LONDON (AP) — Manchester City fought behind after a second-half fall opposite Southampton to open a pretension invulnerability with a 3-2 feat opposite a Premier League newcomers on Sunday.
Substitutes Rickie Lambert and Steven Davis put a stubborn Southampton side 2-1 in front and clean out Carlos Tevez’s opener for City.
But Samir Nasri spared City from an opening weekend dissapoint by scoring an 80th-minute leader following Edin Dzeko’s equalizer.
“We showed good character,” Nasri told Sky Sports television. “We didn’t panic.”
Chelsea had no such troubles overcoming Wigan in Sunday’s other match.
New signing Eden Hazard done an evident impact, environment adult Branislav Ivanovic’s opener and winning a chastisement from that Frank Lampard converted to bind a 2-0 victory.
For City, a new deteriorate picked adult where a final one finished for pulsating play during Etihad Stadium. A 3-2 feat in May opposite Queens Park Rangers – cumulative in a final seconds – finished City’s 44-year pretension drought.
“It was like a final diversion of a season, we’ve started a same and we wish during a finish it will be a same outcome for us,” Nasri said.
Although City didn’t leave it until blocking time on Sunday to furnish a winner, manager Roberto Mancini hopes each diversion won’t be as tough.
“It is critical to have this character, it is improved a subsequent time to tighten a game,” Mancini said. “We had too many chances to tighten a diversion – we didn’t.”
City had to cope yet Sergio Aguero from a 14th notation after final season’s tip scorer fell awkwardly following Nathaniel Clyne’s challenge. The Argentina striker went to sanatorium for a indicate on his harmed knee, yet a formula won’t be famous for another dual days.
City’s fortunes didn’t urge after Aguero’s injury. Even yet Tevez won a chastisement dual mins later, after descending to a belligerent underneath Jos Hooiveld’s challenge, David Silva’s tame symbol flog was simply saved by Kelvin Davis.
Tevez found a aim 5 mins before halftime. He was fed by by Nasri and sneaked in front of Joe Fonte before promulgation a round into a net during Davis’ nearby post.
City consumed chances to extend a lead after a break, with Gael Clichy unconditional a round over, and David Silva attack a crossbar.
City was done to compensate for those misses when Lambert, final season’s tip scorer in a second tier, scored his initial topflight goal.
Four mins after entrance off a bench, Lambert seized on difficulty in a City invulnerability and Joleon Lescott’s missed clearway to side-foot a round past goalkeeper Joe Hart.
Another surrogate also fast delivered. Steven Davis had been on a representation usually 3 mins when he buried a round into a bottom dilemma of a net in a 68th after City debutant Jack Rodwell had mislaid possession to Southampton inside his possess half.
But City recovered from a sloppiness, with Dzeko blustering in a equalizer 4 mins later.
Nasri cumulative a 3 points after Southampton left behind Danny Fox inadvertently headed a round to a France midfielder, who was requisitioned for lifting his jersey in a idea jubilee to exhibit a t-shirt with a “`Eid Mubarak” nod to symbol a finish of Ramadan.
“We deserved to win a game,” Mancini said. “They didn’t have any chances in a initial half and we had 4 or 5 implausible chances.”
Chelsea done a surging start during Wigan following a temperate joining debate final year in that it finished sixth yet done justification by winning a Champions League and FA Cup.
Roberto Di Matteo’s side was in front after only dual minutes, with Hazard branch Ivan Ramis and slipping a round by for Ivanovic to competition onto and dispatch into a Wigan net.
“(Hazard) was brilliant,” Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard said. “It’s a immature age to come into a Premier League, no matter how good of a actor we are.”
Ramis was struggling to cope with Hazard and gave divided a chastisement when he fouled a Belgium general only 5 mins after Ivanovic’s opener.
Lampard scored from a spot, yet a Blues couldn’t build on a domain of a feat as Wigan finished with zero to uncover for a domination.
“They took their chances unequivocally well, they punished us massively,” Wigan manager Roberto Martinez said. “It couldn’t have been a harder exam … we suspicion Chelsea were happy to urge good and run a time down, and we took that as a genuine enrich to a side.”
Manchester United’s query for a 20th pretension doesn’t start until Monday, when former Arsenal striker Robin outpost Persie will wish to make his entrance during Everton.
Everton’s neighbor, Liverpool, was on a receiving finish of a biggest startle of a opening weekend, with Brendan Rodgers’ new side losing 3-0 during West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
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