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Southampton stays 2nd in EPL with 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers

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SOUTHAMPTON, England — Southampton stayed second in the English Premier League after beating visiting Queens Park Rangers 2-1 on Saturday.

Southampton's fourth win from six matches kept it three points shy of league leader Chelsea.

PHOTO: Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Robert Green punches clear under pressure from Southampton's Jose Fonte, centre,  during the English  Premier League match at St Mary's, Southampton England Saturday Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Ison/PA UNITED KINGDOM OUT
Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Robert Green punches clear under pressure from Southampton's Jose Fonte, centre, during the English Premier League match at St Mary's, Southampton England Saturday Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Ison/PA UNITED KINGDOM OUT

Following a wasteful first half, Southampton finally scored in the 54th minute when Sadio Mane's backheel sent on-loan defender Ryan Bertrand behind the defense to blast home under QPR goalkeeper Rob Green.

Charlie Austin leveled for QPR 12 minutes later in style, controlling Eduardo Vargas' cross and spinning to score.

QPR's joy lasted only two minutes, however, as striker Graziano Pelle announced his presence with an acrobatic scissor-kick for the winner.

The match finished better than it started with Southampton hitting the woodwork twice, and QPR once.

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