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Man City survive scare to win

2012-08-19 19:11

Manchester - Manchester City picked up where they left off last season as the English champions started their Premier League title defence by coming from behind to beat Southampton 3-2 on Sunday.

City were back in action at Eastlands for the first time since they clinched the club's first English title for 44 years with a sensational 3-2 victory over QPR on the final day of last season.

Roberto Mancini's side had trailed 2-1 before scoring twice in stoppage-time that day to pip Manchester United on goal difference and they had to recover from the same deficit to see off newly-promoted Southampton in another enthralling encounter.

Sergio Aguero had scored the winner against QPR, but memories of that glorious moment quickly faded when the Argentine striker was stretchered off within the first 15 minutes following a challenge from Southampton's debutant defender Nathaniel Clyne.

To make matters worse for City, they squandered a chance to take the lead in the 19th minute when David Silva's tame penalty was easily saved by Kelvin Davis after Carlos Tevez was tripped by Jos Hooiveld.

Argentina striker Tevez did open the scoring in the 40th minute, firing past Davis at his near-post despite Southampton's appeals for offside.

However, Saints striker Rickie Lambert, surprisingly left on the bench after a prolific role in helping Southampton end their seven-year exile from the top flight, came on to curl in the equaliser in the 59th minute.

Southampton were on course for a stunning win when former Rangers midfielder Steven Davis marked his debut by slotting home in the 68th minute after Jack Rodwell's misplaced pass put City in trouble.

But Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko equalised four minutes later and French midfielder Samir Nasri completed City's latest escape act with a fine finish after a poor header from Saints defender Danny Fox in the 80th minute.

AFP

Comments
  • Maemarous - 2012-08-19 20:56

    What a scare! But the cream always rises to the top eventually. Keep up the fighting spirit boys, you're still the team to beat.

  • damian.greyone - 2012-08-19 21:17

    Agreed, lets just hope Aguero is nothing serious

  • michaeljamesocelot.caroline - 2012-08-19 22:10

    since when do you support man city? bloody ex-liverpool fans

      jojo.balela.1 - 2012-08-19 22:16

      Lol. Well spotted

      brad.racer.1 - 2012-08-20 06:44

      Are they not allowed to accumulate new fans? The team is playing well and have world class players, why would they not get new supporters everyday?

      michaeljamesocelot.caroline - 2012-08-20 13:41

      I bet they weren't supporting man city in 1998 and I can say they same about you chelsea glory fan

      nielbenjamin.kidd - 2012-08-20 17:55

      hey michael, who is the REAL glory hunter here? People supporting teams which have won under 5 premier league titles, or a team which has one 19? Are u from Manchester? Didn't think so. Good luck with the season.

      michaeljamesocelot.caroline - 2012-08-20 19:11

      I hate both manchester teams, chelsea and liverpool and mostly TOTTENHAM. i support arsenal, a football team not a sporting brand. even when times are tough, i support arsenal through thick and thin.

      brad.racer.1 - 2012-08-20 23:34

      Give that man a bells! They celebrate the winning of a cup every 8 eight years or so. Arsenal are due one this year but even the Carling Cup will be too tough for them!

  • bmaestro - 2012-08-20 02:41

    those solton guys gave them a very very good run for their money...wow what an exciting match that turned out to be.i loved it

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