Southampton 1-0 Man City: Che Adams hits winner with spectacular first Premier League goal

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Che Adams scored his first Premier League goal in spectacular style as Southampton withstood a Manchester City barrage to earn victory in a lively encounter at St Mary’s.

Adams, who joined Saints from Birmingham City for £15m last July, lobbed goalkeeper Ederson with a first-time strike from 40 yards out after Oleksandr Zinchenko had surrendered possession in midfield.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola made six changes to the side which thrashed champions Liverpool 4-0 at Etihad Stadium on Thursday, with key playmaker Kevin de Bruyne among those initially rested.

The goal drew an intense reaction from City, as Fernandinho hit the post and the in-form Alex McCarthy kept out David Silva’s header in the aftermath.

The visitors rarely let up thereafter but were repeatedly left frustrated by Saints goalkeeper McCarthy, whose one-handed save from Gabriel Jesus in the second half was the pick of several superb stops.

Southampton had chances of their own amid the increasing City pressure but neither Nathan Redmond nor Danny Ings could convert rare opportunities, while Ederson was alert to Stuart Armstrong’s swerving shot.

There was to be no repeat of City’s comeback to win the reverse fixture 2-1 in November and defeat leaves Guardiola’s side 23 points behind Liverpool, who beat Aston Villa 2-0 earlier on Sunday.

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Resolute Saints battle to brilliant win

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Southampton welcomed Manchester City to St Mary’s with 40 points already secured – a tally which saw them a reassuring 13 points clear of the relegation places prior to kick-off.

That return, with six games remaining, had already bettered their total haul in each of the past two seasons and allowed Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side to approach Sunday’s fixture without fear.

Although City settled into the mesmerising passing that has hypnotised many other opponents, Southampton once again demonstrated the desire and determination which has seen them admirably recover from their humiliating 9-0 defeat by Leicester in October.

Adams, 23, has had to wait for his opportunities in his first season at Southampton but his first goal in 456 days was one to savour as Stuart Armstrong robbed Zinchenko and the striker punished the wandering Ederson emphatically.

The hosts could have led after just six minutes but Nathan Redmond was unable to convert after Adams had gathered an uncharacteristic miskick by Aymeric Laporte.

Ings went close from Kyle Walker-Peters’ excellent cross, but it was in defence where Southampton supplied the heroics as the returning Jack Stephens led by example with brave blocks and vital clearances in front of the unbeatable McCarthy.

Epitomising the commitment to the cause despite there being little to play for, striker Ings – unable to add to his tally in the race for the Golden Boot – was among those throwing their body in the way as Saints held on for a rare home victory. They have now taken 17 points from 17 home games this season.

Hasenhuttl’s side were staring at a relegation fight halfway through this campaign, but in 13th with five matches to go they have officially secured their Premier League status for another season.

Jesus struggles to replace injured Aguero

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Manchester City’s immediate response to officially being dethroned as Premier League champions was to dismantle Liverpool at Etihad Stadium.

Raheem Sterling ominously claimed “next season starts now” after that result but, as Sunday’s team news suggested, City’s priorities now lie with the FA Cup and Champions League in a season in which they have already dropped more league points than in the previous two combined (33).

A return to the consistency which had delivered back-to-back league titles is the task for Guardiola, given the sheer brilliance his team can produce on any given day – yet Sunday’s defeat demonstrated that may take some work.

Zinchenko’s error was typical of the momentary lapses in concentration that have cost City so dearly this campaign, though the visitors had ample opportunities to turn the game in their favour as they fired 26 shots at goal.

Jesus, with six of those attempts, was once again unable to provide the clinical touch in Sergio Aguero’s absence, while De Bruyne and Phil Foden were unable to unlock a dogged Southampton defence following their second-half introductions.

The desire to recover a result was certainly evident in City’s performance with Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling both also going close, but with second place all but secure an FA Cup semi-final meeting with Arsenal on 18 July is where attentions surely now lie.

Man of the match – Alex McCarthy (Southampton)

Guardiola’s worst away league run – the stats

  • Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has lost three consecutive away league games for the first time in his managerial career
  • Southampton have ended a run of six consecutive Premier League defeats against Manchester City, with their first league victory against them since May 2016
  • City have lost nine Premier League games this season, last losing more in a single campaign in 2015-16 under Manuel Pellegrini, when they lost 10
  • Southampton have won 11 points against ‘big six’ sides in the Premier League this season – only Wolves (12) have won more outside of those ‘big six’ sides
  • Che Adams’ first goal for Southampton was the longest-range Premier League goal so far this season (39 yards). It arrived in his 25th appearance, with his 22nd shot in the competition
  • Man City had 26 shots in this game. That’s their highest tally in a Premier League match without scoring since March 2016, recording the same number against Manchester United
  • This was the fifth time City have made six or more changes for a Premier League match this season. With 120, they have made 33 more changes than any other side during this campaign, ahead of Arsenal and Chelsea (87 each)

What’s next?

Manchester City host Newcastle on Wednesday (18:00 BST), while Southampton travel to Everton on Thursday (18:00).

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Match Stats

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Match ends, Southampton 1, Manchester City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southampton 1, Manchester City 0.

Attempt blocked. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. William Smallbone replaces Stuart Armstrong.

David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stuart Armstrong (Southampton).

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Stuart Armstrong.

Attempt missed. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

Attempt blocked. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jan Bednarek.

Foul by Eric García (Manchester City).

Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jan Bednarek.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by James Ward-Prowse.

Attempt blocked. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.

Attempt saved. Stuart Armstrong (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

Attempt saved. Stuart Armstrong (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Ings.

Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by David Silva.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Shane Long replaces Che Adams.

Foul by Bernardo Silva (Manchester City).

Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Stuart Armstrong (Southampton).

Attempt saved. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Oleksandr Zinchenko with a cross.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Kyle Walker-Peters.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jack Stephens.

Attempt blocked. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jack Stephens.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Kevin De Bruyne replaces Riyad Mahrez.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Phil Foden replaces Raheem Sterling.

Offside, Southampton. Ryan Bertrand tries a through ball, but Che Adams is caught offside.

Booking

Fernandinho (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

Nathan Redmond (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Silva.

Attempt blocked. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Silva.

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