Derby dump Southampton

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 18 Jan 2019 12:25:40


 

London,

Southampton's dismal season hit a new low as the Premier League strugglers were dumped out of the FA Cup by second tier Derby after a penalty shoot-out. In a third round replay heavily influenced by the latest controversy over the use of VAR, Ralph Hasenhuttl's side blew a two-goal lead in the closing stages at St Mary's. The tie finished 2-2 after extra-time on Wednesday, with Derby winning 5-3 on penalties.


Having avoided falling behind when VAR dubiously ruled out a goal from Derby's Craig Bryson in the first half, Saints went ahead through Stuart Armstrong's 68th minute header.
Nathan Redmond doubled their lead with a cool finish two minutes later.


Both Southampton goals were also referred to VAR, but the drama with the video assistant wasn't over. Derby got one back with 14 minutes left when Harry Wilson's free-kick went straight in and was allowed to stand by VAR despite Southampton's claims that several Rams players were offside.
Just six minutes later, Martyn Waghorn headed Derby's equaliser from Wilson's superb cross to force extra-time.


And Frank Lampard's Championship promotion chasers, who knocked Manchester United out of the League Cup earlier this season, claimed another top-flight scalp in the shoot-out.
Sarri criticised VAR following the controversial decision to award a penalty to Tottenham's Harry Kane in Chelsea's 1-0 League Cup semi-final first leg defeat last week. The Italian claiming he had seen a different camera angle that showed Kane was offside in the build-up to the penalty.
Derby will face third tier minnows Accrington in the fourth round, while Southampton, will have to face their tense battle to avoid relegation with no FA Cup incentives.