Southampton Hold Tight To Deny Manchester City Victory.
For the first time since October, Manchester City has failed to win a Premier League game, drawing 1-1 with Southampton at St Mary’s.
City were 11 points clear at the top of the table – despite having played one more game than second-placed Liverpool – and had won their previous 12 league games in a row. After seven minutes, though, Kyle Walker-Peters struck a magnificent goal to put the hosts in front.
Southampton countered after a sloppy pass from Raheem Sterling on the outside of the box, and Oriol Romeu found Walker-Peters on the right flank with a superb cross-field ball.
Walker-Peters passed the ball ahead of him to Nathan Redmond, then dashed into the box to collect the return pass and slammed a shot into the top corner with the outside of his boot.
With 22 minutes on the clock, the Saints believed they had gone 2-0 up when Armando Broja snuck in behind and tapped past Ederson, only for the goal to be called out for a narrow offside.
Before the interval, City had several decent opportunities, with Jack Grealish forcing Fraser Forster to save with his feet and Sterling curling over the crossbar after being set up by Phil Foden but failing to beat the goalkeeper from five yards.
The second half began with a bang, with Jan Bednarek forcing Ederson into a reflex save with an improvised header at a corner, followed by Rodri stinging Forster’s hands from outside the box.
Broja was threaded through by Stuart Armstrong only to be stopped by Ederson and Aymeric Laporte’s covering run as the hosts almost doubled their lead once more.
Not long after, Laporte came to City’s rescue at the other end, springing up at the far post to nod home a precise free kick from Kevin De Bruyne.
When De Bruyne was brought down on the edge of the area, City demanded a penalty, but VAR declined to intervene after a review – just as it did when Armstrong caught Laporte on the thigh with a high boot moments later – and the league leaders were denied a 13th straight victory despite a flurry of late chances.