Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace: Mane goal puts Saints back in the hunt for a top-four finish

Southampton forward Sadio Mane scored a late winner as the top-four hopefuls finally got their Champions League aspirations back on track with a return to form, reports BBC Sport.

The two sides were goalless in the first-half of action, with Mane in particular having missed chances to put the Saints ahead in the opening 45 minutes of action. Eljero Elia also had an opportunity to break the deadlock, but he too was guilty of being wasteful in front of goal. The out-of-form Graziano Pelle also had a testing game, which saw his goal drought extended to 11 games.

Crystal Palace looked comfortable enough to hold out for a draw, but a substitution made my Southampton manager Ronald Koeman proved pivotal as James Ward-Prowse made a telling second-half introduction to help set up the winning goal for Mane.

His goal ended a winless run for the Saints, as well as putting an end to their goal drought. The result sees Southampton fifth in the Premier League, and firmly back in the hunt for a Champions League spot. Crystal Palace saw their resurgence somewhat halted by the defeat.

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