Southampton 4-1 Crystal Palace

Southampton qualified for the Europa League with an emphatic victory over Crystal Palace.

Sadio Mane and substitute Graziano Pelle scored either side of the break before Jason Puncheon made it 2-1 in the 64th minute.

But Ryan Bertrand converted from the spot and Steven Davis added a fourth goal late to dispatch Palace.

Southampton moved into fifth place ahead of Manchester United, who saw their match at Old Trafford abandoned due to a security threat and rescheduled for Tuesday, 17th May.

Grounded

For a third consecutive match, Southampton took advantage of the situation their opponent found themselves in pumping in 10 goals over that stretch.

Despite Crystal Palace resting a host of players, including Connor Wickham, Johan Cabaye and  Yannick Bolasie, ahead of the FA Cup Final on Saturday, the visitors nearly struck first when Dwight Gayle’s thumping effort was palmed away from goal on 18 minutes.

But Southampton then had five straight opportunities – three over a five minute period – to go in front as Dusan Tadic, Mane and Shane Long all narrowly beat the post.

Oriol Romeu sent in a low left-footed effort from the edge of the box, which was well covered by Julian Speroni before Virgil Van Dijk’s free kick clipped his bar.

Though shortly before halftime, Speroni – making only his second appearance of the season – pushed his clearance away as far as Mane who lofted the ball into an empty net.

Rising Saints

Southampton finished with a club record 63 points, besting last season’s effort by three, as well as improving on their position in the table.

And in consecutive years, the Saints will compete in the Europa League.

Southampton: Forster, Bertrand, Van Dijk, Fonte, Martina, Romeo (Pelle 46), Wanyama, Davis, Tadic (Ward-Prowse 71), Mane, Long (Austin 83).
Unused subs: Stekelenburg, Cedric, Yoshida, Reed, Austin.
Bookings: Pelle.
Goals: Mane (43), Pelle (61), Bertrand (75), Davis (87).

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward (Kelly 82), Mariappa, Delaney, Souare, Jedinak, McArthur (Lee Chung-yong 78), Puncheon, Mutch (Kaikai 46), Gayle, Adebayor
Unused subs: Dann, Campbell, McCarthy, Gray.
Bookings: Ward, McArthur.
Goals. Puncheon (64).

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Tottenham 1-2 Southampton

Steven Davis’ brace earned Southampton their first league win at White Hart Lane since 2003.

A persistent Son Heung-min gave Spurs a 1-0 lead on 16 minutes when he rounded a helpless Fraser Forster before slotting into an empty net.

But Davis drew the visitors level turning in Dusan Tadic’s cross at the near post.

Davis then netted the winner with a shot from the edge of the box after Jan Vertonghen saw his header cleared off the line at the other end.

Jose Fonte blocked substitute Nacer Chadli from putting his attempt on goal late into stoppage time as Spurs looked to salvage a point.

Southampton climbed into sixth place ahead of West Ham who has a game in hand.

Tottenham: Lloris (c), Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dier, Mason (Chadli 78), Lamela, Eriksen, Son (Clinton 65), Kane.
Unused subs: Vorm, Davies, Wimmer, Carroll, Winks.
Bookings: None.
Goal: Son (16).

Southampton: Forster, Martina, Fonte (c), Van Dijk, Bertrand, Clasie (Romeu 58), S.Davis, Wanyama, Tadic (Ward-Prowse 86), Mane (Pelle 65), Long.
Unused subs: Stekelenburg, Cedric, Yoshida, Austin.
Bookings: Mane, Romeu, Long.
Goals: Davis (31, 72)

Southampton 4-2 Manchester City

A Sadio Mane hat-trick reinvigorated Southampton’s bid for Europa League football following a 4-2 win against Manchester City.

Shane Long and Sadio Mane scored within three and a half minutes of each other setting the hosts on their way.

Kelechi Iheanacho, who scored twice, grabbed a goal back for City just before halftime but Mane netted twice after the break to lift Southampton comfortably over the line.

Southampton – on 57 points – jumped above Liverpool, who lost at Swansea but have a game in hand, into seventh place.

Southampton: Forster, Bertrand, Van Dijk, Fonte, Martina, Wanyama, Davis (Ward-Prowse 73), Clasie (Romeu 59), Mane, Tadic (Rodriguez 87), Long.
Unused subs: Stekelenburg, Cedric, Yoshida, Austin.
Bookings: Clasie (30), Tadic (54).
Goals: Long (25), Mane (29, 57, 68).

Manchester City: Hart, Kolorav, Mangala, Otamendo, Zabaleta, Sterling, Delph (Navas 64), Fernandinho (Demichelis 60), Nasri, Bony, Iheanacho.
Unused subs: Caballero, Sagna, Clichy, Fernando, Aguero.
Bookings: None.
Goals: Ilheanacho (44, 78).