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Frenchman Samir Nasri led Manchester City to a good star of their title defense, but didn’t come easily as Southampton put a good game and took advantage of City’s defense mistakes.
The Citizens suffered an early blow at the seventh minute when Sergio Aguero fell down after Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne tackled him cleanly. The Argentine injured his right knee and left on a stretcher after standing up and talking some steps. Dzeko came in as replacement.
At the 16th, Man City on attacking mode and Nasri with a nice back hill set up for Tevez who is taken down by Hooiveld in the box. David Silva took the penalty but his horrible shot was deflected by Kelvin Davis.
After some monotony for 20 minutes, City would get on the board at the 40th after Nasri put a lovely pass to Tevez who shot past Davis’s near post. Southampton protested calling offside on Tevez goal and it was very tight indeed but referee Howard Webb did not call it.
The second half was a goal fest filled with emotion with Man City dominating and Southampton running effective counterattacks.
During the first ten minutes, the Citizens had three straight great scoring options Dzeko, Clichy and Silva but none of them were able to shoot on target after being inside Southampton’s box.
Then at minute 59th it was Southampton who had a couple of good touches between De Prado and Lambert who curled the ball past Hart to tie the game.
Nine minutes later Jack Rodwell made a bad pass after a City took a corner kick, which created a good counter for Southampton and Steven Davies scored brilliantly to leave City in shock.
Man City however reacted quickly and Dzeko scored after a mix up in the Saints’ box at the 72nd minute.
Mancini’s boys kept dominating and creating chances until man of the match Nasri got a deserved price after Southampton defense cleared a cross poorly and the French took a rocket shot from the penalty spot to give City a deserved advantage.
The game’s intensity went down in the last minutes as City controlled the game. Southampton will receive Wigan on Saturday while Man City will visit Liverpool on Sunday.