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City cruise past 10-man Saints

Manchester City returned to second-place by ending their final game of the year with a 3-1 victory over a 10-man Southampton at St Mary’s.

With fond memories of their last visit to the south coast, City looked to put a disappointing run of form behind and get back in the title-hunt.

After five minutes, the lead nearly came when possession turnover lured in Raheem Sterling who teed-up David Silva on the centre of the penalty area to take a shot, which Alex McCarthy saved easily.

It opened up on the other side too, with Charlie Austin managing to get in an advanced position to get a shot away, but he took his eye off the ball whilst trying to bring it under control.

The Citizens soon had something to cheer and Silva was the main provider in this regard as he tapped in a square delivery for the lead in the 10th minute.

A silky passing move from the defence carried all the way through the attack, with Riyaad Mahrez on the receiving end to run at the defence before getting a left-foot curler away, but it skewed wide.

On 25 minutes, the visitors found themselves in another goal-scoring situation when a cross from Sterling picked out Sergio Aguero to tap-in but McCarthy saved from point-blank range.

Seven minutes later, Ederson made a one-handed save to stop Austin from heading into the bottom corner following a corner kick.

Seven minutes later, Ederson made a one-handed save to stop Austin from heading into the bottom corner following a corner kick.

Oleksandr Zinchenko lost possession near the edge of the box to Pierre-Emile Hojberg who went through to the area before smashing past Ederson on 37 minutes.

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