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Southampton 1-2 Leicester City: Harry Maguire scores stoppage time

Leicester's Harry Maguire makes a tackle
Southampton have not won in three games this season

Southampton manager Mark Hughes described Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's dismissal as "soft" as his 10 men were punished by a Harry Maguire stoppage-time winner for Leicester.

With 13 minutes remaining, and the game poised at 1-1, midfielder Hojbjerg was shown a second yellow card for diving in the penalty area.

Hughes said the sending-off was "unfortunate" but said Hojbjerg was "walking a tightrope" after being cautioned in the first half for a foul on James Maddison.

After an uninspiring first half at St Mary's, defender Ryan Bertrand gave Saints the lead with a fierce left-footed strike from outside the area.

The advantage stood only briefly as Demarai Gray equalised for the visitors, pouncing on a loose ball to fire home from close range.

But in the second minute of time added on, England defender Maguire wrapped his right foot around the ball from 25 yards out to beat goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.

Southampton have won only once at home in the Premier League this year, but Hughes said: "The manner of the performance gives me hope for the rest of the season because we definitely deserved to get something out of today's game."

Victory was Leicester's second in succession this season and boss Claude Puel left the south coast having beaten his former club at St Mary's for the second time in a row.

Leicester find a way without Vardy

Maguire may have earned a second Leicester victory in three games to start the season, but this was far from a vintage away performance.

Leicester missed the pace of Jamie Vardy, who was suspended after being sent off in last week's win over Wolves.

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Maguire winner 'no surprise' to Puel

Southampton enjoyed 62% of the possession in the first half, although Leicester responded well after the interval.

The creative James Maddison and Demarai Gray were stifled in attack by Saints' experienced and impressive midfielders Hojbjerg and Mario Lemina.

The service to Kelechi Iheanacho, who won only three of his 10 individual battles, was limited and Leicester struggled to find a way through against towering central defender Jannik Vestergaard.

Redmond & Bertrand set standard for Saints

Nathan Redmond was a constant threat to Leicester and often had the beating of his opposite number Daniel Amartey in the early stages.

The left winger was ably supported by defender Ryan Bertrand, combining well to pepper the Leicester box with crosses as Saints won seven corners in the first 20 minutes.

Success eventually came from that side of the field as Bertrand arrived to smash past Kasper Schmeichel, but Hughes is likely to be concerned about Southampton's lack of potency elsewhere.

Danny Ings and Shane Long were unlikely to trouble Maguire and Wes Morgan aerially, but on the one occasion Redmond played the ball into Ings' feet, the striker spun his marker before being denied by Schmeichel from close range.

Overall, there were not enough balls played in and around the front two as Southampton's possession failed to tell.

Man of the match - Harry Maguire (Leicester)

Harry Maguire
Harry Maguire scored the winner but he was also influential at the back as he made 10 clearances for Leicester

'We have to keep this mentality' - what they said

Leicester City manager Claude Puel: "Southampton played very well in the first half with intensity and it was difficult to find space.

"After, we found more space in the second half and the result was deserved. We dominated and we had two or three more chances to score."

On the winning goal: "Harry is a very good player for us. It is fantastic for him to score, for him and the team.

"We have to keep this mentality to the end when we come back in the game."

Southampton manager Mark Hughes: "We were excellent first half. We got our noses in front with a fantastic goal from Ryan but if we managed that game better, we could have come away with something.

"At that point, I thought the only winner was us, but momentum shifted and that was a really hammer blow to lose at the end."

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Southampton beat themselves - Hughes

Southampton throw away lead again - match stats

  • Southampton have lost 24 points from leading positions in the Premier League since the start of 2017-18, the most of any team currently in the top flight.
  • Leicester finally won back-to-back away league matches at Southampton for the first time, on their 40th visit there (W5 D14 L21).
  • Southampton have won only one of their past 13 Premier League matches at St Mary's (W1 D6 L6).
  • Before beating Southampton, Leicester had lost the past six Premier League games in which they had fallen behind.
  • Southampton's Ryan Bertrand netted his first Premier League goal in 43 appearances, since scoring against Chelsea in April 2017.
  • Leicester's Demarai Gray ended a run of 22 Premier League games without a goal, scoring for the first time in the competition since December 2017 v Newcastle.
  • Since the start of last season, Leicester's Premier League games have seen eight red cards given, with only Everton's fixtures producing more in that period (11).

What's next?

Southampton travel to south-coast rivals Brighton and Hove Albion in the second round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday (19:45 BST), before visiting Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday, 1 September (15:00).

Leicester host Fleetwood Town in the second round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday (19:45), before entertaining Liverpool on Saturday, 1 September (12:30).

Line-ups

Southampton

  • 1McCarthy
  • 2Cédric Soares
  • 4Vestergaard
  • 6Hoedt
  • 21BertrandBooked at 64mins
  • 11ElyounoussiSubstituted forRomeuat 79'minutes
  • 18Lemina
  • 23HøjbjergBooked at 77mins
  • 22Redmond
  • 7LongSubstituted forArmstrongat 86'minutes
  • 9IngsSubstituted forAustinat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Stephens
  • 8Davis
  • 10Austin
  • 14Romeu
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 17Armstrong
  • 28Gunn

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 18Amartey
  • 5Morgan
  • 15MaguireBooked at 90mins
  • 3Chilwell
  • 24Mendy
  • 25Ndidi
  • 14Ricardo Pereira
  • 10MaddisonSubstituted forGhezzalat 78'minutes
  • 7GraySubstituted forOkazakiat 88'minutes
  • 8IheanachoSubstituted forAlbrightonat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Evans
  • 11Albrighton
  • 12Ward
  • 20Okazaki
  • 23Adrien Silva
  • 28Fuchs
  • 31Ghezzal
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
29,925

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthamptonAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home11
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Southampton 1, Leicester City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southampton 1, Leicester City 2.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Harry Maguire.

Attempt blocked. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Jannik Vestergaard (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

Wesley Hoedt (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rachid Ghezzal (Leicester City).

Foul by Wesley Hoedt (Southampton).

Rachid Ghezzal (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Harry Maguire (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Southampton 1, Leicester City 2. Harry Maguire (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marc Albrighton.

Charlie Austin (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

Hand ball by Stuart Armstrong (Southampton).

Attempt missed. Cédric Soares (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stuart Armstrong following a corner.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Ricardo Pereira.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Harry Maguire.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Shinji Okazaki replaces Demarai Gray.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Stuart Armstrong replaces Shane Long.

Attempt saved. Daniel Amartey (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Demarai Gray.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Wesley Hoedt.

Attempt missed. Demarai Gray (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Rachid Ghezzal.

Attempt saved. Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Harry Maguire.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Oriol Romeu replaces Mohamed Elyounoussi.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Rachid Ghezzal replaces James Maddison.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton).

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Attempt missed. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Wesley Hoedt.

Jannik Vestergaard (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

Foul by Mohamed Elyounoussi (Southampton).

Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Cédric Soares (Southampton).

Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Charlie Austin replaces Danny Ings.

Delay in match Nathan Redmond (Southampton) because of an injury.

Danny Ings (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City).

goal

As It Stood

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4Chelsea22006246
5Watford22005146
6Tottenham22005236
7Leicester32015326
8Everton31206515
9Man Utd21014403
10Crystal Palace21012203
11Arsenal310256-13
12Brighton310235-23
13Wolves302135-22
14Cardiff302102-22
15Newcastle201112-11
16Southampton301224-21
17Burnley201113-21
18Huddersfield301219-81
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20West Ham300329-70
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