Swansea 2-1 Southampton: Huge win for surging Swans

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  • 3 wins in 4 for Swans
  • Mawson, Sigurdsson score for Swansea
  • Swansea move on to 21 points

Swansea secured a massive win against Southampton at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday to drag themselves further away from the relegation zone.

Paul Clement‘s side took the lead through Alfie Mawson‘s deflected header but Shane Long equalized for Southampton in the second half and they looked more likely to win it. However, a devastating counter-attack saw Gylfi Sigurdsson finish it off as his eighth goal of the season secured back-to-back wins.

With the victory Swansea move on to 21 points, while Saints remain on 27 points.

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Saints started brightly and Long spurned a glorious chance after latching on to Dusan Tadic‘s inviting ball. Oriol Romeu‘s effort was then crowded out by a host of Swansea defenders as the visitors took the game to the Swans.

Swansea appealed for a penalty kick after Gylfi Sigurdsson smashed a ball at Jack Stephens and it hit the young Southampton defender in the hand from point-blank range.

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Swansea improved before half time as Sigurdsson and Leroy Fer combined to see the latter smash a shot towards the bottom corner which Fraser Forster pushed wide.

From the resulting corner Mawson sent a header towards goal which took a heavy deflection off Romeu and in. 1-0 to the Swans who almost made it 2-0 before half time but Sigurdsson’s shot was saved well by Forster.

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Saints brought on Sofiane Boufal in the second half and moments later they were level. Steven Davis played in Ryan Bertrand down the left and his perfect cross was tapped home by Long. 1-1.

Swansea were rocking and Boufal’s cross found Nathan Redmond but he lashed an effort wide as Saints poured forward.

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That left Saints vulnerable on the break and new Swansea signing Luciano Narsingh held the ball up and played in Sigurdsson who finished superbly to make it 2-1.

Southampton pushed hard for an equalizer late on but Swansea defended valiantly, with Maya Yoshida heading just wide and Long going close to toe-poking home.

In the end the Swans held on to secure their second-straight victory which pushes them further away from the relegation battle.

Report: Chelsea would let Juventus hire Sarri for $7m fee

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Maurizio Sarri looks set for a second-straight offseason of “Will Chelsea or won’t they?”

One year after needing the Blues to sort out the removal of Antonio Conte and compensation with Napoli, Sarri could now be moving back to Italy.

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But Chelsea won’t make any decisions on his future until after the Europa League Final in Baku next week, and reportedly would let him leave for Juventus if the Serie A side pays a $7 million fee.

Sarri also criticized the Blues’ preseason trip to America, and Matt Law’s report says the manager is fine to stay in England but may want to return to Italy. Roma is also searching for a manager.

Chelsea’s playing style under Sarri drew criticism from supporters but the Blues are in the Europa League Final, finished third in the Premier League, and came within penalty kicks of beating Manchester City to the League Cup title.

Maybe the cigarette-chomping Sarri isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but his success on the table and tournaments with a transfer ban looming was pretty solid. Chelsea could do much worse.

Man Utd set to add $20m Swans winger James

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Manchester United’s first signing of the summer will be a Welsh international forward, but not that one, presuming the clubs sort out the transfer fee.

Swansea City winger Daniel James has agreed to terms with United, according to Sky Sports.

The 21-year-old is expected to cost Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s men about $20 million.

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James scored five times with 10 assists for Graham Potter in all competitions this season, totaling 2800 minutes for Swans.

Only Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish was fouled more per game than James, who was taken to the turf 2.7 times per match. He mostly played on the left wing this season.

Twice-capped by Wales, James turns 22 in November. How long will it take him to make the jump from Championship star to Premier League contributor?

Martinez names Kompany in Belgium squad

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Roberto Martinez is going to suit up a manager as Belgium fights to qualify for EURO 2020.

Okay, okay, that manager is Anderlecht player-manager Vincent Kompany, mere days removed from sealing a domestic treble for Manchester City.

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Kompany, 33, has been called up by Belgium for the first time since November. He has 87 caps with four goals for the Red Devils, and perhaps the nickname will be a little less awkward now that he’s not a member of the Premier League’s “noisy neighbors.”

Here’s what Martinez had to say about Kompany’s inclusion.

“In modern football it is not easy to combine the job of player and coach,” Martinez added. “In England they have a tradition of that but less and less because the job of coach has become enormously demanding. We must give him time. We will support him in everything he does.”

Belgium is in a qualifying group with Russia, Cyprus, Scotland, Kazakhstan, and San Marino, and should waltz into the tournament.

USMNT dates to host Cuba, Canada revealed

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MIAMI (AP) The United States will host Cuba on Oct. 11 and Canada on Nov. 15 in the first CONCACAF Nations League.

CONCACAF said Tuesday that the Americans, seeded in Group A, will play at Canada on Oct. 15 and at Cuba on Nov. 19.

Sites have not been determined.

Other Nations League groups are:

B – Bermuda, Mexico, Panama

C – Martinique, Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago

D – Costa Rica, Curacao, Haiti

The top team in each League A group advances to the semifinals in March, and the last-place team is relegated to League B.

The U.S. intends to play exhibitions on the September FIFA dates for national teams.

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