Southampton 4-1 Crystal Palace: Saints qualify for Europe

  • Saints clinch Europa League spot
  • Four different goalscorers
  • Record points tally for Saints
  • Southampton beat Crystal Palace 4-1 at St Mary’s Stadium on Sunday to qualify for the UEFA Europa League after winning five of their last six games to finish the season.

    Goals from Sadio Mane, Graziano Pelle, Ryan Bertrand and Steven Davis eased Saints to victory, with Jason Puncheon pulling a goal back for Palace to make it 2-1.

    With the win Ronald Koeman‘s side recorded a record points tally in the PL for Saints, with 63 points. They momentarily sit in fifth place but must wait for Manchester United’s game against Bournemouth to be replayed following the incident at Old Trafford on Sunday. If United win or draw they will finish above Saints who will drop to sixth.

    Palace are in 15th place on 42 points but could be overtaken by Bournemouth, but now Alan Pardew‘s will focus solely on winning the FA Cup at Wembley next weekend.

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    Southampton dominated the first half but struggled to create clear cut chances as Mane went close but was soon celebrating the opener.

    Two minutes before half time the breakthrough arrived with Julian Speroni failing to properly clear a cross from Ryan Bertrand on the left and the ball fell to Mane who knocked into an empty net.

    1-0 to Southampton as Mane became their top scorer in the PL and notched his eighth goal in his last eight games.

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    In the second half Southampton doubled their lead after 61 minutes with Cuco Martina crossing into the box as Graziano Pelle

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    Three minutes later Puncheon then pulled a goal back to bring Palace back into it as his stunning strike into the top corner made it 2-1.

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    However Saints regained control as Mane then burst into the box and was taken down with the referee pointing to the spot. Bertrand stepped up and scored the penalty kick, 3-1.

    Southampton added another late on with Davis scoring his third goal in his last two games and Saints had sealed a spot in the top six and secured European qualification for next season.