Southampton, Man City defy coronavirus ban to play tic-tac-toe
Southampton and Man City made sure the Premier League was in action on Saturday as they played a virtual game of tic-tac-toe on social media.
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This game of tic-tac-toe between Southampton and Man City will live long in the memory and Gordon Simpson and Saints’ entire media team deserves a huge round of applause for setting this up.
Saints initiated the game and initially challenged Norwich City (who were supposed to be their opponents in the Premier League on Saturday before the games were called off) but there was no response.
Instead, Man City jumped in and wanted some of the action. Southampton duly obliged and a tense, tight game of tic-tac-toe (it’s called noughts and crosses in the UK, just so you know) which ended in a draw.
Cue plenty of banter from both sets of fans about tactics and calling for the manager to bring on certain players as subs, as both social media teams had plenty of fun with it.
Below is a thread of the key moments as Pep Guardiola’s side will be disappointed with a draw away at Southampton as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side held on for a valuable point...
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