Southampton surprises Wolves, strengthens safety bid (video)

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  • Redmond bags brace
  • Sims, Ings lively in win
  • Boly, Long also score

Southampton moved eight points clear of the drop zone with five to play following a 3-1 win over Wolves at St. Mary’s on Saturday, all-but-completing Ralph Hasenhuttl‘s saintly resurgence.

Nathan Redmond scored twice and Shane Long added a goal in the win, while Willy Boly scored Wolves’ only marker.

The loss hurt Wolves’ seventh-place chances, though Leicester City and Everton also lost this weekend.

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Saints were in a hurry to pad their bid for Premier League safety, and Josh Sims took advantage in his first Premier League start of the season. The 22-year-old’s cross was put home by Redmond for a second minute lead.

Sims was lively missing out on a chance to set up Ings before later misfiring after Ings set him up for a shot of his own.

Boly answered in the 28th with a monstrous leap to meet a Joao Moutinho corner kick, but Saints would not be bowed by the equalizer.

Two minutes later, it was Redmond again who cooly beat the keeper after some neat interplay between — you guessed it — Sims and Ings.

Saints put it to bed off substitute Long, who knifed a Maya Yoshida pass past Patricio with the outside of his boot.

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Deulofeu leads stunning comeback, Watford reaches FA Cup Final (video)

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  • Doherty puts Wolves ahead
  • Jimenez makes it 2-0 with terrific goal, celebration (video)
  • Deulofeu pulls one back with stunning chip
  • Wolves to meet Man City in final

Gerard Deulofeu scored two goals including the extra time winner as Watford came back from two down to beat Wolves 3-2 in a thrilling FA Cup semifinal at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

Watford will tangle with Manchester City in the FA Cup Final on May 18 at Wembley Stadium.

Matt Doherty and Raul Jimenez scored Wolves, who led 2-0 with 10 minutes to play.

Troy Deeney scored Watford’s other goal, while Deulofeu’s markers were his eighth and ninth of the season to go with five assists.

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Andre Gray leapt in a bid to chop a terrific Troy Deeney cross over the bar, but a header would’ve been wiser and Gray’s kick popped over the frame.

Heurelho Gomes reacted quickly to parry a deflected Leander Dendoncker shot over the goal.

Wolves went ahead through a training ground corner kick, Doherty getting in front of Abdoulaye Doucoure to nod a left-footed cross past Gomes.

Deeney cued up Gray for another chance in first half stoppage, but the latter’s smash sliced off Wolves defender Conor Coady for a corner kick.

Jimenez doubled Wolves lead in sensational fashion, chesting a cross into position for an airborne volley past Gomes.

But it wasn’t over thanks to genius from substitute Deulofeu, who chipped the keeper from a wild angle to make it 2-0.

Dendoncker caught Deeney’s foot in the box during stoppage time, and Watford hit the penalty spot with a bid to make it 2-2.

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It was off to extra time!

WATCH: Mexico’s Jimenez celebrates sensational goal with WWE mask

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Mexican striker Raul Jimenez continued his outstanding debut Premier League season with a goal that may just ensure Wolves’ place in the FA Cup Final against Manchester City.

The celebration was pretty great as well, as Jimenez emphasized his 16th goal in all competitions with a lucha libre mask.

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A Matt Doherty goal has Wolves up 1-0 on Sunday at Wembley Stadium when Jimenez found himself in a mass of humanity awaiting a cross.

That’s when Jimenez leapt and chested a cross into position for an airborne volley past Gomes.

It was magnificent, and the 27-year-old El Tri striker was ready with his mask.

LIVE — FA Cup semifinal, Wolves v. Watford

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Who will meet Manchester City in May 18’s FA Cup Final?

Two sides vying for seventh place in the Premier League get a shared litmus test when they meet inside the pressure-filled walls of Wembley Stadium.

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Wolves and Watford control their own destiny in not only the FA Cup, with the semifinal at 11 a.m. ET Sunday, but in the Premier League’s fight for seventh place.

Seventh will be also good enough for the Europa League should Man City win the FA Cup, and the sides meet again in league play on April 27 at Vicarage Road.

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Watford: Gomes, Femenia, Mariappa, Cathcart, Holebas, Hughes, Doucoure, Capoue, Pereyra, Deeney, Gray. Subs: Foster, Kabasele, Janmaat, Masina, Quina, Sema, Deulofeu.

Wolves: Ruddy, Jonny, Boly, Coady, Saiss, Doherty, Neves, Dendoncker, Moutinho, Jota, Jimenez. Subs: Norris, Bennett, Cavaleiro, Costa, Gibbs-White, Vinagre, Traore.

Report: Wolves set to announce $40m Jimenez purchase

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You could argue no player has been more valuable to his Premier League club than Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Benfica loanee Raul Jimenez, and Wolves supporters would probably agree with that notion.

The Express and Star says Wolves will announce a $40 million purchase of the Mexican star on Wednesday.

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Jimenez has 15 goals in all competitions for Wolves, including 12 goals and adding eight assists in league play.

He had an assist in Tuesday’s defeat of Manchester United, and has 15 goals in 69 caps for the Mexican national team.

He turns 28 next month, helping to set the market for veteran center forwards. And with Wolves having two chances to qualify for the Europa League, either by winning the FA Cup or finishing 7th in the Premier League,