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Saints smash defenseless Everton

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  • Saints snap three-match winless run
  • Austin, Tadic star (video)
  • Toffees allow 2+ goals for fifth-straight game
  • Sigurdsson scores beauty (video)
  • Saints rise 10th

Charlie Austin‘s brace led Southampton’s riot, as Saints broke free in a 4-1 win over moribund Everton at St. Mary’s on Sunday.

Dusan Tadic had a goal and an assist for Saints, and Steven Davis also scored.

It was Austin’s first brace since Oct. 16, 2016, in a 3-1 Saints win over Burnley.

Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a wonderful goal for Everton, but the Toffees’ continued goal hemorrhage leaves it a beautiful footnote.

Southampton is now 10th with 16 points, while Everton is 16th (two points above the drop zone).

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Jordan Pickford collected an early Steven Davis free kick as the hosts opened with more promise.

A corner came soon after, and Charlie Austin slipped in a wide-open bid to score from the back post.

Everton countered in the 10th, and Kevin Mirallas mishit a shot wide of the frame.

Austin then hit a leaping side volley off the outside of the netting, as entertainment was no issue at St. Mary’s.

Saints found their finish in the 18th minute, as Tadic completed a fine team play. Working as the final piece of a break, Tadic held off a 50/50 challenge and a charging Pickford to collect and scoot Ryan Bertrand‘s cross across the line.

Sigurdsson leveled the score for Everton as the first half drew to a close, swirling an intoxicating shot over Fraser Forster and off the cross bar, far post, and cross bar again before nestling inside the near post.

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Great goals weren’t limited to the opening half, as Sofiane Boufal‘s cute cross was turned under the bar by Austin early in the second.

A similar goal came minutes later, this time assisted by Tadic, as Austin cruised between Ashley Williams and Michael Keane to make it a two-goal advantage.

Davis made it 4-1 in the 87th minute, a terrific spinning finish from atop the 18. Blowout.

Brighton 1-1 Southampton: Southern spoils split

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  • Saints take lead off free kick
  • Gross sets up Murray equalizer
  • First league meeting since 2012

Steven Davis and Glenn Murray traded goals as South Coast Derby spoils were split between Brighton and Hove Albion and Southampton at the Amex Stadium on Sunday.

Saints move ninth with 13 points, while the hosts sit 11th with 12.

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James Ward-Prowse presided over a sixth minute free kick as Saints looked for first blood. The effort struck the bar, but Davis was got to the rebound to head into the yawning goal. 1-0, 7′.

The hosts had most of the ball in a bid to respond quickly, though incisive efforts were few and far between as the game reached the half hour mark.

Saints established some possession after 30 minutes, and Dusan Tadic won a corner with a deflected attempt in the 34th minute.

The Seagulls were back at it before halftime, though, with Anthony Knockaert missing the goal before chipping a cute back post pass that was headed over frame.

Murray made it 1-1 early in the second half when he took advantage of a back post size mismatch with Cedric and nodded a cross past an offguard Fraser Forster.

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Tottenham 1-2 Southampton: Spurs open door for Arsenal

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  • Davis, Tadic link up twice
  • Son scores for Spurs
  • Saints pull into 6th

A pair of Steven Davis goals boosted Southampton to a win versus its old manager at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Dusan Tadic played the role of playmaker on both Saints goals, and Son Heung-min scored for Mauricio Pochettino‘s Tottenham Hotspur in a 2-1 loss.

Tottenham now opens the door for Arsenal to climb level on points in the race for second place in the Premier League, though Spurs have much better goal differential.

Southampton pull into sixth place with the win.

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After chances at both ends including a huge stop on Christian Eriksen, Son took advantage of a rare Fraser Forster gaffe (or two). The South Korean forward dribbled around the keeper twice before coolly slotting in from close range.

Harry Kane rifled a long, low shot through Virgil Van Dijk‘s legs off a dribble of his own in the 27th minute, and the shot bounded wide of the far post.

Saints made it 1-1 in the 31st minute, with Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris having his turn to think he should’ve done better. Dusan Tadic cut back for Steven Davis, who redirected a shot below the keeper’s right hand.

Forster made amends with a very different doorstop save when Kane shot from a sharp, tight angle deep into first half stoppage time.

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A sleepy second half was awakened by Davis,  who worked another 1-2 with Tadic and hit a low 18-yard shot past a diving Lloris.

Nacer Chadli came close to drawing Spurs level deep in stoppage time, but Forster made the save and the ensuing corner came to nothing.

EURO 2016: Ireland shock Germany, Northern Ireland qualify

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A recap of Thursday’s¬†action in 2016 European Championship qualifying:

Ireland 1-0 Germany

Southampton striker Shane Long scored the goal that knocked off the defending world champions and¬†pushed¬†Ireland one step closer to¬†next summer’s European Championship in France. Long, who entered the game in the 65th minute, latched onto Darren Randolph‘s ball over the top in the 70th minute, took one touch to settle and fired for the far post, beating¬†Manuel Neuer for the game’s only goal.

With one game still to play, Ireland (18 points) sit third in Group D, level on points with Sunday’s opponent Poland. While the winner of Sunday’s clash could leapfrog Germany (19), they will more likely finish¬†second in the group and qualify automatically. A draw on Sunday could still see both sides qualify automatically through the ranking of third-place finishers (the top third-place finishers from group play earns an automatic berth at EURO 2016).

Northern Ireland 3-1 Greece

Norther Ireland (20 points) topped Greece (3), 3-1 on Thursday to officially book their place at EURO 2016. Steven Davis scored twice and Josh Magennis added the third for Michael O’Neill’s side.

With one game still to play (Sunday, at Finland), Northern Ireland can finish no lower than second. A draw against Finland, or any points dropped by Romania (17) would see Northern Ireland finish top of Group F.

Portugal 1-0 Denmark

Joao Moutinho scored the only goal of the game to secure Portugal’s (18 points from just seven games)¬†place at next summer’s tournament. The defeat sees Denmark remain second in Group I, a point ahead of third-place Albania, who lost to Serbia on Thursday. Having played all eight of their group games, Denmark can go no higher than 12 points, meaning they would fail to qualify if Albania beat Armenia on Sunday. A draw between Albania and Armenia would see Denmark qualify based on tiebreakers.

Elsewhere in EURO 2016 qualifying action

Group D

Scotland 2-2 Poland
Georgia 4-0 Gibraltar

Group F

Hungary 2-1 Faroe Islands
Romania 1-1 Finland

Group I

Albania 0-2 Serbia

Southampton 0-3 Everton: Lukaku, Barkley give Toffees easy win

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  • Lukaku opened the scoring after 21 minutes¬†
  • Belgian doubled the lead on stroke of half time
  • Barkley curled home late to¬†seal win
  • Pelle had Saints’ best chance with a volley in second half
  • Everton only had 1 clean sheet in 17 PL away games before this

Everton cruised to a 3-0 win away at Southampton on Saturday, as the Toffees scored twice in the first half through Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley wrapped up the win late on.

Roberto Martinez men looked the more dangerous throughout at St Mary’s and Southampton struggled defensively while creating few chances. With the win, Everton now has four points from their opening two games and Saints have just one point after this humbling defeat.

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Everton started the brighter of the two teams and deservedly went ahead in the 21st minute after an electric counter attack. Southampton had a corner cleared and Ross Barkley raced down the pitch, feeding the ball into Arouna Kone who clipped in a perfect cross for Lukaku to head home. Boom. 1-0 to the Toffees and just 17 seconds had passed from Saints having a corner at one end of the pitch and the ball hitting the back of their own net at the other.

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The home side tried to gather themselves before the break but lost the ball in possession¬†easily and could easily have been 2-0 down on 29 minutes. Lukaku again ran at the heart of Saints’ shaky defense and he played in Barkley who had his tame shot saved by Maarten Stekelenburg, then Tom Cleverley fired a follow-up miserably wide.

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That was a warning sign Saints didn’t take notice off and although Victor Wanyama headed over in the 35th minute, it was 2-0 to Everton right on the stroke of half time. That man Lukaku was again a menace, as he won the ball in midfield, drove forward and played a great one-two with Barkley before sweeping the ball home for his and Everton’s second. The Toffees were cruising.

In the second half Saints came out all guns blazing an in the 52nd minute Graziano Pelle sent a volley goalwards that Tim Howard saved well. New signing Oriol Romeu looked composed in possession but picked up a yellow card just three minutes into his debut.

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Pelle had a few other chances in and around the box, as the Italian international headed over from a Steven Davis corner at the back post, but it was Everton who had the last word. Barkley found space on the left hand side of the box and curled a sumptuous effort into the far corner for his second PL goal in as many games this season.