Southampton surprise leaders Everton, Leicester break Arsenal hearts late

Premier League leaders Everton slumped to their first defeat of the season and lost Lucas Digne to a second-half red card as Danny Ings inspired Southampton to a 2-0 win at St Mary's on Sunday.

Ings is Southampton's top scorer this season but he turned provider against Everton, setting up James Ward-Prowse's 27th-minute opener with a delicate through-ball and then crossing to the far post for strike partner Che Adams to score a deflected finish in the 35th.

Referee Kevin Friend gives Everton's Lucas Digne is marching orders after a foul on Southampton's Kyle Walker-Peters.

Referee Kevin Friend gives Everton's Lucas Digne is marching orders after a foul on Southampton's Kyle Walker-Peters.Credit:Getty Images

Everton's worst display of the season was capped by the 71st-minute sending-off of left back Digne, who raked his studs down the back of Kyle Walker-Peters' leg as he chased after the Southampton right back.

Everton, who won their first four league games and drew their fifth against Liverpool last weekend, stayed top of the standings. However, only goal difference separates Everton from Merseyside rival Liverpool.

It was a first loss for Carlo Ancelotti's team in nine games in all competitions and the visitors really missed the pace and directness of left-sided Richarlison, who was suspended after getting sent off against Liverpool.

Southampton have recovered superbly from losing 5-2 at home to Tottenham in their second league game, picking up 10 points from a possible 12 in their next four games and keeping three clean sheets in the process.

Elsewhere, Leicester City won at Arsenal for the first time in 47 years, with substitute Jamie Vardy's late close-range header enough to secure victory in the Premier League at the Emirates.

The win lifted Brendan Rogers' side to fourth on 12 points, while the Gunners stay in 10th place on nine after six games.

Arsenal were left ruing their failure to score in the first half hour when they pushed forward time and again, racking up 10 shots and six corners to Leicester's one and zero respectively.

They had the ball in the net from a corner in the fourth minute but replays showed at least three players offside as Alexandre Lacazette flicked it past keeper Kasper Schmeichel.

The hosts then almost scored when Kieran Tierney whipped in a cross that captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang headed over.

Cengiz Uender, Jamie Vardy and Youri Tielemans celebrate Leicester's win.

Cengiz Uender, Jamie Vardy and Youri Tielemans celebrate Leicester's win.Credit:Getty Images

They went even closer to opening the scoring a few minutes later when Alexandre Lacazette, standing in front of goal, somehow nodded another cross from Tierney wide of the far post.

Vardy, who came on with half an hour to play having missed Leicester's previous two games with a calf injury, broke the deadlock in the 80th minute, heading home Cengiz Under's cross.


"We weathered a bit of a storm but then started getting into it and we've come away with a win. It's big for us but it's just the next game where we want to keep improving," said Vardy.

The win gets Leicester's season back on track following league defeats by Aston Villa and West Ham United.

Newcastle United's Jacob Murphy struck a clever free kick in the 89th minute to snatch a 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers in a hard-fought Premier League encounter on Sunday.

After a frustrating afternoon of trying to break down Newcastle's defence, Raul Jimenez gave Wolves the lead in the 80th minute when he met a half-cleared free kick with a thunderous dipping shot from the edge of the area.

The hosts looked set to hold on for the win until Murphy caught out Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio by stepping up and curling the ball around the wall and in at the near post.


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