Saints bow out of Carabao Cup

Etihad Stadium | Tue 29 Oct 7.45PM | Attendance: 37,143
Match Report Highlights

MCI vs Saints
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MCI vs Saints As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Stephens heads a goal back for Saints, who show spirit with improved second-half display
  • Otamendi header gave City a 20th minute lead in Carabao Cup fourth round tie
  • Agüero made it two with simple finish at the end of flowing team move
  • Skipper Agüero added the third with poacher's finish, as hosts progress to quarter-finals

FULL TIME: Manchester City 3-1 Southampton

It's all over at the Etihad Stadium, where Carabao Cup holders Manchester City march on in the competition at Saints' expense. Ralph Hasenhüttl's men did show their spirit to finish the game strongly, never giving up on a very tough night, as Jack Stephens's late header offered the travelling supporters something to cheer.

+1’

Southampton substitution: Jake Vokins replaces Oriol Romeu

It's a senior debut for one of our own, as Academy graduate Vokins comes on for a landmark appearance.

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90’

Three added minutes...

We're into stoppage time at the Etihad.

86’

Manchester City substitution: Adrián Bernabé replaces Gabriel Fernando de Jesus

Final change of the game for City sees youngster Bernabé introduced.

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84’

Saints finishing strongly

Saints have showed some spirit here, forcing another corner to keep City pinned back, but Romeu shoots wildly off target and the hosts can breathe easily.

79’

Manchester City substitution: John Stones replaces Jose Angel Esmoris Tasende

Angeliño is unable to continue after receiving treatment, and Stones comes on to replace him.

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GOALSCORER 5 Jack Stephens

Saints are on the scoresheet

Jack Stephens heads home a James Ward-Prowse corner, as Saints' positive spell towards the end of this game is rewarded with a goal!

75’

GOOOAL!!!

Jack Stephens (75’) | 3 1

71’

Stephens goes close

This is easily Saints' best spell of the game, as Stephens gets on the end of a Ward-Prowse corner, but again Bravo is there to preserve his clean sheet.

70’

The substitutes combine...

A positive impact from the two replacements, as Redmond reaches the byeline and picks out Adams with a nice cutback, but the striker's first touch just gets away from him.

68’

Southampton substitution: Ché Adams replaces Sofiane Boufal

Boufal's shot was his last contribution, as Adams and Redmond enter the fray.

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67’

Southampton substitution: Nathan Redmond replaces Shane Long

Saints are making a double change here...

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65’

So close from Boufal!

The Moroccan works a yard of space on the edge of the box and sends a curling shot towards the bottom corner with his left foot, but Bravo stretches to make an excellent save low to his right, before Long heads over from the resulting corner.

64’

Manchester City substitution: João Pedro Cavaco Cancelo replaces Kyle Walker

It's a straight swap at right-back for the hosts in the first change of the game.

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61’

Bednarek denies certain goal

City look set to make it four when Jesus sets up Mahrez with a clever backheel, but Bednarek throws himself in the way to make a last-ditch block.

Agüero gets his second

When Mahrez lines up a shot from the edge of the box, Agüero is already on the move, and the looping deflection drops kindly for the striker to convert from six yards.

56’

GOAL

Sergio Agüero (56’) | 3 0

51’

McCarthy denies Bernardo Silva

First big chance of the second half, as Mahrez slips the ball through for Bernardo, who tries to prod it between the legs of McCarthy, but the keeper makes himself big and gets in the way.

46’

The second half gets under way...

Can Saints find a way back into this? Stay with us for more updates...

HALF TIME: Manchester City 2-0 Southampton

It's comfortable so far for the visitors. Saints have been more solid out of possession, but are carrying very little attacking threat as a result. Nicolás Otamendi and Sergio Agüero are the men on target for the home team, who are on their way to the Carabao Cup quarter-finals as it stands.

+1’

One added minute...

Soon Ralph Hasenhüttl will be able to deliver his half-time team talk. What would you say if you were in his shoes?

41’

Foden tries his luck

It's a fierce shot from distance by the youngster, but McCarthy gets both hands behind it to beat it away. He then makes a similar save from Bernardo Silva soon after.

Agüero makes it two

It's a fine team move, as Walker gets on the overlap and crosses for Agüero to tap in an easy finish.

38’

GOAL

Sergio Agüero (38’) | 2 0

34’

Agüero hits it wide

The City skipper on the night sends it a couple of yards wide, and Saints remain only one goal behind.

33’

Free-kick on the edge of the box...

There are a couple of players hoping to strike this for City. It's in prime position.

33’

Yellow Card for Oriol Romeu (Southampton)

The first booking of the game goes to the Saints' midfielder. 

28’

The pattern of play continues

There may have been a change in the scoreline, but it remains a case of City trying to break down some stubborn Saints resistance. It's wave after wave of attacks.

Otamendi heads City in front

A City corner is worked short to Bernardo Silva, whose cross is headed home by Otamendi from six yards. It's been coming.

20’

GOAL

Nicolás Otamendi (20’) | 1 0

20’

McCarthy denies Angeliño again

Another City attack results in the ball running kindly in the box for Angeliño, who smacks it first time, but McCarthy is there to make another save.

16’

Danso makes crucial clearance

Mahrez delivers a dangerous cross from the right, but Danso just gets in front of Agüero to head behind for a corner, which comes to nothing.

11’

McCarthy holds Angeliño's shot

City have been dominant in possession, but still haven't created anything clear-cut. McCarthy does have to be alert on this occasion as his handling is tested by Angeliño's clean strike from 20 yards.

6’

Mahrez hits the sidenetting

The winger latches on to a ball over the top and takes it down in an instant, but the angle is too tight and he can't get his shot on target.

4’

Five at the back for Saints

Saints are starting with three central defenders, with Jack Stephens flanked by Kevin Danso and Jan Bednarek, while Yan Valery and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg are the wing-backs - the skipper is operating down the left side.

0’

We're under way at the Etihad 👊

The hosts have got this Carabao Cup fourth-round tie up and running and are enjoying some early possession.

The man you're waiting for! 🇲🇦

The winner of our poll vote was Sofiane Boufal - he's the player you're most looking forward to seeing tonight as he returns to the starting line-up 💪

19.37

One of our own 😇

Tonight Jake Vokins is named in the matchday squad for the very first time! The Academy graduate, a left-back, is among the substitutes at the Etihad...

19.36

The boys are here! 📸

Our cameras were on hand to capture the Saints arriving ahead of kick-off, which is now just 40 minutes away...

19.05
VOTE NOW
SAINTS POLL: You've seen the teams, Saints fans, so who are you most looking forward to seeing tonight?

SAINTS POLL: You've seen the teams, Saints fans, so who are you most looking forward to seeing tonight?

The results so far:

  • Alex McCarthy
    20%
  • Kevin Danso
    7%
  • Stuart Armstrong
    21%
  • Sofiane Boufal
    38%
  • Shane Long
    9%
  • Other
    5%

Man City team confirmed

Starting XI: Bravo, Walker, Otamendi, Garcia, Angeliño, Mahrez, Doyle, Foden, Bernardo, Jesus, Agüero.

Subs: Carson, Stones, Cancelo, De Bruyne, Silva, Bernade, Poveda-Ocampo.

18.45

Saints team confirmed 😇

Starting XI: McCarthy, Valery, Bednarek, Stephens, Danso, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Højbjerg, Armstrong, Boufal, Long.

Subs: Gunn, Yoshida, Vestergaard, Vokins, Redmond, Ings, Adams.

18.45

Half an hour until team news ⏳

Who would you like to see given a chance to impress tonight? We'll have both line-ups in exactly 30 minutes' time...

18.16

We've arrived 👋

The stage is set at the Etihad Stadium - what a sight! We'll have team news in 45 minutes...

18.00

Good knowledge, Saints fans 👏

Thank you all who participated in our first trivia question of the night! The answer was this guy, Michael Svensson, scorer of the last ever goal at Maine Road! ⚽️

17.57

Who remembers Saints' last win over City? 💭

It was a special day for Sadio Mané, who struck a hat-trick last time Saints toppled Man City - a 4-2 win at St Mary's in 2016. Refresh your memory here! ☝️

17.24
VOTE NOW
SAINTS QUIZ: Southampton were the last visitors to Manchester City's former home, Maine Road, back in 2003. Which Saint scored the only goal that day?

SAINTS QUIZ: Southampton were the last visitors to Manchester City's former home, Maine Road, back in 2003. Which Saint scored the only goal that day?

The results so far:

  • Matt Le Tissier
    8%
  • James Beattie
    15%
  • Brett Ormerod
    18%
  • Chris Marsden
    5%
  • Michael Svensson
    40%
  • Marian Pahars
    15%

our only focus is working towards manchester city. this is where we must direct our entire energy, and this is what we owe to our fans."

ralph hasenhüttl
southampton manager
16.53

Players make wage donation to Saints Foundation

Southampton Football Club's first-team players and coaching staff have announced they will be donating their wages from last Friday to Saints Foundation. Read the full story here.

16.51

Get clued up ahead of kick-off 🤓

Check out our Match Pack for all the information you need, including manager quotes, player stats and team news, ahead of tonight's cup tie.

16.44

Up for the cup 🏆

It's matchday for Southampton, who make the long journey north to the Etihad Stadium for the first of two instalments against Premier League champions Manchester City this week. Tonight, it's the Carabao Cup - a competition City have won for the last two years running - and Saints are looking for a big response. Stay right here for all the build-up, team news, match updates and live commentary!

16.40

MCI vs Saints Line Ups

Manchester City

1
Claudio Bravo (GK)
50
Eric García
2
Kyle Walker
João Cancelo (65′)
30
Nicolás Otamendi
12
Angeliño
John Stones (79′)
69
Tommy Doyle
20
Bernardo Silva
47
Phil Foden
9
Gabriel Jesus
Adrián Bernabé (87′)
10
Sergio Agüero (C)
26
Riyad Mahrez
17
Kevin De Bruyne
33
Scott Carson
21
David Silva
83
Ian Carlo Poveda-Ocampo
82
Adrián Bernabé
27
João Cancelo
5
John Stones

Southampton

1
Alex McCarthy (GK)
35
Jan Bednarek
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (C)
43
Yan Valery
38
Kevin Danso
5
Jack Stephens
16
James Ward-Prowse
14
Oriol Romeu
Jake Vokins (91′)
17
Stuart Armstrong
19
Sofiane Boufal
Che Adams (69′)
7
Shane Long
Nathan Redmond (68′)
3
Maya Yoshida
29
Jake Vokins
28
Angus Gunn
4
Jannik Vestergaard
9
Danny Ings
22
Nathan Redmond
10
Che Adams

MCI vs Saints Match Stats

Manchester City

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    77
    23
  • Shots
    19
    5
  • Shots on target
    9
    2
  • Corners
    7
    4
  • Passes Complete
    742
    171

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens
Shots On Target
1
Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens
Chances Created
3
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
Passes Completed
24
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
Tackles
8
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Clearances
9
Jan Bednarek
Jan Bednarek
Saves
6
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy