Sadio Mane’s exquisite strike helped sink his former club and earned an 11th successive top-flight victory to equal their best-ever winning run.

The Senegal forward scored against the run of play at the end of the first half with a delicious arrowed finish from the edge of the penalty area after Saints had gone close on three occasions.

Adrian, who was passed fit to play after an ankle injury in a collision with a pitch invader following ’s Super Cup win over in midweek, had kept out Maya Yoshida’s header while Che Adams spurned two chances to equalise.

Roberto Firmino doubled ’s advantage with a clever finish before a howler by Adrian allowed Danny Ings to reduce the deficit.

’s number two keeper, starting in place of the injured Alisson, cleared against the substitute’s shin as the Saints striker scored against his former club.

In a dramatic finale, Ings wasted a great chance to equalise inside the six-yard area.

More to follow.

Line-ups

  • 28Gunn
  • 35Bednarek
  • 3Yoshida
  • 4Vestergaard
  • 43Valery
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 14RomeuBooked at 36minsSubstituted forIngsat 64′minutes
  • 23Højbjerg
  • 21BertrandSubstituted forDjenepoat 77′minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 10AdamsSubstituted forArmstrongat 68′minutes
  • 22Redmond

Substitutes

  • 2Cédric Soares
  • 9Ings
  • 12Djenepo
  • 17Armstrong
  • 20Obafemi
  • 38Danso
  • 44Forster

  • 13Adrián
  • 66Alexander-ArnoldBooked at 79mins
  • 32Matip
  • 4
  • 26Robertson
  • 15Oxlade-ChamberlainSubstituted forHendersonat 89′minutes
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 7MilnerSubstituted forFabinhoat 74′minutes
  • 11SalahSubstituted forOrigiat 79′minutes
  • 9Firmino
  • 10Mané

Substitutes

  • 3Fabinho
  • 12Gomez
  • 14Henderson
  • 20Lallana
  • 22Lonergan
  • 23Shaqiri
  • 27Origi
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
31,712

Match Stats

Home TeamAway Team
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home14
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home10
Away6

Live Text

Corner, . Conceded by Moussa Djenepo.

Attempt blocked. Danny Ings () right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by with a cross.

Foul by Sadio Mané ().

Moussa Djenepo () wins a free kick on the left wing.

Hand ball by Nathan Redmond ().

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, . Jordan Henderson replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Delay in match because of an injury Moussa Djenepo ().

Attempt missed. Danny Ings () right footed shot from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Yan Valery with a cross.

Offside, . Maya Yoshida tries a through ball, but Nathan Redmond is caught offside.

Booking

Moussa Djenepo () is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond () right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, . Conceded by Adrián.

Booking

Trent Alexander-Arnold () is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Trent Alexander-Arnold ().

Moussa Djenepo () wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, . Moussa Djenepo replaces Ryan Bertrand.

Corner, . Conceded by Angus Gunn.

Attempt saved. Andrew Robertson () left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sadio Mané.

Corner, . Conceded by Angus Gunn.

Attempt saved. Sadio Mané () header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Roberto Firmino () wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! 0, 2. Roberto Firmino () right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sadio Mané.

Georginio Wijnaldum () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, . Stuart Armstrong replaces Che Adams.

Attempt missed. Danny Ings () left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

Attempt missed. Roberto Firmino () right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sadio Mané.

Substitution

Substitution, . Danny Ings replaces Oriol Romeu.

Attempt missed. () right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Georginio Wijnaldum () wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

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