Tag: Sadio Mane

Premiership: Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

Sadio Mane ended Southampton’s goal drought at home by scoring a late winner against Crystal Palace to send the Saints fifth in the Premier League.

The Senegalese chipped over Julian Speroni after the Palace keeper could not hold James Ward-Prowse’s shot.

The visitors had looked most likely to score with Wilfried Zaha striking a post in the second half.

But a first home goal in four games handed Alan Pardew a first away defeat since becoming Palace boss in January.

For long periods in the game it looked like Southampton’s woes in front of goal would continue.

Mane was guilty of several glaring misses in the first half, but the introduction of substitute Ward-Prowse made a difference as his surging run led to a first Saints goal in six hours and 27 minutes at St Mary’s.

The result was also a first victory in four league games for Ronald Koeman’s side, who remain in contention for a Champions League place despite their recent poor form.

They are now a point behind fourth-placed Manchester United, having played a game more.

For much of the first half the hosts clearly lacked confidence in the final third despite enjoying the vast majority of possession, with Eljero Elia finally testing Speroni five minutes before the break.

Graziano Pelle, who has summed up Southampton’s dip in form, failed to take advantage of the rebound as his personal goal drought extended to 11 league games.

The visitors, who were without the suspended Mile Jedinak and Glenn Murray, offered little in response during a drab first half, and were content to defend in numbers. They claimed that Yannick Bolasie and Dwight Gayle were brought down in the penalty area, although both appeals were muted.

This was Alan Pardew’s third trip to St Mary’s following a 4-0 defeat as Newcastle boss earlier in the season and a win with Palace in the FA Cup in January.

Yet having soaked up the pressure in the first half, his side became more expansive after the break. First Jason Puncheon drew a decent stop from Fraser Forster before they created two chances in succession as Bolasie tested the goalkeeper and Zaha hit the post.

Sensing a change in the game’s flow, Koeman brought on Dusan Tadic from the bench and the Serb almost set up the opener when his corner was flicked on by Pelle with Maya Yoshida unable to guide his touch goalwards.

But it was Ward-Prowse’s intervention which proved decisive as he created the opening for Mane, who scored his sixth goal of the season.

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Premiership: Southampton 1-1 Chelsea

Southampton take point from Chelsea thanks to Sadio Mane strike

A magical performance from Eden Hazard was not enough to inspire Chelsea to victory as Southampton held firm to secure a hard-earned point.

Jose Mourinho’s side arrived at St Mary’s on a run of five successive wins in all competitions, although the Premier League leaders were knocked off their stride early on as Sadio Mane put the hosts ahead.

Hazard ensured they would not be celebrating a memorable win, though, leading an impressive Chelsea recovery by following up a wonderful leveller with an inspired second-half display, only for resilient Saints to secure a 1-1 draw.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman will have been a relieved figure at the final whistle, especially after being reduced to 10 men when Morgan Schneiderlin picked up a red card late in a match they started so impressively.

Saints were rewarded for their energetic early display when Mane raced through to meet a wonderful Dusan Tadic pass, keeping calm under pressure from John Terry to beat Thibaut Courtois.

However, Mourinho was not to be undone by former Barcelona colleague Koeman, with Hazard impressively levelling in first-half stoppage time after turning inside and firing home a fine, low a strike.

The ever-impressive Belgian continued to threaten in a one-sided second half, yet Saints rode their luck to secure a point.

Hazard enjoyed himself against a Saints defence including teenager Matt Targett — his first Premier League start — and Maya Yoshida as a makeshift right-back.

Chelsea appeared to pinpoint the Japan international in the early stages, with Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Andre Schurrle all finding space – albeit without seriously threatening Fraser Forster.

A wayward Tadic effort was the best the hosts could muster until they came a Terry clearance away from taking a 14th-minute lead, with Jose Fonte ready to turn home at the far post.

It was a wonderful block but one which only kept Saints at bay for three minutes as an exceptional Tadic ball undid the Chelsea captain.

Mane burst free to latch onto the ball and kept his composure with the Terry breathing down his neck, coolly lifting the ball past Courtois.

It was a fine goal — the Senegal winger’s second in three days — and one Schneiderlin attempted to add to immediately, only for his long-range effort to fly over.

Seconds later the defensive midfielder was having to work at the other end, cutting out a squared Diego Costa pass as Chelsea attempted to make a quick riposte.

Schurrle was agonisingly close to reaching a chipped Fabregas ball as the visitors upped the ante, although they were still struggling to find the target.

Targett had an effort blocked and Graziano Pelle hooked over as Chelsea continued to be frustrated until first-half stoppage time, when calls for a foul were ignored and Fabregas impressively played through Hazard.

The winger brutally exposed Yoshida, all too easily turning past the defender and, having jinked past Toby Alderweireld, coolly slotted into the far corner.

It was Chelsea’s first shot on target and a timely shot in the arm, with Willian brought on for Schurrle at the break.

It did not take him long to make an impact, forcing impressive blocks off Tadic and Alderweireld in quick succession, before Fabregas was booked for alleged simulation.

Referee Anthony Taylor deemed the Spain international to have taken a dive under pressure from Targett, but there appeared contact from the 19-year-old full-back.

Chelsea were now completely on top and Hazard controlled brilliantly then unleashed a strike across the face of goal, before Costa had a close-range effort blocked.

Southampton were penned in their own half, moving Alderweireld to right-back in a bid to stem the flow.

Chelsea smelt blood, though, and Didier Drogba replaced John Obi Mikel as Mourinho looked to strike a knockout blow.

A slip from Costa saved James Ward-Prowse’s blushes after under-hitting a back pass, while Filipe Luis threatened late on and Forster was grateful to clear up after Fonte’s clearance rebounded goalwards off Victor Wanyama.

Schneiderlin was sent off for a second yellow card with two minutes remaining but Saints held firm to secure a point.

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