
    • 46'
      Kelechi Iheanacho replaces De Bruyne at the interval.
    • 48'
      The City supporters realise their side is in need of a lift, so they start a loud cheer out of the blue in the hopes of inspiring something. It sees Aguero go on a jaunt into the final third, picking out Silva on the left, but the Spaniard waits so long to pick out a pass that Southampton get the bo
    • 50'
      Harsh one here on Kolarov. Austin recognises he's not going to get on the end of a heavy touch, and throws himself at Kolarov in the process looking for the foul, one he gets - and the City defender is booked as a result.
    • 52'
      Revenge for Romeu, who was fouled hard earlier in the match by Gundogan, and now he returns the favour with an even harder foul on the German, which sees him into the referee's book.
    • 54'
      STAT: Manchester City haven't won any of their last eight home league games in which they've trailed at the break (D1, L7).
    • 55'
      G K. Iheanacho Assist K. De Bruyne
    • 55'
      Terrific take and pass from Sane, who is rewarded for being City's best attacking player thus far.
    • 55'
      AND THERE'S YOUR LEVELER! Manchester City football at it's best there. Fernandinho switches play brilliantly for Sane, who cuts back and picks out the run of Iheanacho who finishes coolly first-time!
    • 57'
      Kompany back in the starting line-up and back in the referee's book, as he goes hard through Van Dijk to concede a free-kick right at the halfway line.
    • 59'
      The fourth yellow card of the last nine minutes, this one handed out to Aguero who catches Austin with a late challenge. Intensity really building here in Manchester.
    • 61'
      City in rapid ascension here in the second half. Kolarov finds space on the left, but Martina does well to prevent his cross from going through, putting it behind for a corner. The subsequent delivery comes to nothing as Kompany is deemed to have fouled Van Dijk in the air.
    • 63'
      STAT: Kelechi Iheanacho has scored 8 times in his last 11 Premier League games for Manchester City, and 11 goals with 17 shots on target in the top-flight.
    • 65'
      The Etihad has certainly come to life now as Southampton begin to fade a bit. Puel has his substitutes warming up and it looks like he's eager to get some fresh legs out there in a hurry.
    • 67'
      SI P. Højbjerg SO K. De Bruyne
    • 67'
      Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg enters the fray, replacing Clasie.
    • 69'
      STUNNING SAVE! Gundogan gets on the end of a terrific bit of interplay from the hosts, but Forster gets down and reaches back to parry his effort off the line! It was Iheanacho again who was prominent there in the build-up.
    • 70'
      SI S. Boufal SO K. De Bruyne
    • 70'
      The second Southampton change brings with it a Premier League debut for Sofiane Boufal, the club-record signing, with Tadic giving way.
    • 72'
      END-TO-END! A great chance for Silva who has a clean look at goal, but his effort proves rather ambitious as he can't beat Forster at the near post. Back the other way come Southampton, but Martina fails to pick out the final pass as a five-against-two is wasted.
    • 74'
      HAS TO TO BETTER! Boufal is having himself quite an impact off the bench. A lovely bit of running sees him break into the final third before picking out Austin, but the striker puts his shot too close to Bravo in the end, allowing the keeper to parry.
    • 76'
      STAT: Pep Guardiola hasn’t gone three games without a league win since the end of the 2014/15 season (three losses with Bayern after they had won the league).
    • 78'
      SI Jesús Navas SO K. De Bruyne
    • 78'
      Jesus Navas replaces Kompany, as City look poised for a strong final push at the three points. It's only two at the back now for them, with Fernandinho surely dropping a bit deeper to provide protection.
    • 80'
      Perfectly poised with 10 minutes to play here in Manchester. It's been a weekend in the Premier League in which many of the top-eight teams have struggled, with Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton all dropping points. Are City next to follow or will they complete the turnaround and move back to the top?
    • 82'
      Southampton enjoy a period of pressure in the final third, but City get bodies back to see the threat aside, with Fernandhinho filling the vacant role in defence following the departure of Kompany. And right on cue, Saints are set to make their final change.
    • 83'
      SI J. Ward-Prowse SO K. De Bruyne
    • 83'
      James Ward-Prowse comes on to replace Austin for the final minutes.
    • 84'
      IT HAD IT ALL BUT THE FINISH! Outstanding running from Aguero, going at it alone. He takes on two defenders and has the beating of them, breaking into space inside the area, but lashes his final effort just wide of the far post! It's by far his best contribution of the afternoon, and it deserved bet
    • 86'
      STAT: Southampton have collected 51 points in 2016, two more than Manchester City have in the calendar year (49).
    • 88'
      CHAOS! All-out press from City here as Ihenacho and Sterling both get into prominent ares on the edge of the box, but neither pick out the required final pass before Davis blasts it clear. Anywhere will do for Southampton now, who are selling out in defence to try and hold onto the point.
    • 90'
      SI Nolito SO K. De Bruyne
    • 90'
      The final City change sees Nolito replace Sane.

    Line Up

    David Silva
    Oriol Romeu



    Josep Guardiola
    Ralph Hasenhüttl



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 11 11
    Yellow Cards 3 3
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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