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Liverpool 1 Southampton 0 match report: Daniel Agger heads winner at Anfield

Liverpool 1 Southampton 0: Agger header has Reds looking up the table

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UPDATED:

17:11 GMT, 1 December 2012

Defender Daniel Agger's first goal of the season ensured Liverpool returned to winning ways at home to Southampton but they made hard work of the victory.

The Denmark international powered home a header just before half-time, only his fifth in 133 Premier League appearances, after a host of chances had gone begging.

In doing so he helped the Reds to only their third home win of the season and back-to-back league wins at Anfield for the first time since September 2011.

On target: Daniel Agger secured a vital victory for Liverpool

On target: Daniel Agger secured a vital victory for Liverpool

Match facts

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Lucas, Allen (Henderson 69), Shelvey, Gerrard, Sterling, Suarez. Subs not used: Jones, Sahin, Downing, Carragher, Fernandez Saez, Wisdom.

Booked: Suarez.

Goal: Agger 43.

Southampton: Gazzaniga, Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Shaw, Puncheon (Rodriguez 78), Cork (Steven Davis 70), Schneiderlin, Lallana, Ramirez, Lambert. Subs not used: Kelvin Davis, Hooiveld, Ward-Prowse, Mayuka, Reeves.

Referee: Michael Oliver.

Attendance: 44,525.

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But in truth it should have been far
more comfortable than it actually was, which is a familiar story where
Liverpool have been concerned recently.

They had 14 shots in a totally
one-sided first half although Southampton could easily have had a goal
of their own with Rickie Lambert's long-range shooting threatening to
catch out Jose Reina.

The Southampton striker sent an early
swerving effort just wide before, in added time, his 35-yard drive had
Reina scrambling back to turn ball around the post.

But those two chances book-ended what was a procession of missed opportunities for the dominant hosts.

The restoration of Lucas Leiva to the
side as defensive midfield linchpin after a three-month absence with a
thigh injury transformed the dynamic almost immediately.

With both Steven Gerrard and Joe
Allen freed to play higher up the pitch in a 4-1-4-1 formation most of
the action was concentrated in their final third.

Winning moment: Daniel Agger rises highest to meet Glen Johnson's cross

Winning moment: Daniel Agger rises highest to meet Glen Johnson's cross to spark celebration from the Liverpool players (below)

Winning moment: Daniel Agger rises highest to meet Glen Johnson's cross to spark celebration from the Liverpool players (below)

Mixed emotions: Southampton and Liverpool react after Agger's goal

Mixed emotions: Southampton and Liverpool react after Agger's goal

Jonjo Shelvey, also back in the side,
bobbled straight at goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga, Glen Johnson flicked
Luis Suarez's pass across the face of goal, Steven Gerrard had a shot
charged down and then fired wide after a quickly-taken free-kick to
Suarez.

Gazzaniga denied both Shelvey and
Suarez, who made justifiable claims he had been pulled back by Jack
Cork, before the Uruguay international latched onto Reina's long kick
and beat the goalkeeper only for Maya Yoshida to clear the ball for a
corner.

When Shelvey smashed an angled shot
past the goalkeeper but back off the inside of the far post it appeared
luck was not on their side.

A marked man: Jason Puncheon gputs pressure on Raheem Sterling

A marked man: Jason Puncheon gputs pressure on Raheem Sterling

However, it took a double-dose of Uruguayan intervention to eventually help break the deadlock two minutes before the break.

Saints' South American summer signing
Gaston Ramirez flattened international team-mate Suarez on the edge of
the penalty area and although the Reds striker crashed his free-kick
onto the crossbar it rebounded to Johnson.

His cross into the penalty area was met by Agger who planted a header into the top corner from 10 yards.

Acrobatics: Daniel Agger clears from Gaston Ramirez

Acrobatics: Daniel Agger clears from Gaston Ramirez

Southampton, having undertaken damage
limitation in the first half, came out positively after the break and
Liverpool struggled to reassert their dominance.

After the first-half deluge it took until midway through the second period to carve out a good opportunity.

Jose Enrique, marauding from
left-back having been restored to his preferred position, exchanged
passes with Suarez on the edge of the area but his toe-poke at goal was
deflected wide by Luke Shaw.

Combative: Luis Suarez eases away from Maya Yoshida (above) as Lucas tackles Gaston Ramirez (below)

Combative: Luis Suarez eases away from Maya Yoshida (above) as Lucas tackles Gaston Ramirez (below)

Combative: Luis Suarez eases away from Maya Yoshida (above) as Lucas tackles Gaston Ramirez (below)

The Spaniard also saw his drilled half-volley from the left of the area batted away by Gazzaniga.
Such was Liverpool's desperation to score the second and give themselves
some breathing space Suarez tried to punch in Gerrard's cross.

It proved costly as his subsequent
booking ruled the side's leading scorer out of next Sunday's trip to
West Ham, who beat third-placed Chelsea earlier in the day.

Close attention: Jose Enrique fends off Gaston Ramirez

Close attention: Jose Enrique fends off Gaston Ramirez

Suarez flashed a left-footed shot
just wide in added time but in the end Agger's goal proved just enough
to ensure they crept closer to the top four, which manager Brendan
Rodgers insists remains a possibility.

It will only do so, however, if they
first find more support for Suarez in the January transfer window and
start converting more of their chances.

Southampton 2 Fulham 2: Jose Fonte rescues point for Saints

Southampton 2 Fulham 2: Fonte rescues dramatic point in injury time as Saints move out of bottom three

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UPDATED:

14:55 GMT, 7 October 2012

Jose Fonte's last-gasp header secured Southampton a point and saved defensive partner Jos Hooiveld's blushes against Fulham.

The Portuguese centre-back nodded home a 90th-minute leveller in a game in which he had broken the deadlock after just four minutes.

Hooiveld scored an own goal in Southampton's 6-1 humbling at Arsenal and did so again on the south coast when he directed home a speculative John Arne Riise drive in the second half.

Hooiveld, who came on eight minutes into the clash after Frazer Richardson suffered a thigh injury, then saw Kieran Richardson's close-range strike brush off him on its way in two minutes from time, although the goal was credited to the Fulham man.

However, Fonte saved the Dutchman and his side late on to earn Southampton a fourth point of the campaign.

Heading home: Jose Fonte scores his second goal for Southampton

Heading home: Jose Fonte scores his second goal for Southampton

MATCH FACTS

Southampton: Gazzaniga, Richardson (Hooiveld 8), Yoshida, Fonte, Fox, Puncheon (Chaplow 61), Schneiderlin, Steven Davis, Lallana, Rodriguez, Lambert (Guly 67).
Subs not used: K Davis, Reeves, Ward-Prowse, Mayuka.

Goals: Fonte 4, 90.

Bookings: Yoshida, Fonte, Hooiveld, Schneiderlin.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Kacaniklic (Richardson 66), Ruiz, Baird, Sidwell (Karagounis 72), Duff, Rodallega.
Subs not used: Stockdale, Kelly, Senderos, Kasami, Briggs.

Goals: Hooiveld og 70, Richardson 88.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

The hosts began brightly and the
returning Morgan Schneiderlin fired a wayward warning shot, before
Rickie Lambert headed into the side-netting after connecting with a
Danny Fox corner from the right.

Southampton had their second corner by the fourth minute and made their early dominance count.
Adam Lallana floated the set-piece in from the left and Fonte's glanced
header at the near post looped over goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer and into
the far corner.

Richardson was forced off in the
eighth minute for the hosts and his departure forced a defensive
reshuffle, with replacement Hooiveld forcing Maya Yoshida out wide.

Fulham began to make headway, with Lambert blocking Aaron Hughes from a corner before the Northern Irishman headed over.

Saints, though, were still looking
dangerous and came agonisingly close to doubling their advantage as Jay
Rodriguez beat the offside trap and pulled back for Lambert, whose
right-footed effort just went wide.

All smiles: Kieran Richardson celebrates after scoring for Fulham

All smiles: Kieran Richardson celebrates after scoring for Fulham

Delight: John Arne Riise celebrates after his shot is turned into his own net by Jos Hooiveld

Delight: John Arne Riise celebrates after his shot is turned into his own net by Jos Hooiveld

The home side continued to press and Jason Puncheon twice came close from 22nd-minute corners.
Puncheon was denied on the goal-line by Sascha Riether and then, from
the following corner, the wide man was adjudged to have fouled Schwarzer
prior to prodding home.

Lambert forced Schwarzer into action
at his near post after collecting a fine pass from Puncheon, but Fulham
stepped up the pressure as half-time approached and home goalkeeper
Paulo Gazzaniga was required for the first time in stoppage time when
Hughes headed goalwards. The Cottagers again came close as Hooiveld
failed to deal with a hopeful long ball and Hugo Rodallega poked wide
under pressure from Gazzaniga.

Heading in: Aaron Hughes can't prevent a Jose Fonte's effort from creeping into the net

Heading in: Aaron Hughes can't prevent a Jose Fonte's effort from creeping into the net

That momentum continued into the
second half but it was still Southampton enjoying the best
opportunities, with Lambert volleying over a driven Schneiderlin cross
from the right.

Schwarzer spilt a hopeful 25-yard
effort from Rodriguez after a great surge forward but Fulham were
looking a more dangerous opponent and twice came close in the 60th
minute.

Gazzaniga did terrifically to push a
close-range Rodallega header away moments after Steve Sidwell bundled
the ball onto the post.

Celebrations: Jose Fonte with Southampton fans on Sunday

Celebrations: Jose Fonte with Southampton fans on Sunday

Fulham could have also been awarded a
penalty after Yoshida appeared to handle in the midst of the action.
Both sides made changes in a bid to change the match but it was an
earlier substitute whose impact was felt on the south coast.

Riise drilled a low shot from the
left and centre-back Hooiveld could only direct it into his own goal,
putting Fulham level in the 69th minute.

The goal had been coming and
the Cottagers threatened to go ahead, with substitute Kieran Richardson
putting a Riether cross over.

Going close: Rickie Lambert sees his shot saved by Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer

Going close: Rickie Lambert sees his shot saved by Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer

Rodriguez nodded wide for the hosts
in stoppage time and Saints paid when Richardson fired home off
Hooiveld's leg two minutes from time.

The substitute looked to have
earned Fulham three points but he gave away a late free-kick from which
Fonte headed home to earn Saints a point.

My ball: Danny Fox clashes with Fulham's Damian Duff

My ball: Danny Fox clashes with Fulham's Damian Duff

Southampton sign Emmanuel Mayuka

Saints snare Young Boy Mayuka as striker pens five-year deal at St Mary's

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UPDATED:

23:30 GMT, 28 August 2012

Southampton have bolstered their strikeforce with the signing of Zambia forward Emmanuel Mayuka from Young Boys Berne.

The 21-year-old has signed a five-year deal at St Mary's after passing a medical with the newly-promoted Barclays Premier League side on Tuesday.

Mayuka has already been granted a work permit and Saints are now awaiting entry clearance for the deal to be fully ratified, which is expected to happen before the end of this week.

Move: Emmanuel Mayuka has joined Premier League side Southampton

Move: Emmanuel Mayuka has joined Premier League side Southampton

Mayuka joined Maccabi Tel Aviv from his first club Kabwe Warriors four years ago before signing for Young Boys in 2010.

The hitman scored 32 times in two seasons at the Swiss club and has also impressed at international level, becoming the joint top-scorer in Zambia's successful 2012 African Nations Cup campaign.

Saints manager Nigel Adkins is looking forward to working with the pacy 5ft 9in attacker, who is the club's fifth signing of the summer.

'Emmanuel is a lightning-quick striker who I am sure will excite the fans,' Adkins told Southampton's website.

'He is only 21 years old but already has a great deal of experience, notably so at international level.

'He will bring something different to the group that we already have here at Southampton, and I look forward to seeing him pull on our shirt for the first time.'

Next: Gaston Ramirez (left) is also expected to join Southampton

Next: Gaston Ramirez (left) is also expected to join Southampton

Adkins, whose side beat Stevenage 4-1 in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, is expected to add Gaston Ramirez to his squad before the transfer window shuts on Friday.

The Bologna forward has been strongly linked with an 11million transfer to the south-coast club, although Adkins was reluctant to speak about the player until all the formalities of the deal are completed.

He said: 'Until the pieces of paper are signed you can never say it's done but the chairman is working exceptionally hard behind scenes, backing us in what we do. We are very ambitious and there is serious cash to be outlaid if it's going to happen.'

Southampton lost their opening two games in the Barclays Premier League to Manchester City and Wigan.

They host Manchester United this weekend and then travel to Arsenal.

AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS 2012: Zambia 0 Ivory Coast 0 (AET 8-7 on pens): Zambia win tournament

Zambia 0 Ivory Coast 0 (AET, 8-7 on pens): Drogba, Toure and Gervinho all miss from the spot as Copper Bullets pull off miracle

Zambia clinched their first African Nations Cup crown with a poignant penalty shoot-out win over Ivory Coast.

Nineteen years after a plane crash which killed 18 members of their squad in Libreville, the Chipolopolo returned to the Gabon capital to record the most famous victory in the country's history.

Magic moment: Zambia celebrate the winning penalty

Magic moment: Zambia celebrate the winning penalty

Golden opportunity: Drogba skies a second-half penalty

Golden opportunity: Drogba skies a second-half penalty

MATCH FACTS

Zambia: Mweene,Musonda (Nyambe Mulenga 11), Sunzu, Himonde, Nkausu, Sinkala, Lungu, Chansa, Christopher Katongo, Kalaba, Mayuka, Nyambe Mulenga (Felix Katongo 74).

Subs Not Used: Kalililo, Kasonde, Mbesuma, Chamanga, Chivuta, Chintu, Kangwa, Sakuwaha, Titima.

Booked: Nyambe Mulenga.

Ivory Coast: Barry, Tiene, Toure, Bamba, Gosso, Zokora (Konan 75), Tiote, Toure Yaya (Bony 86), Gervinho, Kalou (Gradel 63), Drogba.

Subs Not Used: Yeboah, Boka, Doumbia, Coulibaly, Keita, Lolo, Eboue,Gnanahouan.
Booked: Tiote, Bamba.

Referee: Badara Diatta (Senegal).

A dramatic shoot-out at the end of 120
minutes of largely underwhelming football went the way of Zambia when
Gervinho shot wide and Stophira Sunzu stepped up to slot home.

The final proved a tale of penalty woe for Ivory Coast, chasing their
first continental crown for 20 years, with Didier Drogba also failing
from the spot during the 90 minutes.

But the win was ultimately no more than Zambia deserved for a plucky display against the odds.

The underdogs started brightly and almost claimed a second-minute lead,
Nathan Sinkala's low drive superbly saved by Ivory Coast goalkeeper
Boubacar Barry low to his right.

Zambia boss Herve Renard was forced into a reshuffle after 11 minutes
when defender Joseph Musonda was forced from the field in tears after
catching his knee in the turf when making a challenge.

Nyambe Mulenga came on but the change did not disrupt the Zambians'
flow, with Chisamba Lungu looping a header narrowly over two minutes
later.

Out with a bang: Fireworks signaled the start of the final game of the tournament

Out with a bang: Fireworks signaled the start of the final game of the tournament

Close encounter: Zambia captain Christopher Katongo is challenged by Sol Bamba

It took Ivory Coast's star-studded line-up 30 minutes to create a
noteworthy chance, a clever backheel from Drogba picking out Yaya Toure
but the Manchester City midfielder failing to find the target from eight
yards.

The match degenerated into a scrappy affair after half-time with neither
side able to put together a period of sustained pressure.

Penalty: Gervinho is tripped inside the box

Penalty: Gervinho is tripped inside the box

Key moment: Zambia goalkeeper Mweene Kennedy celebrates Drogba's miss

Key moment: Zambia goalkeeper Mweene Kennedy celebrates Drogba's miss

Better luck next time: Drogba is consoled by Yaya Toure

But in a rare moment of quality, Gervinho provided Drogba with the
chance to redeem himself for his penalty shoot-out miss in the 2006
final defeat to Egypt.

The Arsenal forward burst into the area and was felled by a combination
of Isaac Chansa and Mulenga, but Drogba sidefooted his spot-kick
horribly over the bar.

The Elephants had another chance to win it in normal time but substitute
Max Gradel, having turned his man inside the area, shot inches wide of
the far post.

Extra-time: Ivory Coast head coach Francois Zahoui speaks to his players at the end of 90 minutes

Extra-time: Ivory Coast head coach Francois Zahoui speaks to his players at the end of 90 minutes

Zambia also had a late chance with a wonderful tackle from Kolo Toure
preventing Emmanuel Mayuka from getting a shot on goal when he was well
placed.

Zambia had the only chance in the first period of extra-time and it almost resulted in the opening goal.

Felix Katongo beat his marker down the right and crossed for brother
Christopher, whose close-range shot would have sneaked in at the near
post but for a vital touch from Barry's boot.

Head over heels: Cheick Tiote watches on as Bamba is challenged by Katongo

Head over heels: Cheick Tiote watches on as Bamba is challenged by Katongo

Ivory Coast had two chances to win it after the break but Didier Ya
Konan curled an effort just wide while, after 117 minutes, Gradel took
an airshot when well placed.

The shoot-out was locked at 7-7 after 14 nerveless penalties before Kolo Toure saw his effort saved by Kennedy Mweene.

Rainford Kalaba fluffed his big moment by shooting over the bar but
there was no second reprieve when Gervinho missed and Sunzu slotted in.

Making history: Zambia's players celebrate after the shootout

Making history: Zambia's players celebrate after the shootout

Making history: Zambia's players celebrate after the shootout

Making history: Zambia's players celebrate after the shootout

Zambia 1 Ghana 0: Copper Bullets make the final

Zambia 1 Ghana 0: Copper Bullets make final as Gyan pays the penalty

Zambia caused a shock in the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations by beating Ghana and making the final for the first time in 18-years.

Emmanuel Mayuka came off the bench to score late on to knock out one of the pre-tournament favourites.

Head over heels: Emmanuel Mayuka celebrates after scoring the winner

Head over heels: Emmanuel Mayuka celebrates after scoring the winner

Going through: Zambia's Emmanuel Mayuka celebrates with his team-mates the victory over Ghana

Going through: Zambia's Emmanuel Mayuka celebrates with his team-mates the victory over Ghana

The second-half substitute scored in the 78th minute to punish Ghana for missing an early penalty, Asamoah Gyan's eighth-minute spot kick was saved by goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene.

Gyan's penalty failure echoed his miss from the spot in the World Cup quarterfinal against Uruguay two years ago.

Key miss: Zambia's Keeper Kennedy Mweene saves a penalty from Asamoah Gyan

Key miss: Zambia's Keeper Kennedy Mweene saves a penalty from Asamoah Gyan

Making the difference: Mweene gets across to deny Gyan

Making the difference: Mweene gets across to deny Gyan

Ghana's Derek Boateng was shown a late red card as his team sank to defeat.

Ghana dominated possession and had a string of chances, but could find no way past the Zambia defence.