Europa League Fixtures
Monaco – Napoli
Saint-Étienne – Rijeka
Rubin – Qarabag Agdam
Zorya – Banants
Zürich – Ventspils
Mladá Boleslav – CFR Cluj
Debrecen – Dinamo
Liverpool – Vaasan Palloseura
Randers FC – Dortmund
Zwolle – Young Boys
Southampton – Litex
Slovan Bratislava – Ludogorets
Allmänna Idrottsklubben (AIK) – Lech
Athli̱tikí̱ Éno̱si̱ Lemesoú – Trabzonspor
Panathinaikos – Vitesse
Villarreal – FC Groningen
Metalist – FC Midtylland
Alkmaar Zaanstreek – Aktobe
Vorskla – Fenerbahçe
Krasnodar – Panthessalonikeios Athlitikós Ómilos Constantinoupoliton (PAOK)
Viktoria Plzen – Apollon Limassol
Athletic – Bronby IF
GA Eagles – Maribor
IFK Goteborg – SK Rapid Wien
Irony Kiryat-Shmona – Rio Ave
Vitória de Guimarães – Lokeren
Torino – Aberdeen
Aalborg Boldspilklub – Bordeaux
Trencin – Slovan Liberec
SV Grodig – Schalke
Besiktas – Rostov
Christian Gentner is out with a fractured cheekbone as well as back-up goalkeeper Kelvin Davis who has a bruised rib. It is a much rotated team from Moore because of the big game in the league against Liverpool at the weekend. He has also used this game as an opportunity to give chances to some youth players like Lloyd Isgrove and Matthew Targett. The bench for Southampton is: Claudio Yacob, Ryan Bertrand, Steven Davis, Charlie Austin, Florin Gardos, Dusan Tadic and Emmanuel Mayuka.
The Litex line-up is Atanas Stoev(GK), Kolyo Kamburov(RB), Milen Tenev(CB), Velin Tsanev(CB), Emil Angelov(LB), Jackson Mendy(CDM), Mario Tsvetanov(CM), Atanas Spasov(CM), Danilo Asprilla(AML), Miho Dzharnaliev(AMR), Valentin Kosev(ST).
There is an expectant atmosphere at St Mary’s as the home fans await what should be an easy home victory.
(00) Southampton kick-off
(02) A corner swung in by Ramirez is headed just over the bar by Schneiderlin.
(11) GOAL!! A disastrous start for Southampton as Kosev puts the ball in the net after he sees his first shot saved by Forster after being put through one-on-one by an excellent ball by Tsvetanov.
(21) A nice move by Southampton down the left draws the whole of the Litex defense which leaves Isgrove all by himself in the penalty box he brings an extrodinary save out of Stoev. The young man should really have scored there.
(34) GOAL!! Pelle gets Southampton back on track as some good feet from Schneiderlin takes him round three players before he slips it to Pelle who smashes it through Stoev who can’t save it.
(45) We have one minute of added time here at the end of the first half.
(HT) Southampton need to step up their game here as they haven’t really turned up yet and are lucky not to be losing.
(45) We get back underway. One change for Litex as Ignat Stoev replaces Miho Dzharnaliev at half time.
(49) GOAL!! Pelle strikes again after playing a nice one-two with Ramirez on the edge of the box which takes both center-backs out of the game then he tops the move with an accurate curling finish in the bottom right corner.
(64) Injury: Danilo Asprilla is injured and has to go off he is replaced by Martin Krastanov.
(73) Substitution: Emmanuel Mayuka has finished his warm-up and replaces double goal scorer Graziano Pelle
(78) Substitution: Radoslav Nikolov comes on as a sub for Valentin Kosev.
(82) Yellow Card!! Marco Fritz reaches into his pocket and pulls out the yellow card for Morgan Schneiderlin for a trip on Nikolov.
(84) Wanyama uses his strength to bring the ball down on the edge of the box before firing a stinging shot that clips the bar as it goes over.
(90) 3 minutes of added time to be played.
(90+1) GOAL!! Mane and Targett kept the ball in the corner well before Mane found Wanyama free on the edge of the box. Wanyama then sets up Ramirez with a first time pass which is inch perfect for Ramirez to hit first time at the near post. Stoev should have saved the shot as it was just to the left of him but the ball squirmed under his foot.
(FT) Southampton 3-1 Litex
Southampton just manage to beat Litex but Litex’s away goal might decide the outcome of the tie as Gradski Stadion is a very hard place to go. Goals from Graziano Pelle (2) and Gaston Ramirez. Assists from Morgan Schneiderlin, Victor Wanyama and Gaston Ramirez. Man of the match has been awarded to Graziano Pelle who saved Southampton in todays game.
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