West Bromwich Albion 0 – Southampton 1: Lambert’s late penalty seals win (Video)

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Southampton left it late to grab a deserved win at West Bromwich Albion after dominating for large spells of the game.

Rickie Lambert continued his storybook week by slamming home the game-winner from the penalty spot in the 89th minute.

The Saints controlled large portions of the match and just couldn’t find a way to break West Brom down until late on. While West Brom struggled to get hold of the ball, as the Saints took all three points on the first day of the season.

Southampton impressed early on, with Lambert having a shot blocked in the 19th minute as they continued to knock the ball around nicely. The England international turned and hit a volley goalwards but West Brom’s defense somehow cleared their lines.

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It was at times an end to end game but Saints were on top for most of the first half.

Southampton thought they had scored after 33 minutes but their strike was ruled out for offside. Adam Lallana tapped in at the back post after Lambert headed a cross over, but the linesman flagged for an offside. There was some debate over the decision, as goalscorer Lallana was definitely onside. The Saints certainly felt hard done by.

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Lambert’s penalty gave Saints a crucial win.

Southampton dominated the first half, with West Brom having just one shot on goal and the Saints had 63 percent of possession.

The second half continued in the same vein, as the Saints pressed for the opening goal. Jay Rodriguez went close and plenty of chances were spurned by the away side.

Then Lambert struck late on from the penalty spot, as Shaw was pulled down by Mulumbu. The 31-year-old forward has had a dream week, after the birth of his third child was followed by his first-ever England call up and then he scored the game-winner for the Three Lions against Scotland with his first touch.

His heroics continued at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

Yet Southampton also had goalkeeper Artur Boruc to thank, after a tremendous point-blank save from Billy Jones shot in stoppage time to seal the 1-0 win and send the Saints fans home happy.

Lineups

West Brom: Foster; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Morrison, Mulumbu, Yacob, Dorrans; Anelka (Rosenberg 83) , Long (Vydra 83). Subs not used: Myhill, Brunt, Dawson, Berahino, Popov.

Southampton: Boruc, Chambers, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, Ward-Prowse (Cork 90), Lallana (Ramírez 70), Rodriguez (S. Davis 78), Lambert. Subs not used: K. Davis (GK), Clyne, Mayuka, Hooiveld.

Alex Morgan named CONCACAF Female POY, Navas wins Male POY

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CONCACAF awarded some of its finest players and coaches on Sunday night, and two familiar faces took home the evening’s most notable awards.

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U.S. Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride) and Keylor Navas of Costa Rica and Real Madrid each earned Female and Male Player of the Year honors, after boasting tremendous 2017 seasons.

Morgan who primarily plays for Orlando in the NWSL, was also a member of Lyon, who went on to win the Women’s Champions League this past season.

Navas, on the other hand, played a key role in Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League run, as well as Los Blancos’ La Liga title.

For Morgan, the award is her third since CONCACAF began handing out its annual awards in 2013. Meanwhile, Navas has now won Male Player of the Year on two occasions.

Leon Bailey stars but Bayer Leverkusen held 4-4 by Hannover

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BERLIN (AP) Jamaica striker Leon Bailey scored twice after coming on as a substitute but Bayer Leverkusen failed to hang on as Hannover grabbed a 4-4 draw in the Bundesliga on Sunday.

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Bailey, who came on at the break, needed only two minutes to equalize after Hannover had gone 3-2 ahead, and he scored again 20 minutes later to put Leverkusen 4-3 in front.

But the 20-year-old missed another chance to complete a hat trick and Julian Korb scored late for Hannover to draw.

“I had a third chance, and I just know if I had taken that chance it would have been over for them. It’s just unlucky. But that’s football,” said Bailey. “A wise man learns from his mistakes. But a wiser man learns from others’ mistakes.”

Both teams traded goals on an afternoon to forget for the goalkeepers.

“It was worth the entrance price for the spectators,” Korb said.

Julian Brandt fired Leverkusen into an early lead with a brilliant volley but Ihlas Bebou replied straight away with a header for Hannover.

Niclas Fuellkrug put the home side ahead with a penalty, only for Admir Mehmedi to equalize four minutes later for Leverkusen.

Hannover went ahead again after Fuellkrug set up Felix Klaus with his heel before the break, when Leverkusen coach Heiko Herrlich reacted with two substitutions.

One of them was Bailey, who raced forward to reach Kai Havertz’s through ball and kept his cool to beat Hannover `keeper Philipp Tschauner.

Bailey claimed his sixth goal of the season after the game’s longest stretch without a goal when Mehmedi played him through on a counterattack after a Hannover corner.

But there was further drama to come as Bebou eluded three Leverkusen defenders to set up Korb for Hannover’s equalizer with seven minutes remaining.

Leipzig, level on points with Leverkusen, had the chance to go second again with a win at home against Hertha Berlin later Sunday.

The 2 Robbies podcast: Liverpool dominates, selling Coutinho discussed

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Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe start off today’s show by discussing Man United’s win at The Hawthorns as Lukaku scores for the second straight match with Juan Mata impressing with his link up play. The guys also look at Alan Pardew’s influence on the Baggies. Liverpool net four in a dominating victory over Bournemouth and with Mo Salah continuing to dominate, the Robbies ask: can Liverpool now afford to sell Coutinho? And finally, the guys discuss Bournemouth’s recent struggles.

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Report: PSV likely to land Man City, USMNT’s Palmer-Brown on loan

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A number of well-known American players have completed moves to Europe over the years, and a former Sporting KC defender is about to embark on his own journey abroad.

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U.S. youth national team centerback Erik Palmer-Brown is headed to Premier League side Manchester City, who currently leads the English top flight, after signing a pre-contract with the club back in September.

It is now believed though that the young player will go on loan once he arrives with the English side.

Metro is reporting is that Palmer-Brown is likely to complete a move to Dutch Eredivisie club PSV Eindhoven on loan.

Palmer-Brown helped the U.S. Under-20 national team reach the quarterfinals at this year’s U-20 World Cup in South Korea, after previously representing several other U.S. youth national teams.