Saints beaten in final warm-up

By SFC Media time Sat 04 Aug Saints v B Monchengladbach
Photo by Matt Watson | Manolo Gabbiadini
Sat 04 Aug 3PM
Friendlies
Southampton
0
Borussia Monchengladbach
3
goal
Herrmann [21' 59'] Zakaria [49']
Referee: Craig Pawson | Venue: St Mary's Stadium | Attendance: 15,185

Southampton’s final pre-season friendly ended in defeat as Borussia Mönchengladbach ran out 3-0 winners at St Mary’s.

All three goals were scored by substitutes, as early replacement Patrick Herrmann struck twice, while half-time arrival Denis Zakaria fired in the second goal from distance.

Saints applied pressure late on, as substitutes Shane Long, Maya Yoshida and Mohamed Elyounoussi all came close, but the German defence could not be breached.

Mark Hughes rewarded three of his half-time difference makers in midweek against Celta Vigo, as Matt Targett, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Charlie Austin all came into the starting line-up along with the returning Mario Lemina.

Saints were fortunate not to find themselves behind inside the first 20 seconds, as Fabian Johnson escaped in behind the defence only to be denied by the sprawling Alex McCarthy.

It was all handshakes and hugs for Jannik Vestergaard prior to kick-off, reuniting with the players he still called his teammates until leaving for Saints three weeks ago, but the big Dane was soon threatening to score against his ex-employers with an early header that sailed over.

When Brazilian striker turned inside his former colleague, Vestergaard was grateful to Jan Bednarek for blocking the ensuing shot.

But it was Saints who produced the first really eye-catching move when Stuart Armstrong burst forward from midfield and combined with Manolo Gabbiadini, whose vicious snapshot was beaten away by Yann Sommer in the German goal.

Those were promising signs, but the hosts found themselves trailing on 21 minutes when Johnson found space down the left and delivered a low cross for the sliding Herrmann to dispatch at the far post.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04: Stuart Armstrong (right) of Southampton FC during the Pre-Season friendly match between Southampton FC and Borussia Mšnchengladbach pictured at St Mary's Stadium on August 4, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by James Bridle - Southampton FC/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04: Stuart Armstrong (right) of Southampton FC during the Pre-Season friendly match between Southampton FC and Borussia Mönchengladbach pictured at St Mary's Stadium on August 4, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by James Bridle - Southampton FC/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Stuart Armstrong tries to spark Saints into life in midfield

The rest of the first half passed by somewhat uneventfully until the visitors carved out two chances in the final five minutes.

First Florian Neuhaus scooped the ball over the top for the lively Johnson, who sneaked in behind and met the ball on the volley, albeit slightly on the stretch so his shot lacked power and McCarthy was able to tip it round his near post.

Then goalscorer Herrmann found himself in acres of space with only McCarthy to beat, but the imposing keeper shut down the angles and the Mönchengladbach man steered a glaring chance wide.

Hughes made two changes at the interval, bringing on Jack Stephens and Mohamed Elyounoussi, but it was a visiting replacement who did the damage four minutes after the restart, as Zakaria’s 25-yarder beat McCarthy despite the keeper getting fingertips to the ball on its way into the corner.

Two became three just shy of the hour, with Herrmann on target again as he raced through on the angle to score with a perfectly-placed shot inside the far post.

It might have got worse for Saints, had McCarthy not denied Jonas Hofmann, before Hughes’s men applied a spell of pressure.

Substitute Long forced a save from replacement keeper Tobias Sippel at his near post, before James Ward-Prowse’s resulting corner just eluded Jack Stephens.

Out it went for another corner, again delivered by Ward-Prowse, but this time thundered over the crossbar by the onrushing Yoshida.

Nathan Redmond hit a crisp shot narrowly over from range, while Elyounoussi sent Sippel stooping to his right, but there was no way through.

Southampton

1
Alex McCarthy (GK)
33
Matt Targett
replace Sam McQueen (79′)
35
Jan Bednarek
replace Jack Stephens (46′)
4
Jannik Vestergaard
replace Maya Yoshida (69′)
6
Wesley Hoedt
replace Steven Davis (79′)
21
Ryan Bertrand (C)
18
Mario Lemina
replace James Ward-Prowse (62′)
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
replace Oriol Romeu (62′)
17
Stuart Armstrong
replace Mohamed Elyounoussi (46′)
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
replace Shane Long (69′)
10
Charlie Austin
replace Nathan Redmond (69′)
28
Angus Gunn
41
Harry Lewis
3
Maya Yoshida
5
Jack Stephens
7
Shane Long
8
Steven Davis
11
Mohamed Elyounoussi
14
Oriol Romeu
16
James Ward-Prowse
22
Nathan Redmond
25
Harrison Reed
27
Sam Gallagher
38
Sam McQueen
39
Josh Sims

Borussia Monchengladbach

1
Yann Sommer (GK) (C)
replace Tobias Sippel (46′)
15
Louis Beyer
28
Matthias Ginter
replace Mickaël Cuisance (57′)
24
Tony Jantschke
replace Florian Mayer (65′)
17
Oscar Wendt
replace Andreas Poulsen (59′)
5
Tobias Strobl
replace Mandela Egbo (76′)
23
Jonas Hofmann
replace Keanan Bennetts (76′)
16
Ibrahima Traore
replace Patrick Herrmann (10′) goal goal
32
Florian Neuhaus
replace Denis Zakaria (46′) goal
19
Fabian Johnson
replace Alassane Pléa (46′)
11
Raffael
21
Tobias Sippel
2
Mandela Egbo
7
Patrick Herrmann
8
Denis Zakaria
14
Alassane Pléa
27
Mickaël Cuisance
37
Keanan Bennetts
40
Andreas Poulsen
42
Florian Mayer
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