Southampton 1-0 Everton: Austin’s goal sinks Koeman on his return

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  • Austin grabs only goal of the game
  • Saints move on to 17 points
  • Everton have one win in eight
  • Saints’ first win in five

SOUTHAMPTON — Ronald Koeman‘s return to St Mary’s was not a happy one.

His old club Southampton beat Everton 1-0 in the Premier League on Sunday as Charlie Austin‘s goal after just 41 seconds proved the difference, and in truth the winning margin should have been much greater.

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With the win Saints move on to 17 points, while Everton remain on 19 points.

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After just 41 seconds St Mary’s went wild as a cross from the right was flicked on by youngster Josh Sims and Austin poked home. 1-0 to Saints. Koeman stood on the edge of his technical area with his hands in his pockets and his team in a hole.

Saints continued to press and had a few half chances as they settled into the game quicker and had Everton on the back foot. 19-year-old Sims, making his Premier League debut, then had a good chance but he couldn’t get enough power on his header from close range following Nathan Redmond’s cross.

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As half time approached Saints continued to press with Austin having a tame effort which Maarten Stekelenburg easily saved after a surging run forward from Virgil Van Dijk. Moments later Everton should have been level as a cross found Idrissa Gueye on the edge of the box but he blazed well over.

Saints continued to look more dangerous with Pierre Hojbjerg having several attempts from distance and not quite getting on the end of a header following Cedric Soares’ cross.

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At the start of the second half Hojbjerg wriggled free on the byline but his shot struck the side-netting at the near post with plenty of teammates in the box. Yannick Bolasie then broke free but dragged his shot horrible wide as he entered the box.

Austin was then denied his second of the game as a perfect cross from the right from Cedric found him eight yards out but Stekelenburg produced a great save to tip his header out when it looked destined for the bottom corner. Fraser Forster then produced a great save at the other end with Bolasie sending in an acrobatic overhead kick but the winger was then pulled up for a foul.

In the closing stages the game opened up with Sims racing clear but his final pass was intercepted and then Bolasie curled an effort from distance inches over.

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Saints continued to squander chances as Sims’ cross was hooked clear just as Austin was about to convert and moments later Austin rounded Stekelenburg and drilled the ball into Ward-Prowse who couldn’t get his feet right three yards out as put his effort wide.

The chances kept coming for Saints as Ward-Prowse was found at the back post and he controlled well but Steklenburg saved his effort, yet the looping, spinning ball was going in until Phil Jagielka hooked it off the line.

At the other end Jose Fonte made a superb block from Seamus Coleman‘s effort as Everton chucked the kitchen sink at Saints. Substitute Enner Valencia flashed a header just wide in the 90th minute but that was as close as the Toffees came.

Saints showed that there is well and truly life after Koeman.

Depay strike downs PSG, brings Lyon second in Ligue 1

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Memphis Depay‘s time in England may not have gone according to plan, but the young Dutchman is tearing it up in France.

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The former Manchester United winger scorched the game-winner into net on Sunday, as his Lyon side went on to defeat league leaders Paris Saint-Germain, 2-1, at the Stade des Lumières.

Stunning first-half strikes from Nabil Fekir (15th goal of the season) and Layvin Kurzawa had the two clubs level at 1-1 going into the halftime break, but there was more action to be had after the mandatory stoppage.

A straight red card from Dani Alves in the second stanza put the Parisians at a major disadvantage, and Lyon would capitalize down the stretch with the extra man.

The hosts putting the finishing touches on the match four minutes deep into second-half stoppage time when Depay struck a beauty of a shot past goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.

Depay is now up to 10 goals on the season in all competitions for Lyon, including eight in league play.

The victory brings Lyon up to second place in France’s top flight, while PSG still holds an eight-point  lead over the runners’ up with 16 matches left in Ligue 1 play.

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A roundup of Sunday’s action in Spain and Italy’s top flights…

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Real Madrid 7-1 Deportivo La Coruna

Now, this is more like it from the defending European champions. Zinedine Zidane’s side went behind on Sunday when Adrian put the visitors in front, however, Real Madrid woke up and scored seven unanswered goals at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Gareth Bale was the star on the day with a brilliant curler that kicked off the first of his two goals (below). After Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to go down inside the penalty area, Bale carried on and put the ball onto his left foot before sliding his shot in off the inside of the far post.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo picked up a brace of his own on the day, both of which came off of headers for the Portuguese international. The veteran goalscorer also got bloodied on the day, but that didn’t stop him from adding to his impressive goal total.

Real Betis 0-5 Barcelona

A slow start to the match was aided by a Barcelona team that came out for blood in the second stanza. Ivan Rakitic and braces from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi paced the road side in the second half, keeping their unbeaten La Liga record in tacked.

Although Rakitic was the first to find his name on the scoresheet, it was his assist to Suarez that later on that proved to be a thing of excellence from both parties.

The first half was mildly uneventful for the Blaugrana, however, the Catalonians suffered another injury blow as Thomas Vermaelen left the match after pulling up in the first half with what appeared to be a hamstring pull.

Elsewhere in La Liga

Alaves 2-2 Leganes
Real Sociedad 1-2 Celta Vigo


Lazio 5-1 Chievo Verona

Lazio moved into third place in Serie A after a convincing victory at the Stadio Olimpico. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s double for the hosts helped propel them to the win, after Luis Alberto kicked off the scoring in the 23rd minute.

Chievo found a brief response two minutes later, but from there it was all Lazio as they closed to within 11 points of league leaders Napoli.

Cagliari 1-2 AC Milan

Franck Kessié scored twice in six minutes to pull Milan back into the match on the day, and that was exactly what they needed to secure three points at the Sardegna Arena. AC Milan sits seventh in Italy’s top flight through 21 matches, 23 points behind Napoli.

Elsewhere in Serie A

Inter Milan 1-1 Roma
Udinese 1-1 SPAL
Sassuolo 1-1 Torino
Sampdoria 3-1 Fiorentina
Bologna 3-0 Benevento
Hellas Verona 0-3 Crotone
Atalanta 0-1 Napoli

Video: Kurzawa silences Lyon with spectacular volley

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Lyon went ahead inside the opening two minutes, but then Layvin Kurzawa had his say for the visitors on the stroke of halftime.

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Dani Alves set up the defender for one of the best volleys you’ll see in first-half stoppage time on Sunday to level the match at 1-1.

Watch below as PSG ties things up with just seconds remaining before the halftime whistle.

Video: Fekir’s brilliant free kick has Lyon leading PSG

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Paris-Saint Germain has established itself as one of Europe’s best sides, but their opponent on Sunday isn’t playing scared against Neymar and Co.

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Lyon has taken a 1-0 lead inside the opening two minutes against the Parisians after a stunning free kick by Nabil Fekir caught PSG keeper Alphonse Aréola off his line.

The hosts could move all the way up to second place today with a victory over PSG, who holds the league lead in Ligue 1 with a nine-point advantage.

The 24-year-old Fekir has been a revelation for Lyon in his fifth season with the club, scoring his 19th goal in all competitions on Sunday.

That total has already surpassed his career-high from the 2014/15 season, when he eclipsed 15 goals.