Pep Guardiola’s men were forced to settle for a point after being frustrated by the Saints, who proved more than a match for the defending Premier League champions
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Clear cut chances were few and far between at the Etihad Stadium, where both sides saw major decisions overturned by VAR.
Southampton saw a penalty and a red card for Kyle Walker reversed after referee Jon Moss consulted the pitch-wide monitor and ruled the right-back had not fouled Adam Armstrong after he broke into the area.
Raheem Sterling thought he had won it for City in the 90th minute when he fired home the rebound after Alex McCarthy saved from Phil Foden’s header, but the assistant referee flagged for offside and VAR confirmed the decision.
Guardiola’s best chance fell to Ilkay Gundogan who headed over unmarked from six-yards, whilst Gabriel Jesus also headed wide from a tight angle.