Man City failed to capture the fortress of the “saints” – Football World – England

Manchester City finished 1-1 away to Southampton, although they dominated most of the match of the 23rd round of the Premier League. Kyle Walker-Peters (7) scored for the Saints, Aymeric Laport (65) scored for the guests.

The hosts entered the match with confidence and did not allow dangers in front of their door in the opening minutes. And in their first serious attack they reached a goal. In the 7th minute Nathan Redmond sent a great pass to Kyle Walker-Peters, who with a fantastic shot sent the ball into the far corner for 1: 0.

The goal seemed to worry the “citizens”, who only 10 minutes later made it difficult to defend Southampton. Kevin de Bruyne cut through the Saints’ defense and brought out Joao Cancello from the left, who instead of centering to the uncovered Rahim Stirling, sent the ball straight into the hands of goalkeeper Forster.

The Saints also scored a second goal in the 23rd minute, but to City’s delight it was canceled due to an ambush. Romeu led Broya behind the visitors’ defense and he sent her into the net of the Brazilian guard with a technical kick past Ederson. Guardiola’s players found it difficult to reach goal positions and Joao Cancello tried to surprise Forster with a shot from distance, but the ball went high over the door.

With each passing minute, City’s attacks became more fierce, and the Saints often suffocated. Rahim Stirling came close to leveling the score in the 35th minute after cheating Che Adams in the penalty area and technically directing the ball into the far corner, but his accuracy betrayed him. Three minutes later, a great performance by Forster kept the lead of the hosts. Sterling received a great pass from Foden on the edge of the goal area and fired without delay. However, the cat’s reflex of the “saints” guard prevented him from signing. Seconds before the break, Mohamed Salisu’s masterful split prevented another danger in the penalty area.

The guests could get a second goal at the beginning of the second half. Defender Jan Bednarek deflected a clever cross from a corner, but Ederson was careful and parried his shot. This seemed to be a signal for Manchester City to rush into attack again and very quickly the hosts were pressed into their penalty area. A counterattack in the 53rd minute, however, miraculously did not end with a goal in the door of the “citizens”. Emerick Laporte’s grandmaster twine at the feet of Armando Broja prevented a doubling of the score. In the ensuing corner, Guardiola’s players were lucky again, after Broya and Bednarek failed to find the target.

City’s efforts paid off in the 65th minute, when Aymeric Laporte was missed by the hosts in a cross from a direct free kick and close to Forster with a header for 1: 1.

Five minutes after the goal, Kevin de Bruyne was close to making a complete turnaround, but his famous shot from the arc of the penalty area hit the crossbar. 120 seconds later, the Belgian put the ball on the head of the reserve Jesus, but his shot was stopped by the crossbar.

In the 77th minute, the guests had a claim for a penalty after De Bruyne fell on the edge of the penalty area. However, Judge Simon Hooper was not of the same opinion and received the support of the VAR. Two minutes later, Stuart Armstrong’s reckless entry into Laporte’s thigh reopened the VAR team, but it was ruled that the offense was not a red card and the Southampton player received only a yellow card.

In added time, Kevin De Bruyne tried to bring victory to Man City with a cunning shot between the legs of goalkeeper Fraser, but failed this time, and the joy of the hosts after the last referee’s signal was great.


1: 0 Kyle Walker-Peters (7)

1: 1 Aymeric Laporte (65)

Southampton: 44 Forster, 2 Walker-Peters, 35 Bednarek, 22 Salisu, 15 Perot, 11 Redmond, 8 Ward-Praus-k, 6 Romeo, 17 Armstrong, 10 Che Adams, 18

Manager Ralph Hazenhuttle

MANCHESTER CITY: 31 Ederson, 2 Walker, 3 Dias-k, 14 Laporte, 27 Cancello, 20 Silva, 16 Rodri, 7 Stirling, 17 De Bruyne, 10 Greelish, 47 Foden

Manager Josep Guardiola


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