Saturday, 15 April 2017

Kompany Leads By Example For Ruthless City

Vincent Kompany marked his return to the
Manchester City line-up with a rare goal as his side
climbed to third in the Premier League with a 3-0
win at Southampton on Saturday. Manchester City’s Belgian defender Vincent Kompany celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Manchester City at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, southern England on April 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO Pep Guardiola’s team were in control for long
periods at St Mary’s, but it wasn’t until the 55th
minute that City captain Kompany put them ahead
with his first goal since August 2015. Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero made sure of the
three points with further goals in the 77th and 80th
minutes respectively. With Manchester United beginning to breathe
down their necks in the pursuit of a top-four place
and with games in hand, City needed this result,
only their second league win in six matches, to
move one point above Liverpool. It was an especially cathartic moment for
Kompany, who was making only his fourth league
start in yet another injury-plagued campaign for
the Belgium defender. Aguero might have scored twice in the first four
minutes. First he escaped his marker at the far post but
could only volley Gael Clichy’s cross wide. Then he made himself a yard of space on the right
of the penalty area but pulled his shot across goal. Neither miss made Aguero more reluctant to shoot.
From a corner-kick on the right, he tried an 18-
yard volley, which went about the same distance
wide. For 15 minutes Southampton were barely a factor
in the game as City passed the ball round and
through them. But then they produced an incisive move that
should have brought them the opening goal. Nathan Redmond’s pass between Jesus Navas and
Kompany freed Manolo Gabbiadini on the left, and
he rolled the ball back into the path of Dusan
Tadic 15 yards out. However, the Serbia playmaker’s first-time shot
sent the ball well over the crossbar. That, though, was an isolated incident as
Southampton spent most of the rest of the first half
chasing shadows. In the 36th minute, Aguero’s attempted cross
looped up off Cedric Soares and David Silva,
running in, seemed certain to score, only to half-
volley into the side-netting. – Clinical execution – The next error seemed to be made by referee Neil
Swarbrick when he awarded a corner after
Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster rushed
out of goal as Sane charged through. Swarbrick ruled that a swipe of Forster’s right
glove had made contact with the ball, but replays
showed little evidence of that and suggested that
he had hit Sane’s foot and that a penalty should
have been awarded. If Southampton had a hope at that point, it was
probably that Claudio Bravo, preferred in City’s
goal to Willy Caballero, would make an error, and
after he could only flap at a cross from the left,
James Ward-Prowse returned the ball to the near
post, where Steven Davis got his head to it only to nod it too high.

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