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Summary

  1. Southampton XI: Forster, Martina, Fonte, van Dijk, Bertrand, Wanyama, Romeu, Mané, Davis, Tadic, Long.
  2. Palace XI: Speroni; Ward, Mariappa, Delaney, Souare; Mutch, McArthur, Jedinak (c), Puncheon; Gayle, Adebayor.

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By Tim Oscroft

All times stated are UK

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Tim Oscroft

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Southampton qualify for the Europa League and end with their highest Premier League points total with victory over Crystal Palace.

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FULL-TIME

Southampton 4-1 Palace

All over at St Mary's.

INJURY TIME

Southampton 4-1 Palace

The last knockings here, Saints are heading to Europe again.

Southampton 4-1 Palace

Pelle chested down a cross, and Davis slammed the ball low past Speroni for an emphatic strike. All over now.

GOAL

Southampton 4-1 Palace

Steve Davis (86 mins)

SUBSTITUTION

Southampton 3-1 Palace

Charlie Austin is on for Shane Long, who gets a huge ovation from the home fans.

SUBSTITUTION

Southampton 3-1 Palace

Martin Kelly replaces Joel Ward.

CLOSE!

Southampton 3-1 Palace

Mane goes close again, blasting the ball over from an angle when Pelle could have been the better option in the middle.

CLOSE!

Southampton 3-1 Palace

Sadio Mane nearly gets his second, curling a shot from the edge of the box just past the post with Speroni beaten.

SUBSTITUTION

Southampton 3-1 Palace

Lee Chung-Yong is on for James McArthur.

CLOSE!

Southampton 3-1 Palace

There's life in this one yet, Jason Puncheon hits a shot just wide across the face of goal, and it was inches away from a touch for Emmanuel Adebayor.

75 mins

Southampton 3-1 Palace

Sadio Mane went down under pressure from Mariappa and Souare, so Bertrand stepped up to flip it high to Speroni's right. The 'keeper got a fingertip to it, but not enough.

Game over now?

GOAL

Southampton 3-1 Palace

Ryan Bertrand (75 mins)

Ryan Bertrand
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PENALTY

Southampton 2-1 Palace

Mike Oliver awards the Saints a spot kick.

Southampton 2-1 Palace

Mane floats in a fine, teasing cross for Shane Long, whose header lands on the roof of the net.

YELLOW CARD

Southampton 2-1 Palace

Pelle gets booked for a clumsy one on Souare.

SUBSTITUTION

Southampton 2-1 Crystal Palace

Dusan Tadic, James Ward-Prowse comes on for the 19th time as a replacement this term. The Serb gets a standing ovation as he trundles off.

Southampton 2-1 Crystal Palace

James McArthur sees a shot blocked, then Joel ward hooks his follow-up effort well wide. Southampton are shaken, Palace very much on the front foot for now.

Southampton 2-1 Crystal Palace

I was about to say that was all-but game over when Saints scored, but it's game on now, that's for sure.

Southampton 2-1 Crystal Palace

Forster's push away from a corner landed with Jason Puncheon, who cut onto his left and fired in a screamer of a shot that fizzed over the head of Emmanuel Adebayor. No-one was stopping that!

GOAL

Southampton 2-1 Crystal Palace

Jaosn Puncheon (63 mins)

Southampton 2-0 Crystal Palace

Cuco Martina crossed from the right, Pelle climbed into the air and looped a lovely header just over Speroni's fingertips into the top of the net.

Pelle goal
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GOAL

Southampton 2-0 Crystal Palace

Graziano Pelle (60 mins)

Graziano Pelle
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Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

Fraser Forster dives to his left to push away a volley from Sullay Kaikai, who had hit his shot down into the ground.

YELLOW CARD

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

James McArthur is booked for handball.

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

Mile Jedinak clears from just in front of the Palace line after the ball ricochets around the area.

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

James McArthur connects to a cross but Cuco Martina hooks the ball clear from just in front of goal as Palace liven up.

Dusan Tadic and Jordan Mutch
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YELLOW CARD

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

Joel Ward is booked for clattering Dusan Tadic, who chunters on well after the card is shown. This one may run and run...

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

Jason Puncheon is denied a shooting chance by Victor Wanyama, who volleys a cross clear on the edge of the box.

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

Adrian Mariappa and Julian Speroni do a bit of "after you, no, after you" in the box, with the defender hoofing the ball clear under pressure.

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

Steven Davis swings in a free kick from the left towards Virgil van Dijk, who gets his head to it but only to see the ball float over the bar. The defender protests that he had his shirt pulled, but nothing doing from the referee.

KICK-OFF

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

We're under way again.

Alan Pardew
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SUBSTITUTION

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

Sullay Kaikai replaces Jordan Mutch for Palace, Graziano Pelle is on for saints in stead of Oriel Romeu.

HALF-TIME

Race for the Europa League

The drama has been taken out of the Europa League fight somewhat following the abandonment of Manchester United's game. But, as it stands, West Ham are fifth ahead of Southampton, who are two points behind. Manchester United, whose game against Bournemouth must be rearranged, are currently behind Saints on goal difference in seventh. Liverpool are eighth, but can clinch Champions League football by winning Wednesday's Europa League final.

That's the brief analysis. Here's the fuller version.

HALF-TIME

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

That was one of the more forgettable halves of football with few chances to shout about, but Southampton pounced on an error when it counted for the lead.

Sadio Mane
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GREAT SAVE!

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

Fraser Forster earns his keep with a fine block, using his upper arm to push away Dwight Gayle's shot from near the penalty spot.

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

Delaney's headed clearance from a cross went straight up in the air, Speroni flapped at the ball to palm it to Mane, who hook-volleyed it back in from just inside the area.

Southampton goal
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GOAL

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

Sadio Mane (43 mins)

Sadio Mane
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Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

Cuco Martina chips the ball in from the right, and Sadio Mane meets it well but his header has power but not direction - it flies over Speroni's bar.

Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

Ryan Bertand lashes a shot in from just outside the area, but the on-target effort rebounds off James NcArthur.