Premier League round-up: Mason makes winning start; City take a step closer to title after comeback win

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Tottenham came from a goal down to beat Southampton 2-1 as Ryan Mason made a winning start as interim manager.


First half

The hosts were flat in the first half as they were dominated by a superior Southampton side.

Hugo Lloris made a brilliant double save to deny Mohammed Salisu and Che Adams, but Spurs fell behind to a Danny Ings glancing header from James Ward-Prowseโ€™s corner on the half-hour mark.

Lucas Moura blazed a shot over as Spurs failed to register a shot on target in the Premier League for the first time this season.


Second half

They were much-improved after the break, playing with more urgency as Southampton tired. Spurs were without their main man, Harry Kane, and Southampton lost theirs when Danny Ings was substituted through injury.

Three minutes later, Gareth Bale – on his first start in the Premier League since the north London derby in March – curled a fantastic finish into the top corner that was beyond the reach of Alex McCarthy in goal.

Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur scores his side’s first goal past Alex McCarthy of Southampton during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

Son Heung-Min looked to have scored the winner with 15 minutes remaining when he stroked home Sergio Reguilonโ€™s cut back. However, the goal was ruled out by VAR due to Lucas Moura obscuring the view of Alex McCarthy in goal.

Masonโ€™s men were handed a chance to take all three points in the 90th minute when VAR adjudged that Moussa Djenepo fouled Harry Winks inside the penalty area.

Son stepped up and scored the penalty to give Ryan Mason โ€“ the youngest manager in Premier League history – a win in his first game as manager.


What it means

Spursโ€™ win moves them up to sixth and two points off the top four, albeit having played a game more.

It was only their second win from their last six league games. Southampton remain 14th in the table with just three wins from their last 16 games.


Stats

Tottenham won a Premier League match in which they were losing at half-time for the first time since December 2019.

Only Sheffield United (13) have taken fewer points than Southampton (20) since Ralph Hasenhuttlโ€™s side went top of the table โ€“ a run of 24 games.

Southampton have dropped more points from winning positions than any other Premier League side this season (21).


City come from behind to edge closer to title

Manchester City took a step closer to regaining the Premier League title after they recovered from a shocking start to beat Aston Villa 2-1.


The match

John McGinn found the bottom corner after a pass by Ollie Watkins to put Aston Villa ahead after just 20 seconds.

But City responded and equalised through Phil Foden, who fired home from close range after he was picked out by Bernardo Silva.

Phil Foden of Manchester City scores his side’s first goal past Emiliano Martinez of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Villa Park. (Photo by Carl Recine – Pool/Getty Images)

Rodri then headed Pep Guardiolaโ€™s side in front but John Stones was dismissed for a reckless and high challenge on the stroke of half time.

Aston Villa could not use their man advantage to much effect as Matty Cash was sent off 11 minutes into the second half for a second yellow.


What it means

Man City go 11 points clear at the top and need just three wins to become Premier League champions, while Aston Villa are 11th. The Blues have won each of their last 10 Premier League away games.


Featured image: Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Eric Dier after scoring the winning goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

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.@SantaFe begin their #LigaBetPlayDimayor campaign tonight with a trip away to @JaguaresdeCord. ๐Ÿ”œ

Former Wigan and Fulham striker Hugo Rodallega could make his first appearance for #SantaFe since returning to Colombia earlier this month.

#LigaDimayor ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด
https://thegeniusplaybook.com/liga-betplay-dimayor-returns-everything-you-need-to-know/

The #LigaProfesional returns. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท

Defending #TorneoBinance champions @BocaJrsOficial were worthy winners last season, holding off a strong challenge from @RacingClub. Here’s their title-winning year in numbers. ๐Ÿ‘‡

Can they repeat in 2023?

#BocaJuniors

๐Ÿˆ Elite QBs
๐Ÿˆ Game-changing skill players
๐Ÿˆ Stacked rosters
๐Ÿˆ #SuperBowl spot on the line

We’ve used @NextGenStats to analyze #SFvsPHI and #CINvsKC – two incredible, mouthwatering matchups.

#NFLPlayoffs

.@USC_Hoops upsets No. 8 @UCLAMBB. ๐Ÿšจ

A huge performance from Boogie Ellis (31 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists). He’s averaged 18.3 points per game in his last five, ranking him in the 98th percentile of all #NCAA players. ๐Ÿ”ฅ

#Bruins/#Trojans shot charts below. ๐Ÿ‘‡

2

USC Men’s Basketball @USC_Hoops

FINAL: USC 77, UCLA 64

BEAT. THE. BRUINS โœ”๏ธ

#FightOn | @WellsFargo

๐Ÿ€ No. 8 @UCLAMBB (17-3, 8-1) ๐™–๐™ฉ
๐Ÿ€ @USC_Hoops (14-6, 6-3)

A rivalry matchup with #USC will test their mettle, but #UCLA’s offensive rating (113.4) and defensive rating (90.0) makes them outliers in the #Pac12.

#Bruins | #Trojans

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