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City Fire Four Past Saints

Two late goals in the opening half saw Manchester City to a comprehensive 4-1 win over Southampton in an English Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

It was a fast start to the game by City who won a penalty three minutes in after Edin Dzeko was pulled down inside the box by Jose Fonte.

Yaya Toure stepped up and made no mistake from the spot to give his side the lead, 1-0.

City nearly made it two in the sixth minute when Pablo Zabaleta               found Samir Nasri unmarked on the edge of the box, but he directed his efforts inches wide of the goal.

The next decent effort on goal came in the 34th minute when Dzeko met a free-kick cross from Toure, but his header struck the crossbar.

Two minutes later Southampton were afforded a chance to get back into the game when Zabaleta brought down Jack Cork inside the box and the referee awarded them a penalty.

Rickie Lambert stepped up for the visitors and sent Joe Hart the wrong way as he levelled matters, 1-1.

City then took the game away from Southampton in the dying minutes of the half with two goals in three minutes.

In the 45th minute a really intricate passing move from City ended with Nasri sliding the ball past the keeper from six-yards out, 2-1.

The in the third minute of first half injury time Dzeko made it three as he headed home from six-yards out, 3-1.

Dzeko should have found his second goal of the game in the 58th minute when he was sent through on goal and was left with just the keeper to beat, but Paulo Gazzaniga made a good one-on-one stop.

In the 71st minute Nasri played Alvaro Negredo through on goal with a defence splitting pass, but he fired narrowly wide with just the keeper to beat.

City did finally find their fourth goal ten minutes later when Stevan Jovetic turned home a low cross from Zabaleta, 4-1.

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