Manchester City stymied by Southampton 0-0

Sports Desk, Sep 18 (EFE).- Reigning champions Manchester City dropped points Saturday for the second time in the young 2021-2022 Premier League season, managing only a 0-0 draw against Southampton.

The result leaves City in second place, 3 points behind Liverpool, and vulnerable to being overtaken on Sunday by Manchester United and/or Chelsea, each with a game in hand on Pep Guardiola’s team.

After their fourth straight draw, Southampton are 15th in the table with 4 points from five matches.

Pep may take some consolation that the outcome could have been even worse but for VAR, which prompted referee Jonathan Moss to overturn his initial decision to award a penalty and show a red card to Kyle Walker for a foul on Adam Armstrong at the hour mark.

Yet VAR was also decisive in disallowing what would likely have been a winning goal for City in the 90th minute.

Raheem Sterling knocked in the rebound after a Phil Foden header bounced off the post, but the video showed that the scorer was in an offside position.

Foden’s strike was the only shot on target for City, the first time the side has been held to a single shot in a Premier League match since March 2017. EFE msg/dr

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