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Saints v LEI As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Maya Yoshida pulled one back from a corner
  • Andy King made it 3-0 from close range
  • Shinji Okazaki netted either side of half-time
  • Riyad Mahrez opened the scoring with a solo effort

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A selection of images from a frustrating night at St Mary's. Leicester leave with all three points.

+5’

FULL-TIME: Saints 1-4 Leicester City

Saints well beaten here at St Mary's. It was an uphill task after a poor first half. Maya Yoshida looked to have gotten the hosts back in it, before Austin missed a glorious chance to reduce the deficit further. But Okazaki killed the game off in the 70th minute.

88’

Austin heads wide

The frontman has worked tirelessly tonight, but it hasn't fallen for him. A chance at 3-1 to pull a goal back, but Schmeichel pulled off a wonder reaction save.

87’

Winding down the clock

Leicester keeping possession well, trying to wind down the clock. The visitor's have looked organised, and clinical in attack.

86’

Saints frustration

It doesn't appear to be our night here at St Mary's. Charlie Austin working hard to keep the ball in play, before it trickles over the line and out for a goal kick.

82’

Southampton substitution: James Ward-Prowse replaces Dušan Tadić

 

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82’

Leicester City substitution: Leonardo Ulloa replaces Ben Chilwell

 

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75’

Redmond cross

Bertrand and Redmond link well, but the latter's cross is wayward. Saints attempting to create, but Leicester are proving characteristically difficult to break down.

Okazaki with his second

Just as Saints work their way back in to the tie, Leicester nick another. Mahrez spreads the ball wide to Jamie Vardy, whose pin-point cross is attacked and dispatched by Okazaki.

70’

GOAL

Shinji Okazaki (70’) | Southampton 1 4 Leicester City

62’

Southampton substitution: Nathan Redmond replaces Sofiane Boufal

Boufal comes off, to be replaced by Nathan Redmond. Saints still trail by two.

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GOALSCORER 3 Maya Yoshida

Yoshida reduces the deficit

The centre-half heads in from a corner. Saints may have a lifeline here, with half an hour to go.

61’

GOOOAL!!!

Maya Yoshida (61’) | Southampton 1 3 Leicester City

60’

Tadić wins a free kick

Dead ball situation in a promising area, Bertrand whips the effort around the wall. It stung the gloves of Schmeichel, who turned over his bar. Resulting corner...

57’

Bertrand wins a corner

Always full of energy, Bertrand sprints down the left channel. Wins a corner off Simpson, but the delivery is well caught by Schmeichel.

54’

Mahrez free kick

Forster palms to safety, fairly routine. Resulting corner is cleared by Cédric. Leicester come again with Harry Maguire, who shoots and Forster saves awkwardly with his feet.

52’

Yellow Card for Charlie Austin (Southampton)

Charlie Austin takes his frustration out on Okazaki, who goes to floor. Referee brandishes a caution.

49’

Saints straight on the attack

Sofiane Boufal works his way down the left, resulting corner cleared. But Manolo Gabbiadini should provide Saints with more of a focal point up top. The Italian partners Austin. 

47’

Southampton substitution: Manolo Gabbiadini replaces Oriol Romeu

Mauricio Pellegrino makes a half-time switch. Withdrawing Romeu, as Saints go in search of goals.

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Frustrating half

Saints are behind by three at the interval. A lot of work to do in the second period 😣

+2’

HALF-TIME: Saints 0-3 Leicester City

Saints trail by three at the break, after a disappointingly sloppy first half. 

43’

van Dijk volley

Dušan Tadić floats a ball across the box, headed back in to the path of van Dijk by Bertrand. The centre-half takes it on the volley, hit with pace, but always rising.

King makes it three

Harry Maguire crosses, Andy King arrives late at the back post to tap home. Saints trail by three.

37’

GOAL

Andy King (37’) | Southampton 0 3 Leicester City

Okazaki doubles the lead

Fox in the box, quite literally. A corner is floated to Christian Fuchs, who volleys goalward. The effort rebounds and is turned in by Okazaki, who was quickest to react.

31’

GOAL

Shinji Okazaki (31’) | Southampton 0 2 Leicester City

30’

Charlie Austin strike

That's more like it! Austin, looking to extend his rich vein of form, tests Schemichel from distance. It is palmed away to safety, before the ensuing corner comes to nothing.

29’

Mahrez free-kick

The Saints wall stands tall, as Mahrez tries to bend a characteristic effort goalward. van Dijk with the original foul, upending Jamie Vardy.

27’

Boufal trickery

Sofiane bright again down the left, trying to wriggle free from Wilfred Ndidi. The midfielder battles well, and eventually wins the free kick. 

24’

Lemina off the line

Superb tracking back from Mario Lemina, who prevents an almost certain Leicester second. Forster was beaten, but the midfielder's industry got Saints out of trouble.

20’

Forster saves from Okazaki

Leicester on top here, as Okazaki calls Forster in to action from range. The Saints 'keeper smartly tips his effort around the post, before Wilfred Ndidi's shot is also smothered.

17’

Mahrez on the charge again

Leicester's most lively threat, Mahrez wins a corner off Cedrić. Which goes to waste. But the visitor's are enjoying a positive spell here, after Saints dominated the opening few minutes. 

Riyad Mahrez opens the scoring

Riding a challenge, Mahrez worked the ball on to his favoured left boot and fired low past Fraser Forster. 

10’

GOAL

Riyad Mahrez (10’) | Southampton 0 1 Leicester City

9’

Okazaki on the break

In traditional Leicester style, the visitor's first chance is created via a breakaway. Jamie Vardy leads the charge, but his square pass is too weighty for Okazaki, who had pulled away at the far post.

8’

Boufal burst

Sofiane Boufal is well found by Davis out wide, and makes a charge for the byline. Charlie Austin awaits the cross, which is somewhat fumbled. Leicester clear once more.

Bertrand in behind

Good running from the fullback, committing himself forward. The cross is floated in to the back post, where Dušan Tadić had made a late dash. But Schmeichel claims.

19.49

Corner...

Steven Davis across to take the delivery, flicked on at the near post and nearly turned in by Maya Yoshida. He gets another bite at the cherry seconds later, but Leicester clear. Good early intent!

19.46

We're off...

Shinji Okazaki gets us under way here at St Mary's....

19.45

Formalities 🤝

Handshakes done, we're all set for an exciting night under the lights here at St Mary's. Come on you Saints 😇

19.43

Warm ups complete!

We're nearly ready for kick-off here on a very rainy south coast ☔️

19.40

Limbering up! 💪

It is a chilly evening here at St Mary's, as our Saints squad gear up for tonight's Premier League action. We're just over half an hour away from kick-off!

19.11

Leicester City team 🦊

Starting XI: Schmeichel (GK), Simpson, Morgan (C), Maguire, Fuchs, Chilwell, Ndidi, King, Mahrez, Okazaki, Vardy.

Subs: Hamer (GK), Dragović, Amartey, Iborra, Gray, Albrighton, Ulloa.

18.55

4️⃣ changes for Saints

Mario Lemina regains a starting berth ahead of Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, while Jack Stephens also drops down to the bench to accommodate for the returning Cédric. Sofiane Boufal and Steven Davis come in to Saints' attacking line up.

18.51

Saints team confirmed! 😇

Starting XI: Forster (GK), Yoshida, van Dijk, Bertrand, Cédric, Lemina, Romeu, Boufal, Tadić, Davis (C), Austin.

Subs: McCarthy (GK), Stephens, Long, Ward-Prowse, Højbjerg, Redmond, Gabbiadini.

18.47

Team news arriving shortly 👀

Who would you like to see in the line up for Saints this evening? Official confirmation of our starting XI will arrive in 15 minutes...

18.27

it will be a strange feeling to go back to st mary's stadium but it will be nice to see some familiar faces.

Claude Puel
On his return to Southampton
18.09

Maya Yoshida is our cover ⭐️

Maya Yoshida is the latest cover star of SAINTS for the visit of Leicester City. The long-serving defender reminisces about how he turned his dream of playing in the Premier League into reality. Available now!

17.52

The Saints are coming! 🎥

Watch as our Southampton players arrive...

17.47

Dressing room prepared 👊

Our home changing room is dressed with Saints shirts in preparation for tonight's Premier League clash. Who would you like to see in the starting XI?

17.31
Photo by James Bridle

📸 St Mary's stage is set!

St Mary's Stadium looking resplendent under the lights! We're all set here for our first home Premier League evening fixture of the season.

17.18

Saints arrive for Foxes showdown 😇🦊

The players arrive at St Mary's ahead of tonight's Premier League clash, under the famous St Mary's lights. Kick-off is 7:45 PM.

17.15

Prepare for Leicester City...

Watch our matchday video, for an insight in to Saints' preparation, the key facts and stats, as well as some classic footage from previous meetings.

17.10

some of my players have to wait for their opportunities, but the most important thing is the mentality to be really well prepared to help the team when needed.

Mauricio Pellegrino
On the importance of the whole saints squad
17.06

Rewind: 90 in 90

Relive Saints' 3-0 victory over Leicester City at St Mary's back in January 2017, as James Ward-Prowse, Jay Rodriguez and Dušan Tadić claimed the goals. 

17.02

IT WILL BE ANOTHER GREAT OPPONENT. WE KNOW THEIR QUALITY AND IT WILL BE IMPORTANT FOR US TO FIND GOOD PLAY, CONSISTENCY AND KEEP A GOOD FOCUS ABOUT OUR GAME.

Claude Puel
on Southampton
16.46

Pellegrino previews Leicester classh

We spoke with Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday afternoon. Take a look at our interview with the Saints boss, as he discusses the showdown with Claud Puel's Leicester City.

16.31

It's matchday! 😇

We're back at St Mary's tonight, as Southampton host Claude Puel's Leicester City in the Premier League. After a strong showing against Arsenal at the weekend, Mauricio Pellegrino's men will be looking for more of the same intensity, and of course, that winning edge! Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, live match updates and free audio commentary. Come on you Saints! 👊

16.08

Saints v LEI Line Ups

Southampton

44
Fraser Forster (GK)
21
Ryan Bertrand
2
Cédric Soares
3
Maya Yoshida
17
Virgil van Dijk
8
Steven Davis (C)
18
Mario Lemina
11
Dusan Tadic
James Ward-Prowse (83′)
14
Oriol Romeu
Manolo Gabbiadini (45′)
19
Sofiane Boufal
Nathan Redmond (62′)
10
Charlie Austin
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
7
Shane Long
13
Alex McCarthy
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
22
Nathan Redmond
5
Jack Stephens
16
James Ward-Prowse

Leicester City

1
Kasper Schmeichel (GK)
5
Wes Morgan (C)
15
Harry Maguire
28
Christian Fuchs
2
Danny Simpson
10
Andy King
26
Riyad Mahrez
Marc Albrighton (72′)
25
Wilfred Ndidi
3
Ben Chilwell
Leonardo Ulloa (83′)
20
Shinji Okazaki
9
Jamie Vardy
Demarai Gray (72′)
7
Demarai Gray
23
Leonardo Ulloa
16
Aleksandar Dragovic
12
Ben Hamer
21
Vicente Iborra
18
Daniel Amartey
11
Marc Albrighton

Saints v LEI Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Leicester City
  • Possession (%)
    53
    47
  • Shots
    11
    16
  • Shots on target
    4
    11
  • Corners
    9
    9
  • Passes Complete
    334
    278

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
Maya Yoshida
Maya Yoshida
Shots On Target
2
Charlie Austin
Charlie Austin
Chances Created
3
Sofiane Boufal
Sofiane Boufal
Passes Completed
45
Virgil Van Dijk
Virgil Van Dijk
Tackles
5
Mario Lemina
Mario Lemina
Clearances
5
Maya Yoshida
Maya Yoshida
Saves
5
Fraser Forster
Fraser Forster