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Manchester City v Southampton Live Commentary, 08/10/2022

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4 - 0
MCI
SOU
João Cancelo (20)
P. Foden (32)
R. Mahrez (49)
E. Haaland (65)
Etihad Stadium

Commentary

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City are next in action in the Champions League against Copenhagen on the road. Southampton take on West Ham next Sunday in the Premier League.
Manchester City move to the top of the Premier League courtesy of a 4-0 win over Southampton at the Etihad Stadium. Joao Cancelo and Phil Foden put the home side 2-0 ahead in the first half with fine finishes. Riyad Mahrez and Erling Haaland secured the three points with second-half goals in a comfortable afternoon for the champions.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: MANCHESTER CITY 4-0 SOUTHAMPTON
90' + 1' Palmer is determined to make an impact off the bench, but he sees his blast on his left foot blocked by Salisu.
90' There will be three minutes of added time.
90' SAVE! Rodri releases Palmer down the right flank and he twists and turns to open up space for a strike. Bazunu gets down to make the save, but the flag goes up late against the forward anyway.
88' The Saints are enjoying their best spell of the game, but are still no closer to testing Ederson in the City goal.
86' WIDE! Elyounoussi finds space in the final third and takes on a strike that travels wide of the left post.
83' CHANCES! Perraud latches on to a clearance from a rare Southampton corner. He hammers two efforts at goal that are charged down by Dias before one finally gets through and trickles wide of the right post.
81' SAVE! Gomez lines up a blast on the edge of the box and his effort clips the side-netting on its way wide.
S. Mara
J. Aribo
Southampton
79' Aribo is withdrawn for the visitors and on comes Mara to replace the forward.
Juan Larios
K. Walker-Peters
Southampton
79' Larios comes on to replace Walker-Peters for the visitors.
R. Lewis
Bernardo Silva
Manchester City
78' Lewis replaces Silva in the City midfield for the final 12 minutes.
78' INCHES WIDE! Dias rises highest in the box to attack the resulting corner from Grealish, but his header creeps just past the right post.
77' SAVE! Bazunu makes a fine stop to deny Grealish. City work the ball out of tight quarters as Rodri and Haaland combine to release the England man. He shoots at goal on his left foot, but Bazunu turns his effort over the top.
76' Haaland turns into the inside-left channel and digs out a cross that Djenepo hooks clear from danger for the visitors.
74' Bazunu does well to rise under pressure from Dias to claim the ball from Alvarez's cross from the right flank.
73' Palmer makes a good run down the right flank, but pressure from Perraud sends the ball behind for a corner.
C. Palmer
R. Mahrez
Manchester City
70' Mahrez notched his first goal of the season and is now replaced by Palmer.
J. Álvarez
K. De Bruyne
Manchester City
70' Alvarez replaces De Bruyne in the City midfield for the final 20 minutes.
Sergio Gómez
João Cancelo
Manchester City
70' Cancelo is withdrawn after a fine performance, scoring once and providing an assist. Gomez replaces the Portuguese.
68' City are quite relaxed in possession now. Guardiola will have one mind on goal difference and it could be the perfect opportunity to bolster their goals scored column.
M. Elyounoussi
A. Armstrong
Southampton
66' Armstrong is withdrawn from the action in the final third and replaced by Elyounoussi.
M. Djenepo
S. Armstrong
Southampton
66' Djenepo enters the action for the Saints to replace Armstrong.
João Cancelo
Assist
Manchester City
65' Cancelo continues his fine outing with a perfect low cross for Haaland to convert.
E. Haaland
Goal
Manchester City
65' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! HAALAND GETS ON THE SCORESHEET!!!!! 4-0!!!!!! You can't keep Haaland down for long as he converts his 15th Premier League goal of the season. City play their way through the Southampton defence down the left flank as Grealish releases Cancelo. He sends a cutback into the box for Haaland to sweep home into the bottom-left corner on his left foot.
62' CHANCE! It is not Haaland's day. De Bruyne releases the forward through on goal and he tries to round Bazunu. However, the keeper sticks out a hand and knocks the ball out of his stride before gathering in the Southampton box.
60' The tempo of the game is at training level for the home side. They've got the result completely in hand here.
J. Grealish
P. Foden
Manchester City
58' Foden is withdrawn by Guardiola and is replaced Grealish in the final third.
57' CHANCE! Haaland is human after all. De Bruyne fires a dangerous low cross to the back post that Haaland only needs to turn home. However, he fails to connect with his left-footed strike with Salisu providing late pressure.
54' Southampton have conceded seven goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half in 2022-23, more than any other team in the Premier League this season.
52' CHANCE! Foden sends a low cross into the middle for Haaland to attack, but he sweeps his effort wide of the left post.
Rodri
Assist
Manchester City
49' Rodri produces a sublime cross to the back post for Mahrez to score.
R. Mahrez
Goal
Manchester City
49' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! MAHREZ MAKES IT THREE!!!! 3-0!!!!!!! City surely put the game beyond Southampton as Mahrez scores a fine volley at the back post. Rodri collects and supplies an inch-perfect cross for Mahrez to attack. The Algerian produces a super finish with his left foot first-time on the volley into the bottom-left corner.
47' WIDE! City open up Saints down the right flank. De Bruyne sends a low cross into the box that is deflected back to Silva, but he hammers his left-footed strike wide of the target.
46' We're back under way at the Etihad Stadium.
The chance for Stuart Armstrong will give Pep Guardiola a good chance to drill into his team that the game is not over. He will be urging his side to kill off the contest as quickly as possible in the second half.
Manchester City hold a 2-0 lead over Southampton at the break in their Premier League clash. Joao Cancelo fired the home side ahead after 20 minutes with a fine strike on his left foot. Phil Foden then extended their lead with a clinical finish after being teed up by Kevin De Bruyne. Southampton face a huge challenge to get back into the contest in the second half.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: MANCHESTER CITY 2-0 SOUTHAMPTON
45' + 1' Akanji latches on to a loose ball following a break from De Bruyne, but he smashes his strike over the bar.
45' OVER! Southampton open up City in the final third as Adam Armstrong works the ball to Stuart Armstrong. He lines up a blast on the half-volley that sails inches over the bar with Ederson scrambling across his line. A decent attempt.
42' Salisu is on the spot for the Saints to direct De Bruyne's cross from the left flank away from Haaland in the six-yard area.
41' Foden makes a good run to the edge of the box, but Walker-Peters makes a good interception to break up his pass towards Cancelo.
38' BLOCK! De Bruyne runs forward and finds Haaland on the edge of the box, but his effort is charged down. Foden was in acres of space behind his team-mate and does not look too happy.
36' City are in complete control of the game now. Southampton are facing a long afternoon unless they can force City out of their rhythm.
34' De Bruyne has contributed to goals in his last four games in the Premier League (0 goals, 6 assists).
K. De Bruyne
Assist
Manchester City
32' De Bruyne runs at the Southampton defence and times his pass to perfection to release Foden to score.
P. Foden
Goal
Manchester City
32' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! FODEN PRODUCES A CLINICAL FINISH!!!! 2-0 CITY!!!! The home side extend their lead as Foden lifts a sublime chip over Bazunu into the net. De Bruyne bursts forward through a central area and offloads to Foden in space. He takes a touch before clipping his effort over the onrushing keeper. Another fine City goal.
31' SAVE! Foden charges into the box in the inside-left channel and lines up a blast towards the near post. Bazunu reacts and produces a fine stop to repel his strike.
29' BLOCK! Adams puts his body on the line at the back to divert Haaland's left-footed blast behind for a throw-in. Brave defending from the Southampton forward.
27' Foden tries to turn in the box, but he gets crowded out before he can shoot. De Bruyne tries force a cross towards Haaland that Salisu has to head clear.
25' City probe down the right flank and win a corner as Salisu has to put the ball behind. Mahrez floats a cross into the middle that just evades Rodri rising near the penalty spot.
22' Manchester City have avoided defeat in their last 36 matches when scoring the opening goal in the Premier League, dating back to May 23, 2021 against Everton.
K. Walker-Peters
Yellow Card
Southampton
21' Walker-Peters takes out Foden in the build-up and goes into the book.
P. Foden
Assist
Manchester City
20' Foden works the ball to Cancelo as he gets take out in the process by Walker-Peters.
João Cancelo
Goal
Manchester City
20' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! CANCELO FIRES CITY AHEAD!!!!!! 1-0!!!!! The Portuguese fires City ahead with a crisp finish on his left foot. He collects on the left flank before he turns Ward-Prowse inside and out to line up the strike. Cancelo makes no mistake by blasting a low effort into the bottom-right corner.
19' OVER! Mahrez latches on to a deflected corner from De Bruyne and takes on the strike first-time, but he slices his attempt well over the top.
18' Cancelo bursts past Stuart Armstrong down the left flank, but his low cross towards the near post is deflected behind by Walker-Peters.
17' Cancelo skips away from two challenges to cut inside on his right foot, only to lift his delivery out for play for a goal kick.
14' OFF THE POST! Haaland should put City ahead as Foden releases him behind the Southampton defence. The forward fires his effort past Bazunu, but the ball clips the inside of the left post and bounces across goal and behind for a goal kick.
13' OVER! Cancelo breaks down the left flank and again lifts a cross to the back post for Mahrez to attack. The winger meets it first-time, only to lift his effort over the top.
10' It has been a measured start by City without the fireworks of their win over United last time out on home soil.
8' De Bruyne looks for a quick pass behind the Southampton defence for the run of Haaland, but Bazunu is sharp off his line to gather.
7' De Bruyne wins the ball for City in the final third from Salisu, but his offload towards Mahrez in space is cut out by Perraud.
5' Bella Kotchap remains on the pitch for now after receiving treatment. His fitness will require monitoring from the Southampton bench.
4' Bella Kotchap is down for the visitors with an apparent muscle strain. He might have to make way here.
2' SAVE! Cancelo breaks down the left flank and clips a cross to the back post. Mahrez collects and hammers a left-footed strike towards goal, forcing Bazunu into a fine stop. Foden pounces on the rebound, only to hook a strike into the arms of the Southampton keeper.
1' We're under way at the Etihad Stadium.
City have lost just one of their last 12 Premier League games against Southampton (W8 D3), though both their meetings last season ended in draws.
Southampton have made four changes to their side that lost to Everton last time out. Salisu and Perraud gets the nod to start in the back four as Larios and Caleta-Car make way to the bench, Maitland-Niles and Mara also miss out as Adam Armstrong and Diallo come into the line-up.
City have made five changes to their side from their win over Copenhagen during the week. Akanji and Ake come into the back four to replace Gomez and Laporte. De Bruyne returns in the middle of the park along with the fit-again Rodri as Gundogan and Grealish drop to the bench. Alvarez also makes way for Foden in the final third.
SOUTHAMPTON SUBS: Alex McCarthy, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Lyanco, Duje Caleta-Car, Sekou Mara, Moussa Djenepo, Mohamed Elyounoussi, Juan Larios, Theo Walcott.
SOUTHAMPTON (4-4-2): Gavin Bazunu; Kyle Walker-Peters, Mohammed Salisu, Armel Bella Kotchap, Romain Perraud; Stuart Armstrong, James Ward-Prowse, Ibrahima Diallo, Joe Aribo; Che Adams, Adam Armstrong.
MANCHESTER CITY SUBS: Ilkay Gundogan, Jack Grealish, Aymeric Laporte, Stefan Ortega, Julian Alvarez, Sergio Gomez, Cole Palmer, Rico Lewis, Josh Wilson-Esbrand.
MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson; Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Manuel Akanji, Nathan Ake; Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo Silva; Phil Foden, Erling Haaland, Riyad Mahrez.
Southampton have lost their last three Premier League games and Ralph Hasenhuttl is under pressure in the dugout. Reports have suggested Saints are looking to move on from the Austrian, leaving him under huge pressure to earn a positive result this afternoon. Losing matches to teams in and around them in the table has put the spotlight on the manager, and City are the last team that Hasenhuttl will have wanted to see on the schedule. It will take something special from Southampton to avoid defeat.
Manchester City can go top of the Premier League with a victory this afternoon over Saints. Pep Guardiola's men have been in sensational form in front of goal over the last week. Erling Haaland and Phil Foden each scored hat-tricks in a 6-3 hammering of Manchester United in the derby before putting five past Copenhagen in the Champions League. City will be eyeing another clinical performance today to move to the summit.
Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Manchester City and Southampton at the Etihad Stadium.