Iheanacho Subbed On As Man City Cruise Past Southampton

It took until the second half for the deadlock to be broken with the returning Vincent Kompany rising high to score his first goal since August 2015.

Pep Guardiola is gearing up for a semi-final - and a final - after Manchester City swept aside Southampton 3-0.

Leroy Sane went to ground under Fraser Forster's challenge (Steven Paston/PA) If video technology will right the wrongs of football then why was opinion still so divided on whether City should have had a first-half penalty?

Long was brought on to replace January signing Manolo Gabbiadini, who was making his first appearance since injuring his groin against Tottenham in March.

"At the end of the season, we'll decide", he added.

It's a real shame John Stones hasn't had a full season to play alongside him as he would learn so much from the City skipper.

This actually was a must-win match for City and win it they did to give their top four hopes a tremendous increase.

Sane broke into the box and looked to round Forster, but the goalkeeper just got a hand onto the ball as he made contact with the forward as adjudicated by referee Neil Swarbrick.

At the start of the second half, City maintained the pressure and got the opener in the 55th minute from a corner kick when Kompany scored. Hull didn't do themselves any favors in the first half when Ahmed Elmohamady scored an own goal, deflecting a Jesus Navas cross into the net.

Silva should have given City the lead with 37 minutes gone when Aguero's deflected cross came to him and, from close range, he could only prod his finish into the side-netting.

Bravo ensured his unwanted run of conceding from the first shot on target in games didn't continue as he grasped a header from Shane Long as Saints looked for an equaliser with the clock running down.

City will drop back down to fourth place in the table should Liverpool avoid defeat at West Bromwich Albion tomorrow.

David Silva sent Kevin De Bruyne through and the midfielder squared for Sane to sweep past Forster for his ninth goal of the season in the 77th minute.

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