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Claudio Bravo clean sheet?! It’s an Easter miracle – 5 Takeaways from St. Mary’s

After a half of football almost devoid of clear-cut chances created, Manchester City took advantage of Southampton’s flaccid defence and scored 3 goals courtesy of a Vincent Kompany header, a counter-attack capped off by a Leroy Sane goal and a Sergio Aguero header.  It was an entertaining match for neutrals and this win takes Pep Guardiola’s men to third in the Premier League table.

 

 

 

The result doesn’t affect Southampton much as they are almost guaranteed a mid-table finish in the league this season, which explains their slightly laid-back performance, even when they looked like hurting City at times. There were some moments in the match which may not have been noticeable at first sight, or may not have caught the attention of most viewers and here's a summary.

David Silva isn’t the best of finishers

David Silva might be miles ahead of the players in the Premier League but he does lag behind in his finishing skills. He was presented with 2 glorious chances, and could have scored both of them had he put his mind into burying the ball into the net. The first chance came in the first half when Aguero got the ball over to the back post via a deflection. It came to David Silva who could have kept his composure while shooting, but instead put the ball wide. Another chance came in the midst of the second half. It was Aguero again whose shot was cut out by Maya Yoshida, before it fell for David Silva, who kicked the ball at the defender’s legs. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shane Long’s bizarre substitution

Shane Long, who was brought on in the 60th minute, was subbed off 20 minutes later. He was reportedly injured after the game, but there were no signs of any injuries when he was told to come off the playing field by manager Claude Puel. What followed were a few angry words accompanied by a death-stare, which was further indication that there was probably no injury serious enough to sub off the sub. Awkward.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vincent Kompany lasted 90 minutes

Vincent Kompany capped off his performance with a goal, his first in 2 years, and City fans most likely started reciting their prayers whenever Kompany got hold of the ball, in an attempt to request the Footballing Gods not to injure the captain again. The fans were too busy enjoying the captain’s and the team’s performance that most may not have noticed that there is a 10-year difference between the youngest goal-scorer(Sane) and oldest goal-scorer(Kompany). Talk about youth and experience combining to make an impact.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why always me?

Sergio Aguero tumbled to the floor after a Ryan Bertrand tackle, and he looked like he was in agonising pain. The medics were called, and he was back on the pitch in no time after a small treatment session. Natural, right? Not exactly, when Southampton fans started booing Aguero for falling down and “being in pain” after he took his next touch. The fans probably booed him for diving, but it was a clear-cut tackle. A bad attempt at making a world-class striker nervous, who managed to score against their team later in the match anyway.

 

 

 

Bravo makes a save!

Manchester City were dominant at the St. Mary’s stadium, in a comfortable 3-goal victory. The first half produced no shots on target while the second half had 3 goals. Hence, no doubt that most people had their sights on the attacking front of City, rather than their backline, which didn’t look like conceding anytime soon. But a rare Southampton chance caught many by surprise, as it went to the hands of Claudio Bravo, who registered his first save since 2nd January 2017 and to add to that he also had a clean sheet. Surely as Easter miracle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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