Saints' cup dream ends

Wembley Stadium | Sun 22 Apr 3PM | Attendance: 73,416
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Key moments so far

  • Saints lose 2-0 to Chelsea in FA Cup semi-final
  • Olivier Giroud opened the scoring a minute after half-time
  • Substitute Alvaro Morata sealed it with a late header
  • Saints denied equaliser for supposed Austin foul on Caballero

REPORT: Saints' cup dream ends at Wembley

Disappointment for Saints in the semis. Goals from Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata have set up an Emirates FA Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester United. 

Read our report from Wembley here.

17.37

The cup semi-final in pictures 📸

View our best images from a frustrating afternoon at Wembley. Try as they might, Saints just could not find a way through, and the cup dream comes to an end as Chelsea progress to the final.

17.23

FULL TIME: Chelsea 2-0 Southampton

Saints' FA Cup dream comes to an end at the penultimate stage.


Olivier Giroud's strike a minute into the second half and Chelsea substitute Alvaro Morata's late header send Antonio Conte's men into the final at the expense of Mark Hughes's side.

90’

Five minutes of added time

We're into the last moments here at Wembley now.

86’

Austin again on the end of a chance

Cédric's deflected cross from the right falls to Charlie Austin at the near post, but his half-volley is off target.

85’

McCarthy denies Morata

Morata goes close to his second, but Alex McCarthy keeps out his shot from a tight angle.

84’

Austin off target from a tight angle

After Saints scramble one away from their own goalline, they launch a counter down the inside-right, but Charlie Austin fires wide of the far post.

83’

Austin hits the post! 😩

Nearly straight back in it for Saints, as Ryan Bertrand's low cross picks out a sliding Charlie Austin, but his effort back across goal hits the post.

Morata doubles Chelsea's lead

That might well end Saints' hopes. Alvaro Morata, not long on as a sub, gets free off Wesley Hoedt and nods in Cesar Azpilicueta's cross.

81’

GOAL

Álvaro Morata (81’) | 2 0

79’

Chelsea substitution: Álvaro Morata replaces Olivier Giroud

Chelsea's goalscorer departs, to be replaced by Morata.

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77’

Southampton substitution: Manolo Gabbiadini replaces Jan Bednarek

Can he do it at Wembley again? Manolo Gabbiadini is on for Saints!

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77’

Nearly an own goal from Saints

A low Eden Hazard cross is cleared by Cédric straight against Maya Yoshida, with the ball flying inches over.

75’

Chelsea substitution: Pedro Rodríguez Ledesma replaces Cesc Fàbregas

Chelsea make their second change of the afternoon.

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73’

McCarthy denies Hazard

So close to a second for Chelsea, as Eden Hazard lets fly from 18 yards, but Alex McCarthy tips it over superbly.

73’

Saints goal ruled out!

Saints have the ball in the net, as Charlie Austin challenges for Willy Caballero. The Chelsea keeper spills it over the line under pressure, but referee Martin Atkinson said Austin fouled him. That looked very harsh!

72’

Redmond agonisingly close...

Brilliant from Nathan Redmond to win the ball just outside the box, before firing in a fierce low shot. It so nearly beats Willy Caballero, but he somehow diverts it just wide.

67’

Handball appeal turned down

Dušan Tadić's in-swinging corner is flicked on by Charlie Austin, who claims it then hit the arm of Olivier Giroud. Nothing given, though.

66’

Bertrand wastes a good crossing opportunity

Dušan Tadić finds Ryan Bertrand racing down the left, but the defender hits his cross from near the byline over everyone. Still, some welcome threat from Saints there.

64’

Yellow Card for Wesley Hoedt (Southampton)

Hoedt is the next man into the book for Saints, for a foul on Eden Hazard.

63’

Chelsea substitution: Tiemoué Bakayoko replaces Willian Borges Da Silva

Here's Chelsea's first substitution of the day.

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62’

Southampton substitution: Dušan Tadić replaces Pierre-Emile Højbjerg

And here's the second change for Southampton.

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62’

Southampton substitution: Nathan Redmond replaces Shane Long

Saints make their first change of the afternoon.

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62’

Saints fans appeal for a penalty

Shane Long goes down under a challenge from Gary Cahill as a ball loops into the area, with the Southampton supporters appealing for a spot kick, but referee Martin Atkinson isn't interested.

Saints fans in great voice again

The Southampton supporters are willing their side on with a rousing rendition of "Oh when the Saints!"

54’

Yellow Card for Mario Lemina (Southampton)

Lemina is the latest man into the book, as he drags down Eden Hazard.

54’

Long misses a golden chance...

Wesley Hoedt's low ball from the left is dummied by Charlie Austin, and it runs straight to Shane Long clean through the middle. He tries to take it past the keeper rather than shoot, though, and ends up over-hitting it and taking it out for a goal kick. That was a wonderful opportunity.

50’

Yellow Card for Oriol Romeu (Southampton)

Romeu is cautioned for a late tackle on Eden Hazard.

48’

Hazard close to doubling the lead

Chelsea launch a counter, which ends with Eden Hazard curling a shot wide of the far post from 18 yards.

Giroud puts Chelsea ahead...

Olivier Giroud gets through the middle, dances past a couple of defenders and keeper Alex McCarthy and taps into an empty net.

47’

GOAL

Olivier Giroud (47’) | 1 0

Second half under way

We're off and running again...

First-half action shots! 📸

Check out some of our photographers' images from the first 45 minutes at Wembley Stadium.

HALF TIME: Chelsea 0-0 Southampton

There's referee Martin Atkinson's whistle! Chelsea have had the better of the game, but, crucially, it remains level at Wembley.

Half-time approaching...

It remains goalless at Wembley. Chelsea have been on top, but Saints just need to hang on until the break and will have themselves well in the game.

40’

Yellow Card for Maya Yoshida (Southampton)

Yoshida is the first player into the book for a foul on Olivier Giroud near the halfway line.

39’

Giroud inches away for Chelsea

Cesc Fàbregas chips an angled ball into the area, which Olivier Giroud flicks up into the air, before spinning and volleying, but his acrobatic effort drifts just wide of the post.

Still nothing between the sides!

Chelsea have been on top, but the teams remain deadlocked, with half-time now just a little more than five minutes away.

33’

Saints still holding firm under pressure

Chelsea have had a couple of corners, but Saints have managed to emerge unscathed, as we begin to see half-time come into view at Wembley.

26’

Giroud's first sight of goal

He hurt Saints badly last week, and Olivier Giroud has threatened here at Wembley. Eden Hazard gets to the byline and cuts a fierce ball back, which finds the striker on the corner of the six-yard area. It's a tough one to take, though, and his left-footed effort goes wide of the near post.

25’

Lemina tests Caballero

Jan Bednarek steps up from the back to win the ball and put Chelsea on the back foot. He slides a pass to Mario Lemina, who hits a low, angled shot from 25 yards, but it doesn't have enough power to beat a diving Willy Caballero.

Højbjerg in action 📸

Midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg on the ball in the opening half.

2️⃣0️⃣ minutes gone!

It's not been an easy opening 20, but Saints are hanging in there, and are still receiving superb backing from the travelling fans! 👏

17’

Saints settle down

After coming under some significant early pressure, Mark Hughes's side have calmed the game a little in the last few minutes.

14’

Willian off-target with a free-kick

Jan Bednarek is judged to have fouled N'Golo Kanté just outside the box, but Willian curls his right-footed effort a yard or two over the bar. A lot of Chelsea pressure at the moment, though.

12’

Yoshida with a goal-saving tackle!

What a tackle, Maya Yoshida! Chelsea get down the right through Cesc Fàbregas, and a low ball finds Eden Hazard at close range, but the Saints defender makes a sensational sliding challenge to deny him!

7’

Willian hits the bar

Chelsea counter on Saints, as Eden Hazard storms forward and plays it to Willian on the left edge of the box. He cuts inside and curls a shot past Alex McCarthy, but it hits the top of the bar and goes over. Phew!

6’

Austin with a first sight of goal

Shane Long flicks on a ball down the right channel from Cédric, with Charlie Austin hitting it on the bounce first-time from the edge of the box, but, at an angle, his effort goes wide.

4’

Hazard goes close from distance

Eden Hazard spins onto his left foot 25 yards out and unleashes a powerful strike. Fortunately for Saints, it rises just over the bar! A close call!

4’

A solid start from Saints

No chances here in the opening minutes, but Mark Hughes will be pleased with how his side have opened up, as they get stuck in all over the pitch.

Incredible support from the Saints fans

Huge levels of noise from the Southampton section of Wembley Stadium in the opening minutes. A great atmosphere being generated by our fans!

KICK OFF!

Referee Martin Atkinson blows his whistle and we are under way in the Emirates FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium.


LET'S DO THIS, SAINTS! 👊

15.00

The teams are out!

The sides have emerged onto the pitch, and we're just moments from kick-off!

14.57

🔟 minutes to go!

The players are in the tunnel. One step away from the final...

14.51

The stage is set! 👊

Wembley is red and white 😇 it's an amazing sight to see so many Saints fans proudly showing off their colours and waving their flags. The countdown to kick-off continues! ⏳

14.48

Look who it is!

Our very own Saints legend Francis Benali is covering the game for BT Sport today. Good to see you, Franny! 😇

14.45

Warm-ups complete ✅

Check out the best photos of the Saints players warming up, as they head back to the dressing room to rapturous applause from the west end of Wembley, which is bathed in red and white. 🔴⚪️

14.44

Watch the players arrive!

Both teams are currently going through their warm-up routines down below us, but you can watch the moment the Saints players walked into Wembley for the first time with this short arrivals video.

14.28

2️⃣ changes for Saints

Mark Hughes promised changes, but has made only two alterations to his side who were last in action in the goalless draw at Leicester on Thursday night. Returning to the starting line-up are Mario Lemina and Charlie Austin, with James Ward-Prowse and Dušan Tadić dropping to the bench. Come on you Saints! 😇

14.06

Chelsea team confirmed

Starting XI: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Cahill, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Emerson, Willian, Hazard, Giroud.

Subs: Eduardo, Christensen, Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Barkley, Pedro, Morata.

14.00

Saints team confirmed 😇

Starting XI: McCarthy, Cédric, Bednarek, Yoshida, Hoedt, Bertrand, Lemina, Romeu, Højbjerg, Long, Austin.

Subs: Forster, McQueen, Ward-Prowse, Tadić, Redmond, Carrillo, Gabbiadini.

13.59

1️⃣5️⃣ minutes until team news!

Who will be named in Mark Hughes's starting XI? How many changes do you expect? We'll reveal both line-ups at 2pm BST... ⏳

13.45

The players are here!

The Southampton squad have arrived at the national stadium and it's time to take a look around. An hour and a half to go until the big kick-off! ⏳

13.30
Mike

C’mon you super saints #coyr #southamptonfc #saintsfc #facup #facupsemifinal

13.25

the whole experience of playing in a final and having the pressure of knowing you're one game away from a title is something special. we know we are close now. wembley is the church of football. it's amazing, and we want to make history.

pierre-emile højbjerg
southampton midfielder
13.24

Højbjerg looks ahead to Chelsea

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg openly admits Premier League survival remains the priority for Southampton, but the midfielder is not prepared to let the opportunity of playing in an FA Cup final pass him by. Watch our interview with the philosophical Dane here...

13.17

Who was there last time?

It's been 15 years since Saints' last FA Cup semi-final, when Watford provided the opposition. Who remembers this special day at Villa Park?

12.35

Wembley Way is red and white!

It might be nearly three hours until kick-off but that has not stopped the Saints fans pouring into Wembley! Stay with us as we continue the pre-match countdown... ⏳

12.13
Laura

On our way to Wembley! ⚽🔴⚪🔴⚪⚽⚽ COYR 🤞😊 #SaintsFC #southampton #facup #wembley #wemarchon

12.06
Mark Potter

Wembley bound! #wemarchon #saintsfc #semifinals

12.06

Marching towards Wembley! 😇

Thousands of Saints fans are already here at Wembley, where the sun is shining and a special day for the club awaits! Could we be making the same trip on May 19th? 🤞

11.50

you don't get too many opportunities in your career to get to a major cup final. we've got one. we should grasp that opportunity and make the most of it. it's a huge game for us against a very good chelsea side. we have no fear.

mark hughes
southampton manager
11.44

Hughes previews Chelsea clash

For the second time in eight days, Mark Hughes has been preparing his side to take on Chelsea. This time it's in the cup, following the Blues' dramatic comeback at St Mary's last weekend. The boss was a four-time FA Cup winner in his playing days, so find out what words of wisdom he's been passing on to his players ahead of today's Wembley showdown.

11.40

It's matchday at Wembley!

Saints are back under the arch! It's the club's first appearance in an Emirates FA Cup semi-final since 2003, as Southampton and Chelsea go head to head at Wembley, with a place in the final against Manchester United up for grabs. We'll bring you the best coverage as the atmosphere builds throughout the day, with team news, live match updates and live commentary to come. Kick-off is at 3pm BST!

11.35

CHE vs Saints Line Ups

Chelsea

1
Willy Caballero (GK)
2
Antonio Rüdiger
24
Gary Cahill (C)
28
César Azpilicueta
15
Victor Moses
33
Emerson
7
N'Golo Kanté
4
Cesc Fàbregas
Pedro (76′)
22
Willian
Tiemoué Bakayoko (64′)
10
Eden Hazard
18
Olivier Giroud
Álvaro Morata (80′)
11
Pedro
9
Álvaro Morata
8
Ross Barkley
21
Davide Zappacosta
27
Andreas Christensen
14
Tiemoué Bakayoko
37
Eduardo

Southampton

13
Alex McCarthy (GK)
3
Maya Yoshida
6
Wesley Hoedt
35
Jan Bednarek
Manolo Gabbiadini (78′)
2
Cédric Soares
14
Oriol Romeu
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Dusan Tadic (63′)
18
Mario Lemina
21
Ryan Bertrand (C)
10
Charlie Austin
7
Shane Long
Nathan Redmond (63′)
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
11
Dusan Tadic
22
Nathan Redmond
9
Guido Carrillo
16
James Ward-Prowse
38
Sam McQueen
44
Fraser Forster

CHE vs Saints Match Stats

Chelsea

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    56
    44
  • Shots
    17
    9
  • Shots on target
    5
    3
  • Corners
    6
    5
  • Passes Complete
    445
    329

Top Saints Player Stats

Shots On Target
1
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
Chances Created
2
Dušan Tadić
Dušan Tadić
Passes Completed
48
Maya Yoshida
Maya Yoshida
Tackles
3
Wesley Hoedt
Wesley Hoedt
Clearances
7
Wesley Hoedt
Wesley Hoedt
Saves
3
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy