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Live text updates: Rangers 2-0 St. Mirren (Author: Gardener)

Rangers 2-0 St. MirrenAssist - Ryan Kent. Ianis Hagi - Rangers left footed shot from the center of the box is blocked. Alfredo Morelos - Rangers - headshot from the center of the box, but the ball goes over it. Scott Wright - Rangers - shot his head from a few yards into the left corner. Assist - Joe Aribo after a corner, missed opportunity. Ryan Kent - Rangers - right footed shot from distance, missed. James Tavernier - Rangers - right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assist - Glen Kamara, shot blocked. Assist - Glen Kamara, shot blocked. Jamie McGrath - St. Mirren - right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Offside - Rangers. Calvin Bassey with a pass but Ianis Hagi is offside. New attack attempt. Alfredo Morelos - Rangers - tries with a header from the center of the box, saved by the goalkeeper on the right. Preparatory work - Borna Barisic with a flank. Goal! Preparatory work - Borna Barisic with a flank. Goal! Alfredo Morelos - Rangers - Right footed shot from the right inside the six yard box, high into the center of the box. Offside - Rangers. Calvin Bassey with a pass but James Tavernier is offside. Offside - St. Mirren. Jak Alnwick with a pass, but Curtis Main is offside. New attack attempt. Alfredo Morelos - Rangers - right footed shot from the right inside the box is saved by the goalkeeper on the right. Assist - Joe Aribo. New attack attempt. Joe Aribo - Rangers left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved by the goalkeeper on the right. Preparatory work - Alfredo Morelos. Offside - St. Mirren. Jay Henderson with pass, Curtis Main is offside. Missed chance. Alfredo Morelos - Rangers - shot with a head from the center of the box, missed. Assist - Ryan Kent with a cross, missed opportunity. Alfredo Morelos - Rangers - Shot with the left foot from a distance, just wide of the target. Assist - Ianis Hagi. Shot blocked. Ryan Kent - Rangers right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Offside - Rangers. Connor Goldson with a pass but Joe Aribo is offside. Missed opportunity. Borna Barisic - Rangers - left footed shot from outside the box is just wide. Ianis Hagi - Rangers left footed shot from the center of the box is high. Assist - Ryan Kent.Shot blocked. Alfredo Morelos - Rangers - Right footed shot from the center of the box but blocked. Alfredo Morelos - Rangers - Right footed shot from the center of the box but blocked. Preparatory work - James Tavernier. Scott Wright - Rangers - hits the left post with his right foot from a difficult position from the right. Borna Barisic - Rangers - left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the target. Missed chance. Scott Wright - Rangers right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assist - Joe Aribo. Missed opportunity. Assist - Joe Aribo. Missed opportunity. Joe Aribo - Rangers - Left footed shot, missed. New attack attempt. James Tavernier - Rangers - right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the right corner by the goalkeeper. Assist - Borna Barisic with a cross, shot blocked. Fashion Sakala - Rangers - Right footed shot from a difficult position from the right, but his shot is blocked. Assist - Scott Arfield. Missed opportunity. Alfredo Morelos - Rangers - Right footed shot from the center of the box, missed. Assist - Scott Wright with a cross, missed opportunity. Scott Arfield - Rangers - right footed shot from the left of the box but misses the line of fire. Assist - Alfredo Morelos. New attack attempt. Alfredo Morelos - Rangers - right footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the right corner by the goalkeeper. Preparatory work - James Tavernier with a through pass. Get the latest transfer news, game previews, and news straight to your inbox! How could Tottenham face Southampton John Terry to return to Chelsea as the academy coach? How Liverpool could face Leicester England make four changes for third Test Australia Complete Second Test Victory Despite Buttler Disagreement Parker drops brave Chisora ​​three times to win Spider-Man: No Way Home ready, $ 1 billion -Dollar Marks Spider-Man: No Way Home Ready To Break The $ 1 Billion Mark Spider-Man: No Way Home Ready To Break The $ 1 Billion Mark Amy Pascal is unfazed from following Spider-Man: No Way Home Spider-Man: No Way Home made over £ 440 million on the opening weekend

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but the manager may have an argument with the St. Mirren result

With the Premiership title race going into hibernation earlier than expected, the Rangers have made sure that they will rest comfortably with a six-point lead at the top of the table until the resumption. (Author: Gardener)

St. Mirren© Scott Wright opened the victory for the Rangers in their Boxing Day league game against St. Mirren in Ibr ... Scott Wright and Alfredo Morelos goals in the first half secured the reigning champions their seventh league victory under the direction of Giovanni van Bronckhorst subsequently comprehensively overcome as St. Mirren at Ibrox. One afternoon when the Rangers goalkeeper didn't have a single save to make, van Bronckhorst could only complain that his team were wasting the many opportunities they were creating. St. Mirren had put up a heroic defense four days later to fend off Celtic, but it soon became clear that this unlikely goal could not be repeated here. © Alfredo Morelos gave Rangers a 2-0 lead with his 13th goal of the season against St. Mirren at Ibrox. Outstanding against Celtic, Saints captain Joe Shaughnessy blocked Morelos brilliantly in the third minute before the Colombian striker headed from close range. With all of the succinct and well-engineered attacks the champions put together over the course of the afternoon, the Saints would regret being undone by a set-piece. James Tavernier's corner from right was assisted by Joe Aribo for Wright, whose massive downward header crossed the line before Jak Alnwick took the ball back out. Alnwick was a busy man on his return to Ibrox and the former Rangers goalkeeper did well to fend off a stabbing ranged attempt at Tavernier as the hosts kept up relentless pressure. The lead was doubled in the 26th minute when Alnwick reacted cleverly again to parry Morelos' header from a superb Borna Barisic cross but was helpless to prevent the striker from slamming the loose ball high into the net. Morelos has been revived since van Bronckhorst's arrival. He has now scored six goals in his last eight games but he really should have filled his boots here. The Rangers' chances came and went, with Morelos giving away more of them than most. Wright came closest to scoring a third goal in the second half when he was unlucky to see an attempt ricochet off Alnwick's right post after a glorious run into the box created the opening.

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Kyogo injured in Celtic win, Rangers take on St. Mirren

Liel Abada scored twice and Kyogo Furuhashi hobbled off in Celtic's 3-1 win at St. Johnstone, while Rangers maintained their six-point lead by beating St. Mirren 2-0 (Author: Gardener)

RangersLiel Abada fired a severely exhausted Celtic side to victory against St. Johnstone, but Kyogo Furuhashi suffered renewed injury problems. Abada scored twice and the deputy, Celtic captain Nir Bitton sealed a 3-1 win after Chris Kane headed the hosts back into the race. Celtic were eight players missing before Scott Bain, Callum McGregor, Anthony Ralston, Greg Taylor and Liam Shaw were all out because of Covid. After his team failed to use 31 shots in a goalless tie against St. Mirren in the middle of the week, Ange Postecoglou brought Furuhashi, Carl Starfelt and Vasilis Barkas back in a line-up full of recognizable players. St. Johnstone lost the ball twice in quick succession in their own half before Josip Juranovic delivered a perfect flat cross for Abada. The winger's first shot was brilliantly blocked by Elliot Parish, but he rebounded his head amid a clutch of bodies and tossed it into the net. Tom Rogic had a few chances past the goal before he was able to put the ball into the corner for Abada in the 22nd minute. But St. Johnstone came back into play in the 69th minute after Starfelt gave the ball away, Kane ran towards Viv Solomon-Otabor's cross and steered a header into the far corner. Jacob Butterfield shot from distance for the hosts but Celtic generally held the ball well. They ended the game in the 82nd minute after possession on the left, Liam Scales passed in to Bitton and the midfielder placed the ball from 16 yards inside the near post. Alfredo Morelos continued his good form under Giovanni van Bronckhorst with another goal in the Rangers' routine 2-0 win over St. Mirren. With attendance capped at 500 due to government restrictions, Ibrox cheered in the 13th minute when Scott Wright put the hosts ahead and again in the 26th minute when Morelos scored his sixth goal in eight games under his new coach. St. Mirren had missed 11 players with Covid issues against Celtic mid-week, but Jim Goodwin's team looked a lot stronger than they faced the other side of the old company. Borna Barisic, Joe Aribo and Wright came back to the Rangers squad, which created opportunities from the start. Morelos headed a Barisic cross over the bar in the 10th minute, but the goal soon came and it came after a corner from James Tavernier. The captain's transfer into the box was headed by Aribo at the front post and Wright's header at the back post crossed the line before Alnwick clawed the ball back. Alnwick could have felt unhappy with the Rangers 'second goal after initially making a terrific save after Morelos' header from a Barisic cross. Morelos lunged for the loose ball, however, and rattled it into the net from six yards. Aberdeen moved into the top six after taking a 2-1 win over a Covid-struck Dundee in Pittodrie. Leigh Griffiths's 30-yard free kick was a fantastic start for Dundee, but the visitors were open at the back and gave Ryan Hedges a bumpy equalizer five minutes later, with Lewis Ferguson taking the lead with 20 minutes remaining. Dundee was missing several members of the squad after the affected player and five other people who were considered to be close contacts were missing in a positive Covid test at the morning game. The loaned Celtic striker was fouled by Ross McCrorie and stepped himself to take an unstoppable free kick past Joe Lewis into the top left corner of the net. Dundee looked ragged in the back, however, and Aberdeen was soon level when Hedges exchanged passes with Teddy Jenks before shooting a low shot past Adam Legzdins. The home side started the second half quickly, but had to wait until the 70th minute for the decisive goal, when Ferguson shot a great shot from the edge of the box into the goal. Hibernian took a second straight league win under his new coach Shaun Maloney, defeating Dundee United 3-1 with goals from Kevin Nisbet, Chris Cadden and Jamie Murphy. Motherwell maintained good form with a 2-1 home win over Livingston, with Kevin van Veen scoring one goal in each half.

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The predictions of the Scottish Premiership for Boxing Day, including

Sports Mole provides result predictions and previews for all of today's Scottish Premiership games, including Rangers v St. Mirren. (Author: Gardener)

the Scottish Premiership for Boxing DayCeltic are hoping to get back to winning ways on Boxing Day after they were drawn in their last game against St. Johnstone. The hosts are currently four points behind the top of the table at the bottom of the table, which puts them under increasing pressure over the course of the season and the end of the game. Despite all of Celtic's injury problems, they should still be of enough quality to win this game, especially with the offensive quality of the team. They have dominated the league this season and given the fighting at St. Johnstone, anything but a win would be a shock to the Hoops. Only 500 fans are allowed to visit Tannadice Stadium on Boxing Day, when Dundee United host Hibernian in a clash of the Scottish Premiership. The festive matchday on Sunday is the last matchday before the rescheduled winter break, in which two teams compete against each other in different forms. On paper, this encounter looks like it could be a close encounter between two teams who score and concede very few goals on either side of the pitch. As a result of the increased confidence at Hibs after their mid-week win, we're predicting a narrow win at Dundee United on Sunday. In their last game of a turbulent 2021, the Rangers, leaders of the Scottish Premiership, welcome St. Mirren on Boxing Day at the Ibrox. As the season is set to be prematurely interrupted for the middle of the season, the relentless defending champions will face opponents who braved adversity on Wednesday to keep their rivals from Glasgow to a draw. Another clean hand and a three-point double appear to be at stake for the Rangers in their final game of the 2021 calendar as their opponents are still disrupted by a virus outbreak and can withstand limited pressure before they can crack. The Scottish Premiership action on Boxing Day Sunday also includes Motherwell receiving Livingston at Fir Park, in the final round of games before the rescheduled winter break. New restrictions also mean that only 500 fans will be present to witness the clash between fourth and eighth place in the table. Since neither team has scored many goals so far this season, it is to be expected that this will be another close duel with little entertainment in front of goal on Sunday. However, we anticipate that Motherwell will crowd out their visitors to continue their strong start to the campaign while building on their formidable form at home as well. Dundee will attempt to break out of the relegation zone on Boxing Day when they face Aberdeen, who were defeated in their last game. The dark blues go into the game with a series of defeats of four games, while the Dons could move up to the top half of the table with a win. There is more to fight for Dundee in this particular game which should result in them making great efforts to get out of the relegation zone. Their bad form recently and defensive weaknesses are likely to make Aberdeen favorites and they should have enough to claim victory. Two teams at opposite ends of the table will face Ross County on Sunday when Hearts host, with the Jambos aiming to score a second straight win. The Staggies are currently sitting just above the relegation zone and loss could see them drop below the bottom two spots, further putting this game under pressure. Despite the huge differences between them in the league standings, this won't be a routine game for Hearts due to Ross County's formidable form. With the Staggies hoping to stay out of the relegation zone, if this happens, the team is sure to fight each other, which could lead to a point-sharing.

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Van Bronckhorst is happy about "controlled" rangers

Rangers coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst says his team "goes into break wherever they want" after hitting St. (Author: Gardener)

Van BronckhorstRangers coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst says his team "goes into the break where they want" after seeing St. Speaking to RangersTV, the Ibrox manager added: "The score has to be better if you see the odds that we created. We could have scored more goals, but the intent was to go ahead and create opportunities. " The Rangers are now unbeaten in 27 home games in the league - since losing 1-0 to Hamilton Academical in March 2020 - and have lost just six points in their last 18 Premiership games. Runner-up Celtic must hope that they can lose at least the same number in their last 18 games of the 2021/22 season or the reigning Premiership champions keep their crown. The ninth-placed team from Paisley has eleven games without a win and means that they are only three points behind the relegation zone in the winter break. When you consider that the Rangers had won each of their last 10 top games against St. Mirren and their last eight on Boxing Day before kick-off, the omens weren't looking good for Jim Goodwin - even with some key players on the journey to the championship . But after Celtic took victory earlier in the day at St. Johnstone, pressure was on Giovanni van Bronckhorst's men to restore their six-point lead. The Dutchman named a bold offensive line-up, not for the first time in his brief tenure at Ibrox, and was rewarded when Wright took the lead after a wave of early pressure. Jak Alnwick tried to save the ex-Aberdeen striker's header but the former Rangers goalkeeper couldn't stop the ball from crossing the line. On the other hand, the hosts continued St. Mirren's defensive line and doubled their lead when Borna Barisic hit an inch-perfect cross from Morelos. The Colombian international forced Alnwick to the back post for a fine stop, but the rebound fell into the striker's path to explode within a second. Called for further action in the first half, Alnwick again denied Morelos before stifling an attempt by Joe Aribo and it was more similar after the break. Barisic and Ianis Hagi both looked past goal, while Wright was only inches away from adding a third when the game's first goalscorer completed a close at the far post. A short time later, the Rangers captain had Alnwick in full swing to hold off half a volley before Morelos and Scott gave Arfield a chance for third place. A more clinical second half would have resulted in a more convincing result for the league leaders, but three points only count as the hosts go into 2021 with a healthy lead. All you have to do is take your gaze on Wednesday to see the difference in squad strength between the Rangers and the next challenger, the Celtic. Celtic's lack of options resulted in them losing two points at Paisley, while Van Bronckhorst's long list of offensive talent allowed him to crush Goodwin's side early on. The Ibrox boss is the first Premiership manager in over a decade to win his first seven premier league games and a number of players are returning to their best form under the 46-year-old. A six point gap looks steep; everything else looks beyond Ange Postecoglou's men. Repeating Wednesday's level of performance has always been a big challenge for Goodwin's side, but the break will allow the Paisley side to get bodies back for a big second half of the season as they want to break away from the bottom of the table. After the winter break, both sides return to the Premiership on January 18 (19:45 GMT) when the Rangers travel to Dundee United in Aberdeen and St. Mirren.

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The Scottish Premiership champion restores a six point lead over Celtic

Match report as the Rangers defeat St. Mirren; First-half goals from Scott Wright and Alfredo Morelos secured the win; so the Rangers go six points ahead of Celtic in the winter break; St. Mirren is now without a win in 12 league games (Author: Gardener)

CelticThe Rangers beat St. Mirren 2-0 to ensure they head into the winter break with a six point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership. Scott Wright gave the Ibrox team the lead early on, while Alfredo Morelos doubled the lead before the break. The win restored Rangers' six-point lead at the top of the Premiership after Celtic won early in the game at St. Johnstone. St. Mirren was bolstered by the return of a few key players to the club following a Covid outbreak, but they failed to prevail at Ibrox and created little in the game. Giovanni van Bronckhorst's victorious start as Rangers manager continues, while his St. Mirren counterpart Jim Goodwin has been 12 games without a win. Saints had missed 11 players with Covid issues against Celtic mid-week and still managed to fight to a respectable goalless tie, but Jim Goodwin's side looked a lot stronger as they faced the other side of the Old Firm. Borna Barisic, Joe Aribo and Wright came back to the Rangers squad in an almost empty stadium, which almost saw a Gers goal in the third minute. Gers striker Ryan Kent combined with Joe Aribo before pitching Morelos 12 yards away, but his shot was blocked by Saints captain Joe Shaughnessy. As the Rangers advanced, the guests retreated to the edge of their own box. Morelos headed a Barisic cross over the bar in the 10th minute, but the goal soon came and it came after a corner from James Tavernier. The skipper's delivery into the box was beheaded by Aribo at the front post and Wright's header at the back post crossed the line before Alnwick clawed the ball back and Morelos took care of it. Alnwick could have felt unlucky with the Rangers' second goal after making a terrific save after a Barisic cross after a Morelos header, but the light blue striker pounced on the loose ball and rattled it into the net from six yards . Alnwick was thwarted by Morelos in the 37th minute as the striker made a great save after the striker's powerful shot before sliding into his left post shortly thereafter to block a shot from Aribo. He headed a cross from Kent past the post and thundered a 20-yard drive over the bar before the break. Wright hit the St. Mirren post from an acute angle at the hour and Barisic shot the rebound well over the bar as the unrealized chances increased. Kent and Ianis Hagi made way for Scott Arfield and Fashion Sakala and the home side continued to push while Alnwick made another fine save, this time after Tavernier's right footed volley from outside the box. But the pace slowly slowed, and Morelos and Arfield missed the mark with shots as the game fizzled out to a comfortable home win. Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst: “I am very satisfied. It was the last game before the break, I'm happy with the performance. ”Go and play chances and try to score more goals, but it didn't happen for us in the second half. "But I'm happy with the win, happy with zero and we can take the break where we want, rest well and start all over again in two weeks." We have two weeks to focus on the game to prepare in Aberdeen, but also to convey our message even more to our players about how we want to play against different systems and situations. We have more time to improve and improve our game. "Jim Goodwin, St. Mirren coach:" I think we all need a break now, apart from one or two coaches who are in good shape. "I think I've never looked forward to a break so much in my life." I think a lot of people didn't expect us to take a point from the Rangers and Celtic games given all the events. After the winter break, the Rangers travel to Aberdeen while St. Mirren visits Dundee United. Both Scottish Premiership games begin Tuesday, January 18 at 7.45pm CET.

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Jan Bednarek settles the five-goal thriller on Boxing Day while Hammer's break-in continues

Match report and free highlights as Jan Bednarek headed Southampton to his first Premier League win against West Ham in nine games; Hammers has now won only one of seven league games (Author: Gardener)

Jan BednarekWest Ham's latest slump in the Premier League continued with a 3-2 home loss to Southampton at the London Stadium. Saints took the lead after just eight minutes when Mohamed Elyounoussi crossed the finish line from the edge of the box. Michail Antonio equalized at halftime three minutes after coming on, but James Ward-Prowse restored Southampton's lead with a penalty (61) after Craig Dawson fouled Armando Broja in the penalty area. Benrahma scored a second equalizer for the Hammers (64th), but Jan Bednarek rose from a Ward-Prowse free-kick to give Southampton a third lead they were unwilling to surrender. The result means the Hammers have only won one of their last seven league games as they slipped to sixth place under Tottenham, while a first win in seven games for Southampton moves them to 14th place. Southampton wanted to end a winless streak of six games this weekend, while West Ham had also been through mixed form lately - and they fell within eight minutes after a sluggish start. It was a very well-made goal for Saints, starting with the kick off at Fraser Forster's feet and after a sweeping 15-pass move, Kyle Walker-Peters selected Elyounoussi to control with his right foot and ended with his left foot deep beyond Lukasz Fabianski's dive. The Hammers, who entered the Boxing Day program fifth in the Premier League, had triumphed in only two of the last nine games in all competitions, but their reaction to the deficit will have alarmed David Moyes as it was the guests who the bigger threat continues. The hosts were busy when Nikola Vlasic lost the ball too easily in midfield to snap Saints on the counterattack when Nathan Redmond's teasing cross narrowly escaped Broja's header at the near post. Since Ralph Hasenhuttl took office in December 2018, Southampton has lost 73 points - 17 more than any other team - but his side nearly doubled their lead when Elyounoussi's slalom run scored a clever save from Fabianksi. However, Southampton was punished shortly after when Bowen's corner was beheaded back into goal by Craig Dawson to allow Antonio to take home his first Premier League goal in nine games from close range. West Ham had only won one of their last seven league games on Boxing Day, but they were suddenly on the rise when Declan Rice turned away from Oriol Romeu to take a low shot from distance just wide of the post. Southampton had rarely threatened since the restart, but they were given a way back to restore their lead when Dawson's messy challenge to Broja in the box was punished after the VAR review. Ward-Prowse kept the nerve to convert to Fabianski's right, but Saints's lead was short-lived. West Ham equalized three minutes later when Bowen was in the lower right corner of the room, and when Walker-Peters couldn't get to the striker, his cross was whipped into the net by Benrahma with a half-volley. Moyes had hoped this would serve as a stepping stone for his team to complete their rescue mission, but when a third goal was scored within nine hectic minutes, it was Southampton who took the lead for the third time. Ward-Prowse was the supplier this time, because his precise, perfect free kick was seen over Fabianski by Bednarek for his second goal of the season. In the last 20 minutes of an exciting encounter with West Ham, the often-stepped statistic of lost points since taking office in December 2018 will have crossed his mind. Especially after seeing his Southampton side throw away the lead twice when Bednarek faced James Ward-Prowse to restore the visitors' edge. But the fact that West Ham apparently ran out of ideas later was in part due to Southampton's refusal to be injured a third time. The focus will no doubt be on the lingering concerns West Ham have over their attempts to stay in conversation about the Champions League, with a win in seven games undoing progress in the first half of the season. For Southampton, this was only the fourth league win of the season and one that gives hope that the results can keep up with the performances in the new year. This was a collective effort by the Saints, with Walker-Peters impressing again as a left-back and Elyounoussi taking his chance further forward, but it was the heartbeat of Southampton team Ward-Prowse whose contributions in the second half ensured his Team would not give up another two late points. When the Southampton players had partied with their supporters in the back corner, it was Ward-Prowse who received a serenade after another combative performance. Ward-Prowse was only the fourth player in Premier League history, after Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ian Harte, to score more than 10 penalties and more than 10 direct free-kick goals. * West Ham suffered their first home defeat against an opponent since December 2019 in the lower half of the Premier League table (1: 3 against Arsenal) and ended a series of 18 games of this kind without a loss (S11, 7). * Southampton took their first Premier League win against West Ham since August 2017 (also a 3-2 win) and ended a series of eight games without beating them in competition (U2, 6). In fact, they scored more goals today than in their previous eight Premier League games combined (2). * Since winning four consecutive Premier League games between late October and early November, West Ham has only won one of the last seven in this competition (U2, 4). * Since David Moyes' first league game as coach of West Ham in January 2020, no club has scored more goals from corner situations than the Hammers in the Premier League (23, level with Liverpool). West Ham will arrive in the Premier League against Watford on Tuesday, December 28th at 3pm.

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Premier League result, game stream and latest updates today

Latest News West Ham vs Southampton GOAL: West Ham 2-3 Southampton: Bednarek Goal: West Ham 2-2 Southampton: Benrahma Strikes Back GOAL: West Ham 1-2 Southampton: Ward Prowse Penalty GOAL: West Ham 1-1 Southampton - Antonio Reaches Goal: West Ham 0-1 Southampton: Elyounoussi leads the guests in the lead 1-1 Southampton Not a good day at the office17:09, Jonathan Gorrie The look of a man who hasn't enjoyed Boxing Day ... Jack Rosser's player ratings17: 04, Jonathan Gorrie Craig Dawson and Issa Diop were "all at sea" '. (Author: Gardener)

todayJames Ward-Prowse inspired the Saints to win a dramatic away win in East London on Boxing Day. A lethargic home side opening gave Southampton the lead after eight minutes when Mohamed Elyounoussi whipped home with his left foot from the edge of the box after a driving run from Kyle Walker-Peters. West Ham, who scored five Premier League games before Sunday's game, made little progress as Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster was largely unmolested in the first half. West Ham coach David Moyes sat on his bench after the break and substitute Mikhail Antonio provided a close-range header in 49. A revitalized West Ham hit back through Said Benrahma three minutes later after Jarrod Bowen was brought in, but Jan Bednarek grabbed the 70th-minute win after cleverly turning in a Ward-Prowse free-kick. Southampton's first league win since November 5 brought them to 14th place in the table with 20 points from 18 games, eight points behind sixth-placed West Ham. Catch the action with Jack Rosser at London Stadium and Jonathan Gorrie, kicking off at 3:00 p.m. CET. * GOAL: West Ham 0-1 Southampton: Elyounoussi puts the away team in the lead * To see: Highlights in the game of the second day The look of a man who has not enjoyed Boxing Day ... A third defeat in a row for West Ham after a crazy Boxing Day tie. 90:00 - West Ham are relentless but a miss gives the Saints a kick and a chance to clear their lines. Six minutes more and West Ham is still putting pressure on it. Lanzini is trying to get things going, Antonio still looks lively and Southampton looks uncomfortable. Does West Ham have anything left in the tank? Just as West Ham's strikers start clicking everything falls apart at the back. Southampton's penchant for losing leads should encourage the Hammers. This is why Moyes is so frustrated with Benrahma. This is why Moyes is so frustrated with Benrahma. He's capable of moments of real quality, but he just has to show them more often - that's his first goal since September. He's capable of moments of real quality, but he just has to show them more often - that's his first goal since September. Wow, what a game this is going to be! Broja fell, Kevin Friend looked at the VAR monitor. West Ham has been much more energetic since the restart and is getting the balance. Big moment for Antonio, who scores his first goal after eight league games without a single one. 48:00 - Both Antonio and Benrahma test the Saints defense with early efforts. It is rare for Moyes to make two changes at half time, but perhaps the bigger surprise is that Benrahma is still on the field, the Algerian having been very weak in that first half. This was very flat from West Ham but there were some signs in the first half that there was room for break if they could just make better use of it. Antonio will certainly be introduced quite early in the second half. 45:00 - The Saints did well to weather the storm in the middle of the first half. What a miserable boxing day for West Ham so far ... 35:00 - Elyounoussi passes another challenge in the penalty area too easily and speaks of the ease with which Saints get away while his shot is tame. 29:00 - Where the Saints began their rise, West Ham is now in control. Maybe that early goal was best for them. 25:00 - A dangerous corner gives Dawson a platform to get his head on, although Forster clears and goes down with an injury. Bowen has been West Ham's most dangerous player to date. 23:00 - Vlasic and Bowen start to cause problems. The former is brought down just outside the penalty area before the latter takes a free kick. 22:00 - Bednarek is forced to vacate his lines after Dawson's header causes some mayhem in the box. Signs of improvement from the home side for sure. 8:00 PM - Bowen is knocked down by two challenges after a good ball from Dawson, but Kevin Friend doesn't stop playing. This is a great opportunity for Vlasic and it's not going well so far. The Croatian international faces Salisu and the Southampton man has bullied him so far. West Ham is struggling to make something work in the Southampton half. 5:00 p.m. - Bowen and Coufal are well connected but can't quite find Masuaku in the box. Not perfect, but the best of their game so far. 14:00 - Livramento gives West Ham all sorts of problems that keep giving the ball away. Far too easy for Saints, who barely had to face challenges before getting a shot on target. That was far too easy for Southampton. The guests had so much time to build up while Elyounoussi could choose his place on the edge of the box. The stands are half empty here and that resulted in a flat start from the Hammers. 07:00 - Saints have settled in well without creating much. 05:00 - Both teams appear to have taken a 4-2-3-1 so far which may explain why things could be a bit cautious. 04:00 - Not the most exciting opening exchange yet. The Hammers head into the January window with new investments after Daniel Kretinsky bought a 27 percent stake in the club and a new head of recruiting, Rob Newman, pointing the way. Kretinsky has warned fans not to expect any major expenses in the first window after his investment, but the club are far better off financially should they decide to act - and that is exactly what David Moyes wants to do. Both teams have been far from their best in the past few weeks and Moyes will be especially concerned if Antonio is out. The Hammers have only won one of their last six in the league, a run in which they lost control of fourth place in the table. Their problems in attack could also become visible again against a team from Southampton, which conceded a lot of goals. Moyes hopes Mikhail Antonio will give the all-clear after testing positive for Covid last week. His availability depends on when he tests negative, but Moyes said he hopes to have Antonio back over the holidays. "The answer is, I don't know, he has no symptoms and he's double vaccinated. Hopefully there's a good chance we can get him back," Moyes said before the game. The highlights will be shown tonight from 10:40 p.m. GMT on BBC1 at Match of the Day. Hello and welcome to Standard Sport's LIVE coverage of today's Premier League game between West Ham and Southampton. Before kick-off, which takes place at 3 p.m. GMT in the London Stadium, we will have all the news about the structure and the team.

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Stephen Curry scores 33 points when Warriors beat Phoenix Suns in a thriller between the best teams in the NBA; Golden State regains championship lead

Harden leads Nets past Lakers as LeBron breaks the NBA record; Giannis dominates the Celtics; Walker makes history with triple-double; Mitchell and Jazz storm past the Shorthanded Mavs - live NBA action continues tonight at 8:30 p.m. with Magic @ Heat, live on the Sky Sports Football channel (Author: Gardener)

NBAStephen Curry had 33 points and Otto Porter Jr. scored seven of his 19 during an important late stretch when the Golden State Warriors reclaimed top spot in the NBA from Phoenix, beating the Suns 116-107 on Saturday. Golden State arrived outnumbered in the desert, missing three of its top four health and safety protocol scorers: Andrew Wiggins, Damion Lee and Jordan Poole. Curry carried most of the load and overcame a mediocre shooting night to crack 20 points for the first time in nine Christmas games. He finished 10 for 27, including 5 for 16 of three to help the Warriors end Phoenix's 15-game home winning streak. Deandre Ayton ended the Sun's third loss in 28 games with 18 points. The two teams with the best records in the NBA only played in the third Christmas game, in which both teams had a win rate of at least 0.800. Nic Claxton tossed LeBron James a groundbreaking alley oop 40.7 seconds from time as James Harden and Brooklyn returned from a week-long COVID-19 hiatus to defeat Los Angeles. Harden had 36 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. The last helper was praise Claxton caught with both hands as it flew over James, who had just helped Los Angeles level a 20 point deficit. Claxton posted the 17-time All-Star, then took a free throw for a three-point game and a 118-115 lead. Patty Mills added 34 points for the Nets, whose last three games were postponed because they didn't have enough players to play. James scored 39 points on Christmas Day to overtake Kobe Bryant for the most career points, but it wasn't enough to keep the Lakers' losing streak from reaching five. Russell Westbrook had 13 points, 11 assists and 12 rebounds for his second triple-double on vacation. Giannis Antetokounmpo made a return from the NBA's health and safety protocols scoring 36 points, and Wesley Matthews scored a three with 30.3 seconds left to give Milwaukee its first lead in the Bucks' victory over Boston. Antetokounmpo saw his first action since December 12, playing 30 minutes and scoring 13 of 23 shots while shooting 10 for 15 from the free throw line. Boston only had eight players to play after putting Dennis Schroder on the logs the previous Saturday, but took control behind Jaylen Brown, who scored 14 of his 25 points in the first quarter. Antetokounmpo also added 12 rebounds, five assists and two blocks to his impressive stats. Kemba Walker became the seventh NBA player to triple-double on Christmas, and New York beat exhausted Atlanta for its first holiday win in a decade. But the Hawks lacked Trae Young from nine players on the NBA's health and safety logs, so it wasn't a big rematch of Atlanta's five-game win. Walker finished with 10 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. It was the first Christmas triple-double since Golden State's Draymond Green in 2017. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 25 points and Mike Conley had 22 points to take the Jazz (23-9) to his 13th win in their last 15 games lift. It wasn't the Christmas night match the NBA was hoping for with Luka Doncic among the Mavs stuck in the league's health and safety protocols. Tim Hardaway Jr., Maxi Kleber, Reggie Bullock, Trey Burke, JaQuori McLaughlin, and Josh Green were also marginalized in health and safety protocols for the Mavericks.

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Stephen Curry scores 33 points when Warriors beat Phoenix Suns in a thriller between the best teams in the NBA; Golden State regains championship lead

Harden leads Nets past Lakers as LeBron breaks the NBA record; Giannis dominates the Celtics; Walker makes history with triple-double; Mitchell and Jazz storm past the Shorthanded Mavs - live NBA action continues tonight at 8:30 p.m. with Magic @ Heat, live on the Sky Sports Football channel (Author: Gardener)

NBAStephen Curry had 33 points and Otto Porter Jr. scored seven of his 19 during an important late stretch when the Golden State Warriors reclaimed top spot in the NBA from Phoenix, beating the Suns 116-107 on Saturday. Golden State arrived outnumbered in the desert, missing three of its top four health and safety protocol scorers: Andrew Wiggins, Damion Lee and Jordan Poole. Curry carried most of the load and overcame a mediocre shooting night to crack 20 points for the first time in nine Christmas games. He finished 10 for 27, including 5 for 16 of three to help the Warriors end Phoenix's 15-game home winning streak. Deandre Ayton ended the Sun's third loss in 28 games with 18 points. The two teams with the best records in the NBA only played in the third Christmas game, in which both teams had a win rate of at least 0.800. Nic Claxton tossed LeBron James a groundbreaking alley oop 40.7 seconds from time as James Harden and Brooklyn returned from a week-long COVID-19 hiatus to defeat Los Angeles. Harden had 36 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. The last helper was praise Claxton caught with both hands as it flew over James, who had just helped Los Angeles level a 20 point deficit. Claxton posted the 17-time All-Star, then took a free throw for a three-point game and a 118-115 lead. Patty Mills added 34 points for the Nets, whose last three games were postponed because they didn't have enough players to play. James scored 39 points on Christmas Day to overtake Kobe Bryant for the most career points, but it wasn't enough to keep the Lakers' losing streak from reaching five. Russell Westbrook had 13 points, 11 assists and 12 rebounds for his second triple-double on vacation. Giannis Antetokounmpo made a return from the NBA's health and safety protocols scoring 36 points, and Wesley Matthews scored a three with 30.3 seconds left to give Milwaukee its first lead in the Bucks' victory over Boston. Antetokounmpo saw his first action since December 12, playing 30 minutes and scoring 13 of 23 shots while shooting 10 for 15 from the free throw line. Boston only had eight players to play after putting Dennis Schroder on the logs the previous Saturday, but took control behind Jaylen Brown, who scored 14 of his 25 points in the first quarter. Antetokounmpo also added 12 rebounds, five assists and two blocks to his impressive stats. Kemba Walker became the seventh NBA player to triple-double on Christmas, and New York beat exhausted Atlanta for its first holiday win in a decade. But the Hawks lacked Trae Young from nine players on the NBA's health and safety logs, so it wasn't a big rematch of Atlanta's five-game win. Walker finished with 10 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. It was the first Christmas triple-double since Golden State's Draymond Green in 2017. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 25 points and Mike Conley had 22 points to take the Jazz (23-9) to his 13th win in their last 15 games lift. It wasn't the Christmas night match the NBA was hoping for with Luka Doncic among the Mavs stuck in the league's health and safety protocols. Tim Hardaway Jr., Maxi Kleber, Reggie Bullock, Trey Burke, JaQuori McLaughlin, and Josh Green were also marginalized in health and safety protocols for the Mavericks.

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