Saints fall to heartbreaking defeat

St Mary's Stadium | Sat 09 Feb 3PM | Attendance: 31,438
Match Report Highlights

Saints vs CAR
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Saints vs CAR As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Zohore scores in stoppage time as Cardiff retake the lead in high drama
  • Stephens pounced at the far post to poach 91st minute equaliser
  • Bamba scored from a corner to give Cardiff the lead at St Mary's
  • Saints' unbeaten league start to 2019 on the line
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SAINTS POLL: Who will be Saints' key man today?
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SAINTS POLL: Who will be Saints' key man today?

The results so far:

  • Jan Bednarek
    6%
  • Ryan Bertrand
    3%
  • Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
    31%
  • James Ward-Prowse
    21%
  • Nathan Redmond
    34%
  • Shane Long
    6%
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SAINTS TRIVIA: Who was the last Saint to score against Cardiff? ��
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SAINTS TRIVIA: Who was the last Saint to score against Cardiff? ��

The results so far:

  • Claus Lundekvam
    3%
  • Ricardo Fuller
    0%
  • Jay Rodriguez
    50%
  • Rickie Lambert
    41%
  • David McGoldrick
    0%
  • Steve De Ridder
    6%
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SAINTS POLL: Whose recent form has impressed you the most?
Thanks for your vote!

SAINTS POLL: Whose recent form has impressed you the most?

The results so far:

  • Jan Bednarek ⛔️
    26%
  • James Ward-Prowse ⚽️
    48%
  • Nathan Redmond ��
    26%

FULL TIME: Southampton 1-2 Cardiff City

What a crazy end to the game. Saints' unbeaten run is over in the most painful fashion. After Jack Stephens cancelled out Sol Bamba's opener in stoppage time, it seemed a point was the least the hosts would have to show for their efforts. Somehow, with seconds running out, Kenneth Zohore smuggled a low shot inside the far post to break Saints hearts as Cardiff leapfrog Ralph Hasenhüttl's men.

+6’

Yellow Card for Oriol Romeu (Southampton)

Romeu goes into the book and that should be it.

Unbelievable.

Zohore's low short squeezes inside the far post and Cardiff, somehow, are back in front. Quite extraordinary.

+3’

GOAL

Kenneth Zohore (+3’) | 1 2

GOALSCORER 5 Jack Stephens

Jack to the rescue!

That's a big goal! Stephens is there at the far post to tap in the corner and Saints are level!

90’

GOOOAL!!!

Jack Stephens (90’) | 1 1

90’

5️⃣ added minutes...

...and Saints have a corner! COME ON!

84’

Ward-Prowse tries his luck...

It was a free-kick in shooting range and the midfielder hits the target, but Etheridge is there again to tip the ball past the post.

83’

Gallagher replaces Valery

Can Sam make himself a hero?

82’

Cardiff City substitution: Víctor Camarasa replaces Oumar Niasse

Warnock opting to beef up his midfield for the closing stages.

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82’

Gallagher preparing to come on

This will be Saints' final throw of the dice, as we move into the final ten minutes... 🙏

77’

How close can you get? 😩

Valery embarks on a brilliant solo run, forcing a save from Etheridge at the end of it. The rebound falls to Austin, whose shot is blocked on the line by Peltier, before Paterson throws himself in the way of Elyounoussi's follow up. Keep pushing, Saints!

73’

Bacuna tests McCarthy

A nervy moment for McCarthy. Bacuna's shot is well-struck and too hot for the Saints number one to handle. Another Cardiff corner.

72’

Southampton substitution: Mohamed Elyounoussi replaces Jannik Vestergaard

A more attacking switch, as Saints revert to a back four and Elyounoussi enters the fray.

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71’

Southampton substitution: Charlie Austin replaces Shane Long

This may well have been a change Hasenhüttl would have made regardless of the goal, as Austin comes on to lead the line.

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Cardiff make the breakthrough

This was not in the script. Paterson rises at the far post to nod down a corner, and Bamba is there to slide the ball home from close range to give the visitors a precious opener.

68’

GOAL

Souleymane Bamba (68’) | 0 1

68’

Austin readying himself

Ralph Hasenhüttl has given Charlie Austin the signal. He'll be coming on shortly, but first Saints have a corner to defend.

61’

Cardiff City substitution: Kenneth Zohore replaces Bobby De Cordova-Reid

It's a double change for the visitors, as Zohore adds his height into the attack.

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61’

Cardiff City substitution: Leandro Bacuna replaces Aron Gunnarsson

That's Gunnarsson's last contribution, as Bacuna jogs on in his place.

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60’

Yellow Card for Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City)

That's one yellow card apiece. Stephens lets the ball run across his body and Gunnarsson hacks at the back of his legs.

59’

Saints applying more pressure...

The noise levels rise inside St Mary's. Højbjerg can't find Redmond inside the box, but the supporters sense their team are getting closer 🤞

55’

Long fires wide

The striker drops deep to receive the ball and space opens up as he turns, but his shot veers away from goal and this time Etheridge is not called upon. Bright start to the second half from Saints!

53’

Valery forces another save

Positive play from the youngster, who turns inside the box and shoots hard, but it's straight into the chest of Etheridge, who holds on.

50’

Højbjerg denied by Etheridge

A skidding drive from the Dane forces the keeper into a stooping save down to his right. Let's keep the pressure on!

48’

Niasse receiving treatment

The on-loan Everton striker has been down for a couple of minutes now. Cardiff claim Romeu caught him in the face with a stray arm - no free-kick given, much to the frustration of Neil Warnock.

46’

We're back under way 💪

Saints immediately force a corner that Cardiff clear, Let's hope for a big 45!

HALF TIME: Southampton 0-0 Cardiff

Not much to report in between, but Saints started and finished the half in the ascendancy. It hasn't been a classic - maybe one goal will be enough?

+1’

Yellow Card for James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

Niasse gets away down the left touchline and Ward-Prowse gives the referee no option with a clear pull back.

45’

One added minute...

Another corner for Saints opens up the Cardiff defence, but Romeu doesn't get a good contact on his shot and the visitors clear.

44’

Crucial block by Manga

More encouraging signs. Another run by Redmond and this time he goes alone, into a shooting position on his left foot, but Manga sticks out a leg to deflect the ball behind for a corner.

42’

Another save!

Suddenly Saints burst into life, as Redmond's quick one-two with Long gets him into the box, where his cutback is sliced goalwards by Bamba, who is relieved to see Etheridge in the way.

40’

A shot on target 🙌

Some excitement for the crowd, as Højbjerg controls a dropping ball on his chest and volleys goalwards, but Etheridge falls on top of it to make a comfortable save.

34’

Bertrand gets to the byeline

Better from Saints, after a lull in the contest, as Bertrand bursts to the byeline and stands up a cross, but Etheridge claims.

2️⃣5️⃣ minutes gone...

It's been tight so far, as you might expect with so much at stake. Who will blink first?

22’

Gunnarsson shoots over

A rush of blood to the head from the Icelander, who registers Cardiff's first attempt at goal but it flies over from a long way out.

18’

Side-netting from Redmond...

The in-form winger chases a long pass forward, steps inside Bamba and shoots low, but it's wide of the near post. Saints are certainly the team taking the initiative so far 💪

15’

End to end stuff...

First attacking threat from Cardiff, as Gunnarsson hurls a long throw into the box. After Saints smuggle it to safety, Romeu's clipped pass picks out Højbjerg, but the Dane loses his bearings and his pass goes astray from a promising position.

12’

Nearly an own goal! 

That's the closest we've come to an opener and it comes from the best move of the game. Stephens steps out of defence and feeds Bertrand on the left, whose low cross bounces around in the box and deflects narrowly wide of the post off a blue shirt. Relief for the visitors.

5’

It's noisy! 🔊

Both sets of fans are contributing to a lively atmosphere inside St Mary's! Neither team has yet created a notable chance, but we'll keep you updated with all the major talking points 👍

2’

We're up and running! 

Straight on the attack! Come on you Saints 😇

It's nearly time! ⏳

Less than 15 minutes to go, the players have completed their warm-ups and we're closing in on kick-off!

14.48

Saints are here 👋

Check out our footage of the players arriving ahead of kick-off, which is now just 35 minutes away! ⏳

14.23

The answer to our poll question was...

Rickie Lambert! He scored the final goal in our 3-0 win at the Cardiff City Stadium on Boxing Day 2013! Relive a fine victory here ☝️

14.22

He's back!

For the first time since November and the first time under Ralph Hasenhüttl, Ryan Bertrand is in your Saints starting line-up! 😇

14.20

Cardiff team confirmed 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Starting XI: Etheridge, Peltier, Manga, Bamba, Bennett, Paterson, Gunnarsson, Arter, Ralls, Decordova-Reid, Niasse.

Subs: Smithies, Bacuna, Camarasa, Hoilett, Mendez-Laing, Murphy, Zohore.

14.01

Saints team confirmed 😇

Starting XI: McCarthy, Bednarek, Stephens, Vestergaard, Valery, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Højbjerg, Bertrand, Redmond, Long.

Subs: Gunn, Yoshida, Targett, Slattery, Elyounoussi, Gallagher, Austin.

14.01

🔟 minutes until team news... 👀

Who would make your Saints starting line-up today? We'll find out who Ralph Hasenhüttl has selected at 2pm GMT.

13.50

Your form man! 🔥

With 48% of the vote, you chose James Ward-Prowse as the most impressive Saint on recent form! Influential duo Jan Bednarek and Nathan Redmond could not be separated and shared the remaining 52% of the vote 😇

13.16

Watch Saints prepare for Cardiff 🏃‍♂️

Our cameras captured the players working hard and enjoying themselves in training ahead of today's game. Check out the one-touch rondo! 😍

13.03

Together for Sala 

Both sets of players will wear black armbands and observe a minute's silence before kick-off in memory of Emiliano Sala, the Cardiff striker tragically killed on a flight from Nantes to the Welsh capital after transferring from the French club.

13.00

What should we expect today? 🤔

We asked Wales Online's Cardiff City correspondent Dominic Booth for the Inside Track on how this afternoon's visitors will approach the game.

12.25
Southampton FC

LWWLLDWWDD 🆙 Got a favourite game from the journey so far? 😇 #saintsfc

12.23

Get clued up! 🤓

Manager quotes, team news, facts and stats, previous meetings... it's all here! Check out our Match Pack for everything you need to know ahead of today's game.

12.23
Southampton FC

We’ve got an unbeaten 2️⃣0️⃣1️⃣9️⃣ to defend! 😤 Where in the world are you backing the lads from today? 🌍😇 #saintsfc

12.19

Prowsey's on fire! 🔥

We took James Ward-Prowse away for a special photoshoot for today's matchday programme, as the in-form midfielder was surrounded by red and white smoke. Check out what the Academy graduate had to say in our feature interview here. Fancy him to score a fourth goal in five games today? 💭

11.58

i know we lost our first game against them, 1-0. for us, i think we want to show we are one step further in our development. let's see if we can get a different result.

ralph hasenhüttl
southampton manager
11.54

Hear from the boss!

We caught up with Ralph Hasenhüttl in his office at Staplewood, as the manager outlined his plans for today's game and the fortnight ahead, before Saints return to action on February 24th.

11.51

MATCHDAY 🙌

We're back! Saints are putting their unbeaten start to 2019 on the line at St Mary's, as Cardiff City make the trip to the south coast for another crunch Premier League clash. Join us for all the build-up, team news, match updates and live commentary, as Ralph Hasenhüttl's men set their sights on three points going into a 15-day break from competitive action. Let's sign off on a high!

11.45

Saints vs CAR Line Ups

Southampton

1
Alex McCarthy (GK)
5
Jack Stephens
35
Jan Bednarek
4
Jannik Vestergaard
Mohamed Elyounoussi (72′)
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (C)
16
James Ward-Prowse
43
Yan Valery
Sam Gallagher (83′)
21
Ryan Bertrand
14
Oriol Romeu
22
Nathan Redmond
7
Shane Long
Charlie Austin (72′)
55
Callum Slattery
10
Charlie Austin
28
Angus Gunn
3
Maya Yoshida
15
Sam Gallagher
33
Matt Targett
11
Mohamed Elyounoussi

Cardiff City

1
Neil Etheridge (GK)
5
Bruno Ecuele Manga
2
Lee Peltier
22
Sol Bamba (C)
3
Joe Bennett
8
Joe Ralls
13
Callum Paterson
17
Aron Gunnarsson
Leandro Bacuna (62′)
29
Oumar Niasse
Víctor Camarasa (83′)
14
Bobby De Cordova-Reid
Kenneth Zohore (62′)
7
Harry Arter
21
Víctor Camarasa
11
Josh Murphy
10
Kenneth Zohore
19
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing
33
David Junior Hoilett
12
Alex Smithies
15
Leandro Bacuna

Saints vs CAR Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Cardiff City
  • Possession (%)
    67
    33
  • Shots
    14
    6
  • Shots on target
    7
    3
  • Corners
    8
    2
  • Passes Complete
    428
    156

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens
Shots On Target
2
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Chances Created
3
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
Passes Completed
68
Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens
Tackles
4
Nathan Redmond
Nathan Redmond
Clearances
6
Jan Bednarek
Jan Bednarek
Saves
1
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy