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The saints survived the red card and penalty VAR test with the away team’s 12-game Prem winning streak broken

MANCHESTER CITY drop their first Premier League point since October to give their title rivals a glimmer of hope.

Kyle Walker-Peters gave Southampton a surprise lead with a brilliant goal within seven minutes.

Kyle Walker-Peters celebrates after opening the scoring

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

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It was a beautiful strike from the Southampton full-back

But City finally hit back when Aymeric Laporter headed home Kevin De Bruyne after the break.

Pep Guardiola’s men have won 12 consecutive Premier League games going into this game but the Saints beat them here two seasons ago, as well as a 0-0 draw at the Etihad earlier this term.

The hosts barely touched the ball in the opening period but then took a surprise lead when full-back Walker-Peters played a neat two or two with Nathan Redmond before piling the ball past Ederson with the outside foot.

It was a superb attack and boosted the side of Ralph Hasenhuttl, who were clinically terminated by Armando Broja for offside at half-time.

Jan Bednarek was the luckiest man to receive a yellow card when he caught Jack Grealish so high on his ankle that the £100m man was writhing in pain.

Bednarek nearly scored after half-time when he headed home James Ward-Prowse from near the corner, but Ederson was in the right place and pushed the ball away.

Aymeric Laporte headed Manchester City's level in 65 minutes

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Aymeric Laporte headed Manchester City’s level for 65 minutes
Man City's target doesn't come from one of the usual sources

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Man City’s target doesn’t come from one of the usual sources

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Ward-Prowse was once named the best free kick player in the world by Pep Guardiola before the game.

And it was from one of the Englishman’s dead-balls that Saints hit the post, as Broja cushioned the ball close to the box after Ward-Prowse’s corner, before Bednarek crossed.

Man City were looking for ideas but then had no chance when Laporte came down from deep to head into the net of De Bruyne.

The visitors continued to push from there with De Bruyne bouncing the post with a brilliant shot from just outside the box.

De Bruyne was then taken out when he rushed into the penalty area by a combination of Mohammed Salisu and Oriol Romeu.

VAR looked into it a long time ago but ultimately determined the foul had occurred outside the box.

Stuart Armstrong then held his breath as he caught Laporte with his foot high on the Spaniard’s lap, but Stockley Park insisted it was not a foul.

Southampton have kept a well-deserved point to place a small part in City’s title.

But Guardiola’s men are still 11 points ahead of second-placed Liverpool, so the smart money will certainly help them lift the Premier League title for the fourth time in five seasons.

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Huynh Nguyen

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