It was a fantastic goal: Pep Guardiola

Updated: Dec 01, 2017, 15:33 IST | AFP | Manchester

Man City manager Guardiola hails Raheem Sterling's injury-time winner in 2-1 Premier League victory over Southampton

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola highlighted Raheem Sterling's growing self-belief after his remarkable run of late goals continued with a superb stoppage-time winner in the 2-1 victory over Southampton. City's quest for a 12th successive league victory seemed to be over when Oriel Romeu's 75th-minute equaliser for the Saints cancelled out Kevin De Bruyne's goal early in the second half here on Wednesday. But in sixth minute of added time Sterling curled a brilliant shot into the top right-hand corner, sparking delirious scenes among City's fans, with Guardiola running onto the pitch in celebration.

Raheem Sterling is ecstatic after scoring against Southampton in Manchester on Wednesday. Pics/AFP
Raheem Sterling is ecstatic after scoring against Southampton in Manchester on Wednesday. Pics/AFP

City's last three victories have all been courtesy of late strikes from 22-year-old, who scored in the 88th minute against Feyenoord last week, the 84th against Huddersfield Town before his winner in the dying seconds against Southampton. "Before, he didn't believe. Now, he can do that," said Guardiola.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is pumped up by Raheem Sterling's match-winner
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is pumped up by Raheem Sterling's match-winner

"In the end, he had the personality to make the action, to put the ball there in the angle. It was a real fantastic goal." Guardiola may land in trouble with the Football Association if referee Paul Tierney reports his dash onto the field following Sterling's winner. "I apologised to the referee," Guardiola told reporters.

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