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Manchester City v Southampton Match Report, 30/10/19

3 - 1
N. Otamendi (20)
S. Agüero (38)
S. Agüero (56)
J. Stephens (75)
Etihad Stadium
Manchester City 3-1 Southampton: Aguero double helps EFL Cup holders ease through
3:11 AM IST 30/10/19
Aguero - cropped
Southampton managed to restore some pride following their dismal defeat to Leicester City, but were still no match for Manchester City.

Sergio Aguero scored twice as Manchester City made light work of Southampton in the EFL Cup, the holders easing into the quarter-finals with a 3-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium.

Reeling from their 9-0 trouncing at the hands of Leicester City last Friday, Southampton - in their first of two outings against City in the space of four days - were little match for Pep Guardiola's side.

Nicolas Otamendi and Aguero had City comfortably in control by half-time, with the latter on hand to nudge City further ahead 11 minutes after the restart.

Two stops in quick succession from Claudio Bravo looked to have ended Southampton's hopes of a consolation, but Jack Stephens headed in with 15 minutes remaining to ensure Ralph Hasenhuttl's side restored some pride.

Southampton went behind after 10 minutes against Leicester, though they did manage to hold on for slightly longer on Tuesday.

However, having already kept Angelino at bay, Alex McCarthy could do little to deny Otamendi the opener in the 20th minute - City's centre-back rising between Jan Bednarek and Oriol Romeu to head home.

Aguero should have done better to get a close-range free-kick on target shortly after the half-hour, but he made no mistake when he tucked in from Kyle Walker's cross at the culmination of a slick team move.

City soon had their third early in the second half - Aguero reacting sharply to turn in Riyad Mahrez's deflected shot moments after McCarthy had kept out Bernardo Silva's prod.

Bednarek made an outstanding block from Mahrez's close-range effort, before Bravo was finally called into action to keep out a Sofiane Boufal strike.

While the former Barcelona goalkeeper could not deny Stephens to preserve his clean sheet, City still comfortably claimed a first win over their opponents in the competition.


What does it mean? City well in the hunt for three on the bounce

Winning the EFL Cup has acted as a springboard for dominant City to go on and clinch further titles in previous seasons.

With two of Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool set to head out on Wednesday, Guardiola's men look well poised to go on and retain their crown once again this term.

Doyle delights on debut

There has been plenty of clamour for Phil Foden to be given more minutes in City's first XI, but it was fellow teenager Tommy Doyle who was particularly impressive.

The grandson of former City player Mike Doyle, the 18-year-old did certainly not look out of place next to Foden and Silva.

Makeshift wing-back Hojbjerg run ragged

Southampton captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is a player Hasenhuttl can always rely on to put in 100 per cent, but the former Bayern Munich midfielder was out of his depth deployed at left wing-back in place of the suspended Ryan Bertrand.

Mahrez had a field day and it was Hojbjerg who was caught out of position as Walker got clear to provide the cross for Aguero to volley in the hosts' second, while Silva also skipped past him in the build-up to the third.

What's next?

In a quirk of the fixture list, Southampton are back at the Etihad on Saturday, with City their next opponents in the Premier League.