English Premier League

Southampton 2 – 2 Burnley

Maxwel Cornet scored twice as Burnley claimed a point in an entertaining draw with Southampton at St Mary’s.

Burnley are yet to win this season but Cornet smashed in an impressive equaliser to share the spoils.

Cornet had given the visitors the lead before the impressive Tino Livramento equalised for Saints.

The hosts grew into the game and went in front when Armando Broja scored his second goal in as many games to capitalise on James Tarkowski’s mistake.

Cornet’s third Premier League goal in as many starts was not enough to lift the Clarets out of the relegation zone and they remain 18th.

Saint drop to 16th after Watford’s win at Everton, four points above Burnley.

October may be too early for games to be dubbed six pointers, but this one was a ‘must not lose’ rather than a ‘must win’.

Both Southampton and winless Burnley have had disappointing starts to the season, although the former ended their run of seven matches without victory with three points against Leeds in their last outing.

With just four points separating the sides at the wrong end of the table, Burnley started well as Cornet, the club’s £15m record summer signing from Lyon, headed them into the lead from a Matthew Lowton cross.

Saints were sloppy but their main threat came down the right through teenage full-back Livramento, who joined from Chelsea in the summer.

He delivered several testing crosses into the Burnley box before cutting in on his left and hitting the post with a curling effort.

His reward finally came as he rose highest to head Nathan Redmond’s corner into the roof of the net, before Chelsea loanee Broja drove at goal and fired his side in front, after Tarkowski played the ball straight to Ibrahima Diallo.

Livramento, 18, and Broja, 20, have played together in the Chelsea academy since the age of nine but Saints are the beneficiaries of the Cobham production machine.

Ivory Coast international Cornet showed his class again as he span his defender to smash in the equaliser, and all three players will be key to their side’s chances of moving away from danger this season.

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