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Deadly Daehli denies West Brom at the death

ESPN staff
March 29, 2014
Ben Foster can only stand and watch as Mats Daehli's last-gasp shot flies into the top corner © Getty Images

An astonishing finish at the Hawthorns saw West Brom denied a vital three points against Cardiff City, with both sides scoring deep into injury time in a 3-3 draw.

Morgan Amalfitano put West Brom in front after two minutes when his cross-cum-shot looped over David Marshall and into the far corner of the net. Marshall then made a fine save to deny Scotland team-mate James Morrison but was picking the ball out of his net once again on nine minutes when another Scot, Graham Dorrans, was in the right place to finish off Matej Vydra's knockdown from an Amalfitano cross.

Cardiff pulled one back before half-time as Jordon Mutch matched Amalfitano's effort with a stunning strike from range that may well have been intended as a cross. Steven Caulker hauled Cardiff level with 17 minutes to go, meeting Gary Medel's free-kick from deep with a looping header over Ben Foster, but the drama was only just beginning.

First, Koulossa Thievy looked to have given West Brom victory with a goal in the 94th minute, only for Mats Daehli to equalise even deeper into stoppage time. It means West Brom remain just three points above the drop zone, where Cardiff sit in 18th position, albeit having played a game more.

Swansea City jumped above Norwich City in the Premier League table with a crushing 3-0 win at the Liberty Stadium.

Jonathan de Guzman broke through for Swansea on 30 minutes with a low shot from the edge of the box after Norwich only half-cleared Jonjo Shelvey's cross. He doubled his tally eight minutes later after being set through on goal by Wilfried Bony before dinking a composed finish over John Ruddy. A crisp strike from Wayne Routledge in the final quarter of the game wrapped up all three points and opens up a seven-point gap between Swansea and Welsh rivals Cardiff in the drop zone.

Hull City were the makers of their own undoing as a blunder from Ahmed Elmohamady helped Stoke City to a 1-0 victory at the Britannia Stadium. There seemed little threat when Elmohamady sloppily gave away possession midway through the second half, allowing Peter Odemwingie to charge through and score the only goal of the game. Stoke remain 10th with Hull 14th, seven points clear of the relegation places.

Southampton move above Newcastle United in the table after a brutally one-sided 4-0 victory over their lacklustre visitors at St Mary's.

Southampton dominated the first half with 14 goal attempts to Newcastle's nil, but it was not until the 14th of those efforts that they took the lead, with Jay Rodriguez tapping home after being set up by Rickie Lambert. The provider then turned scorer four minutes into the second half as he converted Adam Lallana's cross.

Lallana got in on the goalscoring act with 20 minutes remaining as he charged towards a retreating Newcastle defence then curled a terrific shot into the top corner. Rodriguez then claimed his second of the match when he took down a ball over the defence, cut inside Mike Williamson then converted the chance.

However, despite the margin of victory, the sides are firmly ensconced in eighth and ninth place in the table with little prospect of moving further up the league.

Rickie Lambert puts Southampton 2-0 up in a surprisingly one-sided thumping of Newcastle © PA Photos
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