Southampton, Everton end in scoreless draw

Updated: January 21, 2013, 7:27 PM ET
Associated Press

SOUTHAMPTON, England -- Southampton failed to convert a number of first-half chances and it was held to a 0-0 draw by Everton on Monday in the Premier League in new manager Mauricio Pochettino's first game in charge.

Southampton outplayed the visitors for much of the game. Rickie Lambert had the best chances, but came closest when his free kick from 25 yards rattled the post.

Everton improved after the break, but was held scoreless for the first time in 10 away games.

Pochettino was greeted with a warm reception by Southampton fans after taking over following the firing of Nigel Adkins.

"I think today we've done very well, we've created at least seven good chances to score," Pochettino said through an interpreter. "The only shame was that we didn't score any goals. ... We just needed that bit of more luck."

Southampton is four points out of the relegation zone in 15th place, while Everton remains in fifth, three points behind fourth-place Tottenham.

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SEVILLE, Spain -- Athletic Bilbao had a 1-1 draw at Real Betis to end a three-game losing streak in the Spanish league.

Betis striker Ruben Castro opened the scoring in the second minute from the penalty spot after goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz fouled Salva Sevilla disputing a ball on the edge of the area.

Betis continued to dominate the opening stages of the match at Benito Villamarin stadium until Aritz Aduriz deftly scooped Ander Herrera's through pass over goalkeeper Adrian San Miguel to tie it in the 41st minute.

Bilbao created more chances the rest of the way, with Adrian making several saves to secure a point for the hosts.

"We found ourselves a goal behind practically from the start, and that changed our plans," Aduriz said. "But we knew how to react and managed to pull even. I think we did enough to get the win, but the ball didn't want to go in."


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