After a crushing victory over Southampton, Manchester City got back on the winning track and now leads the Premier League standings by 14 points. On this day 10 Mar 2021 Man City 5-2 Southampton
In an immediate and forceful response to their loss in the Sunday Manchester derby, which had snapped a 21-game winning streak, City scored twice through Riyad Mahrez and twice from Kevin de Bruyne.
Even while this was not the focused performance that many of City’s victories this season have featured, their incisive attacking, helped by some erratic Saints defending, meant they still came out on top by a significant margin.
Strong beginning for Southampton was rendered meaningless when Ryan Bertrand lost focus, allowing De Bruyne to score from close range off of a cross from Oleksandr Zinchenko after Alex McCarthy had stopped Phil Foden’s first shot.
On this day 10 Mar 2021 Man City 5-2 Southampton
After Aymeric Laporte fouled Jannik Vestergaard from a corner, Saints, who had given up nine goals at Old Trafford on their previous trip to Manchester at the beginning of February, swiftly responded with James Ward-penalty Prowse’s shot.
At that point, it seem unlikely that City would get everything they wanted, particularly when they were refuse what seemed to be a straightforward penalty when McCarthy challenged Foden after mishandling a back pass.
McCarthy lunged in, and Foden appeare to pay the price for trying to stay on his feet. Yet, the City bench and players were undoubtedly of the opinion that the Saints goalkeeper had touch the ball, contrary to what referee Jon Moss believe.
In the end, that choice had little bearing on the result because Mahrez took centre stage and gave the home team the lead just before halftime.
Ilkay Gundogan was there to score the goal that followed after the Algerian international had restore City’s advantage with a brilliant finish after intercepting a careless crossfield pass from Che Adams.
After the half, Mahrez continued where he left off by intercepting a Foden ball, turning inside a pack area, and scoring City’s fourth goal.
After a defensive blunder, Ward-Prowse briefly cut the deficit in half, but Southampton continued to make errors, and De Bruyne punish them by bursting through following another Foden through-ball to finish the scoring.