Soccer-Revived Saints deal further blow to Arsenal's top-four hopes
(Reuters) - Southampton ended a five-match winless run in the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Arsenal at St Mary's Stadium on Saturday, dealing further damage to the visitors' hopes of finishing in the top four this season.
Jan Bednarek gave Southampton a narrow lead one minute before halftime after Mohamed Elyounoussi evaded the offside trap and crossed for the defender to finish past goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale to hand Arsenal their third straight defeat.Arsenal, without forward Alexandre Lacazette due to COVID-19, failed to take advantage of early chances and were largely limited to speculative shots from distance, and their late push for an equaliser was thwarted by goalkeeper Fraser Forster.
Forster, who denied Gabriel Martinelli after nine minutes with an acrobatic save, later clawed away substitute Emile Smith Rowe's effort at full stretch before blocking a shot from Bukayo Saka and diving to save Granit Xhaka's deflected strike.
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Soccer-Tottenham's top-four hopes dented by loss to BrightonLONDON (Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur blew a chance to strengthen their grip on fourth place in the Premier League as they suffered a 1-0 home defeat by Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.
Soccer-Rangers beat nine-man Braga after extra-time to reach semisGLASGOW, Scotland (Reuters) - Kemar Roofe struck in extra-time as Rangers reached the Europa League semi-finals by beating nine-man Braga 3-1 (3-2 on aggregate) on Thursday to set up a meeting with RB Leipzig.
Soccer-Angry Lyon fans try to invade pitch after West Ham defeatLYON, France - Olympique Lyonnais fans tried to invade the Groupama Stadium pitch in ugly scenes after their side were knocked out of the Europa League following a 3-0 defeat by West Ham United on Thursday. Dozens of supporters pushed the safety barriers that were held by stewards after the final whistle following the London side's 4-1 aggregate victory. France's Ligue 1 has been hit by a spate of fan violence this season and a Lyon game was called off in December after Olympique de Marseille's Dimitri Payet had been hit by a bottle thrown from the stands.
Soccer-Sensational Eintracht beat Barca 3-2 to reach Europa League last fourBARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) - Underdogs Eintracht Frankfurt scored a major upset when they stunned hosts Barcelona 3-2 on Thursday thanks to two goals from winger Filip Kostic to march into the semi-finals of the Europa League.
Soccer-West Ham bulldoze past Lyon to reach Europa League last fourLYON, France - West Ham United powered into their first major European semi-final since 1976 with an emphatic 3-0 win at Olympique Lyonnais on Thursday to secure a 4-1 aggregate victory in the Europa League quarter-final. The London side, who won the Cup Winners' Cup in 1965, overpowered their French opponents and goals by Craig Dawson, Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen set up a repeat of their 1976 semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt, who knocked out Barcelona. After a 1-1 draw at home, West Ham soaked up early pressure at the Groupama Stadium before hitting Lyon in ruthless fashion to lead 2-0 at halftime.
Soccer-City and Liverpool lock horns again in Wembley FA Cup battleMANCHESTER (Reuters) - Manchester City and Liverpool will meet again six days after their enthralling Premier League clash, this time at Wembley Stadium in the FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday.
Mikel Arteta's side have slipped to sixth place in the standings on 54 points, level with Manchester United and three behind north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur but with a game in hand over both teams.Antonio Conte's side produced a lacklustre display and looked set for a frustrating stalemate before Leandro Trossard made things even worse with a 90th-minute winner.Rangers, trailing 1-0 from the first leg, got off to a flying start when full back James Tavernier put them ahead in the second minute, sliding in at the back post to connect with a ball from Joe Aribo.Nice were docked points after serious incidents during their game in August against Marseille, whose players clashed with home fans after they pelted them with missiles and stormed onto the pitch.
Jan Bednarek gave Southampton a narrow lead one minute before halftime after Mohamed Elyounoussi evaded the offside trap and crossed for the defender to finish past goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale to hand Arsenal their third straight defeat. Arsenal, without forward Alexandre Lacazette due to COVID-19, failed to take advantage of early chances and were largely limited to speculative shots from distance, and their late push for an equaliser was thwarted by goalkeeper Fraser Forster. They managed only one goal attempt in a dismal first half in which Brighton were by far the better side. Forster, who denied Gabriel Martinelli after nine minutes with an acrobatic save, later clawed away substitute Emile Smith Rowe's effort at full stretch before blocking a shot from Bukayo Saka and diving to save Granit Xhaka's deflected strike. Roofe had another effort ruled out, but Rangers paid the price for the lack of sharpness in front of goal seven minutes from the end of regulation time, when David Carmo rose to head in a corner. Arsenal dominated with 76% of the possession and had five shots on target but threw away the opportunity to re-ignite their top-four hopes after Tottenham's loss to Brighton & Hove Albion earlier on Saturday. Tottenham stay fourth with 57 points, just three points ahead of Arsenal who have two games in hand and play later on Satuday at Southampton. (Reporting by Hritika Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge) Article type: metered .