Southampton 1-3 Man City: Guardiola Men End Slump To Reclaim 2nd Place

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Manchester City rallied from successive defeats to reassert themselves in the Premier League title race with a 3-1 win over Southampton at St Mary’s.

David Silva’s 10th-minute opener was scant reward for City’s slick early play, yet Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – who was later sent off – threatened another troubling afternoon for the champions when he lashed Saints level.

But the game turned back decisively in a dramatic end to the first half as James Ward-Prowse, after being denied a penalty, diverted into his own net, before Sergio Aguero struck to seal a result that lifts City back into second.

Pep Guardiola’s side had surrendered the title initiative to Liverpool during a cheerless December, featuring three league defeats, but they head into Thursday’s showdown with the leaders seven points behind, knowing victory in front of the Sky Sports cameras could trim an ominous gap to four points.

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