Southampton 3-0 Norwich City: Saints swarm 10-man Norwich for season’s first win

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  • Steven Whittaker sent off after two quick yellows
  • Graziano Pelle put Saints in front before halftime
  • Tadic put it away with a 2nd half brace
  • Southampton earns first win of the year

It’s been a struggle for Southampton early on in the new season, but they took the first step towards turning things around with their first win of the season, a 3-0 thumping of Norwich City at St. Mary’s behind a brace from Dusan Tadic.

The visitors played the final hour with 10 men after Steven Whittaker was sent off for two yellows in the span of four minutes, and it was too much for the Canaries to handle.

James Ward-Prowse nearly put Southampton up after just 70 seconds with a free-kick that caused Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy to go full-stretch to keep it out. Saints remained attacking-minded in the opening five minutes but put a pair of shots well over the bar off early corner kicks.

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Cameron Jerome’s first opportunity for Norwich came on 20 minutes in the first sustained attack for the Canaries, but he mistimed Graham Dorrans’ cross and failed to get a head on it from point-blank range. Southampton remained in control and Tadic pulled a shot close but wide on the half-hour mark.

Then the match turned on its head as referee Jon Moss handed Norwich defender Steven Whittaker a second yellow card in the 31st minute. Whittaker had received his first just four minutes earlier, and was rightly sent off for holding back Tadic on a ball forward.

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Southampton worked with the man advantage and finding the breakthrough in first-half stoppage time as Saido Mane fed Pelle in front of goal, and the Italian beat Ruddy at his near post from a tight angle.

With the man advantage, it was all Southampton after the halftime break as Mane continued to prove bright and found himself one-on-one with Ruddy, but the Norwich goalkeeper stopped him on the break.

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Southampton would double their lead and put things away as Mane pushed a low cross through the box and Tadic latched onto the loose ball, smashing it first-time into the top corner for a 2-0 lead. Tadic would then get a second and the team’s third minutes later as Cedric Soares sent a ball into the box that met the head of Pelle and while his thumping header was saved by Ruddy, Tadic pounced on the rebound for an easy tap-in.

Their first win put Southampton on five points for the new season and pulls them off the bottom of the table. Norwich, meanwhile, sits on four points with a win and a draw so far.

Jorge Sampaoli resigns as Santos boss

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Brazilian club Santos confirmed Tuesday evening that manager Jorge Sampaoli has resigned as boss.

Sampaoli, who won the 2015 Copa America in charge of Chile but could not recreate that success with the Argentinian national team, signed on with Santos a year ago and guided them to a second-place finish in the Brazilian top flight, 16 points behind runaway champions Flamengo. His contract had another year, expiring in the winter of 2020, but with reports of offers from multiple clubs, he has stepped down.

The most widely reported destination is fellow Brazilian club Palmeiras, whom many believe Sampaoli has already entered talks with. He has also been linked with Argentinian club Racing, and his name has cropped up on occasion with the Arsenal vacancy, although that seems like a longshot. It was said in late October that Sampaoli had an offer from an unnamed La Liga club, but those rumors have cooled.

His reason for leaving Santos after just one successful season in charge is unconfirmed, but rumors are circulating that Sampaoli had incredibly ambitious transfer plans for the offseason, and when club president Jose Carlos Peres could not guarantee his support, the relationship became strained.

The 2019 season was mostly successful for Sampaoli at Santos, finishing second in the league table, but the secondary competitions were somewhat disappointing. They received a tough first-round draw in the Copa Sudamericana, falling to River Plate on away goals. They were also ousted from the Copa do Brasil in the Round of 16, falling 2-1 to an Atletico Minero side that finished 13th in the league table.

Tierney out months as Arsenal injuries pile up

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According to multiple reports, including Mark Mann-Bryans of PA Sport and Charles Watts of Goal.com, Arsenal full-back Kieran Tierney could be out up to three months after dislocating his shoulder in the 3-1 win over West Ham on Monday.

Tierney was withdrawn in the 29th minute after an awkward fall, using the bottom of his shirt as a makeshift sling. The club is still deciding on whether he will require surgery, according to Mann-Bryans, and that decision will ultimately determine the length of time he will miss. Still, even without surgery, it could leave him sidelined for a month or more.

The 22-year-old has struggled with injuries since joining the Gunners this past summer, missing the first seven games of the year with a hip injury. He has seen action in just five Premier League games thus far, and again could be sidelined for a significant spell. He could also end up missing Scotland’s critical playoff match against Israel in late March depending on his recovery timeline and fitness level.

Tierney’s injury is not the only one Arsenal is currently sweating. Granit Xhaka will miss the Europa League group stage finale against Standard Liege with a concussion, while Hector Bellerin is struggling with a hamstring problem. “Hector had a feeling in his hamstring during the warm-up [before West Ham] and we took the decision,” said interim manager Freddie Ljungberg after the win over the Hammers. “Not going to force anyone to play if they don’t feel 100%.”

Dani Ceballos is still sidelined with a hamstring injury suffered against Vitoria in October Europa League play and won’t return to training until later this month, while Rob Holding is a question mark this week after missing the West Ham game thanks to a bruised knee.

Arsenal, currently sitting ninth in the Premier League table and is scheduled to host Manchester City this coming Sunday following the trip to Belgium. They have upcoming games against Everton, Bournemouth, Chelsea, and Manchester United through the festive period.

Report: Leicester City looking to give Maddison, Soyuncu pay raises

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According to a report by Sky Sports, Leicester City has started negotiations with young stars James Maddison and Caglar Soyuncu about new contacts with increased pay.

The pair of 23-year-olds have current deals that run through the summer of 2023, so there is no urgency to lock them up long-term, but the Foxes are hoping to ease any lingering doubts about their futures at the club by rewarding good play on the field with a salary that fits the bill.

Soyuncu has been one of the league’s breakout defensive stars this season, partnering with veteran Jonny Evans to produce the Premier League’s stingiest defense thus far. The Foxes sold Harry Maguire in the summer for a record fee, and thanks to Soyuncu haven’t missed a beat.

Maddison, meanwhile, has proven himself the heartbeat of the Leicester City attack. He is assisting or taking nearly six shots per 90 minutes, and is on pace to score double-digit goals in league play.

The Sky Sports report says both club and players are “relaxed” about securing a new deal, given the lack of urgency required, but locking down the pair with improved salaries will ward off any significant noise about their futures – at least, for now.

The 2 Robbies podcast: Liverpool, Chelsea through to UCL knockouts

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Robbie Mustoe and Robbie Earle on Liverpool’s nervy 2-0 win against Red Bull Salzburg to take first place in Group E of the Champions League (1:55), Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Lille to secure a place in the Round of 16 (13:15) and who is the current favorite to win it all (20:45).

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Plus, what Arsenal’s come-from-behind 3-1 win at West Ham means for both London clubs (29:10) and the Robbies discuss what they’re looking forward to most at the next Live Premier League Mornings Fan Fest in Miami Beach (46:05).

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