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Djenepo's heroics gives Southampton 1-0 win at Sheffield United

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Djenepo's heroics gives Southampton 1-0 win at Sheffield United
Soccer Football - Premier League - Sheffield United v Southampton - Bramall Lane, Sheffield, Britain - September 14, 2019 Southampton's Moussa Djenepo celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Jon Super   -   Copyright  JON SUPER(Reuters)

(Reuters) – Southampton beat Sheffield United 1-0 at Bramall Lane to pick up their second victory of the Premier League season after a brilliant individual effort from Moussa Djenepo gave the visitors all three points on Saturday.

In a goalless first half, Southampton striker Che Adams went close with a volley early on which ricocheted off the far post, setting the home side off on a counter where David McGoldrick saw his one-on-one chance saved by goalkeeper Angus Gunn.

United thought they had the lead early in the second half when Oliver McBurnie’s side-footed effort from an Oliver Norwood free-kick hit the back of the net, but VAR overturned the decision after John Egan was found to be offside in the build-up.

Djenepo then put the visitors in front with a scintillating solo run through the middle, initially refusing to go down when Norwood tugged at him from behind before side-stepping two defenders to fire a low angled shot past Dean Henderson.

United’s problems were compounded when substitute Billy Sharp was sent off for a red card challenge when he caught Stuart Armstrong on the shin.

The result moved Ralph Hasenhuettl’s side up to 10th while United dropped to 13th. Southampton next host Bournemouth on Friday while United travel to Everton next weekend.

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar)