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Southampton surprise league leaders Everton with win at St Mary's

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.

AP

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