Sterling strike late to help Man City beat Southampton

Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane celebrate Manchester City victory in a past match PHOTO: file

Manchester, ENGLAND: Raheem Sterling’s extra-time strike is all that Manchester City needed to coast past visiting Southampton 2-1 in the English Premier League match played Wednesday night.

Manchester City had taken the lead at the start of the second half when Saints defender Virgil van Dijk scored an own goal before Sofiane Boufal leveled with 15 minutes remaining.

The victory means Manchester City remain at the top of the log on 40 points, eight points better than second-placed Manchester United with the two sides set to lock horns in a fortnight.

Elsewhere, Olivier Giroud scored twice as rampant Arsenal thrash Huddersfield 5-0, thanks to a sublime performance from Mesut Ozil who created two and scored one for himself.

At Stamford Bridge defending champions Chelsea narrowly defeated relegation-threatened Swansea 1-0 to remain third in the table standings after 14 rounds.

Other matches saw Everton overwhelmed West Ham United 4-0, Burnley overcame Bournemouth 2-1 while Liverpool defeated Stoke City 3-0.