Manchester City left it very late in the day to seal a 1-0 win over Southampton in the final game of the 2017/18 Premier League season at the St. Mary’s Stadium, thanks to a last-gasp Gabriel Jesus winner.
When it seemed certain that the game was going to end in a draw, substitute Jesus came up with a sublime finish four minutes into added time to fire the newly crowned champions to a win and in the process help the team break the 100-point barrier in the Premier League.
Manchester City Player Ratings
Claudio Bravo – 6/10
Had a fairly quiet outing between the sticks, apart from one moment in the second period when he was caught by Dusan Tadic.
Danilo – 7/10
Another solid and steady display from the Brazilian. Was alert at the back, positive and purposeful when getting forward on the right-hand side.
John Stones – 7/10
Started off a little sluggishly but improved as the game wore on, playing an important role in subduing any threat that the Saints posed.
Aymeric Laporte – 6/10
The January arrival had a fairly straightforward outing alongside Stones. Passed accurately, kept things under control, although his positioning does look suspect on occasions.
Fabian Delph – 6.5/10
The Englishman had a fairly solid game for the Cityzens at left-back. Showed good intent on the ball and his passing was pinpoint.
Kevin De Bruyne – 6.5/10
Had a disappointing first period where he failed to impose himself on the game. Improved after the break and set up the winner for Jesus.
Fernandinho – 6/10
Had a great chance to open the scoring in the second period but fired his effort way over the bar. Did his duties in the middle with usual diligence.
Ilkay Gundogan – 6/10
Tried hard to influence things and unlock the Saints’ backline but things did not always work for the German. Faded after the break and was taken off.
Bernardo Silva – 5.5/10
The fleet-footed Portuguese international failed to make the desired impact and cut an isolated figure at times. There were glimpses of quality but few and far in between.
Raheem Sterling – 6.5/10
Starting as the central striker, the England international worked hard at the top for the Sky Blues and got into dangerous positions on occasions.
Leroy Sane – 6/10
Always looked capable of opening up the game with his pace and movement but ultimately failed to make the desired impact.
Gabriel Jesus – 7/10
Came on for Delph in the 59th minute. Looked bright from the get-go and sealed the win late on.
Brahim Diaz – N/A
Came on to replace Silva in the 78th minute.
Phil Foden – N/A
Replaced Gundogan with less than 10 minutes left.