A captain's goal from Vincent Kompany powered Manchester City to a 3-0 Premier League win away to Southampton.
The Belgian broke the deadlock early in the second half when he headed past the statuesque Fraser Forster who will not want to see a replay of his effort.
The excellent Leroy Sane added a second on the counter-attack, and moments later Sergio Aguero nodded his 11th goal in as many games from a Kevin De Bruyne cross.
Southampton, badly missing their injured captain Virgil van Dijk, proved far too lightweight at the back, getting outbattled in the air, and got caught on the break with embarrassing ease for Sane's goal.
The win keeps City on course for a Champions League place, moving them third, a point ahead of Liverpool with the same number of games played - Jurgen Klopp's side face West Brom on Sunday.
Is Kompany back? Kompany’s injuries have been so prolific in recent seasons that it’s best to exercise caution when discussing his comeback, but today felt like an important landmark. He put himself about defensively, albeit against a poor attack, and came up clutch with the goal as he has on so many occasions before. This was like watching the Kompany of old.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City). It was a good day for Belgians and none more so than De Bruyne, who was the best player on the pitch and involved in all of the visitors’ best moments. He laid on two excellent assists and now leads the league in that statistic, which underlines his quality. Southampton’s midfield didn't get close to him all game.
Southampton: Forster 5, Cedric 5, Stephens 6, Yoshida 6, Bertrand 6, Davis 5, Hojbjerg 5, Ward-Prowse 6, Tadic 5, Redmond 5, Gabbiadini 5.Subs: Long 5, Boufal 5, Rodriguez 5.
Manchester City: Bravo 6, Clichy 6, Kompany 7, Otamendi 6, Navas 6, Fernandinho 6, Toure 6, Sane 7, Silva 6, De Bruyne 8, Aguero 6. Subs: Zabaleta 6, Sterling n/a, Iheanacho n/a.
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