Super-sub Kelechi Iheanacho scored 10 minutes after coming on at half-time to rescue a point for Manchester City at home to a dogged and well-organised Southampton in the Premier League this afternoon.
Following a 4-0 drubbing against Barcelona in the midweek Champions League fixture, City were looking to end a four game streak without a win. But Southampton had other ideas and took the lead in the first half through Nathan Redmond following a blunder by City defender John Stones.
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Coach Pep Guardiola replaced misfiring Kevin DeBruyne with Iheanacho at half-time to inject more bite into the attack and the young Nigerian levelled things with a tidy finish from a low cross by Leroy Sane.
Iheanacho admitted after the match: “It wasn’t our best, but we deserved to win”. He now has 18 goals for City and said, whether he starts or comes on as a sub, his role was to “bring life into the team”. He was surely a life saver today with his goal giving his side the draw that ensured they topped the Premier League table on goal difference this weekend.