West Brom 0-1 Southampton: Race for eighth place is on

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  • Jordy Clasie‘s fine strike wins it
  • Saints move on to 44 points
  • West Brom in eighth on 40 points
  • Back-to-back wins for Southampton

Southampton beat West Brom 1-0 at the Hawthorns on Saturday as Jordy Clasie’s fine strike was enough to separate the teams.

The Dutchman rattled home his first goal in the Premier League in the first half and despite late pressure the Baggies couldn’t break through against a stubborn Saints defense.

Saints have now sealed back-to-back wins in the Premier League, moving them on to 40 points for the season and they sit just four points behind eighth-place West Brom with two games in hand. The race for eighth (if that’s a thing) is on.

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Southampton started the game well with some surging runs down the flanks but West Brom looked dangerous with Matty Phillips whipping in some crosses for Salomon Rondon.

The Venezuelan then had an effort which went woefully wide as the Baggies looked a little off the pace, while Fraser Forster kept out James Morrison‘s effort and Nacer Chadli fired the rebound over.

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Just before the half hour mark Southampton deservedly took the lead as the ball was cut back to Dusan Tadic on the edge of the box and he set up Clasie who smashed a wonderful effort into the top corner to score his first goal in the Premier League and put the away side 1-0 up.

Before the break West Brom battled back into the game with Rondon having a header at the back post well saved by Forster and then Phillips fired the rebound over.

Shane Long also felt he was clipped when clean through on goal but didn’t get the decision and he also missed a diving header which he should have scored as Saints only led by one at the break.

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In the second half West Brom struggled to get back into the game with Saints looking dangerous on the break.

Nathan Redmond hit a shot at the back post which Ben Foster saved well at his near post and then Tadic curled a wonderful effort just over.

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Late on West Brom threw the kitchen sink at Saints as Hal Robson-Kanu fired, then Forster denied Dawson superbly and kept out Evans as Southampton held on for a big three points to solidify their spot in the top 10.

VIDEO: A sneak peek of Everton’s Europa League journey – Part 2

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In Part 2 of Everton Unseen, European football returns to Goodison Park as Everton host MFK Ruzomberok in the qualifying round of the Europa League.

Click play on the video below to get a feel for how Goodison Park will be in the second leg of the Europa League in Part 2 of this videos series.

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FIFA to send in emergency team to run Cameroon football

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ZURICH (AP) FIFA says it is sending in an emergency management team to run the troubled Cameroon football federation.

The panel to be appointed by FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will oversee elections by next March to replace disputed polls in 2015 for the Cameroon federation board.

FIFA’s intervention comes amid speculation Cameroon could be stripped of hosting the next African Cup of Nations in June-July 2019.

CAF President Ahmad this month cast doubt on Cameroon’s ability to prepare for the expanded 24-team tournament.

FIFA says Wednesday it acted after “recent failed attempts … to reconcile the football stakeholders in Cameroon and overcome the current impasse.”

Transfer Roundup: Tottenham complete signing of Sanchez, Clucas joins Swansea

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Tottenham reportedly broke the bank for its first transfer of the summer.

The North London club confirmed that it had completed a transfer with Ajax for defender Davinson Sanchez after the Colombian international passed a medical. According to The Telegraph, the deal is worth around $54 million, a club record. The deal is subject to acquisition of Sanchez’s work permit but given the transfer fee and him being in Colombia’s squad, it’s likely a mere formality at this point.

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The 21-year-old defender brings speed and strength to Tottenham’s backline as well as a year of seasoning in the Eredivisie, which features plenty of attacking talent. Sanchez will battle with Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen for a place in Spurs’ three-man backline.

It’s a risk moving to a new club a year ahead of the World Cup, but Sanchez is hoping that with appearances in the UEFA Champions League and Premier League up for grabs, he can do well enough to keep his place in the Colombia National Team squad.

Here’s some more transfer news from across England:


Liverpool bombard Hoffenheim with three-goal first half

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Liverpool got off to a flying start in the second leg of its UEFA Champions League tie with Hoffenheim.

With the loyal Anfield crowd behind the team, the Reds scored three goals in the first 21 minutes, two of them from Emre Can to put Liverpool well in control of the tie.

Can’s opener was followed by a goal from Mo Salah before the German international scored a wide-open goal at the back post to make it 3-0 and 5-1 on aggregate. Sadio Mane played a big role in both of Can’s goals.

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Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann went to the bench right after the third goal and brought on Mark Uth, who promptly scored to bright a little hope back to the German club.

Here’s a look at the flying first half of goals for Liverpool.

Emre Can 10′

Mohamed Salah 18′

Emre Can 21′

Mark Uth 28′