Liverpool dents Southampton’s Champions League push
• Tottenham, Everton survive
LIVERPOOL moved to within two points of a Champions League place by scoring with their first two shots on target at fifth-placed Southampton.
Philippe Coutinho scored with a 25-yard curler in the third minute. Southampton had two early penalty appeals turned down, as challenges on Filip Djuricic by Emre Can and Joe Allen went unpunished.
Raheem Sterling also had a penalty claim rejected, but made it 2-0 when Matt Targett failed to clear a cross.
At White Hart Lane, Harry Kane won a penalty and scored with the last kick of the game to earn Tottenham a draw against West Ham.
Kane’s 96th-minute penalty was saved but he reacted quickest to give Spurs an unlikely point at White Hart Lane.
West Ham had led 2-0 through goals from Diafra Sakho and Cheikhou Kouyate with just nine minutes left to play.
Danny Rose’s mis-hit long-range shot set up the comeback before Kane, who was felled by Alex Song, pounced to score his 24th goal of the season.
Matthew Upson’s late own goal denied Premier League bottom club, Leicester, victory as Everton drew a fifth home game in a row.
Steven Naismith’s opener gave manager Roberto Martinez hope of a first home league win since December.
Sloppy defending allowed boyhood Everton fan, David Nugent, to equalise for Leicester, before Esteban Cambiasso put the visitors in front.
But Upson turned Christian Atsu’s cross into his own net with two minutes left.
Leicester’s spirited performance ended a run of four straight defeats, and will have given manager Nigel Person hope that they can avoid relegation, even though the draw leaves them four points from a position of safety.
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