Stoke City 1-2 Southampton: Pelle’s double downs Potters

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  • Pelle ends drought, scores twice
  • Arnautovic nets 10th of season
  • Sixth red of season for Saints, PL high
  • Saints leapfrog Stoke, move into 7th

10-man Southampton beat Stoke City 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday, as Saints jumped ahead of Stoke in the congested battle for Europa League qualification.

Two first half goals from Graziano Pelle did the damage, as the Italian international striker was back in form to menace Stoke’s defense.

Marko Arnautovic‘s goal at the start of the second half made it interesting but despite substitute Sadio Mane getting sent off late on, the visitors held on for the win.

With the three points Ronald Koeman‘s side climb to seventh in the standings on 44 points, while Mark Hughes‘ Stoke slip to ninth on 43 points.

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The visitors started well and Pelle opened the scoring early on with a header from Steven Davis‘ corner which was flicked on by Stoke’s Phillipe Wollscheid and the Southampton man beat Glenn Whelan to nod home.

1-0 to Southampton.

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Inside the first 30 minutes the Saints doubled their lead with Pelle doubling his tally.

Dusan Tadic set up Pelle, and his curling effort beat Jack Butland. 2-0 to Saints.

Before half time Hughes made a switch, with Bojan Krkic replacing Xherdan Shaqiri with the latter struggling.

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In the second half Jordy Clasie picked up an early booking and Stoke piled on the pressure and were soon back in it.

Ibraim Affelay’s cross was flicked into the roof of the net by Arnautovic, as the Austrian scored his 10th goal of the season. Game on.

Stoke pushed for the equalizer, with USMNT international Geoff Cameron surging forward and finding Giannelli Imbula but Virgin van Dijk deflected his effort over the bar.

Tadic went down late on under a challenge from Jack Butland in the box but no penalty was awarded and the Serbian midfielder did look to dangle his leg out… but Stoke still looked nervously towards referee Lee Mason.

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Former Saints forward Peter Crouch came off the bench in the closing stages, but Southampton substitute James Ward-Prowse struck the crossbar with a free kick with 3 minutes of regulation left as the visitors were inches away from making it 3-1.

Sub Mane was sent off in stoppage time as the Senegalese forward led with his elbow and Erik Pieters went down. In truth the dismissal was harsh, but 10-man Saints held on to secure a vital three points in the race for European qualification.

Watch Live: Brazil v. Mexico in U-17 World Cup final

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The 2019 U-17 World Cup final takes place in Bezerrão Stadium on Saturday as favorites Brazil host an inspired Mexico.

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With four goals and one assist, Kaio Jorge has been Brazil’s most productive attacking player this tournament, while Mexico’s and Los Angeles Galaxy’s Efrain Alvarez is hoping to end an incredible tournament in triumphant fashion.

History between both national teams in a U-17 World Cup final dates back to 2005, when LAFC’s Carlos Vela and Mexico routed Marcelo and Brazil 3-0 in Lima, Peru.

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England finishes EURO 2020 qualifying by beating Kosovo

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England’s 2020 European Championship qualification campaign wrapped up on Sunday with a slightly flattering 4-0 victory away to third-place, and playoff qualifiers, Kosovo.

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Gareth Southgate‘s side was hardly at its best just three days after thrashing Montenegro and securing qualification to this summer’s tournament. They only led by a score of 1-0 through 78 minutes, before scoring a trio of late goals to put the game out of reach and rob the hosts of any potential moral victory.

Harry Winks opened the scoring, and his England account, in the 32nd minute. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain found Winks near the top of Kosovo’s penalty area and though Winks’ first touch appeared quite poor, every player in blue stopped and stood as the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder walked in on goal and coolly slotted the ball home to make it 1-0.

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From that point forward, Kosovo enjoyed control of the game’s tempo and looked every bit the Three Lions’ equal. That is, until Harry Kane finished an open chance at the back post in the 79th minute and opened the floodgates.

Marcus Rashford added a third four minutes later, followed by another first England goal — this time, scored by Mason Mount — in the 91st.

England finishes EURO 2020 qualification with a record of 7W-0D-1L and a +31 goal differential, which is second only to Belgium who sit at +32 with one game still to play. England required Sunday’s victory to confirm its place as a Pot 1 team at the draw for the group stage.

Arsenal beat Spurs in front of WSL-record crowd of 38,262

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LONDON (AP) The first north London derby in the Women’s Super League produced a record crowd of 38,262 for the competition on Sunday when Arsenal claimed a 2-0 victory at Tottenham.

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The newly fully professional side held out until the 66th minute when Kim Little struck for the champions and Vivianne Miedema extended Arsenal’s lead in the 82nd minute.

It was the first time Tottenham, in its first top-flight campaign, had staged women’s football at its main 61,000-capacity stadium, which opened earlier this year.

The crowd surpassed the 31,213 at Manchester City for the visit of Manchester United on the opening weekend of the season in September.

Tottenham hosted Arsenal on the first designated Women’s Football Weekend in England which also saw 23,500 at Anfield for Liverpool’s 1-0 loss to Everton.

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Chelsea opened the season by hosting Tottenham in front of around 25,000 at Stamford Bridge.

League leaders Chelsea were back at their usual home of Kingsmeadow on Sunday. Maren Mjelde’s penalty sealed a 1-0 victory over promoted Manchester United in front of 4,790 fans – a WSL record crowd for a game not played in a large stadium usually used by the men’s team.

VIDEO: Dutch 2nd-division game stopped for racist abuse; player later scores goal

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A Dutch second-division game between Den Bosch and Excelsior was temporarily stopped on Sunday due to suspected racist chanting and Nazi salutes performed by some of Den Bosch’s fans.

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The game was halted by referee Laurens Gerrets in the 30 minute. Dutch winger Ahmad Mendes Moreira, who plays for Excelsior, was the player targeted by the racist chanting. He was at that time seen gesturing toward the crowd, indicating to Gerrets and teammates that he was hearing racist abuse from the stands.

In a mixed zone for media availability after the game, Den Bosch manager Erik van der Ven is reported to have called Mendes Moreira a “pathetic little man” for pointing out the racist abuse to Gerrets. Den Bosch released a statement claiming that no racist abuse occurred, that the fans were instead making “crow sounds” and treating Mendes Moreira to a “crow concert,” which they claim is part of customary treatment of opposing players.

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Mendes Moreira appeared emotional after scoring a goal to put Excelsior 2-1 ahead fewer than 15 minutes after the game was restarted.