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Bournemouth 1-1 Southampton: Spoils shared as teams trade dominating halves

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  • Forster comes up big in 1st half
  • Each team dominated a half
  • Redmond brought on at HT, assists equalizer

Bournemouth proved the better side in the opening 45 minutes and capitalized, while Southampton took charge of the second half and was rewarded, leaving the spoils shared in a tale of two halves at the Vitality Stadium.

Fraser Forster was phenomenal in the first half, keeping out both Jermain Defoe and Nathan Ake with a pair of spectacular saves under a minute apart 20 minutes into the match. First, a venomous volley from Adam Smith made its way in front of net, and Defoe was there to redirect it at point-blank range, but Forster reacted outrageously quick and got his arm there to tip it over the bar.

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Moments later, Smith – from almost exactly the same spot – this time sent in a looping cross to the back post where Ake was waiting, and his header seemed destined to be the opener, but Forster again kept it out, falling down to his right and parrying the effort harmlessly to one of his defenders.

Southampton had a moment of its own on the half-hour mark as Charlie Austin headed a cross on net, but it was straight at Asmir Begovic who parried well. Bournemouth finally found the opener just before halftime as Josh King dispossessed Wesley Hoedt in the Saints half, and with the visitors caught napping, Ryan Fraser applied the finish for a deserved lead.

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Austin was the most dangerous option for the Saints throughout the match, and he was the man to draw them back level on the hour mark. As Southampton pushed with more attacking intent in the second half, a cross from halftime substitute Nathan Redmond found a completely unmarked Austin at the penalty spot, and he easily dispatched the chance.

Both teams came close to a winner down the stretch, as Josh King was inches from a second before Austin blazed a header just over the bar.

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The draw pushes Bournemouth five points above the relegation zone, while Southampton fails to take its chance to move into the top half, instead leaping Brighton into 11th position. Also of note, Adam Smith was contentiously booked for diving in the first half, leaving him suspended for Bournemouth’s next match at Crystal Palace.

Liverpool 0-0 Southampton: Forster foils sputtering Reds

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The Liverpool attack again came up empty against Southampton, shut out for the fourth time this season against the Saints in all competitions as a drab game ended 0-0 at Anfield.

The Reds produced 17 shots, eight on target, but could not get by Fraser Forster who was massive in net for Southampton under heavy pressure, saving a penalty midway through the second half.

Overall, the first half was a drag. Liverpool was clearly the more attacking side for the opening half-hour, but couldn’t manage a shot on target until an ambitious but meek effort by Philippe Coutinho in the 24th minute that was easily collected by Forster.

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Jurgen Klopp decided not to change his side despite having Adam Lallana at his disposal on the bench, and the German struck a pained figure on the sideline as his team struggled to break down a structured Southampton. Coutinho looked to turn on the style with a backheel at the top of the box before the hour mark, but Emre Can didn’t see it coming and the ball squirted through untouched.

James Milner was pesky down the left as Liverpool maintained all the meaningful possession, but Southampton packed the box and he was unable to find teammates. Southampton looked to press harder after bringing on Nathan Redmond, and it gave the Reds some problems.

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Liverpool appeared to have the breakthrough after referee Bobby Madley pointed to the spot for a hand-ball on Liverpool defender Jack Stephens after 64 minutes. The penalty was incredibly harsh on Southampton, but with Stephens’ elbow coming up and unknowingly hitting the ball, the call seemed fair. Unfortunately for the Reds, Milner’s low penalty was saved emphatically by Forster, and the scoreline remained untouched.

Klopp finally made a change with 22 minutes remaining, bringing on both Lallana and Daniel Sturridge. Southampton looked to have an injection of life with the addition of Shane Long, but Liverpool always looked the more likely to score. Coutinho again tried a curler from distance, but again put it right into the waiting arms of Forster.

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With 12 minutes left, Liverpool again had a big chance as Lallana found Sturridge who got free with a smart touch, but it was just too heavy and Forster was there to collect the weak attempt on net.

Forster was again needed in added time as substitute Marko Grujic delivered a powerful header, and the England international produced a stunning acrobatic leap to tip it over the bar.

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The disappointing draw for Liverpool sees them still vulnerable in the top four, moving to 70 points and into third place but still just a point ahead of Manchester City and four in front of Manchester United. Southampton’s point sees them jump barely back into the top half on goal differential, even with Bournemouth and West Ham on points.

Southampton 0-3 Man City: De Bruyne keys 3rd place leap

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  • Kompany first PL goal since Aug. ’15
  • Sane nabs fifth PL goal, ninth overall
  • Aguero poaches 17th of PL season
  • De Bruyne nabs two assists

Vincent Kompany, Leroy Sane, and Sergio Aguero scored as Man City won a second-straight match, defeating Southampton 3-0 at St. Mary’s on Saturday.

Manchester City moves into third place, two points ahead of Liverpool. City is seven points back of Tottenham and 11 behind Chelsea.

Saints remain ninth with 40 points.

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A sleepy start almost came to life when Manolo Gabbiadini picked out Dusan Tadic near the penalty spot, but the Serbian mailed his effort over the bar.

Fraser Forster was fortunate not to concede a penalty from a takedown of Leroy Sane in the 37th minute, a corner given instead.

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The second half didn’t bring much more life to the proceedings, though James Ward-Prowse tempted the goal with an early free kick.

Forster made a terrific reaction stop to punch a Jesus Navas rip over the bar in the 55th minute, but City struck on the ensuing corner when Kompany headed the ball through Forster.

Kevin De Bruyne keyed a stylish counterattack in the 77th minute, racing down the right to collect David Silva‘s through ball and squaring for Sane. The 21-year-old stayed calm in besting Forster to make it 2-0.

De Bruyne then hit a clever chipped pass square from the edge of the six, and Aguero rose high to head home a third City goal.

Southampton 0-0 Bournemouth: The rare thrilling nil-nil

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  • Saints unbeaten at home all-time vs. AFCB
  • Arter’s plant foot slips on PK attempt
  • Sides level on 34 points

An entertaining, flowing match that saw both sides ascendant at different times saw Bournemouth fail in its 13th bid to win at Southampton in a 0-0 draw on Saturday.

Harry Arter missed a late penalty kick when his plant foot gave way, and Bournemouth now had eight losses and five draws in its history of trips to Southampton.

The point boosts both sides above Watford, with Southampton holding a 10th place advantage by virtue of goal differential.

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Dusan Tadic had a pair of early chances. The latter was especially close, a nice flicked pass from Jay Rodriguez that saw Tadic’s finishing angle a bit too acute.

Rodriguez was flagged for offside before putting the second of two chances past Artur Boruc.

Saints continued to control the play. Nathan Redmond won a free kick that ended with Oriol Romeu nodding to a prepared Boruc.

Steven Davis saved Andrew Surman‘s shot off the line in a 34th minute muddle.

Tadic missed a third chance in the 38th minute, putting a lay-off by Redmond onto the outside of the right post, and Boruc made a terrific stop on Rodriguez before the break.

Bournemouth had a moment after the hour mark, as Joshua King laid off for Benik Afobe. The ex-Arsenal man took an extra touch and missed wide of the goal for a huge missed chance.

Moments later, James Ward-Prowse and Tadic both had chances turned away at the other end, and Rodriguez and Ward-Prowse came off for Shane Long and Sofiane Boufal.

The Cherries had a chaotic moment in the 72nd minute, as Adam Smith hit the post through traffic and Forster slid to stop Marc Pugh‘s rebound attempt. A third chance sailed over the bar, but Bournemouth was humming.

Wilshere then played Ryan Fraser through on goal with a gorgeous pass, and Fraser hit the deck in inconspicuous fashion. A penalty was awarded, but Harry Arter’s plant foot slipped to send the ball way over the frame. Lucky Saints.

Romeu was especially effective for Saints in the draw.

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WATCH: Fraser Forster with a GK error for the ages

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Basically, it’s an accidental reverse rabona.

Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster has far more tremendous moments than abysmal ones, but the Saints man has committed a gaffe more likely to be seen in a men’s league.

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A below-average men’s league at that, as an under-pressure Forster almost completely missed his clearance against Crystal Palace.

The bumbling ball was easily slotted by Christian Benteke, who will not score many easier goals in his life.

Pressure the keeper, kids.

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