Report: Manchester City 1-1 Saints

By SFC Media Sun 23 Oct Man City vs Saints
Sun 23 Oct 1.30PM
Premier League
Manchester City
1
Southampton
1
Iheanacho [55']
Redmond [27']
Kolarov (50') Kompany (57') Agüero (59')
Clasie (44') Romeu (52') Forster (90+2')
Referee: Mark Clattenburg | Venue: Etihad Stadium | Attendance: 53,731

Southampton extended their unbeaten run to five games in the Premier League, with a 1-1 draw away at Manchester City.

Nathan Redmond struck his third goal of the season and his second in as many games on 27 minutes to give Saints a well-earned lead at the interval, after seeing John Stones’ effort rightly ruled out for offside.

But City emerged resurgent in the second-half, and substitute Kelechi Iheanacho made it 11 goals from 17 shots on target in the Premier League to deny Claude Puel’s men a first win at the Etihad since 2004.

Another positive saw Sofiane Boufal get his first experience of the Premier League as he replaced Dušan Tadić on 72 minutes.

Puel made one change to the starting line-up from the 3-1 victory over Burnley, with Sam McQueen making his first Premier League start in place of the injured Matt Targett.

The hosts drew 1-1 with Everton in their last domestic outing and Pep Guardiola made three changes to his side from that fixture.

Vincent Kompany returned as captain in place of Nicolas Otamendi for his first start since April, while Aleksandar Kolarov and Sergio Aguero replaced Gael Clichy and Iheanacho.

City’s first foray into the Southampton area came when David Silva collected the ball after Aguero’s driving run, but his dinked cross was collected well Fraser Forster.

For all the City possession in the opening exchanges, Saints looked resolute and the first opening came when Fernandinho burst down the right, but his cross was too heavy for the onrushing Raheem Sterling at the far post.

As well as absorbing any threat in a tight encounter, Puel’s men looked dangerous on the break, and Claudio Bravo was forced into action for the first time when he got down to intercept Tadić’s low centre from the left.

The Serbian international was involved again moments later, when he switched the play to Nathan Redmond, who saw his cut back fired over by Jordy Clasie from the edge of the box.

On 27 minutes, they had their reward though as Redmond raced on to a misplaced backpass from John Stones, before rounding Bravo and keeping his composure to give Saints the lead.

Saints celebrate taking the lead

Stones thought he had made amends for his error four minutes later, but after converting from Kevin de Bruyne’s free-kick at the far post, he saw his effort ruled out for offside.

In a bid to change the game, Guardiola introduced Iheanacho at the break to replace de Bruyne and they started the second-half brighter.

As pressure started to build, Sterling saw his dangerous cross towards the back post narrowly evade a stretching Leroy Sane.

Shortly after that chance, Sané did help break the resistance when his pass found Iheanacho in the box, who made no mistake from close range to level proceedings.

Momentum began to gather for the hosts, and Forster did well to turn away Ilkay Gundogan’s low drive from just inside the area.

With 20 minutes remaining, Tadić made way as Boufal was introduced for his first taste of Premier League action, following a debut against Internazionale in the Europa League.

Sofiane Boufal takes aim on his Premier League debut

And as the game became increasingly absorbing, Boufal did brilliantly to tee up Charlie Austin, who saw his powerful effort beaten away by Bravo.

Jesus Navas and Nolito were both introduced as City looked to avoid going five games without a victory.

But Saints showed their defensive steel once more to preserve a hard-earned point.

Manchester City

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    65
    35
  • Shots
    14
    6
  • Shots on target
    3
    2
  • Corners
    10
    3
  • Passes Complete
    488
    223

Manchester City

1
Claudio Bravo (GK)
24
John Stones
4
Vincent Kompany (C)
Jesús Navas (78′)
11
Aleksandar Kolarov
7
Raheem Sterling
19
Leroy Sané
Nolito (90′)
25
Fernandinho
8
Ilkay Gündogan
17
Kevin De Bruyne
Kelechi Iheanacho (45′)
21
David Silva
10
Sergio Agüero
9
Nolito
22
Gaël Clichy
72
Kelechi Iheanacho
15
Jesús Navas
13
Willy Caballero
6
Fernando
30
Nicolás Otamendi

Southampton

1
Fraser Forster (GK)
15
Cuco Martina
17
Virgil van Dijk
6
José Fonte (C)
38
Sam McQueen
11
Dusan Tadic
Sofiane Boufal (70′)
14
Oriol Romeu
4
Jordy Clasie
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (67′)
8
Steven Davis
10
Charlie Austin
James Ward-Prowse (83′)
22
Nathan Redmond
13
Alex McCarthy
3
Maya Yoshida
24
Jack Stephens
16
James Ward-Prowse
19
Sofiane Boufal
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
9
Jay Rodriguez
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