Saints survive red card and penalty VAR checks with visitors’ 12-game Prem win streak snapped

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Saints survive red card and penalty VAR checks with visitors' 12-game Prem win streak snapped

Manchester City dropped their first Premier League points since October to give their title rivals a glimmer of hope.

Kyle Walker-Peters scored a brilliant goal within seven minutes to give Southampton a surprise lead.

Kyle Walker-Peters celebrates after opening scoring

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Kyle Walker-Peters celebrates after opening scoring
It was a surprise strike from a Southampton full-back

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It was a surprise strike from a Southampton full-back

But City eventually made a comeback when Emerick Laporter led a free-kick from Kevin de Bruyne after the break.

Pep Guardiola’s men had won 12 consecutive Premier League games in this game, but the Saints had beaten them here two seasons earlier, earning a 0–0 draw at the Etihad earlier in the stint.

The hosts barely touched the ball in the early stages, but then suddenly went ahead when full-back Walker-Peters played a one-two with Nathan Redmond and crashed Ederson’s ball on the outside of his leg.

It was a brilliant strike and inspired Ralph Hasenhutl’s side, who had a clinical finish by Armando Broza midway through the first half.

Jan Bednarek was only a little lucky to receive a yellow card while holding Jack Grealish high at the ankle, with the £100million man moaning in pain.

Bednarek nearly netted just after half-time when he went to a near post on James Ward-Prause’s corner, but Ederson was in the right spot and pushed the ball away.

Aymeric Laporte leads Manchester City level in 65 minutes

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Aymeric Laporte leads Manchester City level in 65 minutes
The city's goal doesn't come from one of its usual sources.

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The city’s goal doesn’t come from one of its usual sources.

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Ward-Prause was named the best free-kick taker in the world by Pep Guardiola before the game.

And it was one of the dead balls from an England man that the Saints hit the post, as Broza chipped the woodwork after Ward-Prause’s corner before Bednarek smashed it.

City looked out of views, but was level from nowhere as Laporte ran from the deep to head home de Bruyne’s free-kick.

The visitors pushed through and De Bruyne accelerated to the post with a brilliant strike from outside the area.

De Bruyne was ejected as he entered the area with a combination of Mohamed Salisu and Oriol Romu.

VAR looked into it for a long time but eventually considered the offense to have taken place outside the box.

Stuart Armstrong was then holding his breath while holding Laporte on the Spaniard’s thigh with a high leg, yet Stockley Park claimed it was not a dispatch offense.

Southampton held on for a well-deserved point to make a slight dent in City’s title charge.

But Guardiola’s men are still 11 points away from second-placed Liverpool, so smart money certainly remains on them to lift a fourth Premier League crown in five seasons.

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