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Boufal sends Saints through and adds to Moyes’ misery

Sofiane Boufal

Boufal had made two appearances as a Southampton substitute since arriving from Lille

Struggling Sunderland manager David Moyes was sent to the stands as his side were knocked out of the EFL Cup in the fourth round by Southampton.

Southampton’s record £16m signing Sofiane Boufal scored with a stunning strike into the top corner from the edge of the box to secure a place in the quarter-finals for the hosts.

Moyes was dismissed late on after referee Chris Kavanagh waved away Sunderland’s appeals for a foul on Victor Anichebe in the penalty area.

The Scot’s two competitive wins in charge of the Premier League’s bottom club came in the previous rounds of the EFL Cup.

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Southampton boss Claude Puel made nine changes to the side that drew with Manchester City on Sunday, including naming six academy graduates.

Boufal’s winner, on his first start since his summer move from Lille, was a rare effort on goal in a disappointing match.

Sunderland’s best chance fell to substitute Jermain Defoe, whose shot was saved by Alex McCarthy.

Defeat was the Black Cats’ eighth in all competitions this season, while victory means Southampton will travel to Arsenal in the last eight.

Sunderland manager David Moyes:

“I was sent off for leaving my box and swearing at the fourth official.

“The problem was he chased me down the touchline. I swore at him and I shouldn’t have done so I deserved to be sent off.

“When you see the penalty decision again it’s a stonewaller, no question. Inside the box Maya Yoshida fouls Victor, he comes across him, and it should have been a definite penalty awarded.”

Southampton boss Claude Puel:

“You can see Boufal’s qualities, you can see he is a fantastic player.

“It was difficult for us against a strong team. I enjoyed the result, of course, for all my players, the experienced and the young ones.”

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Match ends, Southampton 1, Sunderland 0.

Second Half ends, Southampton 1, Sunderland 0.

Didier Ndong (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Didier Ndong (Sunderland).

Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton).

Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton).

Steven Pienaar (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution, Sunderland. Steven Pienaar replaces Paddy McNair.

Substitution, Sunderland. Lynden Gooch replaces Duncan Watmore.

Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution, Southampton. Jordy Clasie replaces Harrison Reed because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Foul by Olufela Olomola (Southampton).

Billy Jones (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Duncan Watmore (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton).

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Alex McCarthy.

Attempt saved. Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution, Sunderland. Jermain Defoe replaces Wahbi Khazri.

Substitution, Southampton. Nathan Redmond replaces Lloyd Isgrove.

Foul by Olufela Olomola (Southampton).

Billy Jones (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Paddy McNair (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Sam McQueen.

Goal! Southampton 1, Sunderland 0. Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner.

Attempt blocked. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Billy Jones (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Billy Jones (Sunderland).

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland).

Attempt missed. Duncan Watmore (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Olufela Olomola (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Olufela Olomola (Southampton).

Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Paddy McNair.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Billy Jones.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Duncan Watmore.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37700028