Premier League

  • S. Mané 13’
  • S. Mané 14’
  • S. Mané 16’
  • S. Long 26’
  • S. Long 38’
  • S. Long 38’
  • G. Pellè 81’
  • 45’ C. Benteke
5 Half Time 1
16/05/2015
Premier League
St. Mary's Stadium
Attendance 31,636

    Timeline

    • KICK OFF
    • EXTRA TIME
    • 45'
      G C. Benteke Assist S. Long
    • 45'
      L. Bacuna provided the assist.
    • 45'
      GOAL! Villa have pulled one back! Cleverley sprints forward before teeing up Bacuna, who is left in acres of space on the right wing, and the Dutchman then curls an absolutely wonderful cross into the heart of the penalty area. It meets Benteke, who rises high above Fonte before beating Gazzaniga wi
    • 90'
      Agbonlahor spins round Fonte before firing a low shot from the edge of the penalty area, but, once again, Gazzaniga does well to deny the Englishman with a strong save.
    • HALF TIME
    • 90'
      A plethora of crosses are being flung into the Southampton penalty area by the Villa midfielders, but each one is being dealt with extremely well by the hosts' defence.
    • 45'
      Villa deal with the initial danger but Southampton are able to keep the ball alive, with Long twisting and turning on the right-hand side of the penalty area before almost finding Pelle with a chipped cross. However, Okore is there to cut out the danger at the vital moment.
    • 90'
      Great save by Gazzaniga! A low cross from Hutton penetrates the Southampton penalty area and finds Agbonlahor, but his low shot is parried away well by the Argentine goalkeeper before Westwood fires his follow-up strike over the top of the crossbar.
    • 0'
      My name is Ben Cullimore and it's been an absolute pleasure describing all of the action to you today. Until next time, goodbye!
    • 0'
      The defeat means that Villa are still in danger of being relegated heading into their final game of the season against Burnley, whilst Southampton's chances of qualifying for the Europa League are still alive ahead of their clash against Manchester City.
    • 0'
      In the end it was a comprehensive victory for Southampton, who, in truth, never looked like they were going to lose after Mane fired in his second goal of the game. From then onwards they ran riot against a woeful Villa side, and even when they backed off in the second half the visitors were unable
    • 0'
      FULL-TIME: SOUTHAMPTON 6-1 ASTON VILLA
    • 0'
      The two teams are making their way back out onto the pitch ahead of the start of the second half. Neither side have made any substitutions during the half-time break.
    • 0'
      Despite Benteke's last minute goal, which will surely only act as a consolation come the end of the game, it has been a truly woeful opening 45 minutes for Villa. They have been awful at the back, with Okore and, surprisingly, Vlaar looking all over the place from start to finish. Mane has bossed pr
    • 0'
      The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.
    • 0'
      Meanwhile, Villa boss Tim Sherwood has made just one alteration to the side that beat West Ham United 1-0, with Alan Hutton coming into the squad to replace Kieran Richardson.
    • 0'
      Ronald Koeman has decided to make two changes to the Southampton side that started last weekend’s 2-0 defeat against Leicester City, with Harrison Reed and Eljero Elia making way for Shane Long and James Ward-Prowse, respectively.
    • 0'
      Aston Villa substitutes: Guzan, Senderos, Lowton, Sanchez, Sinclair, Weimann, Agbonlahor.
    • 0'
      Aston Villa XI (4-3-3): Given; Bacuna, Okore, Vlaar, Hutton; Cleverley, Westwood, Delph; N’Zogbia, Benteke, Grealish.
    • 0'
      Southampton substitutes: Davis, Yoshida, Gardos, Targett, Reed, Duricic, Elia.
    • 0'
      Southampton XI (4-2-3-1): Gazzaniga; Clyne, Fonte, Alderweireld, Bertrand; Davis, Wanyama; Long, Ward-Prowse, Mane; Pelle.
    • 0'
      There’s just over 15 minutes left to go until until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this afternoon…
    • 0'
      It’s not going to be an easy day for the hosts, who haven’t won a game in over a month, when they beat relegation candidates Hull City 2-0 on this very ground. In stark contrast, their opponents today are in brilliant form at the moment, with three wins from their last four league games, and Tim She
    • 0'
      This afternoon’s game is a must-win for both sides, but for very different reasons. Southampton, who currently sit in seventh place, have slowly but surely slipped down the table as a result of a poor run of form that has seen them pick up just one point from their last four games. The Saints are st
    • 0'
      Good afternoon and welcome to our live text commentary of today’s Premier League clash between Southampton and Aston Villa. My name is Ben Cullimore and I will be keeping you up to date with all of the action from St. Mary’s.
    • 1'
      And we're off! Southampton get us underway, attacking from right to left.
    • 2'
      A terrible pass from Alderweireld sends the ball straight to Benteke, who then tries to tee up Grealish with a quick through-ball, but the Southampton defender gets back well to atone for his error and cut out the danger on the edge of the penalty area.
    • 3'
      A long pass is thumped forward and finds Benteke on the edge of the Southampton box, but the Belgian is unable to nod the ball down into the path of N'Zogbia on the right flank and it ends up bouncing out of play for a goal kick.
    • 4'
      A Villa attack breaks down, allowing Southampton to push forward on a blisteringly quick counter attack. Long charges forward before trying to tee up Mane, but he's brought crashing to the ground by Grealish before he's able to do so, resulting in a free kick for the hosts in a very dangerous positi
    • 5'
      Pelle scores, but it's ruled out for offside! Villa initially deal with the free kick before Mane picks up the ball on the right wing. He immediately chips a lovely lofted pass over the top of the visitors' defence and into the path of the aforementioned Italian striker, who brings the ball down won
    • 7'
      Villa patiently work their way down the right wing before Bacuna fires a bouncing cross off Davis and out for a corner. The resulting set-piece is flung into the heart of the penalty area, where Gazzaniga initially catches the ball before being pushed in the back by Grealish, resulting in a free kic
    • 9'
      Cleverley loses the ball midway inside the Southampton half of the pitch, allowing the hosts to break away quickly down the left flank. Mane flies towards the left-hand side of the Villa box before trying to find Pelle with a cross, but the visitors are able to get enough bodies back to deal with th
    • 10'
      What a chance for Pelle! Bertrand sends a brilliant lofted pass over the top of the Villa defence and into the path of the Italian, who beats Okore with ease before forcing Given into making a great close-range save.
    • 11'
      Grealish is fouled by Wanyama, and Villa are awarded a free kick 30 yards out as a result. The set-piece is thumped towards Okore at the back post, but Long does well to cut out the danger with a strong header.
    • 12'
      Excellent opportunity for Benteke! A lovely series of Villa passes ends with Delph just outside of the Southampton penalty area, and he immediately sets up the Belgian with a briliant through-ball. The striker then charges towards the near post before beating Gazzaniga with a right-footed shot that
    • 13'
      G S. Mané Assist S. Long
    • 13'
      GOAL! Southampton have taken the lead! A long goal kick from Gazzaniga finds Pelle, who then heads the ball into the path of Mane. The Senegalese winger skips past tackles from Vlaar and Hutton and then fires a shot into Given, who saves the strike but can't keep hold of the ball, allowing the forwa
    • 14'
      G S. Mané Assist S. Long
    • 14'
      S. Long provided the assist.
    • 14'
      GOAL! It's Mane again! A truly terrible attempted back pass from Vlaar sends the ball straight into the path of Long, who forces Given into making a save that then bounces to the Senegalese winger and, once again, he's able to fire the ball into the back of the net from close range. What a terrible
    • 16'
      G S. Mané Assist S. Long
    • 16'
      Assist by S. Long.
    • 16'
      GOAL! Mane wraps up his hat-trick! Long breaks down the left flank, charging down the wing and taking advantage of the space left behind by the Villa defence. He then cuts the ball back to Mane, who peels away from Vlaar before beating Given once again with an excellent strike. Only 16 minutes have
    • 17'
      At 2 minutes and 56 seconds, Mane's hat-trick has been confirmed as the fastest in Premier League history.
    • 18'
      And now Ward-Prowse goes close! He beats Okore with ease before charging into the Villa penalty area and firing a fierce shot towards the near post, but Given is easily able to save the effort to deny Southampton the opportunity to make it a whopping 4-0.
    • 20'
      Villa are finally able to break out of their own half of the pitch, with Delph doing well on the left flank before launching a cross to Benteke. The Belgian rises high and meets the ball but is unable to beat Gazzaniga with his tame effort.
    • 21'
      A Villa attack breaks down, allowing Mane to sprint towards the halfway line, where Westwood he clumsily brings down the Senegalese winger and earns himself a yellow card as a result.
    • 23'
      After a truly terrible few minutes, Villa are now enjoying the vast majority of possession in the middle of the pitch, but they are finding it incredibly difficult to penetrate the Southampton back line, who are holding firm.
    • 25'
      Villa patiently pass the ball around before Hutton fires a looping cross towards Benteke, but it's easily dealt with by Fonte, who clears the danger with a strong header.
    • 26'
      G S. Long Assist S. Long
    • 26'
      GOAL! It's 4-0! Mane sprints down the right flank before sending a lovely pass into the feet of Pelle, who immediately fires a low shot that Given does well to stop. He's only able to push the ball into the path of Long, however, and the Irishman is calmly able to slot a shot into the back of the ne
    • 28'
      Wanyama pulls Westwood to the ground, resulting in a free kick for Villa midway inside the Southampton half of the pitch. It's flung towards Benteke at the far post but he's unable to get enough power on his header and his effort is easily dealt with by Gazzaniga.
    • 30'
      Mane and Clyne link up well on the right-hand side of the Villa penalty area before the latter swings a great cross into the box, but Okore is just about able to get in front of Pelle before the pass is able to meet the Italian.
    • 32'
      Okore loses the ball just outside of the Villa penalty area, allowing Pelle to tee up Long with a deft back-heel. The Irishman then tries to muscle his way past Bacuna but ends up fouling the right-back, resulting in a free kick for the visitors.
    • 34'
      Mane clips Hutton and brings the defender crashing to the ground, and Villa are awarded a free kick on the left flank as a result. They play the set-piece short before Okore curls a cross into the box, but it's poorly hit and is easily dealt with by the Southampton defence.
    • 36'
      N'Zogbia sprints forward before cutting the ball over to Delph, who takes a quick touch before firing a 25-yard strike that curls several yards over the top of the crossbar.
    • 38'
      G S. Long Assist S. Long
    • 38'
      G S. Long Assist S. Long
    • 38'
      GOAL! What a strike by Long! The Irishman dispossesses Westwood, who is caught sleeping on the ball, and immediately unleashes a truly astonishing 40-yard strike that flies over the top of Given and into the back of the net to make it 5-0. That was absolutely brilliant!
    • 40'
      Unsurprisingly, plenty of Villa fans are making their way out of the stadium and heading home. Southampton don't look as if they're going to take their foot off the pedal any time soon, so it could be a very long afternoon for the visitors...
    • 42'
      A poor attempted clearance by Long goes straight to Hutton, who then unleashes a low strike from 30 yards out that is poorly hit and rolls straight into the safe hands of Gazzaniga, resulting in ironic cheers from the Southampton fans.
    • 44'
      Long goes close again! A lofted pass flies over the top of the Villa defence and into the path of the Irishman, but his first touch lets him down slightly, allowing Delph to jump in and thump the ball out for a corner.
    • 45'
      The fourth official has indicated that there will be three minutes of added time.
    • 46'
      And we're underway once again!
    • 47'
      Long immediately breaks through the middle of the Villa back line before charging towards goal, but his run is slightly mistimed and the linesman's flag is immediately raised for offside.
    • 48'
      Grealish is brought down by Wanyama, resulting in a free kick on the left flank. N'Zogbia curls the set-piece towards the back post but it misses every available white shirt before being picked up Pelle near the corner flag.
    • 49'
      Great play by Southampton! Clyne finds plenty of space on the right flank, allowing him to tee up Long, who then spins and almost finds Mane with an excellent low cross towards the back post. However, Bacuna is there to slide the ball out of play for a corner.
    • 50'
      So close from Long! The resulting set-piece bounces off the head of Cleverley before almost finding the Irishman, but he ends up missing the ball by the narrowest of margins.
    • 51'
      Long goes close again! Southampton push forward once more before Clyne launches a looping cross into the Villa penalty area. Given charges out and punches it straight into the feet of Long, who immediately unleashes a bouncing volley that beats the goalkeeper and flies just past the far post.
    • 53'
      Villa patiently work their way down the left wing before Hutton tries to find Benteke with a curling cross, but, once again, Alderweireld is there to cut out the danger with a strong headed clearance.
    • 55'
      The visitors are enjoying plenty of possession at the moment, but Southampton seem content to sit back and soak up the pressure before hitting Villa on the counter attack.
    • 57'
      SI G. Agbonlahor SO S. Long
    • 57'
      Villa have decided to make their first substitution of the game, with Agbonlahor coming on to take the place of N'Zogbia.
    • 59'
      Cleverley and Grealish link up well on the left flank before the latter tees up Hutton, who is in acres of space on the edge of the penalty area, but the defender ends up curling an awful strike well wide of the goal.
    • 60'
      Great chance for Alderweireld! Southampton earn themselves a free kick on the left flank, which Ward-Prowse whips into the heart of the Villa penalty area. It almost meets the aforementioned Belgian but ends up flying just over the top of the defender's head.
    • 62'
      Long goes close! An excellent pass from Clyne almost finds Pelle, but Vlaar is just about able to cut out the danger with a vital interception on the edge of the penalty area. The Italian striker is able to keep the move alive, however, and then works the ball over to the Irishman, who fires a bounc
    • 64'
      Grealish and Clyne battle for possession on the left flank deep inside the Southampton half of the pitch, but the latter does extremely well to out-muscle the youngster before shepherding the ball out of play for a throw-in.
    • 66'
      Clyne and Grealish clash once again, but this time it results in a free kick for Villa just outside of the penalty area on the left wing. The youngster curls the set-piece towards the back post but Gazzaniga does well to punch the ball away from danger.
    • 67'
      SI M. Lowton SO S. Long
    • 67'
      Villa have made their second change of the afternoon, with Bacuna making way for Lowton.
    • 68'
      Grealish is brought down once again, this time by Long, but the resulting set-piece is poorly struck by Delph and is easily dealt with by the Southampton defence.
    • 69'
      Delph sprints through the middle of the field before attempting to penetrate the Southampton half of the pitch, but Wanyama brings his run to an end with a clumsy challenge, for which he receives his 12th yellow card of the season.
    • 71'
      It's all Villa at the moment as they desperately search for a way back into the game, but Southampton are doing extremely well to keep the visitors at bay with brilliant defending.
    • 72'
      SI M. Yoshida SO S. Long
    • 72'
      Southampton have made their first substitution of the game, and it's a defensive one, with Yoshida coming on to take the place of Davis.
    • 74'
      A great bouncing cross from Clyne finds Mane, and the Senegalese winger quickly spins at the near post before teeing up Pelle, who fires a swift volley that deflects just past the goal and out for a corner.
    • 75'
      What a chance for Yoshida! The substitute is left in acres of space at the far post, allowing him to meet Ward-Prowse's set-piece with a bullet header that Given does incredibly well to parry away with a great save.
    • 77'
      And now Clyne goes close! Mane sprints down the left flank before curling a cross into the heart of the penalty area that Okore can only clear as far as the right-back, who immediately fires a fierce strike that ends up flying just over the top of the crossbar.
    • 78'
      The ball pinballs around the Southampton penalty area, with Benteke and Cleverley both attempting to unleash shots from close range, but the hosts' defence put as many bodies behind the ball as possible to deny them the opportunity to do so.
    • 80'
      SI F. Đuričić SO S. Long
    • 80'
      Southampton have made a change, with Djuricic coming on to take the place of Ward-Prowse for the final 10 minutes of the game.
    • 81'
      G G. Pellè Assist S. Long
    • 81'
      S. Mané provided the assist.
    • 81'
      GOAL! It's 6-1 and Pelle has finally found the back of the net! Djuricic and Mane play a lovely one-two on the edge of the penalty area before the latter sends an excellent cross into the middle of the box, where the Italian is able to volley a strike past Given and into the roof of the net.
    • 82'
      SI S. Sinclair SO S. Long
    • 82'
      Villa have made their final substitution, with Grealish making way for Sinclair for the final few moments.
    • 84'
      Pelle clashes with Okore on the edge of the Villa penalty area, resulting in a free kick for visitors.
    • 85'
      SI E. Elia SO S. Long
    • 85'
      Pelle receives a standing ovation from the Southampton fans as he makes his way off the pitch to be replaced by Elia.
    • 87'
      Despite being five goals ahead, Southampton are still pushing forward, and Villa are camped deep inside their own half of the pitch as the determined hosts look for a seventh goal of the game.
    • 89'
      Sinclair and Cleverley link up well on the right flank before the latter tries to curl a cross to Benteke, but it's poorly hit and flies over the top of the Belgian before bouncing over to the left wing.
    • 90'
      The fourth official has indicated that there will be three minutes of added time.
    • FULL TIME

    Line Up

    ACTIVE

    SUBSTITUTES

    MANAGERS

    austria
    Ralph Hasenhüttl
    england
    Dean Smith

    Statistics

    OVERVIEW

    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0

    POSSESSION

    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%

    ATTACK

    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%

    DEFENCE

    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0

    DISCIPLINE

    Fouls Conceded 18 7
    Yellow Cards 1 1
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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