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Dec 11, 2016 at 2.15pm UK at ​St Mary's Stadium
Attendance: 28,976
Southampton
1-0
Middlesbrough
Boufal (53')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Result: Sofiane Boufal strike lifts Southampton into top half

Result: Boufal strike lifts Saints into top half
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Sofiane Boufal scores as Southampton edge out relegation-threatened Middlesbrough to move into the top half of the Premier League table.

Southampton are up to 10th in the Premier League after Sofiane Boufal's second-half strike gave them a narrow victory over struggling Middlesbrough.

Saints almost fell behind in the opening minutes at St Mary's when Viktor Fischer teed up Jordan Rhodes, only for the Scottish international to see his shot kept out by Fraser Forster.

Jordy Clasie and Jay Rodriguez both went close early in the first half as Claude Puel's side tried to atone for their defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace last weekend.

Despite failing to break down Boro before the break, Southampton started the second half on the front foot and had further chances to take the lead through Nathan Redmond and Jose Fonte.

Their persistence in attack was rewarded on 53 minutes when Boufal latched on to James Ward-Prowse's pass before guiding a shot into the top corner of Victor Valdes' net.

Christian Stuani tried to muster a response for the visitors, but was also denied by Forster as Boro were unable to come away with any points from the south coast.

The result takes the Saints into 10th place while Boro remain just three points above the dropzone.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1714303773045
2Manchester CityMan City17142148103844
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs17130431161539
4Chelsea17114235142137
5Arsenal17104337231434
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd177552929026
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves177461919025
8Everton176652422224
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham177372525024
10Watford177372325-224
11Bournemouth177282528-323
12Leicester CityLeicester176472121022
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton176382024-421
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle174491422-816
15Crystal Palace1743101423-915
16Cardiff CityCardiff1742111733-1614
17Southampton172691632-1612
18Burnley1733111533-1812
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1724111028-1810
20Fulham1723121642-269

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