Ten-man Saints fall to heavy home defeat

St Mary's Stadium | Fri 25 Oct 8PM | Attendance: 28,762
Match Report Highlights

Saints vs LEI
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Saints vs LEI As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Jamie Vardy compounds Saints misery with a fifth
  • Ayoze Pérez nets a first-half brace
  • Ben Chilwell and Youri Tielemans both score first-half goals
  • Ryan Bertrand dismissed for a tackle on Ayoze Pérez

FULLT-TIME: Saints 0-9 Leicester City

Jamie Vardy completes his hat-trick from the penalty spot after being fouled by Jan Bednarek. A dreadful night for Saints.

21.52

Insult to injury

James Maddison whips a free-kick around the wall and into the far corner.

84’

GOAL

James Maddison (84’) | 0 8

80’

Chilwell bends wide

The full-back picked up the ball on the edge of the area from Maddison, opted to hit it first time, left-footed. Momentum carries it wide.

76’

Neat play

Good move by Saints ends up with a corner. Substitute Armstrong was released down the right by Redmond. Corner delivered by Ward-Prowse, a few attempts at goal, but ultimately nothing gained.

74’

Leicester City substitution: Demarai Gray replaces Ayoze Pérez Gutiérrez

Second change.

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74’

Evans misses from close range

James Maddison's corner found the feet of Pérez at the back post, who fired the ball back across the goal line, but Jonny Evans can't apply the finishing touch.

71’

Leicester City substitution: Marc Albrighton replaces Harvey Barnes

First change for the visitors.

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71’

Southampton substitution: Stuart Armstrong replaces Yan Valery

Final change.

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Redmond goes close

He races away from Jonny Evans, cuts inside onto his right foot and curls a shot goalward. Well saved by Schmeichel.

66’

Redmond wins free-kick

The forward battled hard for that, surrounded by Leicester shirts. James Ward-Prowse is over the resulting dead ball, whips it around the wall but it's comfortably saved.

Vardy adds another

The striker heads home his second of the evening, unmarked on the six-yard line.

59’

GOAL

Jamie Vardy (59’) | 0 7

Pérez hat-trick

The forward has a treble. Harvey Barnes dinked a ball over the Saints defence, Maya Yoshida played him onside. He chests down and smashes home.

56’

GOAL

Ayoze Pérez Gutiérrez (56’) | 0 6

54’

Pérez drive

The forward cuts in from the right, and drives a shot at Angus Gunn. The Saints stopper was right behind it - his third save of the half.

51’

Pereira cross just misses Vardy

The striker was stretching to meet the ball from wide right, but can't connect. It was a teasing cross, but just too much pace for the front man, looking for his second of the night.

48’

Vardy on front foot

Well saved by Angus Gunn with his legs. Results in a corner, which again is fielded effectively. 

HT

Southampton substitution: Kevin Danso replaces Danny Ings

Second change for the hosts.

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HT

Southampton substitution: Jack Stephens replaces Jannik Vestergaard

Half-time substitute from the manager.

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HALF-TIME: Saints 0-5 Leicester City

A thoroughly miserable first half of football comes to an end at St Mary's.

Vardy scores

It gets worse for Saints, as the striker turns inside Maya Yoshida and smashes home. There's surely no way back for the home side, who were rocked by the untimely sending off of Ryan Bertrand, and have been unable to recover. 

44’

GOAL

Jamie Vardy (44’) | 0 5

44’

More pressure

Harvey Barnes worked his way into the area, eventual shot blocked by Oriol Romeu. Saints camped on the edge of their own box as the visitors continue to pile on the pressure.

Pérez brace

Floated Chilwell pass evades Yan Valery at the back post, and Ayoze Pérez sneaks in behind and connects to divert home first time. Nothing Gunn could have done.

38’

GOAL

Ayoze Pérez Gutiérrez (38’) | 0 4

37’

Pérez shot tame

Easily saved by Angus Gunn, as the forward attempted to shoot slightly off balance. He looks lively, though.

36’

Ings shot

The forward, in fine scoring form, wriggles free on the edge of the Leicester City box and gets his shot away early, but it flies over. The second effort on goal from the hosts.

36’

Back on the attack

Ben Chilwell continues to be a threat down the left, as he gets to the byline and pulls the ball back for Harvey Barnes. First time effort is saved by Gunn, before the ball squirms under him, but he recovers before it crosses the line.

31’

Valery effort on target

Redmond was the runner down the right, his square field pass found an advanced Danny Ings, who bought the ball down superbly. The forward found Ward-Prowse centrally, who worked it to Valery. Shot was well saved, but an encouraging move by Saints.

23’

Maddison delivers corner

Cleared effectively by Vestergaard, and then fielded well by Gunn. Saints, rather shellshocked, need to gather some composure.  

Pérez makes it three

The forward gets in on the action, firing the ball inside the near post, beating Angus Gunn for sheer pace.

19’

GOAL

Ayoze Pérez Gutiérrez (19’) | 0 3

Tielemans doubles lead

Harvey Barnes did all the hard work down the left hand side, beating numerous players, before cutting inside. Yan Valery intercepted but the ball fell to Tielemans who finished low beyond Gunn.

17’

GOAL

Youri Tielemans (17’) | 0 2

14’

Double blow for Saints

The home side are a goal and a man down. Ben Chilwell is the scorer for Leicester, but in the preamble, a high tackle on Pérez has seen Ryan Bertrand dismissed.

13’

Red Card for Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)

The full-back receives a straight red card for a high tackle on Ayoze Pérez. Awarded by VAR referee Mike Dean.

Ben Chilwell opens the scoring

The full-back hits a speculative shot, which Harvey Barnes diverts goalward, and Gunn saves. The rebound falls kindly to Chilwell once more, and he turns home.

10’

GOAL

Ben Chilwell (10’) | 0 1

9’

Valery back pass short

Saints nearly caught out at the back. The full-back plays the ball back to Angus Gunn, who makes it to the loose pass, but not convincingly. 

8’

Barnes shot curls wide

The midfielder turns, centrally, and his shot skews marginally wide of the post. It bobbled off the greasy surface, but he probably didn't catch it as he'd have liked. First attempt on goal from the visitors. 

5’

Scrappy start

No side able to keep hold of possession, on a sodden pitch at St Mary's. The rain continues to swirl and playing conditions are less than ideal!

We're under way...

Leicester get us going here at St Mary's, Youri Tielemans motoring forward, before being stopped by the Saints captain Højbjerg.

20.01

Getting warm! ☔️

Difficult conditions here on the south coast tonight, plenty of wind and rain! Kick-off not far away...

19.53

📍 Checking in

Saints are in the building! A look through the images as the players entered St Mary's earlier tonight. Hi, lads! 👋

19.06

UNCHANGED!

Ralph Hasenhüttl names the same side that claimed a point away to Wolverhampton Wanderers last time out in the Premier League. The bench also remains unchanged! 👊

19.02

Leicester team 🦊

Starting XI: Schmeichel (GK) (c), Chilwell, Söyüncü, Evans, Pereira, Nidda, Tielemans, Barnes, Pérez, Maddison, Vardy. 

Subs: Ward (GK), Justin, Morgan, Gray, Albrighton, Choudhury, Praet.

19.00

SAINTS TEAM REVEALED 😇

Starting XI: Gunn (GK), Yoshida, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Valery, Bertrand, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Højbjerg (c), Redmond, Ings.

Subs: McCarthy (GK), Stephens, Danso, Armstrong, Long, Boufal, Adams. 

19.00

FLASHBACK... 😍

Here's another meeting of old to wet your appetite for tonight's Foxes clash! Fond memories...

18.48

1️⃣5️⃣ minutes until team news! ⏳

Stay with us, we've got Saints team news coming right up, as well as all the build up to 8pm kick-off!

18.46
VOTE NOW
Which current Saints player made his full debut on this day, back in 2011? ��

Which current Saints player made his full debut on this day, back in 2011? ��

The results so far:

  • Shane Long
    8%
  • Maya Yoshida
    33%
  • Oriol Romeu
    4%
  • James Ward-Prowse
    51%
  • Jack Stephens
    5%

A peak inside the dressing room 👀

Here's a little look inside the home dressing room ahead of tonight's game. Who makes your Saints XI?

17.41

FLASHBACK: Leicester 1-2 Saints 

A look back at Southampton's 2-1 victory over Leicester at King Power Stadium back in January. 


A Shane Long special 😍

17.34

Getting clued up! 🤓

Everything you need to know is included in our Match Pack ahead of kick-off tonight, including team form, player stats and who to look out for! 👀

15.41

the key to a win is an early goal on our side, which can help us massively. but we must also be committed in our defensive work.

Ralph hasenhüttl
Southampton manager
15.37
Southampton FC

Our home. Our city. ♥️ Who’s ready for a #SaintsFC MATCHDAY 🆚 #LCFC at St Mary’s?

15.35

High spirits at Staplewood! 📸

A look through the standout snaps from training this week, as Saints gear up for their second dose of Friday night football this season.

15.33

Hear from the boss! 🗣

We caught up with Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl at Staplewood to preview tonight's game.

15.31

We're back 😇

It's matchday at St Mary's, where Southampton are eyeing their first home victory of the season. Standing in the way of Ralph Hasenhüttl's men is a revived Leicester City side, under the stewardship of Brendan Rodgers, who arrive on the south coast off the back of 2-1 win at Burnley. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, regular match updates and live commentary!

15.29

Saints vs LEI Line Ups

Southampton

28
Angus Gunn (GK)
35
Jan Bednarek
4
Jannik Vestergaard
Kevin Danso (45′)
3
Maya Yoshida
21
Ryan Bertrand
14
Oriol Romeu
43
Yan Valery
Stuart Armstrong (70′)
16
James Ward-Prowse
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (C)
22
Nathan Redmond
9
Danny Ings
Jack Stephens (45′)
5
Jack Stephens
7
Shane Long
10
Che Adams
19
Sofiane Boufal
1
Alex McCarthy
38
Kevin Danso
17
Stuart Armstrong

Leicester City

1
Kasper Schmeichel (GK) (C)
3
Ben Chilwell
6
Jonny Evans
21
Ricardo Pereira
4
Çaglar Söyüncü
25
Wilfred Ndidi
8
Youri Tielemans
15
Harvey Barnes
Marc Albrighton (72′)
17
Ayoze Pérez
Demarai Gray (74′)
10
James Maddison
9
Jamie Vardy
2
James Justin
26
Dennis Praet
11
Marc Albrighton
20
Hamza Choudhury
12
Danny Ward
5
Wes Morgan
7
Demarai Gray

Saints vs LEI Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Leicester City
  • Possession (%)
    27
    73
  • Shots
    6
    25
  • Shots on target
    3
    15
  • Corners
    2
    7
  • Passes Complete
    173
    611

Top Saints Player Stats

Shots On Target
1
Yan Valery
Yan Valery
Chances Created
3
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Passes Completed
24
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Tackles
4
Jan Bednarek
Jan Bednarek
Clearances
6
Jan Bednarek
Jan Bednarek
Saves
6
Angus Gunn
Angus Gunn