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Saints' cup dream ends in semi-finals

fa-cup Wembley Stadium | Sun 18 Apr 6.30PM | Attendance: 4,000
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LEI vs SOU
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LEI vs SOU As It Happened

Key momentS

  • Southampton face Leicester City at Wembley Stadium for the FA Cup semi-finals
  • Leicester had the better of the first half chances as it remains level at the break
  • Kelechi Iheanacho breaks the deadlock on 55 minutes
  • Leicester progress onto the final against Chelsea on May 15th

FULL-TIME: Leicester 1-0 Saints

Leicester progress thanks to Kelechi Iheneacho's second half strike. Saints pushed hard after going behind, but ultimately didn't test the Foxes enough to force an equaliser. Leicester will go on to face Chelsea in the final on the 15th May.

+4’

Free-kick for Saints...

Up comes Forster...

+3’

A long ball into the box fails to meet the target

Vestergaard and others were up, but it falls into the hands of Schmeichel.

+1’

Yellow Card for Jan Bednarek (Southampton)

Late booking for Bednarek for a foul on Vardy.

90’

Four minutes added time...

COME ON SAINTS!

85’

Southampton substitution: Mohammed Salisu replaces Ryan Bertrand

It's a double change as a change in system comes into play.

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85’

Southampton substitution: Nathan Tella replaces Kyle Walker-Peters

Another change for Saints, Nathan Tella is introduced.

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79’

Maddison shoots just wide

Another opportunity for the Foxes' number ten, firing a fierce effort just wide of the far post.

77’

Maddison fires over

Good chance for Maddison, found in space by Iheneacho, who can't hit the target for a good position.

76’

Saints deal with Leicester free-kick

Albrighton fires a ball in, followed by a bit of head tennis and a clearance as Saints look to reclaim possession,

73’

Southampton substitution: Theo Walcott replaces Moussa Djenepo

Here comes Theo for our third substitution of the afternoon.

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72’

Slight break as Wesley Fofana is treated

Players reflect and put on the fluids with less than 20 minutes to go.

69’

Leicester City substitution: James Maddison replaces Ayoze Pérez

A second substitution for the Foxes.

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Lively since the goal 🤞

Ings bursts into the box, hounded out by two Leicester defenders as Saints grow into the game.

64’

DIALLO INCHES AWAY! 😱

Diallo on the half volley draws gasps around Wembley, but it's just wide of the target.


Keep going, Saints!

63’

Ings bursts into the box...

Another positive run and attack by Saints, with Ings being hounded out eventually by multiple Leicester defenders.

62’

Chances for Adams and Diallo 😫

Ings lays off Adams, whose shot is blocked into the path of Diallo who could only shoot over.

60’

Leicester City substitution: Marc Albrighton replaces Ricardo Domingos Barbosa Pereira

Now a first change for Leicester.

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60’

It's all Saints since the goal

Positive signs after the game's opener, let's build on this!

59’

Southampton substitution: Ché Adams replaces Nathan Redmond

A first change for Saints. Let's go, Ché! 👊

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58’

Djenepo leads the Saints break

Moussa Djenepo runs down the left wing, looking to fire in a cross but instead wins a corner.

Leicester break and Iheanacho bundles in

Vardy bursts down the left flank, cutting the ball back for Iheanacho who doesn't convert his first effort but makes it count second time around.

55’

GOAL

Kelechi Iheanacho (55’) | 1 0

50’

Vestergaard heads over! 😔

Ward-Prowse finds Vestergaard, who can't control his header so misses the target.

48’

Yellow Card for Çaglar Söyüncü (Leicester City)

The first Foxes booking of the evening, Soyuncu late on Kyle Walker-Peters.

47’

Into the second half...

Big half, big ambitions, let's get it!

HALF-TIME: Leicester 0-0 Saints

All square at Wembley as both sides are looking to feel their way into the game. Leicester have had the better of the slim number of chances but Saints are certainly still in this one. It sets up an interesting second half to come.

+1’

Smart move from Stu and Prowsey! 🧐

The two midfielders combine well before the latter is fouled, resulting in another opportunity for the skipper to fire a ball into the box from out wide.

44’

Another opportunity for the Foxes

Evans at the back post headers back across goal, where a combination of Vardy, Walker-Peters and Forster inside the six-yard box results in a Leicester corner.

42’

Ndidi headers just over from the near post

Leicester came close from the resulting corner.

41’

Catasgna's cross well cleared by Vestergaard

Leicester break again, winning a corner from this latest move.

36’

Bertrand has a sight 

The training ground corner routine (kinda!) works, falling to Bertrand who couldn't react in time

35’

Armstrong wins a corner!

Good play from the Scot, let's make something from this!

34’

BIG chance for Vardy...

Leciester break, Tielemans plays through Jamie Vardy who, under pressure from Bednarek, can't find the target from a narrowing angle.

32’

...so close to Vestergaard's head! 😫

So close to meeting the great Dane at the back post, but Leicester do well to clear.

31’

Walker-Peters caught and wins a free-kick...

Good run from our full-back, giving Ward-Prowse an opportunity to swing a ball in for the first time this evening.

30’

Ings drives forward

Good run from Danny Ings, but no foul given as he clashes with Soyuncu

28’

Perez's cross just misses Iheanacho at the far

Good move from Leicester, Perez looking for Iheanacho at the back post but the cross just misses his team mate.

24’

Vardy tests Forster

Leciester's number nine skips into space on the edge of the box, well deflected by Vestergaard and then well claimed by Forster.

23’

Clever feet, Moussa! ⚡️

Good control from our winger, skipping past a few players but a heavy final touch letting him down.

22’

Perez breaks but doesn't take his chance

The Foxes' winger cuts in from the left flank but doesn't make the most of the position he get's himself into, before Vestergaard clears away.

21’

Good high press! 👊

Saints push Leicester back and win back possession through Armstrong inside the Foxes' half, but Redmond's eventual cross is slightly too heavy.

15’

Great tracking from Stu! 💪

Leicester look to have us outnumbered but Stuart Armstrong sprints back and nicks the ball off of Perez's foot, great work!

The early exchanges 📸

Our photographers' views of the opening minutes at Wembley.

11’

Djenepo looks to feed Ings 👏

A lovely long ball from Moussa looking to play in Ings but Kasper Schmeichel is quick off the mark.

8’

Djenepo wins a free-kick as Saints build

Moussa's close control works in our favour as we look to move up the field.

5’

Yellow Card for Ibrahima Diallo (Southampton)

An early booking for our young midfielder.

5’

Perez shoots just wide

Leicester break forward before Perez looks to curl an effort wide of the far post.

0’

We're UNDER WAY! 🙌

Here we go...

The teams are out at Wembley 👊

Let's go, Saints! How are we all feeling at home?

18.27

Finishing touches ✨

Get yourselves ready, Saints fans! We're just 10 minutes away from kick-off here at Wembley Stadium, where Saints look to book their place in the FA Cup final!

18.20

Saints fans: assemble 🥰

 Wherever you're tuning in from today, we hope we can deliver a good result 😇

18.10

A beautiful day at Wembley ❤️

Just half an hour to go until kick-off at Wembley! Can Saints book their place in the Emirates FA Cup final? 

18.00

Leicester team confirmed 

Starting XI: Schmeichel (c), Castagne, Söyüncü, Evans, Fofana, Ricardo, Ndidi, Tielemans, Pérez, Iheanacho, Vardy. 

Subs: Ward, Amartey, Thomas, Choudhury, Mendy, Praet, Albrighton, Ünder, Maddison. 

17.33

SAINTS TEAM CONFIRMED 😇

Starting XI: Forster, Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand, Diallo, Ward-Prowse [c], Armstrong, Djenepo, Redmond, Ings. 

Subs: McCarthy, Stephens, Salisu, Jankewitz, Ferry, Tella, Walcott, Nlundulu, Adams. 

17.30

Fraser Forster 👑

Fraser Forster has played in all four of Southampton's FA Cup fixtures so far this season and is yet to concede a single goal. Hear what he had to say ahead of the Leicester clash at Wembley. 

17.21

Things you love to see 😍

Every goal celebration from this year's FA Cup campaign so far. Just because ...

17.10

Hear from the boss 🎙

It's been a big week of preparations for Ralph Hasenhüttl, hear what he had to say ahead of today's semi-final. 

17.00

📸 from the training ground!

It's been a big week at Staplewood as the team aim to book their place in the FA Cup final!

16.50
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What has been your favourite FA Cup performance so far this campaign? 

What has been your favourite FA Cup performance so far this campaign? 

The results so far:

  • Nlundulu scoring on debut start for Saints
    8%
  • Knocking out the cup holders
    37%
  • Magic at Molineux 
    6%
  • Redmond resurgence at the Vitality
    49%

Quarter-finals ✅

It was an all south-coast affair for Saints in the quarter-finals, as Saints faced AFC Bournemouth in hopes of booking their place at Wembley. Saints ran out convincing 3-0 winners at Bournemouth, where Nathan Redmond's inspired display saw him assist Moussa Djenepo's opener and score the following two goals.

16.30

we're very focused on this cup run. of course we want to create history and do something special for this club, and for ourselves."

kyle walker-peters
16.21

Marching on from Molineux 😇

For the first time in this campaign Saints were forced on the road in the FA Cup, facing Wolves at Molineux. Danny Ings and Stuart Armstrong both scored to earn Southampton their place in the quarter-finals of the competition. 

16.10

Knocking out the cup holders 🏆

In the fourth-round of this year's Emirates FA Cup competition, Saints saw off Arsenal 1-0 at St Mary's. Whether Kyle Walker-Peters got the goal or the assist, Saints ensured their place in the fifth round of the competition was secure. 

15.50

A trip down memory lane 🎥

Before Saints face Leicester later this afternoon, let's take a look at the journey so far. To kick-start their campaign, Saints beat Shrewsbury 2-0 to book their place in the fourth round of the competition. Dan Nlundulu netted on his debut start for the club, while James Ward-Prowse was on hand to secure the victory with a trademark free-kick.

15.30

the fa cup is a very traditional competition, the most known around the world, and this is the reason why everybody loves it so much."

ralph hasenhüttl
southampton manager
10.26

Match Pack: Leicester City vs Saints 

Check out our Match Pack for all the stats and facts ahead of today's semi-final clash. 

10.22

Welcome to Wembley 😇

Happy FA Cup semi-final day, Saints fans! The sun is shining over Wembley Stadium as Southampton get ready to battle Leicester City for a place in the Emirates FA Cup Final! The winner will face Chelsea on May 15 after they claimed a 1-0 victory over Manchester City yesterday.

10.18

LEI vs SOU Line Ups

Leicester City

1
Kasper Schmeichel (GK) (C)
4
Çaglar Söyüncü yellow card
3
Wesley Fofana
6
Jonny Evans
21
Ricardo Pereira
replace Marc Albrighton (60′)
25
Wilfred Ndidi
8
Youri Tielemans
27
Timothy Castagne
9
Jamie Vardy
14
Kelechi Iheanacho goal
17
Ayoze Pérez
replace James Maddison (69′)
33
Luke Thomas
12
Danny Ward
20
Hamza Choudhury
18
Daniel Amartey
10
James Maddison
11
Marc Albrighton
26
Dennis Praet
19
Cengiz Ünder
24
Nampalys Mendy

Southampton

44
Fraser Forster (GK)
4
Jannik Vestergaard
3
Ryan Bertrand
replace Mohammed Salisu (85′)
2
Kyle Walker-Peters
replace Nathan Tella (84′)
35
Jan Bednarek yellow card
27
Ibrahima Diallo yellow card
12
Moussa Djenepo
replace Theo Walcott (72′)
17
Stuart Armstrong
8
James Ward-Prowse (C)
9
Danny Ings
11
Nathan Redmond
replace Che Adams (59′)
64
Alexandre Jankewitz
22
Mohammed Salisu
32
Theo Walcott
10
Che Adams
23
Nathan Tella
40
Daniel N'Lundulu
1
Alex McCarthy
47
Will Ferry
5
Jack Stephens

LEI vs SOU Match Stats

Leicester City

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    49
    comparison angle
    51
  • Shots
    10
    comparison angle
    6
  • Shots on target
    1
    comparison angle
    0
  • Corners
    3
    comparison angle
    2
  • Passes Complete
    330
    comparison angle
    323

Top Saints Player Stats

chances created
Chances Created
1
Stuart Armstrong
passes completed
Passes Completed
55
Jan Bednarek
tackles
Tackles
4
Jannik Vestergaard
clearances
Clearances
3
Jannik Vestergaard