From hero to villain.
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg showed itself from its best and worst side, as Southampton on Sunday rounded out the year at home against Manchester City.
The 23-year-old Danish midfielder created the jubilation at St. Mary's, when he at the end of 1. half took the ball from Oleksandr Zinchenchnko, took a few moves into the Manchester City box before he hammered it past Ederson.
The brazilian goalkeeper could do nothing to put up against the Danish cannon ball, which lighted the hope for Southampton.
however, It was turned off five minutes before the time, which apparently was also turned off for the reason on the first floor with Wigan.
Southampton-captain, had played a good game, but ruined it for himself when he with a benbrækker tackling slaughtered Fernandinho.
straight red for Pierre-Emilie Højbjerg, who is now going to spend the next weeks in karantæneboksen.
- The worst is that we got the red card for Pierre. It is disappointing, for he is one of the most important players on our team. In a battle, where it is 3-1, and with only five minutes left, you should ask yourself whether it is necessary with such a tackle.
- He knows that it was a wrong decision, but it helps us not, said the Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl for the BBC's Match of the Day.
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg equalized for Southampton with a cannon shot. Photo: Eddie Keogh/Ritzau Scanpix
the Austrian was hired in the beginning of december, with a clear mission: To save the Premier League-existence. He must now do without. in some matches after the dane's second red card this season.
On the club's Twitter account apologized Pierre-Emile Højbjerg on Sunday evening his expulsion:
'I would like to apologise for my red card, and to betray my teammates. Occasionally exceed my passion of my control, but I will work hard with it, and I'm focused on getting stronger back'
#SaintsFC's Pierre-Emile Højbjerg apologised after his dismissal against #ManCity this afternoon: pic.twitter.com/hVmUOUPych— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) 30. december 2018
the Team from the south coast is in the heavy end of the table, and when Burnley beat West ham 2-0, is the only scorer that keeps Southampton on the right side of the relegation zone.
Manchester City, it was clearly the best team on St. Mary's and should have won by more than 3-1. The knockoutede the home team with two goals just before the break, and thus got the masters stopped some of the bleeding.
the Two defeats in a row had cost in topstriden, where Liverpool can celebrate the new year seven points ahead of Manchester City. The two meet 3. January at the Etihad in Manchester in a properly nytårsbrag.
- It was important to win after two defeats, and the players did what they were supposed to. We are doing well, but the other team (Liverpool, red.) is quite possibly the best team in the world right now and in top form.
Paul Pogba has had an excellent christmas with four scores for Manchester United. Photo: Paul Ellis/Ritzau Scanpix
A second team in top form and Manchester United.
Norwegian Ole Gunnar Solskjær brought the third victory of three possible, since The Red Devils at home beat Bournemouth 4-1. French Paul Pogba scored twice and has now the net four times in the last two matches.
It has apparently helped tremendously in the mood at Old Trafford, José Mourinho no longer sitting out on the bench...
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