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Manchester City reach 100 points thanks to late, late Gabriel Jesus strike

Saints survive, City reach 100 points thanks to late, late Jesus strike

13/05/2018 at 15:51Updated 13/05/2018 at 17:21

Premier League, St Mary's Stadium - Southampton 0 Manchester City 1 (Jesus 90)

Gabriel Jesus scored deep into added time to give Manchester City 100 points with a 1-0 win against Southampton.

The substitute latched onto Kevin De Bruyne’s pass and chipped Alex McCarthy to break the deadlock and ensure City made history as the first team from England’s top flight to reach triple figures.

It had been a frustrating afternoon up until then for the visitors, who were not at their best and had seen Raheem Sterling come closest to scoring when his deflected shot hit the post.

Wesley Hoedt also hit the woodwork for Southampton, who stay up despite defeat here as Swansea City also lost.

The dramatic ending mirrored the earlier meeting between the two sides, when Sterling scored a 96th-minute winner as part of City's run of 18 consecutive victories in the Premier League.

TALKING POINT

Are Man City the best team England has ever seen? Comparing sides from different eras is always going to tough, and the fact Manchester City only won a league-and-League Cup double may be too little silverware for some, while others will point towards the Arsenal team that went an entire league campaign unbeaten. But if the point of league football is to amass as many points as possible - and it is - it’s hard to argue against Pep Guardiola’s team. The most points and wins ever - plus the most goals scored and best goal difference in the Premier League era - is a mightily impressive set of records.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City): He took the goal brilliantly and, given there was little drama involved in the actual clinching of the title, it's that goal that will likely be remembered as the defining moment of City's incredible season.

PLAYER RATINGS

Southampton: McCarthy 6, Cedric 6, Stephens 6, Hoedt 7, Yoshida 6, Bertrand 6, Romeu 6, Hojbjerg 6, Tadic 6, Redmond 5, Austin 5. Subs: Long 6, Ward-Prowse 6, McQueen 6.

Manchester City: Bravo 6, Danilo 6, Stones 6, Laporte 6, Delph 6, Gundogan 7, Fernandinho 6, De Bruyne 7, B. Silva 5, Sane 6, Sterling 6. Subs: Jesus 8, Diaz 5, Foden 6.

Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City celebrates at the full time whistle

Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City celebrates at the full time whistleGetty Images

KEY MOMENTS

8’ – OFF THE BAR! Southampton are inches away from taking the lead as Hoedt meets a corner at the near post and sees his header come back off the bar.

56’ – CHANCE! Silva miscues a shot but reacts quickly and is able to cross to an unmarked Fernandinho, who blazes a volley over from next to the penalty spot.

61’ – OFF THE POST! A Man City corner eventually comes to the feet of Sterling, who makes space for himself before going for goal and his shot is deflected onto the post.

78’ – OFF THE LINE! Romeu's clipped cross finds Tadic at the back post - who is onside and in plenty of space. Bravo comes out and Tadic takes the ball past him twice before eventually shooting, only for Fernandinho to block the effort on the line.

94' – GOAL! Southampton 0-1 Manchester City (Jesus). They've done it! Jesus gets on the end of a long De Bruyne ball over the Southampton defence and chips McCarthy to ensure City have 100 points!

KEY STATS

  • Manchester City’s tally of 100 points is a new record in England's top flight.
  • City scored 106 goals this season, a new Premier League record.
  • City’s total of 32 wins is also a new top-flight record.
  • Guardiola’s side's goal difference of +79 eclipses the previous record of +71.
  • City have also got the most away wins (16) and points (50) ever collected in a Premier League season.

De Bruyne ends the season with a league-leading 16 assists.

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