Swansea 2-1 Southampton: Huge win for surging Swans

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  • 3 wins in 4 for Swans
  • Mawson, Sigurdsson score for Swansea
  • Swansea move on to 21 points

Swansea secured a massive win against Southampton at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday to drag themselves further away from the relegation zone.

Paul Clement‘s side took the lead through Alfie Mawson‘s deflected header but Shane Long equalized for Southampton in the second half and they looked more likely to win it. However, a devastating counter-attack saw Gylfi Sigurdsson finish it off as his eighth goal of the season secured back-to-back wins.

With the victory Swansea move on to 21 points, while Saints remain on 27 points.

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Saints started brightly and Long spurned a glorious chance after latching on to Dusan Tadic‘s inviting ball. Oriol Romeu‘s effort was then crowded out by a host of Swansea defenders as the visitors took the game to the Swans.

Swansea appealed for a penalty kick after Gylfi Sigurdsson smashed a ball at Jack Stephens and it hit the young Southampton defender in the hand from point-blank range.

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Swansea improved before half time as Sigurdsson and Leroy Fer combined to see the latter smash a shot towards the bottom corner which Fraser Forster pushed wide.

From the resulting corner Mawson sent a header towards goal which took a heavy deflection off Romeu and in. 1-0 to the Swans who almost made it 2-0 before half time but Sigurdsson’s shot was saved well by Forster.

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Saints brought on Sofiane Boufal in the second half and moments later they were level. Steven Davis played in Ryan Bertrand down the left and his perfect cross was tapped home by Long. 1-1.

Swansea were rocking and Boufal’s cross found Nathan Redmond but he lashed an effort wide as Saints poured forward.

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That left Saints vulnerable on the break and new Swansea signing Luciano Narsingh held the ball up and played in Sigurdsson who finished superbly to make it 2-1.

Southampton pushed hard for an equalizer late on but Swansea defended valiantly, with Maya Yoshida heading just wide and Long going close to toe-poking home.

In the end the Swans held on to secure their second-straight victory which pushes them further away from the relegation battle.

Another American heads to Schalke: Zyen Jones

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Bundesliga mainstays Schalke have added yet another American, this one 17-year-old Zyen Jones of Atlanta United. Jones is a forward with the U.S. U-17 national team.

Like Josh Sargent, who signed his deal with Werder Bremen on Tuesday, he’ll head overseas and sign a pro contract on Aug. 25, his 18th birthday.

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Jones will join several potential USMNT teammates in Gelsenkirchen, including injured senior team midfielder Weston McKennie and youngster Nick Taitague (19). Forward Haji Wright is on loan at Sandhausen.

Report: Simon Dawkins making move to Minnesota

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The Loons are taking a flier on Simon Dawkins.

The London-born Jamaican international hasn’t done a ton since returning to MLS from Derby County, and turned 30 over the offseason, and Paul Tenorio says the player is on his way to Minnesota United.

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Dawkins scored 14 goals between 2011-12 with San Jose, but scored just five times in his return to California and was blanked in 14 appearances last season. He registered just 10 shots in those matches.

The left winger would join an attack with Christian Ramirez, Kevin Molino, Ethan Finlay, and a pair of Generations Adidas forwards: Abu Danladi (2017 SuperDraft) and Mason Toye (2018).

Champions League Weds. preview: Sevilla-Man Utd, Shakhtar-Roma

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Jose Mourinho says Manchester United is one round away from having legitimate hopes of winning the UEFA Champions League.

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That makes the Round of 16 tie against Sevilla — beginning Wednesday in Spain — a bit of a dream qualifier for the Red Devils.

“I normally say that Champions League dreams start around the quarter-finals and not yet in the last 16,” Mourinho said on ManUtd.com. “Last 16 still looks a long way to go. When a team reaches the quarter-finals, I think it’s the moment where even the teams that are not favourites – which is our case – they start realising that anything is possible.

The injury-hit side got a bit of a boost on Tuesday in Sevilla, where Paul Pogba, Antonio Valencia, Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera all trained ahead of the first leg.

As for the hosts, manager Vincenzo Montella admitted that he hopes Pogba won’t play, and joked that he’d prefer to tie up and “padlock” Alexis Sanchez in a bid to defend against the Chilean star.

The final Round of 16 tie to start will be Roma’s pairing with Shakhtar Donetsk, with the first leg taking place in Ukraine.

Shakhtar hasn’t played in some time, but the great equalizer is the bitter cold at Donbass Arena, where the temperature is set to be between 21 and 28 degrees Fahrenheit come kickoff.

Don’t worry, Roma fans, Daniele De Rossi is busy breathing fire into any teammates angling for excuses:

“The cold weather could affect things a little because we’re not used to it but at the end of the day it comes down to how well you perform out there. We must be mentally ready from the get-go because the cold might hit us in the opening minutes.

“If it was that much of a factor, these teams would win the Champions League every year. You don’t go through because of the weather.”

Villarreal opens probe into Semedo’s reported arrest

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MADRID (AP) Spanish club Villarreal says it is investigating the actions of defender Ruben Semedo after reports that he was arrested for a violent incident.

The club said it is “highly concerned” about the issue and “will take the appropriate disciplinary actions with utmost rigor based on the seriousness of the events.”

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The statement was released after Spanish media reported that the Portuguese player was taken into custody early Tuesday for allegedly being involved in a hostile confrontation with another man last week.

Police did not immediately confirm Semedo’s arrest.