Southampton has left the relegation zone

Southampton has left the relegation zone

In the survival match of the English Premier League, Southampton have defended a place in the elite defeating the local Swansea at Liberty. The Welsh team are occupying the eighteenth position, falling behind Huddersfield and the Saints by three points.

Before the match, Swansea and Southampton had thirty three points in the asset each, and the match of the second-to-last round became decisive for them. The Swans had the initiative more than the opponents, although the guests were making accent on counter-attacks. Despite the formation of three central defenders, both teams led the game in the midfield trying to shield themselves from possible risks.

The Ayew brothers created moments in Swansea’s squad thanks to the battle with central defenders. However, Southampton goalkeeper McCarthy took two shots under the woodwork and left the slate clean. There was more work for McCarthy’s colleague Lukasz Fabianski. But Southampton made shots from outside the penalty box, therefore they went to the zone, where the Polish goalkeeper was placed.

In the second half, Mark Hughes took risk by letting out the second forward Gabbiadini instead of Bednarek. The Italian momentarily joined the game, made a dangerous shot and four minutes later opened the score. After the corner kick, the ball stuck in the penalty box and while Charlie Austin’s one-touch shot was reflected by Fabianski, then Gabbiani finished off ruthlessly.

The ending of the match approached and Shane Long had the opportunity to double the advantage, but was greedy with the ball and shot to the nearest corner of the goal. Michael Oliver added six minutes to the full-time, however, it did not reflect on the result.

Now only a victory over Stoke City in the last round and Huddersfield’s defeat from Chelsea will save Swansea. In this situation, the Swans will keep company their neighbors from Cardiff in the Elite of the English football next season and therefore will keep receiving fantastic sums from selling the television rights and encouragement from the federation.