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Published: 16:54 | 16/4/16

Everton hold Saints to draw at Goodison

Mane cancels out Funes Mori opener

Southampton's hopes of securing Europa League qualification were dealt a blow as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Everton at Goodison Park.

Ronald Koeman’s side dominated the game and should have taken the lead when Shane Long headed against the post before a Dusan Tadic shot came back off the woodwork.

However, Ramiro Funes Mori put the hosts in front midway through the second period as his shot was deflected off Ryan Bertrand into the back of the net.

Southampton deservedly levelled when Sadio Mane fired home on 76 minutes but despite lots of late pressure they had to settle for a point.

The result leaves the Saints in seventh spot in the Premier League table while another poor performance increases the pressure on Roberto Martinez ahead of the Merseyside derby with Liverpool and next weekend’s FA Cup semi-final with Manchester United.

The hosts started sharper but as the first half developed the visitors began to take control of the game with Tadic going close when shooting over from just eight yards out before moments later Long drove his effort over.

The home crowd finally had something to cheer on 39 minutes when Arouna Kone’s attempt at an overhead kick saw him completely miss the ball – and trigger laughter around the ground.

However, the Saints continued to dominate and Bertrand tested Joel Robles with a 25-yard free-kick before Long headed onto the post from a corner with a minute left to play.

The visitors rattled the frame of the goal five minutes after the restart when Tadic’s effort beat Robles but hit the crossbar and Everton’s afternoon worsened as Seamus Coleman limped off with a hamstring injury.

But on 68 minutes completely against the run of play they had the lead, a corner from the right made its way to the far post where Funes Mori - at the second attempt – drilled the ball low and it deflected off Bertrand past Fraser Forster into the back of the net.

Everton's lead didn’t last long however, as Tadic cut into the box from the left and after a scramble which saw the home defence fail to clear, Mane finished clinically.

Southampton looked the likeliest to get a winner and thought they might have had it when Long pulled back to Jay Rodriguez but before the forward could tap in, Funes Mori arrived to intercept and Everton held on for a draw.

Source: ISNTV

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