Southampton 1-0 West Bromwich Albion: Lallana seals win for the Saints (video)

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Southampton beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 at St. Mary’s on Saturday, as England international Adam Lallana scored the only goal goal of the game in a tight-affair on the South Coast.

The Saints dominated for vast swathes of the match but were guilty of wasting several opportunities, especially in the first half. However Lallana came to Saints’ rescue as the captain latched onto a marvelous reverse pass from Gaston Ramirez in the 66th minute, then smashed home the game-winner.

With the victory Saints move onto 30 points and stay in ninth, while West Brom’s new manager Pepe Mel watched on from the stands as the defeat means his side are just three points above the relegation zone.

The game started off brightly, as Southampton’s high-pressure approach paid dividends with chances falling to Lallana and Jay Rodriguez.

Saints came in the 10th minute as Lambert worked some space in the box but dragged his left-footed effort just wide of Ben Foster’s post.

As the first half continued West Brom became more of a force, as Steven Reid’s free kick whizzed just over the bar. Southampton looked to get back on top but several sloppy passes curbed their progress, as the Baggies limited the homoe side to long-range efforts.

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Lambert went close for Southampton before the break, as Steven Davis’ delicate chip towards the back post found the England internaional but he riffled his volley high and wide.

After the break Saints again started brightly as Rodriguez raced clear but smashed his effort past West Brom ‘keeper Foster but also past the the post as the St. Mary’s faithful let out gasps of despair. But in the 66th minute the long-awaited breakthrough finally arrived, as substitute Gaston Ramirez flicked a delicious reverse pass into Lallana and saints’ skipper finished with aplomb to put the home side 1-0 up.

Saints had several chances to extend their lead but West Brom almost snatched a late equalizer as Shane Long was denied at point-blank range by Southampton ‘keeper Artur Boruc. The Polish shot-stopper had just returned from injury and showed  lightning quick reflexes to deny Long and hand Southampton just their second win in their last 10 games.


Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Cork (Ramirez, 62), Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Lallana (Ward-Prowse, 84), Rodriguez (Do Prado, 90), Lambert

Goal: Lallana (66)

West Brom: Foster, Reid, McAuley (Gera, 81), Olsson, Ridgewell, Amalfitano (Vydra, 86), Morrison, Mulumbu, Brunt, Anelka (Berahino, 77), Long

How can Man United qualify for last 16 of Champions League?

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Heading into the their final UEFA Champions League Group B game, Manchester United hold their destiny in their own hands, but any slip-up could mean it’s Europa League on Thursday nights for Louis Van Gaal‘s men.

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The Red Devils would have advanced to the knockout stage with a victory over third-place PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, but slumped to an ugly 0-0 draw instead.

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So, here’s all of the scenarios for the final matchday of the group stage, away to Wolfsburg, in which United would advance to the round of 16 advance:

  • A Man United win will see Man United finish top of Group B
  • A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV draw or loss (vs. CSKA Moscow), will see Man United finish second in Group B
  • A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV victory, will see Man United finish third in Group B
  • A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV loss, will see Man United finish second in Group B
  • A Man United loss by more than one goal, coupled with a PSV draw, would see Man United finish third in Group B
  • A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV win, would see Man United finish third in Group B

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There are your scenarios for Man United as it’s pretty simple to break it down: Win, and they go through. Fail to win, and their fate is completely in the hands of PSV.

VIDEO: Can Leicester stun the world? Man United title favorites?

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The Foxes are top of the Premier League and are led by a surging Jamie Vardy but how long can they keep shocking the world?

With six tough games coming up between now and the start of 2016, Claudio Ranieri‘s men will be pushed to their limit but so far this season they’ve been sensational and Vardy has equaled Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in 10-straight PL games.

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Can he make it 11 in a row on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra) when United visit the King Power Stadium? As for the Red Devils, they sit in second place and are just one point behind the flying Foxes’. Louis Van Gaal‘s men have certainly flown under the radar so far and our churning out wins at an impressive rate.

Jenna Corrado and I discuss that and more in the latest edition of PST Extra. Click play on the video above to see our chat in full.

Men in Blazers podcast: The Leicester fairytale goes on

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Rog and Davo revel in another chapter of the Leicester City fairytale, break down Liverpool’s shock dismantling of Manchester City and discuss Arsenal’s slip against West Brom.

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Pellegrini updates status of Joe Hart’s hamstring injury

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Joe Hart was forced to leave Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus in UEFA Champions League play on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, which he seemed to incur while making a spectacular one-on-one kick-save late in the second half.

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Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed after the game that Hart’s injury is indeed a hamstring issue, and went on to say that he would need further tests once the team arrives back in Manchester to determine the severity and how long, if at all, City and England’s no. 1 would be out of action.

Man City, currently third in the Premier League on 26 points, will host eighth-place Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).