Soccer

Man City held 1-1 at Southampton in Premier League

Share This Story

   
 

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP)

Pablo Osvaldo's superb individual goal earned Southampton a 1-1 draw with Manchester City on Saturday, denying the visitors a win that would have lifted them into second place in the Premier League.

Sergio Aguero scored his 12th goal of the campaign to put City ahead in the 10th minute and on course for a second straight away win in four days.

But City was overrun at times by Southampton, which deservedly claimed a point to end a run of three successive losses when Osvaldo beat two players before curling home a classy finish in the 42nd.

''We lost control,'' City manager Manuel Pellegrini said. ''We started very well, we scored a goal, had a chance to score a second one, and after that we played too quickly. Southampton are a good team and if you give them the ball they have dangerous players.''

City dropped a place to fourth, five points off leader Arsenal having played a game more.

Many pundits' title favorite, City's terrible away form has prevented the team from being up alongside Arsenal atop the standings but there were signs of improvement in that department on Wednesday in its 3-2 win at West Bromwich Albion.

City took that confidence into this game at St. Mary's, with Aguero maintaining his brilliant scoring form by smashing home a finish from 12 yards after being fed by Aleksandar Kolarov. It was the Argentina striker's 11th goal in his last 10 league games.

Aguero was guilty of a poor miss soon after, blazing a shot over the bar following good work by Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta. That kept Southampton in the game and the hosts levelled thanks to a sublime piece of play by Osvaldo.

The Italy striker has been slow to take to life in the Premier League following his offseason move from Roma for 15 million pounds ($24.5 million) but he made it two goals in four days by turning Vincent Kompany inside out, cutting back inside Zabaleta and floating a curler into the top corner from just inside the area.

''It was a very important point today, to end the bad results we've been on,'' said Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino, referring to successive losses to Arsenal, Chelsea and Aston Villa. ''Psychologically today, to end with a result, was amazing for us.''

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by

SOCCER Videos

Van Gaal sees no value with third place game Posted: Jul 11, 2014
Netherlands manager, Louis van Gaal, has questioned the purpose and fairness of ...

Dortmund wish to see Germany as World Cup champions Posted: Jul 11, 2014
Borussia Dortmund's, Sven Bender and Sebastian Kehl, wished Germany well as they...

Scolari's six minutes of nightmares Posted: Jul 10, 2014
Luiz Felipe Scolari admits he doesn't know what happened during the six minutes ...

Argentina returns to World Cup final after 24 years Posted: Jul 10, 2014
Argentina fans hit the streets of Buenos Aires to celebrate their triumph in the...

Canada excited for Women's World Cup to get underway Posted: Jul 10, 2014
Canada's National Organizing Committee Chairman Victor Montagliani cannot wait f...