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

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.”