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Ipswich are top of the table after a last-minute winner against the Saints

Jeremy Sarmiento's goal came seconds before the end of an exciting game
Jeremy Sarmiento’s goal came seconds before the end of an exciting game

Jeremy Sarmiento’s goal in the final seconds gave Ipswich Town a dramatic victory over 10-man Southampton and took them to the top of the Championship.

Leif Davis’ powerful shot was canceled out by Che Adams’ equalizer for the visitors a minute later.

Adam Armstrong fired the ball into the goal to give the Saints the lead, but Nathan Broadhead equalized in the 68th minute with an instinctive turn and finish.

James Bree was sent off after bringing down Davis with five minutes left before Sarmiento scored the game-winning goal.

This result puts Ipswich two points ahead of Leicester City, having played a game more.

It was also a huge blow to Southampton’s slim hopes of automatic promotion.

Ipswich got off to the perfect start when Davis opened the scoring with a deadly shot into the top left corner.

Portman Road erupted as the ball flew into the net, was hit venomously by the left-back and goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu was beaten at the near post.

Russell Martin’s side immediately equalized when Adams helped Joe Aribo’s pass into the net.

Stuart Armstrong then made a determined run down the left before cutting through the infield and splitting the Ipswich defense, finding Adam Armstrong who fired low into the bottom corner of Vaclav Hladky’s goal, giving Southampton the lead.

Ipswich almost equalized in the 65th minute when Al-Hamadi hit the post.

Broadhead then scored to level the game again, scoring on a spin for the first time, beating Bazunu and prompting a deafening cheer from the home crowd.

And with seconds left, Davis crossed to the penalty spot, where Sarmiento missed before instinctively striking with his right foot and pushing the ball past Bazunu.

Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna told BBC Radio Suffolk:

“I’m really proud of the effort everyone put into it. You have to enjoy such moments. What a game to be a part of.”

“There were so many good things in the performance and so much to improve. It was a real leap in quality for us to play against a team like that.”

“All the substitutes had a big impact and that’s a testament to our culture. All our players and staff are full of joy in the dressing room. We have to enjoy it.”

Southampton head coach Russell Martin told BBC Radio Solent:

“Their (winning) goal came out of nowhere. It shouldn’t go in and Gavin (Bazunu) should do better. He’ll know.”

“When the score was 2-2 I thought we were the team that could win, but the red card changed everything. We should score more goals and we can’t concede like we did.”

“We came here with so many brilliant performances. It’s so disappointing to lose. We were the best team tonight.”

“The performance was great, but moments cost us. There are still 24 points to play and we have to win every game now.”

Lineups

Ipswich

formation 4-2-3-1

  • 31Hladky
  • 40TuanzebeReplaced byClarkeat 61′protocol
  • 6Woolfenden
  • 15Citizens
  • 3Davis
  • 5MorsyBooked for 16 minutes
  • 25LuongoReplaced byTaylorat 61′protocolBooked for 70 minutes
  • 19JacksonReplaced byBroadheadat 61′protocol
  • 10ChaplinBooked for 90 minutesReplaced bySarmientoat 89′protocol
  • 20Hutchinson
  • 24MooreReplaced byAl Hamadiat 36′protocol

Substitute

  • 1Walton
  • 2Clarke
  • 4Edmundson
  • 11Dishes
  • 14Taylor
  • 16Al Hamadi
  • 21Sarmiento
  • 28Travis
  • 33Broadhead

Southampton

formation 4-3-3

  • 31Bazunu
  • 14BreeBooked for 85 minutes
  • 21Harwood Bellis
  • 35BednarekBooked for 90 minutes
  • 5Stephens
  • 7AriboReplaced byRothwellat 82′protocol
  • 4Downes
  • 17S ArmstrongReplaced bySmallboneat 82′protocol
  • 9An Armstrong
  • 10AdamsReplaced byEdozieat 77′protocol
  • 26FraserReplaced byBrooksat 71′protocol

Substitute

  • 2Walker Peters
  • 3Manning
  • 13Lumley
  • 16Smallbone
  • 18Mara
  • 19Rothwell
  • 20Sulemana
  • 23Edozie
  • 36Brooks

Referee:
Michael Salisbury

Participation:
29,393

Live text

  1. The game ends: Ipswich Town 3, Southampton 2.

  2. The second half ends, Ipswich Town 3, Southampton 2.

  3. Conor Chaplin (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Goal! Ipswich Town 3, Southampton 2. Jeremy Sarmiento (Ipswich Town) hits with his right foot from the center of the penalty area to the bottom right. Supported by Leif Davis.

  5. Attempt saved. Nathan Broadhead (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved by the goalkeeper in the center of the goal.

  6. Jan Bednarek (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a hard foul.

  7. Foul by Jan Bednarek (Southampton).

  8. Ali Al Hamadi (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Corner, Southampton. Goal conceded by Luke Woolfenden.

  10. Offside, Southampton. Adam Armstrong is offside.

  11. Corner, Southampton. Goal conceded by Harry Clarke.

  12. Substitution Ipswich Town. Jeremy Sarmiento replaces Conor Chaplin.

  13. Offside, Ipswich Town. Leif Davis is offside.

  14. Attempt blocked. Nathan Broadhead (Ipswich Town)’s right-footed shot from a distance is blocked. Supported by Leif Davis.

  15. Samuel Edozie (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Foul by Harry Clarke (Ipswich Town).

  17. Attempt blocked. Nathan Broadhead (Ipswich Town)’s right-footed shot from a distance is blocked. Supported by Jack Taylor.

  18. James Bree (Southampton) is shown the red card.

  19. Foul by James Bree (Southampton).

  20. Leif Davis (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the opponent’s half.

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