Manchester City’s relentless chase for the Premier League (PL) title continued with a 4-1 victory over Southampton, marking their fifth consecutive PL win this season.
City dominated the opening stages with the returning Erling Haaland on the field. Jack Grealish nearly opened the scoring early on, but Southampton’s Gavin Bazunu made a stunning save. Haaland, still showing some rust after his injury lay-off, missed a golden opportunity to score but quickly redeemed himself, heading home a Kevin De Bruyne cross to give City a half-time lead and earning De Bruyne his 100th PL assist.
After the break, İlkay Gündoğan came close to doubling City’s lead, curling a shot just wide of the post. However, Grealish soon found the net, scoring past Bazunu to extend City’s advantage. Grealish then provided a perfect cross for Haaland to acrobatically volley home his 30th PL goal of the season. Southampton’s Sekou Mara scored a consolation goal off a Moussa Djenepo assist, but City quickly responded with a penalty after Kyle Walker-Peters fouled De Bruyne. Substitute Julián Álvarez converted from the spot to secure the 4-1 victory.
City’s impressive performance puts pressure on Arsenal, who play tomorrow, while Southampton remains at the bottom of the table, four points from safety as their survival bid falters.
Kevin De Bruyne earned the Man of the Match title for his outstanding contributions in City’s dominant win.