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City survive scare to see off Southampton

Published: Sunday 19 August 2012, 11.52CET
Manchester City FC began the defence of their Premier League title with a 3-2 comeback victory against promoted Southampton FC on a day when Chelsea FC eased past Wigan Athletic FC.

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Published: Sunday 19 August 2012, 11.52CET

City survive scare to see off Southampton

Manchester City FC began the defence of their Premier League title with a 3-2 comeback victory against promoted Southampton FC on a day when Chelsea FC eased past Wigan Athletic FC.

Trailing with 22 minutes to go, Premier League champions Manchester City FC staged a spirited comeback to defeat promoted Southampton FC 3-2 after rivals Chelsea FC had earlier beaten Wigan Athletic FC 2-0.

Southampton started with optimism and intent but were soon swamped by City's brilliance. Although David Silva missed a 17th-minute penalty, the hosts made amends five minutes before the break when Carlos Tévez latched onto Samir Nasri's through ball and swept in a right-footed finish.

The visitors showed plenty of attacking verve in the early exchanges of the second half and were rewarded for their adventure when substitute Rickie Lambert curled a sumptuous strike beyond Joe Hart (59). Parity felt like paradise, but better was to come when they took a shock lead courtesy of Steven Davis' smart finish (68).

City lifted the gloom four minutes later, Edin Džeko capitalising on a goalmouth scramble and firing the ball into an unguarded net. Three months on from their dramatic title-clinching win against Queens Park Rangers FC, the hosts completed another enthralling triumph when Gaël Clichy's ball was diverted across goal by Daniel Fox, leaving Nasri a simple task.

Also on Sunday, summer recruit Eden Hazard played the magician in the middle to inspire Chelsea to a convincing win. The Belgian international made his mark after two minutes, laying on a perfect pass for Branislav Ivanović to open the scoring. Beguiling Wigan, Hazard then drew a rash challenge in the penalty area and Frank Lampard made no mistake from the spot.

Last updated: 05/12/13 3.32CET

Results

English Premier League 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 27/11/2012 12:53 CET

19/08/2012

Man. CityMan. City3-2SouthamptonSouthampton

Tévez 40, Džeko 72, Nasri 80

Lambert 59, Davis 68

Venue: Manchester

19/08/2012

WiganWigan0-2ChelseaChelsea

Ivanović 2, Lampard 7 (P)

Venue: Wigan

18/08/2012

NewcastleNewcastle2-1TottenhamTottenham

Ba 54, Ben Arfa 80 (P)

Defoe 76

Venue: Newcastle

18/08/2012

QPRQPR0-5SwanseaSwansea

Pérez Cuesta 8, 53, Dyer 63, 71, Sinclair 81

Venue: London

18/08/2012

ReadingReading1-1StokeStoke

Le Fondre 90 (P)

Kightly 34

Venue: Reading

18/08/2012

West BromWest Brom3-0LiverpoolLiverpool

Gera 43, Odemwingie 64 (P), Lukaku 77

Venue: West Bromwich

18/08/2012

ArsenalArsenal0-0SunderlandSunderland

Venue: London

18/08/2012

West HamWest Ham1-0Aston VillaAston Villa

Nolan 40

Venue: London

18/08/2012

FulhamFulham5-0NorwichNorwich

Duff 26, Petrić 41, 54, Kacaniklic 66, Sidwell 87 (P)

Venue: London

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