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Southampton v Manchester City: Premier League – live!

The Guardian
The Guardian
 2022-01-22

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6.40pm GMT

52 min: This is getting very hectic. The ball is being pinged around at a daft velocity. It’s a state of affairs that will surely benefit City more than the hosts. The away fans, sensing a wind behind, belt out a loud rendition of Blue Moon.

6.38pm GMT

50 min: Adams has half a chance to break upfield, but loses confidence and checks back. Soon enough City force Armstrong into the concession of yet another corner. Some head tennis. Finally the ball ends up in Forster’s arms, but Southampton are being seriously stress-tested here. City have cranked it up a notch.

6.37pm GMT

48 min: The corner’s worked back to De Bruyne, who curls in from the right. Broja, surrounded by dangerously positioned peacoat-shirted folk, flicks diligently behind for a corner. Nothing comes of this one.

6.36pm GMT

47 min: ... and City come close to wiping it out! First Grealish sends a ball through a crowded box from the left. Then Rodri sends a shot from the edge of the box towards the bottom right. Forster turns it around the post for a corner.

6.35pm GMT

46 min: Perraud wins a Southampton corner within 25 seconds of the restart. The hosts load the City box. Ward-Prowse swings it in. Bednarek glances goalwards at the near stick. Ederson parries. So close to doubling Southampton’s lead!

6.33pm GMT

Saints get the second half underway. They’ve made a change at the break, swapping out Redmond for Elyounoussi. “Manchester City’s kit colour today is ‘peacoat’, according to the official Premier League Handbook ,” reports Andrew Goudie. “This nonsense has to stop. I was only searching its 671 pages to see if they have a policy on drones . Turns out they don’t.”

6.20pm GMT

Half-time entertainment. Jonathan Liew considers Tottenham’s astonishing smash and grab at Leicester last Wednesday, and wonders whether it could be the start of something special.

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6.17pm GMT

HALF TIME: Southampton 1-0 Manchester City

... as does the second, and the champions and current runaway Premier League leaders are in the rare position of trailing. Big second half coming up!

6.16pm GMT

45 min +1: The first of two added minutes passes without incident.

6.15pm GMT

45 min: Sterling can’t sort his feet out, just inside the Saints box. The chance of a shot passes him by as the home defence steal away with the ball.

6.14pm GMT

44 min: A little space and time for Walker down the right. His low driven cross is smothered by Forster. It’s not as though City aren’t relentlessly attacking as usual.

6.12pm GMT

42 min: Rodri bobbles a shot harmlessly wide left from the edge of the box.

6.12pm GMT

41 min: De Bruyne shapes to lash a shot goalwards, only for Redmond to extend his big toe and prod it away from the City star’s boot, just in time.

6.11pm GMT

40 min: Adams rakes a pass down the right, hoping that Broja can beat Laporte in a footrace. He can’t, not this time. But he looks dangerous every time he gets involved. City’s defence have a job on tonight.

6.10pm GMT

38 min: Foden and Grealish combine down the left. The ball’s fizzed through the six-yard box. It somehow evades all dark blue shirts and is cleared by Redmond. But the champions come again, Foden crossing from the left and finding Sterling six yards out. He’s only got Forster to beat, and the keeper is falling backwards ... but his shot is straight at the keeper, who kicks away sensationally! City should be level. What a huge chance that was ... though hats off for the save.

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Fraser Forster thwarts Raheem Sterling. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Updated at 6.13pm GMT

6.07pm GMT

36 min: Redmond has the chance of releasing Armstrong down the middle, a huge hole having opened in the centre of the City defence. He overcooks the pass, though, and Armstrong can’t reach it before Dias and Ederson combine to snuff out the danger.

6.05pm GMT

34 min: A City corner out on the right. It’s taken quickly. Grealish hoicks into the middle. It’s half cleared. Sterling comes back at Southampton and dribbles into the box down the right. He opens his body and looks for the curler into the top left. The ball flies inches over the bar. Had that been on target, Forster was getting nowhere near.

6.04pm GMT

32 min: Bednarek rakes his boot down Grealish’s shin and is quite rightly booked for it. That could easily have been a red card. Grealish’s ire is doubled when Romeu accuses him of play-acting. He springs up and attempts to instigate fisticuffs. It all calms down before anyone does anything regrettable.

6.00pm GMT

30 min: City waste another corner, playing it short, Cancelo sending the ball out of play, once again shaking his head sadly.

6.00pm GMT

28 min: Broja is flagged offside again. It’s good news for City, and especially Ederson, because before the decision was made, the striker beat Ederson to the ball down the inside-left channel and was brought down by the keeper. Had he been on, it may well have been a penalty.

5.57pm GMT

27 min: Not that City are panicking exactly, and here they come again. Grealish sashays smoothly down the left and earns another corner. The ball’s worked back to Cancelo, who sends his shot flying over the Solent.

5.56pm GMT

25 min: City show the first signs of frustration, Perraud battling with Sterling out on the Saints left, winning the tussle, then drawing a free kick. Sterling’s demeanour betrays a little irritability. A bit early for it, you’d have thought, so it’s all good news for Southampton.

5.54pm GMT

23 min: They’d have been really happy had this stood. Romeu threads a pass down the inside-left channel to release Broja behind a strangely flat-footed City back line. He races clear and enters the box. He pauses, and briefly looks to have wasted the chance, but it’s all part of the grift, and he calmly slots into the bottom left, having completely confused Ederson. But the flag goes up - correctly - for offside.

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Armando Broja beats Ederson, but not the offside trap. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Updated at 5.59pm GMT

5.52pm GMT

22 min: Armstrong busies himself down the left and briefly threatens to break clear, but he’s ushered off the ball by Walker and Silva. Saints will be very happy with the way this is going.

5.50pm GMT

20 min: De Bruyne, deep on the left, tries to find Silva at the far stick with a raking diagonal ball. It sails out of play for a goal kick. City have already made 210 passes to Southampton’s 40. But look at the scoreline.

5.49pm GMT

19 min: A lovely on-a-sixpence turn by Grealish in the middle of the park. He tears off down the left, and attempts to release Foden into the box, but Bednarek slides in to clear. City are beginning to ask some questions.

5.47pm GMT

17 min: De Bruyne slips a clever pass down the left channel to release Cancelo into the box. He reaches the byline and whips a cross into the centre, but it’s an easy claim for Forster at his near post. Cancelo should have done better. Saints were opened up there.

5.46pm GMT

16 min: Sterling swings one in from the right. Forster, making his 200th appearance in English football, plucks easily from the sky.

5.46pm GMT

15 min: Broja powers his way down the right but can’t find Redmond or Adams in the middle with his cross. Another promising move by Saints down this flank, though. On the touchline, Ralph Hasenhuttl puffs his cheeks out then blows hard. He knows it’s going to be a long, hard evening’s work, one way or another.

5.43pm GMT

13 min: City respond to falling behind by passing it around patiently. It’s what they do.

5.42pm GMT

11 min: Bednarek mades his presence felt by Grealish, clattering him to the ground in the no-nonsense style. Hard and not totally fair, though it’s nothing more than a free kick. Grealish stays down awhile holding his foot, but he’s up again soon enough. Saints, if it wasn’t made obvious already by the scoreline, appear to be in the mood to take the fight to City.

5.40pm GMT

9 min: Walker-Peters and pals celebrate with stunned looks on their faces. That’s the right-back’s first Premier League goal, and only the third conceded in a first half by City all season. It was a sumptuous finish.

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A hug for goalscorer Kyle Walker-Peters. Photograph: Vince Mignott/EPA

Updated at 5.46pm GMT

5.38pm GMT

GOAL! Southampton 1-0 Manchester City (Walker-Peters 7)

What a finish this is! Walker-Peters strides down the right. He slips the ball further down the wing for Redmond, who reaches the byline and returns the ball with a cutback. Walker-Peters takes a touch as he enters the box and, with the outside of his boot, sends an unstoppable shot across Ederson and into the top left! Wow!

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Ederson is beaten as the Saints take the lead. Photograph: Matt Watson/Southampton FC/Getty Images

Updated at 6.23pm GMT

5.37pm GMT

7 min: Foden and Grealish exchange passes crisply as City shuttle the ball left to right. Sterling should release Walker into the box down the right channel, but undercooks the pass. Bad move, because Saints go up the other end, and ...

5.36pm GMT

5 min: Ward-Prowse floats it into the City mixer. Salisu rises highest, but can only send a weak header wide left of the City goal. Still, that little period of play will give Saints encouragement after City’s ball-hogging start.

5.35pm GMT

4 min: City keep on with the keep ball. But then Rodri miscontrols, Ward-Prowse snaffles, and Dias bowls Adams to the ground. A free kick just outside the centre circle.

5.32pm GMT

2 min: Foden swings it in. Armstrong heads behind, and it’s the first corner of the evening. City play it short. De Bruyne eventually swings it in. Salisu heads it out. Saints have hardly had a touch yet.

5.31pm GMT

1 min: Grealish storms down the left and earns the first free kick of the evening, knocked over by Romeu. Everyone lines up on the edge of the Saints box.

5.30pm GMT

City get the ball rolling ... but only after everyone takes the knee to warm applause. There’s no room for racism.

5.28pm GMT

The teams are out! They’re played onto the park by the chaps below, who perform a version of When The Saints Go Marching In. Saints wear their trademark red and white stripes, while City sport third-choice dark blue. We’ll be off in a few semiquavers.

5.17pm GMT

Of course, Pep Guardiola will have made one or two demands of his team, too. “We know we are going to drop points, to lose games. It is how you are going to react in that moment. When you make 12 victories in a row, people start to think ‘they are invincible’, but this is not true. We are going to drop points. Hopefully not today, but it is going to happen. We are in the middle of January, and nobody will be champions. From our experience it is always tough against Southampton and it will be no different today.”

5.07pm GMT

Ralph Hasenhuttl, who has set his team a minimum target of 35 percent possession, explains this to Sky. “City are very used to playing against deep defending teams. They always find solutions. So we do not hide, we try to play brave, this is what we are known for and what we will try to do.”

4.37pm GMT

Southampton make three changes in the wake of their 3-1 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Kyle Walker-Peters, Stuart Armstrong and Che Adams take the places of Lyanco, Nathan Tella and Ibrahima Diallo.

Manchester City make just one change to the XI named for the 1-0 victory over Chelsea last weekend. Ruben Dias is preferred to John Stones.

4.34pm GMT

The teams

Southampton: Forster, Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Salisu, Perraud, Redmond, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Stuart Armstrong, Adams, Broja.
Subs: Lyanco, Stephens, Long, Adam Armstrong, Caballero, Elyounoussi, Diallo, Walcott, Valery.

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva, Rodri, Sterling, De Bruyne, Grealish, Foden.
Subs: Stones, Ake, Gundogan, Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho, Carson, Slicker, McAtee, Wilson-Esbrand.

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire).

4.30pm GMT

Preamble

In which champions and league leaders Manchester City try to make it 13 wins in a row, while hosts Southampton try to replicate their performance last September at the Etihad, where they were well worth a draw and could easily have ended up with all three points. Kick off is at 5.30pm GMT. It’s on!

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