Shot-shy Man City fortunate to draw with Southampton

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Adam Armstrong of Southampton is fouled by Kyle Walker of Man City in the box, but the penalty decision is later ruled void by VAR during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Southampton at Etihad Stadium on September 18, 2021 in Manchester, England.

A strangely shot-shy Manchester City could not find a way through a resolute Southampton side and ended up fortunate to get a draw despite the noisy backing of the home fans at Etihad Stadium.

City, who did not manage a single shot on target until the 90th minute, were sloppy in possession as well as lacking their usual spark in attack and Saints will feel they should have left Manchester with all three points, not just one.

The visitors were awarded a penalty on the hour mark when Kyle Walker was sent off for bundling Adam Armstrong over in the box, but both decisions were overturned when VAR intervened and referee Jon Moss watched replays of the incident.

Armstrong had burst into the box after City had again given the ball away cheaply but, despite being first to the ball he was adjudged to have fouled Walker as he attempted a challenge.

That reprieve brought a raucous response from the City supporters, who had already been making themselves heard all afternoon, but they could not galvanise their side. IMG-20210918-172929-956

City thought they had snatched victory right at the end of the 90 minutes when Raheem Sterling followed up to convert the loose ball after substitute Phil Foden's header was saved, but he was flagged offside.

Saints remain winless after their fourth draw in five league games, while the draw meant City missed the chance to go top of the table, for a couple of hours at least.

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