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.

Honduras holds Costa Rica 1-1

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Honduras did the United States a favor by taking a point from visiting Costa Rica in Tuesday’s CONCACAF World Cup qualifier in San Pedro Sula.

Anthony Lozano pushed a 35th minute chance past an indecisive Keylor Navas, as Los Catrachos set the stage for a hopeful three points.

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Vancouver Whitecaps center back Kendall Waston’s haphazard defending helped allow the goal, but he scored off a late Costa Rica corner kick to ensure Costa Rica will finish the international break in second place.

With four points, Honduras moves ahead of Trinidad and Tobago and the United States before both sides play Tuesday.

Costa Rica beat the U.S. 4-0 in 2016, while the Yanks battered Honduras 6-0 on Friday.

WATCH: Video Assistant calls back Griezmann goal

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France and Spain used the Video Assistant Referee program on Tuesday in a friendly, and the French likely rue that decision.

Antoine Griezmann had an incorrectly allowed goal reverse for offside, while Gerard Deulofeu saw an initially ruled offside goal allowed upon review in Spain’s 2-0 win over France.

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Here’s an example, as Griezmann’s barely offside goal was overturned in less than a minute (Both calls took less than a minute to decide):

At the risk of sounding like a caveman, I really don’t like these razor thin offside calls being subject to review.

When you consider the improbability of timing the moment of contact with the ball — how many times have you seen a freeze frame conveniently used to make a case? — it just seems to mess with the spirit of sport.

What do you think?

Bolivia stuns Messi-less Argentina in World Cup qualifying

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Argentina took steps backward Tuesday in its pursuit of a 2018 World Cup berth, on and off the field.

It started as Lionel Messi was suspended four matches for verbally abusing a referee in Argentina’s Friday win over Chile.

Then La Albiceleste made another move in reverse with a shocking 2-0 loss to Bolivia in La Paz. Argentina started Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala, and Ezequiel Lavezzi on the bench in what many presumed to be an easy win.

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Juan Carlos Arce and Marcelo Martins scored as ninth-place La Verde picked up its third win of qualifying with a win over powerful Argentina.

The bad news kept coming for Argentina (and Everton), as Ramiro Funes Mori left the match in the 36th minute with injury.

Bolivia will finish the international break at least 10 points back of the playoff spot, while Argentina could finish as low as that fifth-place spot.

STREAM: CONCACAF tripleheader concludes with USMNT

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CONCACAF’s bottom three sides in the Hex standings look to make the table incredibly tight as World Cup qualifying finds three-straight matches on the docket beginning at 5 p.m. EDT.

Honduras vs. Costa Rica

Los Catrachos were creamed 6-0 by the U.S. on Friday, and return home hoping a wounded Costa Rica remains vulnerable. Honduras is dead last on goal differential, but three points would be huge and put them level with Los Ticos. Costa Rica won its first two matches before falling to Mexico on Friday.

Trinidad and Tobago vs. Mexico

El Tri has two wins and a draw from their first three Hex matches, and will be without Rafa Marquez on Tuesday. A win guarantees Mexico the top spot heading into the next round of matches in June. The Soca Warriors surprised some with their 1-0 win over visiting Panama on Tuesday. Mexico is a different class.

Panama vs. USMNT

Despite its miserable start, the U.S. can find itself as high as second with a win and help from Honduras. The injuries remain plenty for the Yanks, who are without Fabian Johnson, Bobby Wood, Sebastian Lletget, and John Brooks. Panama has allowed just a single goal through three Hex matches, but also has only managed one.