Sunday 5 April, 2020

Ings gives Southampton 1-0 win over Spurs in Premier League

Southampton's Danny Ings, centre, celebrates with teammates after scoring against Tottenham in their English Premier League football match at St Mary's Stadium, in Southampton, England, Wednesday Jan. 1, 2020. (Mark Kerton/PA via AP).

Southampton's Danny Ings, centre, celebrates with teammates after scoring against Tottenham in their English Premier League football match at St Mary's Stadium, in Southampton, England, Wednesday Jan. 1, 2020. (Mark Kerton/PA via AP).

Danny Ings made it nine goals in nine starts for Southampton to clinch a 1-0 victory over Tottenham in the Premier League on Wednesday, with the visitors also losing striker Harry Kane to an injury.

Ings received a high ball from Jack Stephens on the edge of the penalty area and lifted it over defender Toby Alderweireld before netting in the 17th minute.

Kane did put the ball in the net in the second half but in a double blow it was ruled out for offside as he pulled up with an apparent leg injury and limped off the field.

As Jose Mourinho grew irritated, the Tottenham manager was booked by referee Mike Dean for going over to the Southampton bench.

The loss left sixth-place Tottenham, which reached the Champions League final last season, six points behind Chelsea, which occupy the fourth qualification place for the UEFA competition.

Southampton have collected 10 points from four games during the packed festive program, helping the previously struggling side move up to 11th place, six points from the relegation zone.

Newcastle United's Joelinton, left and Leicester City's Caglar Soyuncu battle for the ball.

At St James' Park:  Ayoze Perez and James Maddison took advantage of defensive mistakes as second-place Leicester maintained its distant pursuit of Premier League leader Liverpool with a comfortable 3-0 win at Newcastle on Wednesday.

The hosts played the final 39 minutes with 10 men after Fabian Schar limped off injured with all three substitutions already made in a game watched by more than 52,000 at St. James' Park.

Leicester took the lead in the 36th minute when former Newcastle player Perez intercepted Florian Lejeune's poor cross-field ball and cut inside Schar to fire past goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, despite slipping as he took aim.

Lejeune's afternoon took a further turn for the worse within three minutes when another poor pass was picked off to allow Maddison to blast a superb left-foot shot high into the top corner and make it 2-0. Substitute Hamza Choudhury wrapped up the win in style in the 87th, sweeping home a third off the underside of the crossbar for his first Premier League goal.

Leicester are 10 points behind Liverpool and have played two more matches.

Newcastle lost their third straight league game.

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