Southampton 3-1 Crystal Palace: Danny Ings scores twice on return from injury

Report and highlights as Danny Ings sends a reminder to Gareth Southgate ahead of the Euros; it was his finishing that proved the difference in a close encounter

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Tuesday 11 May 2021 22:14, UK

Danny Ings scored twice on his return from injury as Southampton came out on top 3-1 in an exciting end-of-season encounter with Crystal Palace.

With both teams free of the shackles of relegation it resulted in a pulsating encounter full of chances, sparked by an early Christian Benteke opener (2).

But Ings – on his first start since limping off against Tottenham – skilfully equalised with Southampton’s first effort on goal (19). Palace squandered a perfect opportunity to take the lead but Luka Milivojevic’s penalty was saved by Fraser Forster (41).

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Southampton made them pay as Che Adams slid home at the back post (48) and Ings neatly finished off a flowing move (75) to wrap up the points. It was a timely reminder of his qualities with only two weeks until Gareth Southgate names his 26-man England squad for the Euros.

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Southampton: Forster (8), Walker-Peters (7), Bednarek (6), Vestegaard (6), Stephens (7), Ward-Prowse (8), Armstrong (7), Redmond (6), Minamino (6), Ings (8)

Subs: Obafemi (6), Salisu (6)

Crystal Palace: Guaita (6), Ward (7), Kouyate (7), Dann (6), Mitchell (6), Milivojevic (4), Eze (7), Ayew (7), Riedewald (6), Benteke (7), Zaha (7)

Subs: Batshuayi (6), Mateta (6), Schlupp (6)

Man of the match: Danny Ings

What’s next?

Southampton are back at St Mary’s on Saturday when hosting relegated Fulham. Meanwhile, Palace are back in action on Sunday lunchtime with a home fixture against Aston Villa, live on Sky Sports.

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