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Southampton 1 Cardiff City 2: Zohore snatches sensational win

AOL 2019-02-09 23:16:38

Cardiff City stole an incredible 2-1 win at Southampton after stoppage-time goals at either end saw the visitors complete an emotional week outside the relegation zone.

The Bluebirds looked to have been denied at St Mary's as their supporters chanted the name of club-record signing Emiliano Sala throughout the first match since his body, discovered in plane wreckage in the English Channel, was identified.

Sol Bamba's scarcely deserved opener was cancelled out by Jack Stephens in the 91st minute, but Cardiff still had time to rally once more.

Substitute Kenneth Zohore prodded a tame effort past stranded goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, allowing Neil Warnock's men to celebrate an improbable triumph that sees them leapfrog Southampton and move up to 15th.

FULL-TIME: @SouthamptonFC 1-2 #CardiffCity

YES! The #Bluebirds' first #PL double of the season!

— Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) February 9, 2019

The Saints had the better of a low-key first half but, lacking a presence up front, struggled to create genuine opportunities, with Nathan Redmond dragging well wide when granted a rare sight of goal.

That was as close as the home side came to scoring before Cardiff, with their first effort of note, took the lead after 69 minutes when Bamba pounced on Callum Paterson's header from a corner and poked the ball into the net.

It looked as though Cardiff would protect their clean sheet when Lee Peltier made a superb block from Charlie Austin after Neil Etheridge kept out Yan Valery, but Jack Stephens was left free from a set-piece and tucked home a right-foot effort in stoppage time.

The Bluebirds' dogged defensive effort had seen five minutes added on, though, and they immediately put Southampton under pressure at the other end, resulting in Zohore's scrappy finish following a lay-off from fellow substitute Victor Camarasa.