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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.

WATCH: Carrasco levels Champions League final, finds partner for long kiss

MILAN, ITALY - MAY 28:  Yannick Carrasco of Atletico Madrid celebrates afte scorig the equalizing goal during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Real Madrid and Club Atletico de Madrid at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 28, 2016 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Milan on a starry night sounds romantic. Add in a massive match-tying goal, and it was all too much for Yannick Carrasco.

The 22-year-old Belgian attacker got on the end of Juanfran‘s cross and beat Keylor Navas at the near post.

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In celebration, Carrasco raced toward a pitch side suite and into the arms and lips of what we presume is his partner for a gift that must count as much as a few dozen roses (but probably smelled much worse).

WATCH: Griezmann misses Torres-won PK in huge Champions League moment

MILAN, ITALY - MAY 28: Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid speaks to head coach Diego Simeone during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Real Madrid and Club Atletico de Madrid at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 28, 2016 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Frankly, Antoine Griezmann embodied the Atletico Madrid attack in the first half, so it was no surprise when he stepped up to the penalty spot early in the second half.

Fernando Torres had won a penalty kick from Pepe after the Portuguese back stamped on his ankle in the 46th minute, and Greizmann got Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas going the wrong direction before cranking the ball off the bar.

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The miss looms large.

Argentine star Messi leaves Honduras match with back injury

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 08:  (L-R) Jose Juan Vazquez #23 of Mexico and Lionel Messi #10 of Argentina during a international friendly at AT&T Stadium on September 8, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi left the field with a back injury in the second half of a 1-0 victory over Honduras in a friendly Friday night.

The Argentine team captain and Barcelona star was hit on an apparently inconsequential play and immediately went to the locker room. He was replaced at the 62-minute mark by Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega and never returned to the field.

“Messi suffered a trauma to the left side of his lower back and rib cage,” the Argentine Football (Soccer) Association said in a statement, adding that doctors were looking at the injury.

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Messi is not a player who leaves the field with minor injuries like he did Friday at San Juan’s Bicentenario stadium.

“I would not dare to venture a diagnosis,” said a concerned Argentine manager, Gerardo Martino.

Gonzalo Higuain, who scored for Argentina, said it “was an important win and here’s hoping that what happened to Leo is nothing.”

Messi was scheduled to fly to Spain to resolve a tax issue and then rejoin the team in Santa Clara, California.

Hull City secures PL position next season

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 28: Ross Wallace of Sheffield Wednesday make a break during Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final match between Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley Stadium on May 28, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Mohamed Diame was the hero on the day for Hull City, as the Tigers gain promotion to the Premier League next season.

The Senegalese attacker sent Sheffield Wednesday packing on Saturday afternoon at Wembley Stadium after hitting a scorching long-distance effort past goalkeeper Kieren Westwood in the second half.

After an initial back-and-forth spell of chances over the opening half hour-plus, Sheffield was drastically taken out of the match as Hull began to gain their composure on the ball.

Hull City will join Championship winners Burnley and Middlesbrough in the Premier League in 2016-17 after being promoted. Relegated clubs Newcastle, Norwich City and Aston Villa will take their place in England’s second flight.

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