Last-gasp City beat Saints

Etihad Stadium | Wed 29 Nov 8PM | Attendance: 53,407
Match Report Highlights

MCI vs Saints Match Centre

MCI vs Saints As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Sterling scores with last kick of the game
  • Oriol levels after superb Boufal assist
  • City in front through deflected De Bruyne free-kick
  • Lemina, Højbjerg and Romeu all feature in midfield

FULL-TIME: City 2-1 Saints

City win it with the last kick of the game as Raheem Sterling curls an unstoppable shot into the top corner. 

22.02
90’

FIVE minutes of added time

Not long to go now, boys! It's been a brilliant away performance for 90 minutes...

86’

Southampton substitution: Sam McQueen replaces Cédric

An injury for Cédric means Sam McQueen will slot in at full-back for the final five minutes. Come on, Sam!

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82’

Southampton substitution: Charlie Austin replaces Shane Long

A sterling shift from Shane Long at the Etihad. Charlie Austin - Sunday's matchwinner - is on to take his place. 

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80’

Manchester City substitution: Bernardo Mota Veiga de Carvalho e Silva replaces Ilkay Gündogan

Backs against the wall for Saints for now as Pep Guardiola sends on Bernardo Silva for Iklay Gundogan. 

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GOALSCORER 14 Oriol Romeu

GAME ON!!!!!

It's a superb Saints equaliser! Sofiane Boufal produces a magical first touch and cross and ORIOL ROMEU is there to fire high into the net. GET IN! 

74’

GOOOAL!!!

Oriol Romeu (74’) | Manchester City 1 1 Southampton

74’

Manchester City substitution: David Silva replaces Gabriel Fernando de Jesus

David Silva takes the place of Gabriel Jesus. 

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71’

Virgil ends over the top

Half chance for Saints to get back in the game as van Dijk heads Redmond's left-wing corner over the bar. Tricky one for Virgil who would have hit the target had he been running onto the ball. 

66’

Yellow Card for Shane Long (Southampton)

Long gets his name taken for a late challenge on Otamendi. 

64’

Southampton substitution: Sofiane Boufal replaces Pierre-Emile Højbjerg

First change of the night and it's a positive one: here comes Sofiane for Pierre.

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57’

Fraser saves! 

Fraser Forster, making his 100th appearance for the club tonight, keeps Saints in the game. The big man flies out to deny Sergio Aguero before punching De Bruyne's long-range shot away from danger. 

Come on, Saints! 

Nothing to be done about the game's opening goal which was very tough on the visitors given the way they went about their business in the first half. 

City in front

Kevin De Bruyne's near-post free-kick is sliced into the net by what looks like the boot of Virgil van Dijk, under pressure from City's Nicolas Otamendi. 

47’

GOAL

Nicolás Otamendi (47’) | Manchester City 1 0 Southampton

46’

SECOND HALF: Back under way in Manchester

Plenty to build on here, Saints! 

Level at the break

Check out the best action shots from the Etihad where Saints are more than holding their own against the Premier League leaders. 

+2’

HALF-TIME: City 0-0 Saints

It's goalless at the Etihad at the interval. So far, so good...

+1’

Standing firm

Really impressive stuff from the men in red and white so far. The boys are defending superbly and threatening on the break and from set pieces. A few murmurs of unrest from the home crowd show what a good job we've done. 

36’

Yellow Card for Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)

Kompany goes into the book for a cynical foul on Shane Long near the halfway line. 

34’

CHANCE FOR LEMINA!

Saints break forward through Redmond. The winger is joined by Lemina who scrambles through the City defence and sees his low shot fumbled clear by Ederson. 

Mauricio the happier manager?

Plenty of positives for Mauricio Pellegrino's men so far who have kept City at bay with confidence in the first half an hour. 

20’

Forster saves from Fernandinho

Saints turn the ball over in midfield as City press high up the pitch. The ball breaks to Fernandinho whose side-footed shot is palmed away by Fraser Forster. 

15’

WESLEY OFF THE POST!

Big opening for Saints! Ryan Bertrand's corner is flicked on at the near post towards Wesley Hoedt who smacks a header against the upright...

Compact Saints

Oriol Romeu is joined in midfield tonight by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Mario Lemina with Ryan Bertrand and Cédric Soares either side of them. Plenty of City ball early on here, but Saints are looking solid. 

We're under way at the Etihad!

Saints have kicked off and we're up and running. Come on boys! 😇

20.01

Ready to go!

The warm-ups are over and the players are exchanging handshakes ahead of kick-off.

19.58

they are a really strong team and it's a chance to show how far we've come. it's never good to go into a game with fear - we have to do our best and play as a team.

wesley hoedt
southampton defender
19.32

Touchdown in Manchester...

Our cameras were in position to see the squad arrive at the stadium for tonight's game.

19.29

See the players arrive!

The Saints squad are getting ready for kick-off here at the Etihad. Our club photographer was on hand to capture them checking out tonight's surroundings.

19.22

He's back!

Mario Lemina makes his first start in five and a half weeks as one of five changes for Mauricio Pellegrino. Maya Yoshida, Oriol Romeu, Nathan Redmond and Shane Long also return. Kick-off is at 8pm BST.

19.08

Man City team confirmed

Starting XI: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Delph, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Sterling, Aguero, Jesus.

Subs: Bravo, Mangala, Danilo, B. Silva, D. Silva, Zinchenko, Diaz.

19.03

Saints team confirmed! 😇

Starting XI: Forster, Yoshida, van Dijk, Hoedt, Cédric, Lemina, Romeu, Højbjerg, Bertrand, Redmond, Long.

Subs: McCarthy, McQueen, Davis, Tadić, Boufal, Gabbiadini, Austin.

19.00

15 minutes until team news!

Who would you like to see on the teamsheet? We'll bring you the two line-ups at 7pm BST.

18.46

i want us to be in the game until the end. we want to get the ball on the floor and move them, because they are not used to having to run behind the ball. we know we might have to defend more than normal, but that's part of the competition - we have to adapt to different situations.

mauricio pellegrino
southampton manager
18.33

Watch Pellegrino's pre-match interview

We caught up with Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino to preview tonight's game against the Premier League leaders.

18.26

Let's continue where we left off! 

Saints were in red-hot form at St Mary's on Sunday, hitting four past Everton to climb back into the top half of the Premier League.

17.40

I am very pleased that tomorrow, I will see him after a long time. On the pitch, he had a lot of courage. He was an intelligent player. We had a great relationship and I have a lot of memories of him.

Pep Guardiola
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13.54

Pellegrino previews tonight's game

Watch the highlights from the manager's pre-match press conference. 

13.52

Matchday is back! 😇

A big welcome from the Etihad Stadium for tonight's Premier League clash with Man City! Thanks for joining us on Matchday Live. We'll be here with you throughout this evening, bringing you all the build-up, team news and live match updates, as well as free audio commentary from the game! Come on you Saints 👊

11.55

MCI vs Saints Line Ups

Manchester City

31
Ederson (GK)
30
Nicolás Otamendi
2
Kyle Walker
4
Vincent Kompany (C)
18
Fabian Delph
8
Ilkay Gündogan
Bernardo Silva (80′)
17
Kevin De Bruyne
25
Fernandinho
7
Raheem Sterling
33
Gabriel Jesus
David Silva (74′)
10
Sergio Agüero
3
Danilo
20
Bernardo Silva
35
Oleksandr Zinchenko
21
David Silva
55
Brahim Diaz
1
Claudio Bravo
15
Eliaquim Mangala

Southampton

44
Fraser Forster (GK)
6
Wesley Hoedt
21
Ryan Bertrand
2
Cédric Soares
Sam McQueen (87′)
3
Maya Yoshida (C)
17
Virgil van Dijk
18
Mario Lemina
14
Oriol Romeu
22
Nathan Redmond
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Sofiane Boufal (64′)
7
Shane Long
Charlie Austin (83′)
8
Steven Davis
38
Sam McQueen
13
Alex McCarthy
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
11
Dusan Tadic
10
Charlie Austin
19
Sofiane Boufal

MCI vs Saints Match Stats

Manchester City

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    74
    26
  • Shots
    26
    7
  • Shots on target
    12
    2
  • Corners
    6
    5
  • Passes Complete
    668
    157

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
Shots On Target
1
Mario Lemina
Mario Lemina
Chances Created
3
Nathan Redmond
Nathan Redmond
Passes Completed
22
Nathan Redmond
Nathan Redmond
Tackles
3
Mario Lemina
Mario Lemina
Clearances
8
Wesley Hoedt
Wesley Hoedt
Saves
10
Fraser Forster
Fraser Forster