Walker strikes late to seal vital comeback win for City

Kyle Walker struck a late winner as champions Manchester City came from behind to snatch a hard-fought 2-1 win over Southampton at the Eithad.

City were stunned when Saints, thrashed 9-0 by Leicester in their last league outing, grabbed an early lead through James Ward-Prowse.

The Premier League champions toiled throughout the first half. Eventually, Sergio Aguero restored parity 20 minutes from time from Walker’s cross. City kept up the tempo and Walker secured victory in the 86th minutes after Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy failed to claim an Angelino cross.

City were stunned as Southampton broke forward in the 13th minute and Stuart Armstrong tried his luck from distance. Ederson seemed to be taken by surprise and spilled the low shot, offering a close-range opportunity for Ward-Prowse to snaffle up. City rallied and pushed and probed at the Saints box with regularity, yet their every attempt to create an opening was pushed back.

Ilkay Gundogan had a couple of shots blocked. A David Silva volley was also kept out by a defender and numerous crosses were cleared. John Stones also headed over from a corner.

City were almost caught out again by another counter-attack before the break but this time Ederson saved comfortably from Danny Ings.

Gabriel Jesus, who was stripped and ready to play before the interval, was sent on as Guardiola tried to crank up the pressure in the second half. Yet still more crosses were cleared and Gundogan had another attempt deflected wide and Sergio Aguero put a free header over from eight yards.

Aguero equalises

Pressure eventually had to tell and Aguero made no mistake when presented with another chance in the 70th minute, firing Walker’s cut-back through McCarthy’s legs.

City almost went ahead when Raheem Sterling pulled back from the byline but this time McCarthy pushed over Bernardo Silva’s powerful strike. McCarthy almost cost his side 10 minutes from time when he picked up a backpass but De Bruyne curled the resulting free-kick wide.

Aguero had another chance when he turned inside the area but his effort was deflected wide. Yet City were not to be denied as Walker popped up in the right place as McCarthy failed to push away a cross from the left to give the champions the win.

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