Che Adams’ stunning strike on 16 minutes secured an surprise win for Southampton as they beat Manchester City 1-0 at St Mary’s on Sunday evening.
City did have their chances but an impressive goalkeeping display from Alex McCarthy kept out last seasons champions at bay.
The first chance of the game fell the way of Southampton as Adams’ low ball found Nathan Redmond at the far post but Eric Garcia blocked the effort of the Southampton winger.
The opening goal of the game came on 16 minutes, Oleksandr Zinchenko was robbed by Stuart Armstrong, he played through Adams who spotted Ederson off his line, and lifted the ball over the head of the City shot-stopper to give the Saints the lead and net his first goal for the club in his 30th appearance.Embed from Getty Images
Manchester City had a penalty appeal waved away when Bernardo Silva got into the penalty area between Jan Bednarek and Oriol Romeu but the Portuguese man went down fairly easily.
City went close again soon after when David Silva played in Joao Cancelo who managed to cut inside Ryan Bertrand and and fired a shot-come-cross which was lifted over the bar from an acute angle by Gabriel Jesus.
Danny Ings then produced some defensive play when he managed to clear Raheem Sterling’s cross before Silva managed to get on the end of it.
City should have really been level, Jesus played in Sterling who was denied by McCarthy who had a fine afternoon in goal for the Saints. The ball came back out to Fernandinho whose effort hit the post, before Riyad Mahrez’s cross was headed towards goal by Silva but McCarthy saved well, it then landed with Sterling who could only fire wide.
Southampton went close shortly before the break when Redmond won the ball from Cancelo, before curling an effort over the bar without really troubling Ederson in the City goal.
James Ward-Prowse managed to get beyond Zinchenko and his low cross looking for Redmond was cleared by Cancelo before Redmond tested Ederson with an effort but the save was a comfortable for Ederson.
Mahrez then saw another effort saved by McCarthy before Bednarek blocked his follow up, at the other end, shortly before half-time, Kyle Walker-Peters spotted the run of Ings whose volley couldn’t test Ederson and went over the bar.
Romeu collected the first booking of the game as he felled Silva just as we entered stoppage time.
It was City who started the brighter of the sides after the break, Cancelo’s probing ball forward was intercepted by Romeu who conceded a corner, Mahrez took the set-piece but Aymeric Laporte couldn’t reach the ball to head home from close range.
McCarthy had to be alert again not long after, he made a superb save to deny Jesus and an equaliser, which came after some good work by Fernandinho down the right, Laporte’s shot was blocked by Walker-Peters before Jesus’ downwards header was saved by McCarthy.Embed from Getty Images
McCarthy then made another superb save to deny Silva after a brilliant pass from Zinchenko, but McCarthy spread himself well to make the save, before Cancelo’s cross looking for Jesus who turned it towards goal was brilliantly blocked by Stephens.
The second booking of the evening came when Fernandinho was late in a challenge on Redmond and the referee took his name.
City kept piling on the pressure after the break, Bernardo saw his cross deflected behind for a corner after good block by Jack Stephens, it was worked neatly to Kevin De Bruyne whose cross was cleared by Stephens only as far as Bernardo whose effort went wide, before, McCarthy claims easily from Jesus’ header.Embed from Getty Images
Southampton’s first real chance in the second half almost came when Eric Garcia’s weak back-pass almost allowed Adams through on goal but Ederson did well to react quickly and clear.
City go close again as De Bruyne saw his effort sail over the bar after a good pass from Silva, at the other end, Shane Long tried to play in Ings but the ball hit his heel, before coming back to Armstrong, whose effort from the edge of the area is cleared by Ederson.
City’s players were showing signs of frustration and it showed when Jesus was booked for dissent towards the referee.
With the game deep into stoppage time, Stephens managed to clear a cross before Bednarek cleared from De Bruyne’s cross, before, Bernardo failed to convert after a clever pass from De Bruyne.
City had one last chance to rescue a point when Silva was fouled on the edge of the area by Stuart Armstrong, however, De Bruyne’s free-kick came crashing back off the wall.
Southampton held firm for the remaining minutes of stoppage time and hung on to claim a surprise victory.
Southampton: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Bertrand, Bednarek, Stephens, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong (Smallbone 90+7), Redmond, Adams (Long 69), Ings.
Subs (not used): Gunn, Jankewitz, Ferry, Danso, Vokins, Obafemi, Djenepo.
Goals: Adams 16
Booked: Romeu (Foul)
Man City: Ederson, Cancelo, Zinchenko, Laporte, Garcia, Fernandinho, Silva, Bernardo, Mahrez (De Bruyne 59), Sterling (Foden 59), Jesus.
Subs (not used): Bravo, Stones, Gundogan, Rodrigo, Otamendi, Doyle, Taylor Harwood-Bellis.
Booked: Fernandinho (Foul), Jesus (Dissent)
Referee: Andre Marriner