Manchester City are back in the Premier League title race as they thrashed the struggling Saints 3-1 on Sunday. Days after two consecutive losses in their previous league games, Pep Guardiola’s champions secured three points at St Mary’s Stadium, closing gap to seven points to leaders Liverpool.
David Silva found the net low in the 10th minute from Bernardo Silva’s cross, giving an early lead in the game. However, the visitors felt the threat when James Ward-Prowse sneaked up from behind and snatched a goal after Oleksandr Zinchenko made an error in the middle.
When the score was still 1-1, Ward-Prowse went down under a challenge from Zinchenko inside the box in the 43rd minute but the match referee Paul Tierney signaled no foul. The hosts felt they were deprived of a penalty kick that could change the game.
It was a fateful night for Ward-Prowse as he scored an own goal after he gave a slight touch off Raheem Sterling’s strike in the 45th minute, giving away the Citizens a 2-1 lead.
The home team continued to suffer in the rest of the game after Sergio Aguero notched a strong header off a pin-point long cross from Zinchenko in the first half injury time. They received another blow after Pierre-Emile Højbjerg was later shown a red card in the 85th minute for an inappropriate tackle on Fernandinho. But the sent-off made no difference as the second half was ended goalless.
The result of the game says Manchester City, who had lost three games out of four, have won five consecutive Premier League games against Southampton for the first time.