Southampton Holds Manchester City To A Draw, Throws Open Title Race
Ralph Hasenhüttl’s Southampton held Manchester City to a 1-1 draw on Saturday, January 22, 2022, to end their 12 game winning streak in the Premier League.
In an unexpected turn of events, the current premier league champions, Manchester City, were shocked by a resilient Southampton side who held them to a draw in the late kickoff of their premier league encounter on Saturday, January 22nd, 2022.
Manchester City had hoped to go 14 points clear at the top of the Premier League table, but Southampton stunned them with a shocking goal from Kyle Walker-Peters in the 27th minute. Although Manchester City are still 12 points ahead of Liverpool on the table, the gap can be reduced to 6 points as Liverpool have two games in hand to play.
This throws the whole title race wide open again as clubs will be looking to capitalize on this result. Southampton will look to build on the draw against Manchester City in their pursuit of a top 10 finish in the Premier League at the end of the season.
This is not the first time Southampton has held Manchester City to a draw in the Premier League, and all indications are that it will not be the last time.
Although the scoreline may have looked flattering for Manchester City, the truth was far from it. They had failed to be more clinical and take their chances in the first half. Manchester City had zero shots on target in the first half of the game until the team managed to squeeze in a header from Aymeric Laporte in the second half to get them a draw in the match.
Southampton, however, remained relentless and continued to push forward and attack. They saw a goal get ruled out for offside after Armando Broja put one past Ederson in goal for Manchester City. Armando Broja also managed to hit the bar in a set-piece attempt from Southampton that saw Ederson scrambling to make a save.
With a two-week break in sight for the Premier League, the shift of focus to the FA Cup fixtures would see Manchester City try to redeem themselves against a Fulham side that has been ruthless in the Championship League on February 5th, 2022, at 3pm. Southampton would also host Coventry at the same time.