City rallies to top SouthamptonAug 19, 2012 - 5:09 PM Manchester, England (Sports Network) - It wasn't quite the way Manchester City envisioned opening defense of its Premier League title, but the 3-2 comeback win over Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday still produced three points.
The match saw City striker Sergio Aguero leave the game after just eight minutes with a knee injury, while David Silva failed to convert from the penalty spot in the opening 20 minutes.
One positive note was the fact that Carlos Tevez scored the opening goal shortly before halftime, although City found itself down 2-1 with a little over 20 minutes to play as Rickie Lambert and Steven Davis both came off the bench to give the promoted side a stunning 2-1 lead.
But order was restored when Edin Dzeko equalized in the 72nd minute and Samir Nasri fired home the winner 10 minutes from time to help Roberto Mancini's team survive a scare.
City controlled the first half but led just 1-0 after Nasri set up the first goal for Tevez with a well-weighted ball into the penalty area that the Argentina international tracked down and fired past goalkeeper Kelvin Davis at his near post.
Silva should have increased the lead but he struck the crossbar from eight yards early in the second half.
Southampton then scored twice in less than 10 minutes as Lambert collected his own deflected pass and beat Joe Hart with a shot from just inside the area.
The Saints took a stunning lead in the 68th minute when Adam Lallana set up a first-time strike for Steven Davis, but City only trailed for a few minutes as Dzeko cleaned up a loose ball six yards from goal.
City finally went in front for good in the 80th minute when Gael Clichy's cross was cleared only as far as Nasri, who was positioned near the penalty spot and calmly drove the ball into the upper corner of the net.
Chelsea 2, Wigan 0
Wigan, England - Chelsea got its new campaign off to a winning start on Sunday at the DW Stadium as the European champions handed Wigan a 2-0 defeat.
Both goals came in the opening seven minutes as new signing Eden Hazard made an instant impact for the Blues.
Hazard set up the first goal inside of two minutes when he played Branislav Ivanovic in on goal, with the defender rolling his shot past goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi.
And the Belgium international was at it again a few minutes later, drawing a foul inside the penalty area that allowed Frank Lampard to double Chelsea's lead from the spot.
The Blues took their foot off the gas a bit over the remainder of the match, but did manage to come close once more in the 63rd minute when Wigan defender Ivan Ramis recovered in time to clear a shot from Fernando Torres off the goal line.
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