David Silva of Manchester City

Manchester City Pulls Away To Take 3-1 HT Lead At Southampton

ST MARY’S — Manchester City lead Southampton 3-1 at halftime, but will know that this battle is far from being over, as the champions seek to snap a poor run and return to winning ways.

The visitors took the lead after 10 minutes when David Silva fired home from a pass from Bernardo Silva.

However, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who played under Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich, smashed in the equalizer for Southampton on his return from a one-match ban.

Hojbjerg had St. Mary’s Stadium buzzing when he robbed Oleksandr Zinchenko of the ball, took a touch and dribbled to settle himself before cracking the ball into the roof of the net.

Manchester City scored two goals just before halftime to ease Guardiola’s nerves after James Ward-Prowse guided a ball past his own keeper in the 44th minute, following a shot by Raheem Sterling to make it 2-1 and Sergio Aguero headed home a cross from Zinchenko to make it 3-1 two minutes into time added on.

Despite leading this game, Manchester City will still be annoyed about leaking goals, as the team has now gone 10 games without a clean sheet.

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