Southampton loses to Swansea, harming chances of top four spot

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Southampton's surprise bid for Champions League qualification took a hit with a 1-0 home loss to Swansea in the English Premier League on Sunday.

Jonjo Shelvey grabbed the winner in the 83rd minute with a swerving shot from the edge of the area, leaving Southampton to bemoan its inability to translate dominance into goals.

A straight red card for left back Ryan Bertrand for a lunging tackle on Modou Barrow in the 89th capped a frustrating day for the hosts at St. Mary's.

Southampton started the weekend a surprising third in the standings but dropped a point behind Manchester United to fourth, level on points with Arsenal.

James Ward-Prowse, Dusan Tadic and Sadio Mane squandered great chances for Southampton, which failed to pierce a defense superbly marshalled by Ashley Williams.

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