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Man City 0-0 Southampton: Penalty drama denies Saints as hosts record one shot on target

Match report and highlights as Manchester City draw 0-0 with Southampton, who thought they had a penalty when Kyle Walker was shown a red card, but referee Jonathan Moss overturned both decisions; Raheem Sterling was then deemed offside in injury time after he thought he scored the winner

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester City's draw against Southampton in the Premier League

A 52,698-strong crowd watched Manchester City play out a goalless draw at the Etihad Stadium after Southampton were dramatically denied a second-half penalty and Raheem Sterling saw a potential late winner narrowly chalked off for offside.

City boss Pep Guardiola urged more supporters to attend Saturday's Premier League encounter after 38,000 watched the midweek win over RB Leipzig, and the attendance was back to near-capacity levels - as it was against Norwich (51,437) and Arsenal (52,276) - as the hosts were left frustrated by a resilient Southampton side.

The Saints thought they had a chance to break the deadlock after half-time, but after awarding the visitors a penalty and showing Kyle Walker a red card for making contact with Adam Armstrong, referee Jonathan Moss overturned both decisions when consulting the pitchside monitor.

It was a big reprieve for City, but the champions could not find the breakthrough, and after VAR denied Raheem Sterling a late winner for offside, the points were shared as City ended the match with just the one shot on target.

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Man City: Ederson (6), Walker (6), Dias (6), Ake (7), Cancelo (7), Fernandinho (6), Gundogan (5), Bernardo (5), Grealish (6), Jesus (5), Sterling (6).

Subs: De Bruyne (6), Mahrez (6), Foden (6).

Southampton: McCarthy (7), Livramento (7), Stephens (6), Bednarek (8), Walker-Peters (7), Romeu (7), Redmond (6), Ward-Prowse (7), Elyounoussi (6), Adams (6), Armstrong (6).

Subs: Salisu (7), Broja (6), Perraud (N/A)

Man of the Match: Jan Bednarek.

How Moss' big call denied Saints

The biggest talking point of the match arrived just after the hour-mark, with Moss initially awarding Southampton a penalty when Walker rushed back to deny Armstrong a shooting opportunity.

Clinton Morrison had called the incident a "stonewall" penalty on Soccer Saturday after Walker stepped across Armstrong, while Moss even showed the City defender a red card.

Adam Armstrong is challenged by Kyle Walker resulting in a penalty and red card for the Man City full-back, both of which are overturned following a VAR review
Image: Adam Armstrong and Kyle Walker collided in the area, initially resulting in a penalty and red card for the Man City full-back
Adam Armstrong is challenged by Kyle Walker resulting in a penalty and red card for the Man City full-back, both of which are overturned following a VAR review
Image: Armstrong went down under pressure from Walker, who was rushing back after making a mistake
Referee Jonathan Moss shows Kyle Walker a red card which he later overturns following a VAR review
Image: Referee Jonathan Moss showed Walker a red card after awarding the penalty
Referee Jon Moss goes to the pitchside monitor to review a Kyle Walker challenge, before overturning his decision to send off the Man City defender and award Southampton a penalty
Image: But Moss then went to his pitchside monitor to review the incident and overturned both of his decisions

However, after Walker and City's players protested the decision, Moss watched it back on the monitor and ended up reversing both the penalty and red card.

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City made five changes from the Champions League win over RB Leipzig in midweek, with Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan, Kyle Walker and Fernandinho all starting.

Southampton’s three changes from the 0-0 draw with West Ham saw Jan Bednarek, Kyle Walker-Peters and Che Adams replace Moussa Djenepo, Romain Perraud and Mohammed Salisu.

To the home fans' delight, Kevin De Bruyne came on moments after the contentious call, but despite Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez also joining the Belgian off the bench, they were unable to break the deadlock.

Sterling did bundle the ball in late on, but after he thought he had scored when following up on Foden's well-saved header, the offside flag and subsequent VAR check ensured the Saints earned a deserved point.

Clear and obvious error? Hasenhuttl questions Moss

Per Premier League rules, VAR can be used to overturn a subjective decision if a "clear and obvious error" has been identified.

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl pointed this out when questioning Moss' decision to overturn the penalty and red card - suggesting it was not "clear and obvious" enough for the referee to change his mind.

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Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl claimed the decision to overturn a penalty for his side against Manchester City was incorrect

"We had the feeling it was not a clear wrong decision but when the referee has this feeling it is a clear wrong decision, he has to overrule it. We accept it," Hasenhuttl said.

"You need such luck to get a penalty. When you hear the crowd starting to boo you know you're doing something right.

"We can be proud of what we have shown today. It was a more than deserved point for us."

Pep: I feel 'guilty' over performance

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admitted his side were not good enough to break down a resolute Southampton side at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League and blames a hangover from European competition

Guardiola admitted he felt "a bit guilty" after City failed to deliver a winning performance for their fans against Southampton.

"Always when the game is not good I feel bad for them," he said. "They come to see a show, to see a game and when it doesn't happen I feel a bit guilty because we didn't play good."

Guardiola's comments about supporters on Wednesday sparked a heated debate about attendances at the Etihad Stadium and upset some fans who felt their loyalty was being questioned.

The Spaniard insisted on Friday that had never been his intention and he reiterated that stance after the Southampton game.

He said: "I didn't say anything wrong after Leipzig. I said we had an incredibly tough game, had an incredibly tough game against Southampton and we would need the support of our fans.

"I never complained about how many come or don't come. I have never thought this in my life. I don't know why people are asking me this question. I am grateful even if 85 or 100 people come."

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VAR ruled out what looked like a late winner for Manchester City in their 0-0 draw with Southampton in the Premier League.

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  • Manchester City directed just one shot on target in the whole game (via Phil Foden in the 90th minute, their lowest tally in a Premier League game since March 8, 2017 when they also managed just one, against Stoke City.
  • Southampton are now winless in their last seven Premier League games (D4 L3), drawing each of the last four in a row, the first time they have strung together four top-flight draws since March 2002.
  • Manchester City drew for the first time in 31 Premier League games (W25 L5), since a 1-1 encounter with West Brom at the Etihad in December 2020.
  • Southampton secured only their second point in their last 11 Premier League visits to Manchester City (D2) and registered their first clean away to the Citizens in the division since a 1-0 win in May 2003.
  • Southampton's James Ward-Prowse made his 100th consecutive appearance in the Premier League, only the ninth outfield player to register such a run (Frank Lampard top with 164).
  • Raheem Sterling became the ninth player to hit 200 Premier League appearances for Manchester City, and only the second Englishman to do so, after Joe Hart (266).

What's next?

Manchester City welcome Wycombe to the Etihad in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, and then travel to Chelsea in the Premier League for a lunchtime kick-off next Saturday.

Meanwhile, Southampton head to Sheffield United for their Carabao Cup tie on Tuesday, and then host Wolves next Sunday live on Sky Sports Premier League - kick-off 2pm.

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