Man City held 1-1 at Southampton in Premier League
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
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
”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
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
”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