Southampton 2-0 Everton: Saints stun 10-man Everton at St. Mary's
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Southampton 2-0 Everton: Saints stun 10-man Everton at St. Mary's

Everton lost their first Premier League match of the season after going down 2-0 away to a disciplined Southampton on Sunday afternoon. 

The Toffees went into the match with four wins and a draw in their last five matches but failed to break down a stubborn Saints. 

James Ward-Prowse gave the hosts the lead in the 27th minute before Che Adams added a second in the 35th minute. 

The Saints dominated the opening half, but it was the visitors who almost took the lead in the 19th minute.

Gylfi Sigurdsson produced a great touch inside the box and unleashed a shot towards the goal, but unfortunately for him, his effort only crashed against the crossbar.

Southampton then threatened on the 26th minute as well and almost got the opener when Oriol Romeu picked up a sweet pass and fired one from distance, but Jordan Pickford was alert and made a decent save.

A minute later though it was 1-0 as Danny Ings produced a great pass that found Ward-Prowse inside the penalty area, and he rifled a shot into the left side of the goal. 

It did not take long before they doubled their lead, as Ings once again assisted Adams, whose deflected shot found the net. 

The hosts thought they had gone three up in the 41st minute, but Stuart Armstrong's great strike was ruled out for offside after a VAR review. 

The second half belonged to Everton for long periods, but could not find a goal as the hosts held on to their two-goal lead. 

It got worse for Carlo Ancelotti's men as they were reduced to 10 men on the 70th minute after Lucas Digne was shown a straight red card for a bad foul on Kyle Walker-Peters.

Southampton held on to pick maximum points, which saw them move to fifth on the table on 10 points, same as Leeds United and Crystal Palace.   

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