Saints beaten by Augsburg

By SFC Media Wed 02 Aug Saints v FC Augsburg
Photo by Matt Watson
Wed 02 Aug 7.45PM
Friendlies
Southampton
0
FC Augsburg
4
Michael Gregoritsch [35' 39'] Ja-Cheol Koo [67'] Raphael Framberger [82']
Referee: Roger East | Venue: St Mary's Stadium | Attendance: 0

Southampton were beaten 4-0 by German side FC Augsburg tonight in their penultimate match of pre-season.

Saints returned to St Mary’s for the first time since the end of the last campaign, but it did not prove to be a happy homecoming for them.

A superb first-half double from Michael Gregoritsch set Augsburg on the way to victory, with Ja-Cheol Koo’s second-half header and a late strike from Raphael Framberger sealing the win.

Mauricio Pellegrino made six changes to the side that started the 3-0 friendly win over Saint-Étienne last Saturday, with Fraser Forster, Maya Yoshida, Jérémy Pied, Oriol Romeu and Charlie Austin the ones who retained starting spots.

Joining them in the line-up were Jan Bednarek, for his first game at St Mary’s, as well as Matt Targett, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, James Ward-Prowse, Shane Long and Nathan Redmond.

It was Long and Ward-Prowse who nearly combined for the opener after five minutes, as the former delivered a low cross that perfectly picked out his midfield teammate, but Augsburg keeper Marwin Hitz made an excellent save from his first-time shot.

Hitz produced an even more spectacular stop seconds later, as the ball fell to Long to fire in a fierce, angled strike, but the Augsburg stopper was able to tip the ball onto the post at full stretch.

While the early signs had pointed towards Saints dominance, it was the visitors who soon began to take the upper hand.

Forster’s goal came under threat on a good couple of occasions, with the keeper producing a good stop with his feet from Jonathan Schmid’s low strike in the 28th minute, before Alfred Finnbogason fired inches wide shortly after.

Augsburg’s pressure eventually told in the 35th minute, and there was nothing Forster could do about it, as Gregoritsch launched a 30-yard piledriver that rocketed past the outstretched Saints keeper and into the top corner.

Gregoritsch then doubled his team’s advantage four minutes later, as he met Schmid’s in-swinging cross from the left to plant a firm, low header past Forster.

Redmond came close to halving the deficit a minute before half-time, but his sweetly-struck shot from 25 yards hit the bar and went over, after beating Hitz.

Pellegrino, who was experiencing his first game at St Mary’s, made three changes at the interval, as Jack Stephens, Sam McQueen and Jordy Clasie came on for Yoshida, Redmond and Romeu.

Ward-Prowse tested Hitz shortly after the restart with a low shot from outside the area, but the visiting keeper was equal to the midfielder’s drive.

A further two changes would come in the 64th minute, as Long and Austin were withdrawn for Dušan Tadić and Manolo Gabbiadini.

Before they had much chance to make an impact, though, it was 3-0 to the visitors, as Koo rose highest to head home substitute Erik Thommy’s free-kick.

Sofiane Boufal and Ryan Bertrand were then introduced, in place of Ward-Prowse and Targett, but still it couldn’t affect the flow of the game.

Augsburg added a fourth with less than ten minutes remaining, as Framberger drove forward into the area and planted a low shot into the far bottom corner to seal the German side's victory.

Southampton

1
Fraser Forster (GK)
3
Maya Yoshida (C)
Jack Stephens (46′)
7
Shane Long
Dušan Tadić (64′)
10
Charlie Austin
Manolo Gabbiadini (64′)
14
Oriol Romeu
Jordy Clasie (46′)
16
James Ward-Prowse
Sofiane Boufal (72′)
18
Matt Targett
Ryan Bertrand (72′)
22
Nathan Redmond
Sam McQueen (46′)
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Steven Davis (80′)
24
Jan Bednarek
26
Jérémy Pied
28
Stuart Taylor
4
Jordy Clasie
5
Florin Gardos
6
Jack Stephens
8
Steven Davis
11
Dušan Tadić
12
Sam McQueen
15
Sam Gallagher
19
Sofiane Boufal
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
21
Ryan Bertrand
30
Jake Flannigan

FC Augsburg

35
Marwin Hitz (GK)
10
Daniel Baier (C)
11
Michael Gregoritsch
Christoph Janker (72′)
17
Jonathan Schmid
Erik Thommy (63′)
19
Ja-Cheol Koo
Moritz Leitner (72′)
27
Alfred Finnbogason
Marco Richter (80′)
30
Francisco sa Silva Caiuby
31
Philipp Max
32
Raphael Framberger
36
Martin Hinteregger
Takashi Usami (72′)
38
Kevin Danso
Gojko Kacar (63′)
13
Fabian Giefer
3
Konstantinos Stafylidis
5
Moritz Leitner
14
Daniel Opare
16
Christoph Janker
23
Marco Richter
26
Erik Thommy
39
Takashi Usami
40
Gojko Kacar
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