Iheanacho’s Brace Not Enough to Save City

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By Duro Ikhazuagbe
Despite scoring two goals yesterday Kelechi Iheanacho and his fellow Manchester City teammates watched with disbelief as Southampton inspired by Sadio Mane ran riot, whipping them 4-2.
The 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup winner header in first in the 44th minute to pull a goal back for City after the Saints went up 2-0.
Shane Long struck at the near post in the 25th before Mane doubled the lead from 10 yards three minutes later. It was Mane’s first goal of his hat-trick of the bitter evening for the visitors from Etihad.
Mane pounced twice more to complete his hat-trick and ensure that the three points were intact. He reacted quickly as Jose Fonte’s header came off the crossbar for his second goal and converted Dusan Tadic’s pass to complete the hat-trick of the evening.
By the Iheanacho found the top-right corner late on in the 78th minute match was all but over.
It was the 19-year-old forward’s seventh Premier League goal in five starts.
The only little blemish on a great day in the office for the Nigeria star was when he was dispossessed  of the ball for the home team to go ahead and get their fourth goal.
Iheanacho is making his debut in the Premier League this season after he came through from the City youth team.
The victory ensures Southampton – two points adrift of sixth-place West Ham with two games remaining – can still qualify for next season’s Europa League.
City remain fourth – three points behind third-placed Arsenal, who have played a game more, and four ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United, who drew against leaders Leicester at Old Trafford.
Manuel Pellegrini’s team still have a comfortable cushion over their city rivals, but face a defining week, with the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid on Wednesday followed by a tussle with Arsenal in the league four days later.