Football: Southampton continues to work its way up

The gold goal for the “Saints”, who remained unbeaten for the fourth time in a row for the first time this season, was scored by Danny Ings. The 27-year-old striker took a long assist from Jack Stephens, overtook his opponent and gave Spurs goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga no chance with a placed low shot in the short corner (17th). Ings now holds 13 league goals. ÖFB team player Kevin Danso was again not in the squad.

Hasenhüttl and Southampton should have left the biggest relegation worries behind with their seventh win of the season. “We found a way that works. It is no coincidence that we can continuously score and cause problems for every opponent, ”said the 52-year-old from Styria before the game. “We will not sit back, but march forward and try to expand our services.”

Tottenham continues to lose ground

Tottenham, where goal keeper Harry Kane had to be replaced due to a muscle injury a quarter of an hour before the end, continues to lose ground in the battle for the Champions League spots. The Spurs have only been a complete success in the past four games.

Tottenham is already 15 points behind the table runners-up Leicester City, who won 3-0 in Newcastle. Ex-ÖFB team captain Christian Fuchs played with the winners as he did four days ago in a 2-1 win over West Ham. The goals were scored by Ayoze Perez (36th), James Maddison (39th) and Hamza Choudhury (87th).

Fuchs ’compatriot Sebastian Prödl was once again out of the squad at Watford’s home 2-1 over Wolverhampton Wanderers due to injury. Gerard Deulofeu (30th) and Abdoulaye Doucoure (49th) scored for the hosts, Pedro Neto only scored the first goal for the Wanderers in the 60th minute.

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Dream goal secures Brighton draw against Chelsea

Previously, Brighton & Hove Albion had ended their series of defeats against Chelsea in the first game of 2020 thanks to a dream goal. Alireza Jahanbakhsh secured a 1-1 draw against Brighton from fourth-placed London at Brighton at Amex Stadium after Cesar Azpilicueta had taken the visitors’ lead in the tenth minute.

For the “Seagulls” it was the first point in the league against the “Blues” in 37 years. In between there were nine defeats in a row for Albion. In Burnley, Aston Villa celebrated an important victory in the fight against relegation with a 2-1 win.

Liverpool remains cautious

On Thursday, Liverpool can take the next step towards the championship title. The Reds could secure their comfortable lead in the table by beating the high-performing newcomer Sheffield United. Nevertheless, coach Jürgen Klopp warned against too much euphoria in the title question. “We’re only half there, we still have 19 games to go. Who cares about the points in December? We only laid the foundation stone, that’s all, ”said the German.

The defending champions Manchester City have officially already finished with the championship. Striker Sergio Agüero said the 14 points on the leader could not be made up for one less game. “Liverpool is no longer cracking. We have to focus on winning to play Champions League next season, ”said the Argentine, whose squad welcomes Carlo Ancelottis Everton on Wednesday. Coach Guardiola also described the title defense as “unrealistic”.

English Premier League, round 21

Wednesday, January 1st:
Brighton & Hove Chelsea 1: 1
Burnley Aston Villa 1: 2
Newcastle Leicester * 0: 3
Southampton ** Tottenham 1: 0
Watford Wolverhampton 2: 1
Manchester City Everton 6.30 p.m.
Norwich Crystal Palace 6.30 p.m.
West Ham Bournemouth 6.30 p.m.
arsenal Manchester United 9 p.m.
Thursday, January 2nd:
Liverpool Sheffield United 9 p.m.
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* Fuchs played through
** Danso not in the squad
*** Prödl (injured) not in the squad


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