Football: Boufal solo effort for Southampton stuns West Brom

Boufal (centre) shoots to score. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - Sofiane Boufal ran almost the length of the pitch to score a stunning 85th-minute goal at the St Mary's Stadium as Southampton beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 in the Premier League on Saturday (Oct 21).

The Moroccan midfielder picked up the ball just outside his own area and picked his way through Albion's midfield at pace before transferring the ball from one foot to the other and beating the diving Ben Foster in the opposition's goal.

The win was only Southampton's second in 11 home games and was fitting reward after they threatened from the start with Ryan Bertrand's free kick deflected on to the bar and Shane Long, who is without a goal in 26 games for club and country, going close.

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The visitors, for whom Jonny Evans departed injured after falling heavily on his shoulder, hardly touched the ball before the interval although former Saint Jay Rodriguez had two chances to snatch a win before Boufal came off the bench to make the difference.

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