Southampton lose as Graziano Pelle scores own goal on debut

Graziano Pelle

Striker Graziano Pelle scored an own goal on his home debut as Southampton lost 1-0 to Bayer Leverkusen in their final pre-season fixture.

Italian forward Pelle, signed recently from Feyenoord, headed beyond home keeper Artur Boruc in the second half.

Fellow new signing Saphir Taider saw a deflected shot go wide, but Saints could not find an equaliser.

Saints have endured a difficult summer in which several high-profile players have left.

Defender Dejan Lovren, midfielder Adam Lallana and striker Rickie Lambert have joined Liverpool, while defender Calum Chambers moved to Arsenal and defender Luke Shaw signed for Manchester United.

Meanwhile, Italian forward Pablo Osvaldo made a loan move to Serie A side Inter Milan, while midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin's future is in doubt after he told the club he was not "not mentally or physically ready" to play.

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has struggled to find replacements, but has so far brought in Pelle and former FC Twente midfielder Dusan Tadic on permanent deals while Taider and Ryan Bertrand have joined on loan from Inter and Chelsea respectively.

They all featured against Leverkusen as Southampton looked to make it six wins from six in pre-season, but they struggled to break down the well-organised German side.