Arsenal 3-2 Southampton: Welbeck gets last laugh

Leave a comment
  • Saints take early lead
  • Gunners claim advantage by halftime
  • Southampton remains 18th

Danny Welbeck‘s brace helped Arsenal defy the efforts of desperate Southampton in a 3-2 win at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Welbeck had just missed a sitter when he connected with the winner, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also scored for the Gunners.

Arsenal moves to within two points of fifth place Chelsea ahead of the Blues match with West Ham United (Watch live at 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Shane Long and Charlie Austin scored for Saints, who led 1-0 and drew level at 2-2 in the second half. Southampton remains three points back of safety.

Jack Stephens was sent off for Saints in stoppage time, and Mohamed Elneny was also shown a red card in the aftermath of the same scrum.

[ MORE: Watch full PL match replays ]

A goal line clearance came early, with James Ward-Prowse taking a feed from Shane Long and beating Petr Cech but not Calum Chambers.

And Long again threatened for pace moments later as Saints pressed for an opener.

So it was fitting when Long put Saints ahead, taking advantage of a sleeping Shkrodan Mustafi to cut to the near post and redirect a cross beyond the reach of Cech.

Arenal leveld in the 29th minute, with Aubameyang chopped the ball off the ground for a clever nutmegged finish past Alex McCarthy.

Welbeck made it 2-1 in the 38th, leaving McCarthy helpless with a deflected shot from an Alex Iwobi feed.

[ MORE: Latest Premier League standings ]

[ MORE: Full lineups, stats, box score ]

Both Aubameyang and Granit Xhaka forced top end saves out of McCarthy in the first three minutes of the second half.

Long looked like he had restored the deadlock and the away support had a moment’s joy only to see the flag up. The Irish striker was offside.

Wesley Hoedt then forced Cech into a flying save with a 30-yard effort which may have been destined for the post.

Austin then scored a lunchpail goal, cutting into the box within 80 seconds of subbing into the game to force 2-2. It was a deserved equalizer.

Welbeck missed a sitter when Iwobi spied Wilshere at the back post. The ex-Manchester United man couldn’t get his leg in position to get the ball over the line (with Aubameyang ready for a tap-in, unbeknownst to Welbeck).

He’d get his goal in the 81st minute, stabbing home a header at the back post from an Iwobi cross.

PL AT HALF: Goals in all matches; Sterling scores 39 secs in

Leave a comment

Every match has seen at least one goal as four Tuesday matches keep the festive fixtures running toward their Thursday conclusion.

[ STREAM: Every PL game live here ]

Manchester City 2-0 Watford (30 mins)

It would be 8-0 on aggregate if City and Watford were playing a proper tie, as Raheem Sterling scored after 39 seconds off a Leroy Sane feed, and Kevin De Bruyne (and a lurking Sergio Aguero) forced an own goal out of Christian Kabasele.

West Ham United 0-1 West Bromwich Albion

The hosts came flying out of the games, but a lively Salomon Rondon nearly scored before setting up James McClean for an opener. The Baggies are on track for their first league win since August.

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

St. Mary’s is quite pleased for both drought-ending Shane Long and its thirsty Saints, who are up 1-0 after Long cleaned up a Jeremy Pied cross.

Swansea City 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Fernando Llorente started against his old club with Harry Kane seemingly rested for Thursday’s West Ham tilt, and the Spaniard headed home Christian Eriksen‘s free kick to give Spurs the early lead.

Sunderland 0-4 Southampton: Italian ace Gabbiadini keeps paying dividends

Leave a comment
  • Black Cats shotless through 65
  • Saints shoot up to 11th
  • Gabbiadini three goals in two

Manolo Gabbiadini scored a first half brace as Southampton got a much-needed blowout win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

The 4-0 result was the opposite of what Sunderland scooped over Crystal Palace last week, as the Black Cats are last in the Premier League table with 19 points.

Saints entered the day with a chance at falling into the relegation mix, but now have 30 points and sit 11th after a Jason Denayer own goal and Shane Long tally met Gabbiadini’s brace on the scoresheet.

[ MORE: Watch full PL match replays ]

Adnan Januzaj saw a promising sixth minute shot deflected out for a corner, but Saints cleared the danger from Sebastian Larsson.

Southampton found its footing as the half wore on, and Gabbiadini was awarded his second goal when Nathan Redmond’s cross deflected home off his arm.

The second was not controversial, as Gabbiadini beat Vito Mannone with a classy finish after taking care of Jason Denayer with quickness.

[ MORE: Latest Premier League standings ]

[ MORE: Full lineups, stats, box score ]

It took more than an hour for Sunderland to put a shot on target, when Didier Ndong hit a shot directly to Fraser Forster.

Denayer then turned a goal into his own net before Long nabbed a late insurance marker to make it 4-0.

FA Cup slate set as Liverpool, Newcastle, Saints win

Owen Humphreys/PA via AP
Leave a comment

The field is set for the fourth round of the FA Cup, as Newcastle United, Liverpool, and Southampton joined 29 other teams in the fourth round.

Newcastle United 3-1 Birmingham City

Matt Ritchie scored twice and Yoan Gouffran also scored as the Magpies clinched a trip to third-tier side Oxford United. David Cotterill scored in the 71st minute to provide an interesting finish, but Newcastle weathered the storm.

USMNT defender DeAndre Yedlin played 75 minutes for Newcastle before coming off for Isaac Hayden. Jonjo Shelvey had two assists in his return from suspension.

[ MORE: Depay off to Lyon ]

Plymouth Argyle 0-1 Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp chose another youth-heavy lineup, but a pair of Premier League vets got the job done for the winner. Philippe Coutinho assisted Lucas Leiva‘s 18th mintue goal to give the Reds a home date with Wolverhampton.

Divock Origi had a late penalty saved by Luke McCormick, but it didn’t come back to haunt the Reds.

Southampton 1-0 Norwich City

Saints got a much-needed albeit ugly win when Shane Long won a tussle in the box to score a stoppage time winner. Southampton will host Arsenal in the fourth round.

Full schedule

January 27
Derby County vs. Leicester City

January 28
Liverpool vs. Wolverhampton
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Wycombe Wanderers
Oxford United vs. Newcastle United
Lincoln City vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
Chelsea vs. Brentford
Rochdale vs. Huddersfield Town
Burnley vs. Bristol City
Blackburn vs. Blackpool
Middlesbrough vs. Accrington Stanley
Crystal Palace vs. Manchester City
Southampton vs. Arsenal
Millwall vs. Watford
Fulham vs. Hull City
Sutton United vs. Leeds United

January 29
Manchester United vs. Wigan Athletic

France 2-1 Ireland: Griezmann spoils upset bid with quick-fire double

Getty Images
1 Comment

The Republic of Ireland put forth a valiant effort, protecting a surprising 1-goal lead for an hour against a sputtering French side, but ultimately the hosts advanced thanks to a pair of goals from Antoine Griezmann in a three-minute span

The game got off to a stunning start when Paul Pogba tripped Shane Long in the box despite attempts to pull back from the challenge, and the referee pointed to the spot just 62 seconds into the game. Robbie Brady, the hero of the Italy win, buried the penalty in off the post.

With an early deficit, France flooded forward. Pogba looked to atone immediately, with an eighth-minute cross to the head of Antoine Griezmann, who headed just over with a good chance. Griezmann had another opportunity in the 18th minute, flicking on a Payet free-kick with his head, but it was right at Darren Randolph.

As France pressed forward, Ireland began a physical approach, turning the game into a midfield slugfest. Seamus Coleman and Jeff Hendrick found themselves with first-half bookings, along with N'Golo Kante and Adil Rami for France.

Following halftime, there were plenty of changes for Didier Deschamps to consider, and he settled on a swap of Kingsley Coman for Kante at the break. It was Ireland with the first chance of the second half, with James McClain sending in a low cross that forced Hugo Lloris into a full-stretch dive to push it away with Long lurking.

France would finally break through with the inevitable goal on 58 minutes, with a heavy push leading to Griezmann heading in from a Bacary Sagna cross. The winner came just three minutes later, as Olivier Giroud headed to a wide-open Griezmann, who passed it into the back of the net for a 2-1 lead.

The wheels came off minutes later, as a French break saw Giroud feed Griezmann clear 0n goal. Shane Duffy brought the French star down, and was shown a red card for the last-man foul. The contact was minimal and probably oversold by Griezman, but there was enough for the referee to send off Duffy. The foul was just outside the top of the box, meaning the French were not awarded a penalty.

The French controlled the game from that point on, cruising to the finish line. The hosts advance to the quarterfinals, where they will take on the winner between England and Iceland.