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Southampton 0 Everton 0 match report

Southampton 0 Everton 0: Pochettino era starts with stalemate as both sides waste chances

PUBLISHED:

21:51 GMT, 21 January 2013

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UPDATED:

22:06 GMT, 21 January 2013

Mauricio Pochettino's first game in charge of Southampton ended in a goalless draw with Everton at St Mary's.

Both sides missed a number of opportunities, with Nikica Jelavic's scuff from close range the most glaring, as Everton failed to close the gap to fourth-placed Tottenham.

More to follow

Stalemate: Leighton Baines and Nikica Jelavic of Everton combine to scramble away a Southampton chance

Stalemate: Leighton Baines and Nikica Jelavic of Everton combine to scramble away a Southampton chance

MATCH FACTS

Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Shaw, Puncheon (De Ridder 87), Cork, Schneiderlin, Ramirez (Steven Davis 71),Lambert, Do Prado (Rodriguez 62).

Subs Not Used: Kelvin Davis, Fox, Richardson, Chaplow.

Booked: Hooiveld,Schneiderlin.

Everton: Howard, Coleman (Anichebe 58), Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Naismith, Neville, Osman, Pienaar, Jelavic (Mirallas 66), Fellaini.

Subs Not Used: Mucha, Heitinga, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Duffy.

Booked: Osman.

Att: 28,359

Ref: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire).

Opportunity: Jelavic missed a chance to claim all three points for Everton

Opportunity: Jelavic missed a chance to claim all three points for Everton

New manager: Mauricio Pochettino took charge of Southampton for the first time

New manager: Mauricio Pochettino took charge of Southampton for the first time

New manager: Mauricio Pochettino took charge of Southampton for the first time

A member of the public holds a sign

Mauricio Pochettino

Protest: One fan holds up a sign dedicated to former manager Nigel Adkins


Dribble: Steven Pienaar takes on Jos Hooiveld as Morgan Schneiderlin looks on

Dribble: Steven Pienaar takes on Jos Hooiveld as Morgan Schneiderlin looks on

Southampton v Everton live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Southampton v Everton – as it happens from St Mary's

By
Joe Ridge

PUBLISHED:

04:00 GMT, 21 January 2013

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UPDATED:

20:05 GMT, 21 January 2013

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Southampton host Everton at St Mary's to wrap up the weekend's fixtures. It's Mauricio Pochettino's first game in charge as Saints boss following the brutal sacking of Nigel Adkins and he faces a tough test with the Champions League chasing Toffees visiting the south coast.

Southampton 0 Everton 0

Southampton: Boruc; Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Shaw; Schneiderlin, Cork; Puncheon, Ramirez, Guly; Lambert.

Subs: K Davis, Richardson, Fox, S Davis, Chaplow, De Ridder, Rodriguez.

Everton: Howard; Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Naismith, Neville, Osman, Pienaar; Fellaini; Jelavic.

Subs: Mucha, Duffy, Heitinga, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Mirallas, Anichebe.

4 mins: Close! Jagielka is inches away from turning the ball into his own net after Lambert breaks clear down the right and drills the ball across goal looking fro Guly at the back post.

3 mins: Plenty of early possession for Southampton who, as expected, start with Puncheon on the right, Guly on the left and Ramirez in the hole.

8.00pm: Chants of 'one Nigel Adkins' can be heard ringing around St Mary's at kick-off…

7.58pm: The players are out on the pitch and we're ready to go… No particularly loud booing can be heard though there's plenty of those white hankies around.

7.52pm: There are hordes of cameramen awaiting Pochettino's appearance through the tunnel… We're told there's plenty of Argentine journalists present at St Mary's too.

7.44pm: Southampton fans are planning on waving white handkerchiefs tonight in protest to owner Nicola Cortese's decision to appoint Pochettino. (White hankies are often waved to protest in Spanish-speaking countries by the way, the Saints faithful aren't going mad).

Gone but not forgotten: Ex-Southampton manager Nigel Adkins

Gone but not forgotten: Ex-Southampton manager Nigel Adkins

7.36pm: Everton boss David Moyes has just criticised Southampton's decision to sack Adkins in his pre-match interview. 'He's earned the right to be here,' said the Scot. 'I'm disappointed for Nigel and I would have liked to have seen him here tonight.'

7.30pm: So, Pochettino has brought back the big guns in Ramirez and Lambert – who were rested by his predecessor Nigel Adkins for the trip to Chelsea. You get the feeling Argentine knows he needs at least a point tonight otherwise the fans will be on his back straight away.

7.21pm: Everton make just one change from the side that drew 0-0 at home to Swansea with Steven Naismith coming in for Victor Anichebe.

7.20pm: The teams are in and Pochettino has made two changes from the team that started the 2-2 draw at Chelsea, with Rickie Lambert and Gaston Ramirez coming in for Steven Davis and Jay Rodriguez.

7.10pm: Good evening everyone and welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of Southampton versus Everton in the Barclays Premier League. Tonight, of course, is the first game of Mauricio Pochettino's reign at Southampton. He's just given an interview to Sky Sports in Spanish through an interpreter … which I have to admit was rather surreal to witness following on from Nigel Adkins.

Going for the double: Everton defeated Southampton 3-1 at Goodison Park earlier in the season

Going for the double: Everton defeated Southampton 3-1 at Goodison Park earlier in the season

Real Madrid 2 Atletico Madrid 0: Cristiano Ronaldo eclipses Falcao

Real Madrid 2 Atletico Madrid 0: Ronaldo magic eclipses muted Falcao

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23:27 GMT, 1 December 2012

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UPDATED:

01:15 GMT, 2 December 2012

Third-placed Real Madrid remained 11
points off the pace after winning a highly-anticipated derby 2-0,
ensuring Atletico's winless run in the fixture will stretch into its
14th year.

A wonderful free-kick from Cristiano
Ronaldo lit up what was an otherwise disappointing first half before
Mesut Ozil secured all three points with a tidy finish 25 minutes from
time.

Free range: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his early strike

Free range: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his early strike

Earlier, 10-man Valencia went down 5-2 against Real Sociedad – with coach Mauricio Pellegrino sacked soon after the full-time whistle at the Mestalla.

'We have been exchanging views, and we made the decision to dismiss Mauricio Pellegrino,' Valencia president Manuel Llorente said.

Former player Salvador Gonzalez, known as Voro, will take temporary charge of Los Che.

Sporting director Braulio Vazquez added on the club's website: 'If you look at the future of the team, you can understand that in this game we have not been good, but the progression of the team was not right.

'I want to emphasise that Mauricio has gone, but it is the responsibility of all.'

Close call: Ronaldo saw this effort hit the post

Close call: Ronaldo saw this effort hit the post

Roberto Soldado's second-minute strike
had given the hosts an early lead but they were never in control and
were pegged back before half-time as Alberto de la Bella fired in an
equaliser minutes after Jonas had seen a straight red card for lashing
out at David Zurutuza.

Sociedad took control in the second period as further goals from Mikel
Gonzalez, Diego Ifran, Imanol Agirretxe and Carlos Vela rendered
Soldado's second of the evening meaningless and lifted the victors to
seventh.

Also in the Spanish top flight today, Getafe moved level on points with
fourth-placed Malaga thanks to a 1-0 win. Alberto Lopo headed home the
game's only goal 11 minutes into the second half.
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Barcelona 5 Bilbao 1: Lionel Messi one short of Gerd Muller"s record after 11th double of season

Barcelona 5 Bilbao 1: Messi one short of Muller's record after 11th double of season

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21:46 GMT, 1 December 2012

Lionel Messi scored twice Saturday as Barcelona made the best start in the history of the Spanish league on Saturday with a 5-1 home win over Athletic Bilbao.

The leader's 13 wins and a draw in the opening 14 rounds surpasses Madrid's 12 wins and two draws to begin the 1991-92 campaign.

Clinical: Lionel Messi scores his first goal

Clinical: Lionel Messi scores his first goal

Clinical: Lionel Messi scores his first goal

No stopping him: The goal was awarded to Messi despite the defender slicing the ball into his own net

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona scores his team's second goal past Gorka Iraizoz

Messi's 11th double of the season leaves him one goal shy of Gerd Muller's record of 85 for club and country in one year, set in 1972.

Barcelona led 3-0 by halftime thanks to goals by Gerard Pique, Messi and Adriano. Cesc Fabregas and Messi scored after halftime.

Valencia sacked coach Mauricio Pellegrino after Saturday's 5-2 defeat at home to Real Sociedad left them languishing in 12th place in La Liga, club president Manuel Llorente said.

'We have been exchanging opinions, debating and we have taken the decision to sack Pellegrino,' Llorente was quoted as saying on the Spanish club's official Twitter feed.

Goal machine: Messi is just one short of equaling record

Goal machine: Messi is just one short of equaling record

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi

Argentine Pellegrino, a former Valencia player, took over from Unai Emery at the end of last season and has guided the club into the last 16 of the Champions League.

They still have a chance to top Group F ahead of Bayern Munich depending on the results of next week's games.

However, a poor start to their domestic campaign and nine goals conceded in their last two La Liga outings was too much to take for Llorente and his board of directors.

Mauricio Pellegrino has been sacked as coach of Valencia, the club have confirmed on their Twitter feed.

Pellegrino only took up the reins in May, but Los Che – currently 11th in the Primera Division standings but just four points off a Champions League place – decided to dispense with his services after this evening's 5-2 defeat against Real Sociedad at the Mestalla.

'We have been exchanging views, and we made the decision to dismiss Mauricio Pellegrino,' president Manuel Llorente said.

David Beckham nearly joined Botafogo

Beckham wanted samba sabbatical at Botafogo, claims Alberto

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UPDATED:

16:48 GMT, 9 November 2012

David Beckham came close to taking a year-long sabbatical from LA Galaxy to soak up the samba style with Brazilian club Botafogo.

Becks penned a two-year contract extension with the Galaxy in January, but it has now been revealed he was on the verge of jetting to Brazil for a season.

Botafogo landed their top transfer target Clarence Seedorf, but were also negotiating the signature of the former England international.

Samba beat: Beckham came close to moving to Brazil for a year

Samba beat: Beckham came close to moving to Brazil for a year

Carlos Alberto was in Holland while the Seedorf deal was being finalised, and details of Beck's interest in the Brazilian club was revealed.

'When the negotiation was about to close, I spoke with the president – he and I have a pretty cool relationship,' Carlos Alberto told ESPN Brasil.

'I was in Amsterdam in May and an influential businessman, a famous player, came to me at the hotel, saying there was a player interested in playing for a year in Brazil: David Beckham.

Clearance, Clarence: Seedorf did make the move to South America

Clearance, Clarence: Seedorf did make the move to South America

'If it did not work with Seedorf, he had this player to come to Brazil.'

Botafogo president Mauricio Assumpcao later confirmed that Beckham was prepared to make the switch.

'That's exactly what happened, there really was this interest,' Assumpcao told Lancenet.

Michael Owen comes clean on England penalty against Argentina in 1998

Former England international Owen comes clean on THAT tumble against Argentina

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 10 October 2012

Michael Owen has admitted going to ground too easily to win penalties for England.

The Stoke City striker said there was a crucial difference between diving and 'pushing the boundaries', but admitted that he fell over easily to win spot-kicks against Argentina in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups.

The issue was brought back into the spotlight when Stoke manager Tony Pulis accused Liverpool's Luis Suarez of diving at Anfield on Sunday, and called on the FA to impose a retrospective ban.

Making his point: Owen (left) admitted he has dived to win penalties in the past

Making his point: Owen (left) admitted he has dived to win penalties in the past

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor says he wants a review panel to advise the FA on diving and admitted he is in favour of guilty players being banned after video evidence has been studied.

Owen, now 32, was judged to have been brought down by Roberto Ayala in St Etienne in 1998 and Mauricio Pochettino in Sapporo four years later, allowing Alan Shearer and then David Beckham to score for England.

'I'd say 75 per cent of people could stay on their feet for a penalty,' said Owen at the Leaders in Football conference at Stamford Bridge.

'I have been guilty as well. I played at the 1998 World Cup against Argentina and I was running flat out, got a nudge, went down. Could I have stayed up Probably.

Going over: England were awarded a penalty in 1998 after Owen went down under a challenge from Roberto Ayala

Going over: England were awarded a penalty in 1998 after Owen went down under a challenge from Roberto Ayala

'Then four years later (referee Pierluigi Collina) gave me a penalty again against Argentina. Again, I could have stayed on my feet – the defender caught me and I did have a decent gash down my shin from it but I could have stayed up.

'It's a very difficult subject to talk about, especially to people who have not played the game. There is a major skill in trying to outwit an opponent.

'For the actual player, one against one, you're trying to draw people, to commit them to get into the box because you know as soon as you have got them in the box they are petrified of sticking a leg out or doing anything. It is a skill to get them one on one or isolated.

'No-one is for blatantly diving, of course they are not, but there is a part of a striker that actually tries to entice the (defender's) leg to come out to try to win a penalty. It is a skill and it has been done for years and years and I don't think it will ever leave the game.'

Deja vu: Owen won a penalty for England four years later against the same opposition

Deja vu: Owen won a penalty for England four years later against the same opposition

Owen said that diving is now more prevalent within the English game than it was a decade ago, and he is convinced that it is primarily because of the influx of foreign players.

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez admitted he had to educate a player from Spain; to explain to him that diving was not acceptable in England despite the player's claim that he was only 'making the referee's job easier'.

Former Real Madrid striker Owen said: 'I'd say it's worse than it was 10 years ago, with the foreign influence of the players coming from South America, Spain and Italy.

'When I was a kid, and I used to watch Italian football, you would see a lot of simulation and you didn't really see it in England. Now English players are as guilty as foreign players.

Feeling the heat: Owen is hopeful of featuring for new club Stoke at Old Trafford in their next game

Feeling the heat: Owen is hopeful of featuring for new club Stoke at Old Trafford in their next game

'But I think the foreign influence started the ball rolling in England.'

Collina, now chief refereeing officer at UEFA, added: 'A player has a right to fall if a foul was committed. If he falls without contact this is the problem and if there is no contact this is cheating.

'Simulation is not only against the referee, it's cheating your opponent.'

Taylor told ESPN: 'We would like a review panel comprising respected ex-pros and ex-refs to review such instances and advise the FA. 'I know how the FA feel about retrospective action but at least the advice would be in place.'

Robin van Persie Manchester United move was bad business, hints Juventus chief

United splashing out 24m on Van Persie was bad business, suggests Juve chief

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UPDATED:

11:02 GMT, 7 September 2012

Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has suggested that Robin van Persie is not worth the 24million Manchester United paid for him.

The Italian giants were among the clubs pursuing the Holland striker as he forced his way out of Arsenal but lost out to United in the race for the 29-year-old's services.

But, despite being disappointed with not securing Van Persie's signature, Marotta said that the club were unwilling to pay such a large fee due to the striker being in the final year of his contract at Arsenal before his move.

National service: Robin van Persie (right) is currently with the Holland squad

National service: Robin van Persie (right) is currently with the Holland squad

Marotta also insisted that the Old Lady were happy with their summer signings, even if none of their buys could boast the class or experience of Van Persie.

'I have regrets about Van Persie, but it would have been a bad choice for the club if we had paid €30million for a player who would have seen his contract expire next year,' Marotta told Tuttosport.

'We are happy with the business we were able to carry out.

'We hit our targets with the acquisition of good, young players with reasonable salaries – (Kwadwo) Asamoah, (Mauricio) Isla and (Sebastian) Giovinco.

'There is another fact which must not be overlooked, the fact that we kept (Claudio) Marchisio and (Arturo) Vidal, who were wanted by Bayern Munich.'

Value for money Van Persie has already scored four times for Manchester United

Value for money Van Persie has already scored four times for his new club

Marotta also confirmed that the club are still pursuing a top-class striker, and that Athletic Bilbao hotshot Fernando Llorente was firmly under consideration.

He said: 'Llorente to Juventus in January If he remains on the market then he is a player that we are interested in.

'In January we will evaluate the whole situation.'

Napoli striker Edinson Cavani and Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic are also on Juve's wish-list, but Marotta doubts deals could be done.

He said: 'Who would I choose between Cavani and Jovetic They would both fit comfortably in our side.

'Unfortunately, Cavani has a €60million (47.6m) buy-out clause, so he is unreachable.'

Liverpool eye summer move for Udinese"s 12m-rated Chile midfielder Isla

Liverpool eye summer move for Udinese's 12m-rated Chile midfielder Isla

Udinese's Mauricio Isla has emerged as a summer target for Liverpool, who are ready to offer around 12million for the 23-year-old Chile midfielder.

Roma are also keen on the versatile South American, who started all of his country's games in the 2010 World Cup.

Target: Isla (left)

Target: Isla (left)