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OLD TRAFFORD---A Southampton
shirt had to be scrambled from the
dressing room before the forgetful
Dusan Tadic could enter the Old
Within minutes it was being
ripped off again as the second-half
substitute celebrated scoring the goal
that gave Southampton its first win
at Manchester United in 27 years
The 1-0 victory ended United s
ten-game unbeaten run in the Pre-
mier League, and Ronald Koeman s
side dislodged the hosts---managed
by fellow Dutchman Louis van
Gaal---from third place.
And Arsenal is only a point behind
fourth-place United after Alexis
Sanchez scored two and created one
in a 3-0 victory over Stoke in the
day s other game.
Tadic clinched Southampton s
win in the 69th minute to strengthen
the south-coast team s chances of
qualifying for the Champions League
for the first time.
"Overall we had the better
chances, played the better football
and deserved to win but we have
been punished for not taking our
chances," United captain Wayne
Rooney said. "I have seen
Southampton play better to be hon-
est. We stopped a lot of their threats."
But five minutes after coming off
the bench, Tadic set up Graziano
Pelle for a shot that hit the post.
Tadic was then alert enough to send
the rebound into the net with the
game s only shot on target.
The Serbia midfielder did earn a
booking for his celebration, taking
off his shirt and flexing his muscles
in front of the cameras.
"We showed good resilience, even
if at some times it wasn t easy,"
Southampton midfielder Morgan
Schneiderlin said. "We had one
opportunity and scored."
Southampton is now two points
ahead of fourth-place United, having
recovered from a run of four suc-
cessive league losses late in 2014.
"We went through a very hard
patch in December and we showed
good character (since then)," Schnei-
derlin said. "We believe in each other
that we can do something great this
season. To win at Old Trafford is
just a reward of the work we have
put in. At the start of the season a
lot of people were writing us off."
Sanchez scored twice after creating
the opener as Arsenal moved up to
fifth in the Premier League.
Sanchez s cross was headed in by
Laurent Koscielny inside six minutes,
and the Chile forward was on target
in the 33rd minute after completing
a one-two with Tomas Rosicky.
A free kick from Sanchez four
minutes into the second half went
through the wall and the ball was
pushed onto the post by goalkeeper
Asmir Begovic before going into the
It took his tally to 18 goals since
joining in July from Barcelona for
around $60 million.
The victory may have come at a
cost. Defender Mathieu Debuchy,
who had only just returned from an
ankle problem, was carried off during
the first half with a shoulder injury
sustained when falling into the
advertising hoardings after colliding
with Stoke s Marko Arnautovic.
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech
Szczesny, meanwhile, had been left
to watch from the bench as David
Ospina made his Premier League
debut. It came after a week of neg-
ative headlines for Szczesny over
smoking in the showers after the
loss at Southampton on New Year s
But it was a quiet day for Ospina
on a day when Arsenal was in com-
PARIS---Striker Alexandre Lacazette enhanced his
growing reputation with two more goals as Lyon
beat Toulouse 3-0 yesterday to move one point
ahead of Marseille at the top of the French league.
The 23-year-old Lacazette, who has reportedly
been watched by defending Premier League champion
Manchester City, scored twice inside the first 30
minutes to take his tally to 19 goals in 20 league
games this season.
The 21-year-old midfielder Nabil Fekir, one of eight
homegrown players in Lyon s starting lineup, added
the other goal just after the break to make it eight
league goals in 16 appearances so far.
Although Lyon has scored 43 goals in 20 league
games, coach Hubert Fournier tried to play down
the growing expectations that Lyon can challenge
for the title.
Also, sixth-place Nantes drew 0-0 at home to
Later, fifth-place Monaco hosted Bordeaux. A win
would move Monaco just three points behind fourth-
place PSG, which lost 4-2 at Bastia on Saturday to
fall one point behind third-place Saint-Etienne.
Having converted from a right-winger to a central
striker, Lacazette has been one of the most prolific
strikers in European football this season, and has
netted 11 times in his past seven games.
Fekir, a gifted passer as well as a confident finisher,
set up Lacazette s first goal in the 14th minute.
His quick pass found Lacazette lurking toward the
right of the penalty area, and he confidently drilled
a shot inside the near post.
He got his second in the 27th, when midfielder
Corentin Tolisso s pass deflected off Serbian defender
Uros Spajic and fell kindly to Lacazette, who beat
goalkeeper Ali Ahamada with a first-time shot.
Fekir made it 3-0 in the 48th minute when he
latched onto a pass from midfielder Jordan Ferri and
scored with a low shot from the right of the penalty
Southampton stuns Man United
Manchester United's Angel Di Maria, centre right, fights for the ball against Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin,
centre left, during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old
Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Lyon goes top
of French league
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