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December 7, 2013 11:00 PM SGT
St. Mary's Stadium — Southampton, Hampshire
Referee:‬ A. Taylor‎
Attendance:‬ 31229‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Southampton 1-1 Manchester City

The hosts recovered admirably from Sergio Aguero's opener, which threatened to undo them completely, and arguably deserved more than Dani Osvaldo's incredible equaliser

By George Ankers at St Mary's Stadium

  • Paulo Gazzaniga
    0
    0
    3.00

    Paulo Gazzaniga

    Not often tested - Aguero's opener left him no chance - but did fine when he was. One notable second-half save from the Argentine.

  • Dejan Lovren
    4
    1
    3.50

    Dejan Lovren

    His weak header was the catalyst that led to Aguero’s opener but shaped up soon afterwards, eventually turning in another fine performance despite City's attempts to shake things up.

  • Jose Rocha Fonte
    3
    2
    4.00

    Jose Rocha Fonte Top of the Match

    Improved from an early shakedown by City's imposing attack and grew to the stage where, once again, he was attempting tricks and crosses down the right flank. Did as good a job against Aguero as most could hope for.

  • Luke Shaw
    1
    0
    3.50

    Luke Shaw

    Once or twice caught in a poor defensive positions but his attacking contributions remain vital, offering a crucial outlet on the left touchline with some fine crossing.

  • Steven Davis
    1
    0
    2.50

    Steven Davis

    Never shied away and always willing to put the keeper on his toes with a shot from range, though his accuracy and power let him down a little. Withdrawn late for Reed.

  • James Ward-Prowse
    2
    0
    3.00

    James Ward-Prowse

    A hard-working presence in midfield who offered danger in taking set-pieces.

  • Jack Cork
    2
    0
    3.50

    Jack Cork

    Recalled as the deepest of the hosts’ midfielders and, though he might have fared better defensively if positioned slightly wider of centre, his influence in support of attacks was notable.

  • Adam Lallana
    3
    0
    3.50

    Adam Lallana

    Worked hard to find space and create it for others, a constant nuisance though not at his most spectacular. Came off late on for Ramirez.

  • Calum Chambers
    0
    0
    3.00

    Calum Chambers

    The youngster was unhelpfully exposed by Saints’ slight but telling midfield reshaping and suffered for the first goal but grew in confidence and showed signs of his past as a winger with some excellent dribbles going forward.

  • Jay Rodriguez
    1
    0
    3.50

    Jay Rodriguez

    Grew into the game in the second half as his pace and purpose gave Zabaleta headaches.

  • Pablo Daniel Osvaldo
    3
    0
    3.50

    Pablo Daniel Osvaldo

    His sensational goal, worming his way into space from the left flank and curling over Costel Pantilimon, justified his starting ahead of Rickie Lambert but he could not capitalise on one or two second-half chances and made way for the No.7 with 15 minutes to go.

Substitutions

  • G. Ramírez
    0
    0

    G. Ramírez

    Made a rare appearance off the bench with five minutes to go.

  • Harrison Reed
    0
    0

    Harrison Reed

    The youngster was handed a run-out for the final few minutes, a sign of Saints' confidence of seeing the game out.

  • Rickie Lambert
    1
    0
    3.00

    Rickie Lambert

    Brought on for Osvaldo, as expected, with a quarter of an hour remaining and pulled defenders out of position well.

  • Costel Pantilimon
    7
    2
    2.50

    Costel Pantilimon

    “Are you Joe Hart in disguise?” sang the home fans after some slightly awkward saves but there were no gaffes the likes of which saw his goalkeeping rival dropped.

  • Vincent Kompany
    2
    3
    2.00

    Vincent Kompany

    Was turned by Osvaldo on his way to the equaliser as Southampton began to overrun his defence. Far from his imposing best, looking rather tentative.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    2
    5
    2.00

    Pablo Zabaleta

    Not at his best, outpaced multiple times by Jay Rodriguez and allowed Shaw too much space when coming forward.

  • Aleksandar Kolarov
    5
    0
    3.50

    Aleksandar Kolarov

    Doubled up well with Nasri on Chambers to provide the opening goal and might have headed in a second shortly afterwards. Fared better against Chambers than Zabaleta did against Shaw and held firm to the end.

  • Martín Demichelis
    1
    3
    2.50

    Martín Demichelis

    Could have been punished for a poor header or two but usually did just enough to get in Osvaldo's way.

  • James Milner
    2
    1
    2.00

    James Milner

    Gave Shaw trouble down the City right when he could but the visitors needed more of his tenacity. Withdrawn just after the hour.

  • Samir Nasri
    3
    5
    1.50

    Samir Nasri Flop of the Match

    One of the first to be cowed by Southampton’s revival, he dropped off despite his combination with Kolarov against Chambers starting promisingly. A letdown after his fine recent form and lucky to last the 90 minutes.

  • Fernandinho
    1
    3
    2.00

    Fernandinho

    One or two lazy moments in possession as the Brazilian failed to respond well enough to Southampton’s work rate.

  • Yaya Touré
    2
    3
    2.00

    Yaya Touré

    Delivered none of the storming runs forward for which he has become famous and the Ivorian struggled to keep the improving Saints off the ball. Pushed further forward for a spell but made little impact and was withdrawn for Dzeko.

  • Negredo
    1
    3
    2.00

    Negredo

    Could have scored even earlier than Aguero if his first touch had been better and, while he looked a handful for the Saints’ back line in the opening stages, the Spaniard dropped off and was understandably withdrawn.

  • Sergio Agüero
    5
    2
    3.00

    Sergio Agüero

    His swept finish to open the scoring was reflex stuff but showed that Saints’ response had got to him with an unusually poorly composed attempt that could have finished them off in the first half, as well as a couple more missed chances in the second.

Substitutions

  • Javi García
    1
    4
    3.00

    Javi García

    Added a little more muscle to the midfield when he replaced Milner, though could bring no attacking spark.

  • Jesús Navas González
    1
    3
    2.50

    Jesús Navas González

    City could not get the winger into the game as they needed to following his introduction, having already lost control of possession. Frustrating for the Spaniard.

  • Edin Dzeko
    3
    3
    2.50

    Edin Dzeko

    Replaced Toure but could not unsettle Southampton's centre-backs.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man. United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
15 0