Half-Time Report: Southampton, Manchester City level

Half-Time Report: Saints, City level
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Southampton get a late equaliser before half time against Manchester City.

Southampton are drawing 1-1 with Manchester City at half time in their Premier League match this afternoon.

After an even start, the first chance came Man City's way. Alvaro Negredo did well to bring the ball down, but his second touch was heavy and Paulo Gazzaniga was able to gather.

The home side then threatened when Luke Shaw's cross was nodded into the path of Steven Davis, but his shot went wide.

It did not take long for the deadlock to be broken, however. Aleksandar Kolarov ran down the left and managed to find Sergio Aguero, who swept the ball home for his 11th goal in 10 matches.

The visitors began to dominate possession, but were unable to carve out a clear-cut chance.

Southampton gradually came back into the game, but Pablo Osvaldo was unable to find the target with a volley, although he was given offside.

Man City continued to search for a second goal and almost found it through Aguero. Yaya Toure clipped a ball to Pablo Zabaleta, who pulled it back for the goalscorer. However, this time Aguero's shot went over the bar.

The hosts almost found an equaliser before the break as Shaw's cross bounced along the six-yard box, but Calum Chambers was unable to get his header on target.

However, it was 1-1 three minutes before half time. Osvaldo ran down the left hand side of the box before cutting in on his right and curling a dipping effort in off the underside of the bar.

Alvaro Negredo of Manchester City celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Swansea City at Etihad Stadium on December 1, 2013
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