Week 31: Southampton comeback stuns Liverpool, Rashford gives Man United derby win

Liverpool threw away a two-goal lead as Jurgen Klopp’s side suffered a blow in the race for a top four finish as Southampton pulled off an incredible 3-2 comeback victory and boost their own hopes of European football.

The Reds took the lead after 17 minutes when Philippe Coutinho as he struck home from 25 yards into the far corner, before Daniel Sturridge made it 2-0 five minutes later as he calmly struck home after good work from Divock Origi.

Saido Mane bagged a brace in Southampton's 3-2 comeback against Liverpool image: uk.sports.yahoo.com

Saido Mane bagged a brace in Southampton’s 3-2 comeback against Liverpool
image: uk.sports.yahoo.com

Saido Mane saw his penalty saved by Simon Mignolet five minutes into the second half but the Senegal winger did pull one back just after the hour mark with a tight angled strike.

Graziano Pelle smashed home from just outside the box to make it 2-2 on 83 minutes and three minutes later, Mane hit another low-strike into the far corner to complete an incredible comeback by the Saints.

West Ham missed the chance to move into the top four as the Hammers were denied a first win at Chelsea since 2002 as a controversial penalty from Cesc Fabregas rescued a 2-2 draw for Chelsea.

Manuel Lanzini sent the visitors in front on 17 minutes with a brilliant curling effort from 25 yards but a sublime Fabregas free-kick pulled Chelsea back level just before half-time.

Substitute Andy Carroll got on the end of a Dimitri Payet pass and beat goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois at his near post to put West Ham back in front on the hour mark.

However, a late Fabregas penalty denied Slaven Bilic’s men all three points as the Spaniard sent Adrian the wrong way to equalise, although Michail Antonio’s foul on Ruben Loftus-Cheek was actually just outside the box.

Man United got thier hopes of Champions League football next season back on track as the Red Devils edged out Man City 1-0 to claim the bragging rights in the Manchester derby.

Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the game as he held off Martin Demichelis to calmly finish past Joe Hart on 16 minutes for United to move within one point of their rivals.

Leicester’s remarkable quest for a first ever Premier League title continued as Riyad Mahrez’s 16th league goal of the season was enough to see them bag all three points with a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace.

Tottenham kept up the pressure on their title rivals as a Harry Kane brace and a Christian Eriksen tap-in saw Mauricio Pochettino’s men record a comfortable 3-0 win over Bournemouth to remain within five points of the Foxes.

Marcus Rashfors gave United the winner in his Manchester derby debut image: fcexclusive.com

Marcus Rashford scored in his Manchester derby debut to give United the win
image: fcexclusive.com

Saturday 19 Mar

Everton 0-2 Arsenal (Welbeck 7, Iwobi 42)
Chelsea 2-2 West Ham (Fabregas 45, pen 89 | Lanzini 17, Carroll 61)
Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester (Mahrez 34)
Watford 1-2 Stoke (Deeney 86 | Walters 18, Joselu 51)
West Brom 0-1 Norwich (Brady 50)
Swansea 1-0 Aston Villa (Fernandez 53)

Sunday 20 Mar

Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland (Mitrovic 83 | Defoe 44)
Southampton 3-2 Liverpool (Mane 64, 86, Pelle 83 | Coutinho 17, Sturridge 22)
Man City 0-1 Man United (Rashford 16)
Tottenham 3-0 Bournemouth (Kane 1, 16, Eriksen 52)

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