REPORT: Sporting Hasselt 0-6 Southampton

By SFC Media Thu 17 Jul First team

A debut double for Graziano Pellè was the highlight as Saints put six past Belgian side Sporting Hasselt to round off the squad’s overseas training camp on a high.

Second-half strikes from Sam McQueen and Sam Gallagher plus an Emmanuel Mayuka penalty and a Tom Weerts own-goal rounded off the side’s second victory in the space of three days.

Manager Ronald Koeman mixed up the teams that played either half of Tuesday’s win over Dutch side EHC Hoensbroek, with only three players starting both matches.

Among those coming into the XI was new boy Pellè, who only joined up with the team on Monday night, while fellow summer signing Dušan Tadić also started.

And it took Pellè just five minutes to open his account for the club, as he side-footed Lloyd Isgrove’s low cross beyond Hasselt goalkeeper Dylan Swinnen.

Before that, James Ward-Prowse had gone close to breaking a long-running personal drought but his powerful effort was tipped wide after Pellè had cleverly chested the ball down for the midfielder.

Pellè could have grabbed his second just before the quarter-hour when he linked up nicely with Tadić to get into the area only for Swinnens to rush out and deflect the ball wide.

From the resultant corner, Tadić’s outswinging delivery found the head of Jos Hooiveld but his effort went off target.

After a quick water break due to the sweltering conditions at the Stedelijk Sportstadion, Pellè added his second on 32 minutes as he turned Jason McCarthy’s excellent cross from the right past the hosts’ goalkeeper for 2-0.

Fellow new boy Tadić looked keen to get in on the act, but his chipped shot soon afterwards dropped wide of the Hasselt goal.

Skipper Steven Davis was then denied by Swinnen twice in quick succession, with the custodian also saving from Ward-Prowse soon afterwards.

The hosts did have a rare chances towards the end of the half, with Levent Saglam flashing a shot wide of Kelvin Davis’s right-hand post.


As he did earlier in the week, Koeman made wholesale changes as the break as a completely new side came out for the second half.

Among the new team was Maya Yoshida, who only began pre-season training on Sunday after an extended break following his involvement at the FIFA World Cup finals.

Also coming on were Sam McQueen, Calum Chambers and Billy Sharp, who were all among the goals two days ago.

The first chance of the second half unsurprisingly went Saints’ way when, following good work down the left by Harrison Reed, an opportunity presented itself to young winger McQueen but he was denied by a last-gasp block.

But McQueen made no mistake shortly afterwards as he stooped to nod Chambers’ cross from the right past Swinnen for his second goal in the space of three days.

The fourth goal arrived on 67 minutes when Reed’s free-kick from the right flank caused havoc in the box, forcing Hasselt defender Weerts to bundle the ball into his own net under pressure from Sharp.

Sharp played his part in Saints’ fifth, too, as he looked to get in on goal only for a Hasselt defender to handle the ball, allowing Mayuka to convert a 78th-minute penalty.

Goal six came three minutes from time when Sharp’s shot rebounded off a home player into the path of Gallagher, who duly took advantage and slid the ball past Swinnens.

The result means Saints’ overseas training camp ends with them having won both of their friendly matches, scoring ten goals and conceding none.


Southampton: Kelvin Davis (Artur Boruc 46), Jason McCarthy (Calum Chambers 46), Jack Stephens (José Fonte 46), Jos Hooiveld (Maya Yoshida 46), Matt Targett (Jordan Turnbull 46), Jack Cork (Jake Flannigan 46), James Ward-Prowse (Harrison Reed 46), Steven Davis (Billy Sharp 46), Dušan Tadić (Sam McQueen 46), Lloyd Isgrove (Emmanuel Mayuka 46), Graziano Pellè (Sam Gallagher 46). Unused substitutes: Paulo Gazzaniga (GK), Jake Sinclair.

Goals: Pellè (5 & 32), McQueen (59), Weerts own-goal (67), Mayuka (penalty 78), Gallagher (87)

Sporting Hasselt: Dylan Swinnen, Nick Hulsmans (Kenny Clabots 46), Glenn Lowet (Bram Put 46), Tom Weerts (Egen Wisniowski 88), Jo Geebelen (Stef Reynders 46), Simen Demulder (Yorick Antheunis 46), Ferhat Teker (Murat Topal 88), David Vandecauter (Kenneth Staelens 46), Mohamed El Idrissi (Mucahid Duvan 88), Kenneth Ulenaers (Ahmet Karadayi 73), Levent Saglam (Francesco Caratta 73). Unused substitute: Jens Slegers (GK).

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