Manchester City returned to winning ways in the Premier League and closed the gap to the top four with a hard-fought victory over in-form Southampton at St Mary’s.
Raheem Sterling swept in from Kevin de Bruyne’s cutback after 16 minutes as Pep Guardiola’s side stamped their authority following the hosts’ energetic start.
Southampton, who began the day third in the table, responded well but their efforts to draw level were hampered by the loss of striker Danny Ings through injury before half-time.
In a tightly contested second half, Bernardo Silva miscued his shot after being played in by De Bruyne, while the hosts had appeals for a penalty for handball against Sterling dismissed by VAR.
Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy kept his side’s hopes of salvaging a result alive with a good save from Ilkay Gundogan’s curled shot, but Sterling’s finish proved decisive for a City side which had drawn their past two games.
City are one point behind fourth-placed Southampton and eight adrift of leaders Liverpool, having played one game fewer than both.
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- 8Ward-ProwseBooked at 42mins
- 6RomeuBooked at 38mins
- 12DjenepoSubstituted forRedmondat 59′minutes
- 9IngsSubstituted forTellaat 41′minutes
- 10AdamsSubstituted forN’Lunduluat 82′minutes
- 31EdersonBooked at 81mins
- 3Rúben Dias
- 20Bernardo Silva
- 17De BruyneBooked at 25mins
- 21TorresSubstituted forMahrezat 72′minutes
Match ends, Southampton 0, Manchester City 1.
Second Half ends, Southampton 0, Manchester City 1.
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by James Ward-Prowse.
Hand ball by Bernardo Silva (Manchester City).
Attempt missed. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Bernardo Silva following a fast break.
Attempt missed. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.
Rodrigo (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Daniel N’Lundulu (Southampton).
Offside, Manchester City. Kyle Walker tries a through ball, but Riyad Mahrez is caught offside.
Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Nathan Tella (Southampton).
Foul by Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City).
Jannik Vestergaard (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Southampton. Daniel N’Lundulu replaces Che Adams.
Offside, Southampton. Oriol Romeu tries a through ball, but Theo Walcott is caught offside.
Foul by John Stones (Manchester City).
Che Adams (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Ederson (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.
Kyle Walker (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Che Adams (Southampton).