Southampton 6-1 Aston Villa: Mane’s record hat trick blitzes abysmal Villa

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Southampton beat Aston Villa 6-1 at St Mary’s on Saturday as Sadio Mane stole the show with the quickest hat trick in Premier League history to keep Saints’ Europa League hopes well and truly on course.

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A blistering spell in 13 first half minutes saw Saints score four times as Mane bagged three goals in 2 minutes and 56 seconds to make PL history. Shane Long also scored twice in the first half, the second an absolute peach, with Graziano Pelle grabbing a superb volley late on for Saints’ sixth as Villa’s defense imploded with Tim Sherwood livid on the sidelines. Christian Benteke grabbed Villa’s lone goal at the end of the first half as the FA Cup finalists may go into the final game of the season with the threat of relegation still looming after this demoralizing defeat.

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With the win Saints momentarily move up to sixth on 60 points, while Villa stay on 38 points but the Midlands club will be looking anxiously over their shoulder during the final game of the season.

A blistering start got underway at St Mary’s as Pelle had the ball in the back of the net early on but was incorrectly ruled offside by the linesman. The Italian forward was livid and moments later his side could have been behind as Benteke latched onto a ball from Ashely Westwood but fired wide of the post.

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Moments later came 2 minutes and 56 seconds that Mane, and most Saints fans, will never forget as the Senegalese forward recorded the fastest hat trick in PL history.

For his first goal Mane latched onto Pelle’s flick on and at the second time of asking he slotted the ball past Given. 1-0. Then 84 seconds later Mane made it 2-0 as a terrible back pass from Ron Vlaar saw Long latch onto the loose ball and as the ball broke lose following a challenge from Given, Mane was on hand to sweep the ball home. 2-0. Long then raced down the left flank and picked out Mane on the edge of the box as the former Red Bull Salzburg star side-footed home his and Saints’ third as everyone inside St Mary’s and watching on TV couldn’t believe what they were witnessing. 3-0 to Saints after 16 minutes as Mane now has 10 for the season.

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A shocking first half would only get worse for Villa as Long then added a fourth as Mane ran at Villa’s defense and slotted in Pelle who had his effort saved by Given but the ball found Long who slotted home. The best of the bunch came in the 39th minute as Long robbed Westwood on the halfway line and curled home a magnificent shot from 30-yards out to make it 5-0 as hundreds of Villa fans rushed to the exit before half time. Those that did stick around saw Benteke head home on the stroke of half time to make it 5-1 as an incredible 45 minutes ended.

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In the second half Saints continued to push for more goals as Long went close at the back post and had a few other scrambled efforts which Villa cleaned up. Gabriel Agbonlahor was denied by Paulo Gazzaniga twice late on with the Villans trying to make things respectable. To be fair, the home side stroked the ball around and let Villa come at them as Sherwood’s side pushed to make the scoreline more respectable.

Late on substitute Maya Yoshida saw his header cleared off the line, then Nathaniel Clyne fired over in the box as the home side finished with a flourish and in the 81st minute they made it 6-1. Mane whipped in a perfect cross from the right and Pelle slammed home a volley to seal the emphatic win in the sun on the south coast to give Saints’ fans the perfect sendoff in their final home game of the season.

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Southampton: Gazzaniga, Clyne, Fonte, Alderweireld, Bertrand, Wanyama, S Davis (Yoshida, 72′), Ward-Prowse (Djuricic, 80′), Long, Pelle (Elia, 85′), Mane

Goals: Mane (13′, 14′, 16′), Long (26′, 38′), Pelle (81′)

Aston Villa: Given, Bacuna (Lowton, 67′), Vlaar, Okore, Hutton, Westwood, Delph, Cleverley, N’Zogbia (Agbonlahor, 57′), Grealish (Sinclair, 82′), Benteke

Goal: Benteke (45′)

Predicting the rest of the Women’s World Cup

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The Women’s World Cup is into the final eight, with seven of the eight teams hailing from Europe.

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The lone outlier is some team from North America who may or may not have won the last World Cup and can become the first team to win four of the things.

Who thinks they will? Our staff weighs in on the matter below.


Joe Prince-Wright

Quarterfinals
England defeats Norway
France defeats USA
Netherlands defeats Italy
Germany defeats Sweden

Semifinals
England v. France
Netherlands v. Germany 

Final
France defeats Germany
Wendie Renard of France celebrates with teammates (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Nicholas Mendola

Quarterfinals
England defeats Norway
USA defeats France
Italy defeats Netherlands
Germany defeats Sweden

Semifinals
USA defeats England
Germany defeats Italy 

Final
USA defeats Germany

Andy Edwards

Quarterfinals
England
defeats Norway
France defeats USA
Italy defeats Netherlands
Germany defeats Sweden

Semifinals
France
defeats England
Germany defeats Italy

Final
Germany defeats France

Dzsenifer Marozsan of Germany  (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

Dan Karell
Quarterfinals
England defeats Norway
USA defeats France
Netherlands defeats Italy
Germany defeats Sweden
Semifinals
USA defeats England
Netherlands defeats GermanyFinal
USA defeats Netherlands

Kyle Bonn

Quarterfinals
England
defeats Norway
France defeats USA
Netherlands defeats Italy
Germany defeats Sweden

Semifinals
France
defeats England
Germany defeats Italy

Final
France defeats Germany

WATCH: Stoppage time missile earns Curacao draw with Jamaica

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This Gold Cup isn’t short on drama.

A day after Haiti stunned Costa Rica to win Group B, it was Curacao’s turn to up the ante.

Needing a point to stay alive for a knockout round berth, Jurien Gaari ripped a stoppage time rocket into the back of the goal to defy Andre Blake and Jamaica a win and the Group C crown (at least for a couple of hours).

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Shamar Nicholson had given the Reggae Boyz a 14th minute lead, but Jamaica couldn’t find a second goal.

If Honduras beats El Salvador in the business end of the doubleheader in Los Angeles, Curacao will finish second in the group and advance to face either the USMNT or Panama.

If El Salvador manages a draw or win, well, at least Curacao will have this wonder from RKC Waalwijk’s right back:

AFCON wrap: Pote’s beauty helps Benin draw Ghana; Cameroon wins

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All 24 teams at the Africa Cup of Nations have a match in the books as of Tuesday, and we’ve got another tournament surprise.

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Having already seen Uganda upset the Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar draw Guinea, this one came when Ghana met Benin.

It was aided by a red card to Ghana, but the 88th ranked Les Écureuils (Squirrels) of Benin managed a result.


Cameroon 2-0 Guinea-Bissau

Scoreless at halftime, Cameroon saw Yaya Banana and Stephane Bahoken score three minutes apart to give the Indomitable Lions the Group F lead on Day One of group play.

Ghana 2-2 Benin

Mickael Pote scored first and last, giving Benin a valuable point against 10-man Ghana.

The Black Stars went behind in the second minute on Pote’s first, only to get Andre Ayew and Jordan Ayew goals on either side of halftime to build a lead of their own.

But John Boye took a 54th minute red card and Pote potted his second nine minutes later to give Benin an early Group F bonus.

How about this sweep behind the leg?

David Silva will make 10th season his last as Man City

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David Silva says his 10th season at Manchester City will be his last with the Etihad Stadium set.

“It completes the cycle,” he said in a press conference this week. “It’s a nice round figure. I can never see myself playing against City for another team. So 10 years – that’s it.”

Silva turns 34 in January, and posted 10 goals and 14 assists in 50 appearances for Pep Guardiola‘s men last season.

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All told, he enters this one-year contract with 396 appearances for City, scoring 71 goals with 129 assists. He’s won the Premier League four times, the FA Cup twice, and the League Cup four times.

He was last capped by Spain at the 2018 World Cup, where he’s scored 37 times in 129 caps. He’s also played with Valencia and Celta Vigo in his native country.

The news comes less than a week after a fellow Spanish legend, Fernando Torres, announced his retirement.

But Silva seems like he’s got a bit more in the tank. Could he be one of the big names matched with Inter Miami for 2020? Or might he follow Xavi’s route to the Middle East?