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Iheanacho Scores Brace But Can’t Save Man City

Nigerian youngster Kelechi Iheanacho scored a brilliant brace although Manchester City still lost 4-2 to Southampton in their Premier League clash on Sunday.

Senegal forward Saido Mane got a hattrick for the Saints as they moved above Liverpool in the table.

Trailing to goals from Shane Long and Mane, fourth-place Man City had a lifeline before the interval when Iheanacho headed home from close range. Southampton scored a third just before the hour through Mane, however, the Senegal international completed his hat-trick in the 68th minute.

Iheanacho scored his second for Manuel Pellegrini’s side 12 minutes from time with a superb curling shot, but the damage had already been done as Man City prepare to travel to the Bernabeu next week off the back of a disappointing performance.

The brace took Iheanacho’s Premier League tally to seven goals,  although he rarely gets to start for City.

Vincent Kompany and Kevin de Bruyne were both left out of the Man City squad altogether, while the likes of Sergio Aguero, Fernando and Jesus Navas dropped to the bench as Pellegrini made eight changes to his XI from the goalless draw against Real Madrid in the Champions League.

As for Southampton, Ronald Koeman recalled in-form Mane, in addition to right-back Cuco Martina and midfielder Jordy Clasie in a side that showed three changes from last weekend’s 4-2 win at basement side Aston Villa.

It was the home side that made the brighter start to proceedings and the first strike on goal came from the Saints in the second minute, but Joe Hart, on his 300th Premier League appearance, was down to keep out Mane’s effort.

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