Southampton 0-0 Swansea: Dominant Saints held

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  • Yoshida goes close twice
  • Saints had 29 shots, 13 corners
  • Record six home PL games without a goal for Saints
  • Swansea without Sigurddson, Llorente

Southampton and Swansea City drew 0-0 at St Mary’s on Saturday as the away side somehow escaped with a point.

Saints went close on multiple occasions through Maya Yoshida but the center back couldn’t convert his chances and let the Swans off the hook.

New manager Mauricio Pellegrino will be impressed with Southampton’s display but will be ruing missed opportunities. New manager for Saints, but the same old story.

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Early on Manolo Gabbiadini hit the post with a header and Dusan Tadic side-footed wide from close range when the entire stadium thought he had scored and you got the sense it could be one of those days, once again, for Southampton.

A big chance then arrived for Swansea as a cross from the right was headed towards goal brilliantly by Tammy Abraham but the Chelsea loanee saw his effort fly inches wide.

Saints started to come into the game more and Gabbiadini got on the end of Ryan Bertrand‘s cross but the Italian striker couldn’t direct it goalwards.

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Alfie Mawson brilliantly blocked a James Ward-Prowse shot after Nathan Redmond‘s positive run, then Dusan Tadic went down in the box after a heavy challenge.

Saints kept pouring forward and came close before half time when Yoshida sent an acrobatic effort towards goal which flew just wide.

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In the second half there was wave after wave of Southampton attack with Gabbiadini dragging an effort wide, then Swansea broke and Abraham had an effort superbly blocked by Cedric and then Leroy Fer smashed the rebound wide in their only chance of the second half.

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Yoshida then somehow missed the target from close range a few yards out with the goal gaping, while Tadic curled over when he got free on the edge of the box.

Jack Stephens had a good shout for a penalty kick late on for a handball but the calls were waved away as the Swans frustrated the Saints with Yoshida and substitute Charlie Austin both going close late on.

Watford chasing Rennes, Senegal star Sarr

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Watford may capture one of the rising stars of the game.

Ismaila Sarr would cost the Hornets a club transfer record fee, and Sky Sports says that Watford and Rennes are about $10 million apart.

The Ligue 1 side reportedly wants $34 million for the Senegal national team right wing.

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Sarr, 21, scored a goal and an assist in Senegal’s run to the Africa Cup of Nations final, playing opposite Sadio Mane of Liverpool.

He posted 13 goals with 14 assists last season between Ligue 1, the French Cup, and the Europa League. He was the lone Rennes player to score against Arsenal in the UEL Round of 16.

Watford has held onto Abdoulaye Doucoure and Dodi Lukebakio this offseason. Lukebakio is also a 21-year-old right wing, and had a sensational loan season with Fortuna Dusseldorf in 2019-20.

Nketiah leads Arsenal past Fiorentina (video)

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Eddie Nketiah scored twice as Arsenal beat Fiorentina 3-0 in Charlotte on Saturday.

Joe Willock also scored for the Gunners, which beat Colorado Rapids and Bayern Munich in their first two matches of the preseason and meet Real Madrid in Maryland on Tuesday.

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Fiorentina took 18 of the match’s 30 shots, though Arsenal had nearly 60 percent of the ball.

Nketiah, 20, scored against Burnley in last season’s Premier League finale and then late against Bayern Munich earlier this week.

He was deft in a high-pressure spot for this one.

Premier League friendlies: Watford beats Bayer, Man Utd over Inter

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Arsenal and Fiorentina are set to kickoff in Charlotte tonight, with the Gunners the last of a bevy of Premier League sides to engage in preseason friendlies this muggy Saturday.

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Girona 1-2 Bournemouth

Juanpe’s late header pushed La Liga’s hosts past Eddie Howe and his 10-man Cherries, playing down after VAR deemed Jack Simpson‘s foul worthy of a sending off. Ryan Fraser scored Bournemouth’s goal, assisted by Jordon Ibe.

Northampton Town 0-4 Sheffield United

Oliver Norwood converted two penalties in an easy win for Chris Wilder in his return to a club he played for and managed.

Fulham 2-1 Brighton and Hove Albion

Pascal Gross scored with an early free kick — a Megan Rapinoe special — but Tom Cairney scored twice after halftime for the Championship side.

Cheltenham Town 1-2 Leicester City

The Foxes collected a second win over a lower league side this week, with Jamie Vardy and Marc Albrighton on the board.

Newcastle United 1-0 West Ham United (Shanghai)

New manager Steve Bruce watched from the crowd as the Magpies made amends for a 4-0 loss to Wolves by blanking West Ham. Jamie Sterry‘s cross for Yoshinori Muto was delightful, and the Japanese striker’s finish was well-taken.

Port Vale 1-3 Burnley; Crewe Alexandra 0-1 Burnley

Chris Wood, Matej Vydra and Robbie Brady scored as the Clarets overcame an early Nick Pope goal to beat Port Vale, but the Premier League side couldn’t do much in a simultaneous friendly at Crewe.

Inter Milan 0-1 Manchester United (Singapore)

Substitute forward Mason Greenwood, just 17, scored the late goal in a match United controlled, outshooting Inter 21-8.

Preston North End 1-3 Southampton

Brace-bagging Danny Ings doesn’t usually have a problem with finish, so passing the ball directly to him is not something we’d recommend to goalkeepers. Jake Vokins also scored for Saints at Deepdale.

Watford 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen (Austria)

Will Hughes and Andre Gray scored as the Hornets collected a win over Champions League competition.

Man City (0-0, 2-3 pens) Wolves (Shanghai)

Rui Patricio was very good over 90 minutes, and stopped City’s first two penalty attempts as Wolves continue to perplex the PL champions.

WATCH: Marco Fabian smashes set piece goal

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Marco Fabian sent a missile toward goal, and perhaps it’s good the goalkeeper didn’t get to the hand-breaking shot.

Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead over Chicago on Saturday in Chester, Pennsylvania, thanks to the Mexican midfielder.

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It was a pretty set piece from Jim Curtin’s men, a backwards played free kick was laid off to Fabian for his audacious rip.

Fabian hasn’t had a wonderful 2019 season, but his fourth goal of the season will give Union supporters hope that he’ll pick up his form and make the already East-leading side all the more dangerous.