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Southampton v Leeds United Live Commentary, 13/08/2022

2 - 2
J. Aribo (72)
K. Walker-Peters (81)
Rodrigo (46)
Rodrigo (60)
St. Mary's Stadium


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Southampton are next in action on the road to Leicester next Saturday. Leeds face Chelsea in their next outing at Elland Road on Sunday.
Southampton come from behind to earn a 2-2 draw against Leeds United at St Mary's Stadium. Two strikes from Rodrigo early in the second half had put the Whites in control, but the Saints had the spirit to rally. Joe Aribo came off the bench to notch his first goal for the club before Kyle Walker-Peters levelled with a composed finish. Both teams then pushed for the three points, but neither could find a winner as they shared the spoils.
90' + 5' SAVE! Klich works a pass into the inside-left channel for Rodrigo to strike, but his effort is turned away by Bazunu.
B. Aaronson
Yellow Card
Leeds United
90' + 3' Aaronson goes into the book for the visitors for a foul on Lavia.
J. Stephens
M. Djenepo
90' + 1' Stephens makes his way onto the field to replace Djenepo.
90' SAVE! Mara lines up a blast from the edge of the box on his right foot, powering his effort towards the net, but Meslier makes a good reaction stop.
A. Forshaw
Marc Roca
Leeds United
88' Forshaw comes on to shore up the Leeds midfield as he replaces Roca.
87' OVER! Ward-Prowse lines up an ambitious strike from distance, but he sends his effort well over the top.
86' It's Adams on Adams crime as Tyler brings down Che, handing Southampton a free-kick in the Leeds half.
L. Sinisterra
D. James
Leeds United
84' James has to make way for the visitors and is replaced by Sinisterra making his Leeds bow.
M. Klich
J. Harrison
Leeds United
84' Harrison is withdrawn for Klich on the left flank for Leeds.
S. Mara
81' Mara does brilliantly in the final third as he uses skill to turn away from his man before sending a perfect pass to release Walker-Peters, who does the rest. Not a bad way to mark your debut.
K. Walker-Peters
81' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! WALKER-PETERS LEVELS!!!!!!!! 2-2!!!!! The home side level the scores as Walker-Peters fires a low strike past Meslier. Mara makes a decisive impact on his debut as he turns away from his man before threading the needle to release his team-mate in the inside-right channel. Walker-Peters takes a good first touch to get away from Harrison before burying his effort.
80' The home side are growing in energy. This will be a difficult final 10 minutes for the visitors.
M. Salisu
Yellow Card
78' Salisu catches James late and goes into the book.
77' Harrison has to get back to perform his defensive duties, deflecting Walker-Peters low cross from the right flank behind for a corner.
75' After looking like easing their way to a second win to start the season, Leeds have to show resolve in the final 15 minutes. Southampton have a new lease of life.
74' Southampton have scored in their last four English Premier League games.
A. Armstrong
72' Armstrong makes a good run into space and finds Aribo with his cutback to reduce the deficit.
J. Aribo
72' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! ARIBO GETS ONE BACK!!!!! 2-1!!!!!! The Saints are back in the game as Aribo forces a strike over the line. Armstrong bursts down the left flank into space before sending a cutback into the middle. It evades Mara and lands at the feet of Aribo. The forward has to keep his composure and he does enough to round Meslier before firing past two defenders on the line. Game on.
S. Mara
J. Bednarek
70' Mara enters the action as Hasenhuttl makes a change to send more men forward.
67' Leeds have been excellent this afternoon at both ends of the pitch. Marsch can afford to be very happy with the way his team have started the season.
65' Southampton build down the left flank and Djenepo forces a cross into the middle. It falls for Aribo to strike, but Llorente sticks out a boot to block his effort.
J. Aribo
S. Armstrong
62' Aribo replaces Armstrong in the final third for the home side.
62' Djenepo raids down the left flank and lifts a cross into the box for Aribo to head towards goal, but his effort is saved by Meslier.
A. Armstrong
M. Elyounoussi
61' Elyounoussi is withdrawn by Hasenhuttl after an ineffectual performance. Armstrong replaces him.
P. Struijk
Leeds United
60' Struijk rises at the near post to glance a header away from Bazunu. Rodrigo denies him a goal with a header on the line.
Leeds United
60' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!! RODRIGO HEADS HOME AT THE BACK POST!!!!! 2-0 LEEDS!!!!!!! The Whites double their advantage as the Spaniard notches his second of the game. Aaronson whips a corner into the box from the right flank that Struijk rises to attack. His header loops towards the top-left corner as it soars over the hand of Bazunu. Like all good poachers, Rodrigo is there to ensure that it crosses the line with a deft header.
57' Ward-Prowse concedes a needless corner with a loose clearance for the hosts. Aaronson whips the resulting set-piece into the box, where Rodrigo can only glance his header over the bar.
55' Harrison is handful once again in the final third. He drives deep into Southampton territory, and even though he loses possession at first to Walker-Peters, he regains the ball and clips a cross to the back post. Salisu is there for the Saints to clear ahead of James, but Leeds are a threat on the break.
53' Adams is fine to continue after receiving treatment.
53' Adams requires treatment after his collision with Djenepo. Marsch will be hopeful to avoid another injury.
52' Djenepo and Adams collide down the left flank, but the Saints play on. The wing-back tries to run at James, but the Welshman holds firm to force the mistake from the Southampton man.
49' Leeds have avoided defeat in their last seven matches when scoring the opening goal in the Premier League dating back to 2nd January 2022 against Burnley.
47' Armstrong looks to respond for the Saints, but he drags his strike from 25 yards harmlessly wide of the left post.
J. Harrison
Leeds United
46' Harrison collects on the left flank and fires a dangerous cross to the near post that Rodrigo buries.
Leeds United
46' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! WHAT A START FOR LEEDS!!!!! RODRIGO SCORES!!! 1-0!!!! The White take the lead 30 seconds after the restart courtesy of a neat finish by Rodrigo. Harrison collects the ball on the left flank after Southampton fail to clear a long ball into the box. The winger works it back towards the near post where Rodrigo sweeps a left-footed strike past Bazunu.
46' We're back under way at St Mary's Stadium.
Jesse Marsch will be satisifed with Leeds' performance, although the loss of Patrick Bamford to injury and the yellow cards given to Harrison and Kristensen will be a concern. The Whites might just be looking to sit back and play on the counter.
It's goalless at the break between Southampton and Leeds United at St Mary's Stadium. The Whites had the best chances in the first half as Jack Harrison saw his effort saved by Gavin Bazunu, while Rasmus Kristensen failed to beat the Saints keeper with a close-range effort at the back post. Southampton have been too quiet in the first half and need to be more adventurous in the second.
45' + 2' OVER! Aaronson leads a counter for the visitors and has a shot at goal from 25 yards, but he lifts his effort comfortably over the top.
45' + 1' Adams rises to connect with the delivery from Ward-Prowse from the free-kick, but his header is deflected wide. Bednarek then heads the resulting corner over the bar.
45' There will be four minutes of added time.
R. Kristensen
Yellow Card
Leeds United
45' Kristensen sticks out a boot and catches Djenepo late. He joins Harrison in the book for the visitors.
J. Harrison
Yellow Card
Leeds United
43' Harrison goes into the book after catching Bella-Kotchap with a late challenge.
41' Leeds are looking the more fluent team in possession, which will concern Hasenhuttl as we approach the break.
39' Elyounoussi tries to curl a dangerous low cross towards Armstrong's late run on the penalty spot, but Llorente is alert and clears with authority.
38' Southampton finally get out from the back as Adams finds space down the right flank. He floats a cross into the box, but it travels nowhere near any team-mate and allows the visitors to clear.
38' Frustration builds for the home fans as the Saints are unable to force their way out of trouble amid pressure from the Whites.
36' KRISTENSEN HAS TO SCORE! The defender misses a sitter at the back post. Aaronson whips a corner into the box on his left foot from the right flank that Llorente glances across the face of goal. Kristensen is left unmarked at the back post, but can only nod a tame effort into the hands of Bazunu. A huge let-off for the hosts.
34' SAVE! Harrison surges into the Southampton box down the inside-left channel and fires at goal hard and low. Bazunu has to react and pushes the ball away with a firm hand.
32' The loss of Bamford will be a tough loss for Leeds. It removes their ability to be direct in the final third.
30' The stoppage for the drinks break came at the wrong time for Southampton, who were just starting to find a rhythm. Hasenhuttl's men need to regain their composure.
D. James
P. Bamford
Leeds United
28' James replaces Bamford, which will see Rodrigo push into an advanced role.
28' Bamford is struggling with an injury for the visitors and will have to be withdrawn. Given his issues last season that is a massive disappointment for Marsch.
27' OVER! Bella-Kotchap almost produces a moment to remember on debut. He seizes possession in the middle of the park and drives forward. With little options available he goes for a blast at goal that sails narrowly over the bar.
24' We're under way again at St Mary's Stadium.
23' There is a pause in the game for a cooling break.
22' Struijk catches Walker-Peters with a loose challenge on the right flank, but avoids punishment from the referee.
20' Elyounoussi lines up an ambitious blast from the edge of the penalty area on the left flank, but his attempt swerves well wide of the target.
18' CHANCE! Walker-Peters collects on the right flank and angles a cross into the box for Armstrong to attack. His effort is blocked by Koch, but rebounds back off the Southampton forward, only to trickle wide of the right post.
17' WIDE! Rodrigo makes another good burst down the left flank and feeds a low pass towards the near post for Bamford. The forward meets it first-time, but fires wide of the target on his left foot.
16' Llorente's challenge was deemed fair by VAR and the game continues.
15' VAR will take a second look at the incident for a possible red card offence against Llorente.
14' Elyounoussi slips the ball through for the run of Armstrong behind the Leeds defence. Llorente slides in with a challenge to halt the attack and the referee waves play on.
12' BLOCK! Rodrigo makes a burst into the inside-left channel and cuts the ball back to Bamford. The forward tries to shoot on the turn, but he sees his effort blocked by Bednarek.
11' Bamford turns in the final third for the visitors, but he fouls Bella-Kotchap in the process and gives away a free-kick.
9' It has been a tentative game in the early stages as both sides seem to be feeling out each other's approach.
7' Leeds try to build down the left flank as Struijk feeds Harrison, but Bednarek gets across to clear the ball into touch.
4' Adams tries to turn the ball around the corner for Armstrong, but Llorente reads the danger makes the interception for the visitors.
3' Ward-Prowse takes the resulting free-kick, but he angles his cross straight into the grasp of Meslier.
2' Kristensen catches Djenepo with a late challenge and hands Southampton a free-kick in a useful position.
1' We're under way at St Mary's Stadium.
Southampton have won four of their last five home league matches against Leeds (L1), with those wins coming across the Premier League, Championship and League One.
Unsurprisingly following their win over Wolves, Leeds are unchanged this afternoon. Marsch opts for the same side that triumphed on the opening day as Bamford leads the line supported by Rodrigo, Harrison and Aaronson. There are attacking options on the bench as James and new signing Sinisterra are available.
Southampton have made four changes to their side from their defeat to Spurs. Valery drops out of the backline and is replaced by debutant Bella-Kotchap. The other changes come in the final third as Adams, Armstrong and Elyounoussi all come into the side in place of Romeu, Aribo and Armstrong, all of whom drop to the bench.
LEEDS UNITED SUBS: Adam Forshaw, Crysencio Summerville, Kristoffer Klaesson, Daniel James, Luis Sinisterra, Leo Fuhr Hjelde, Cody Drameh, Sam Greenwood, Mateusz Klich.
LEEDS UNITED (4-2-3-1): Illan Meslier; Rasmus Kristensen, Robin Koch, Diego Llorente, Pascal Struijk; Marc Roca, Tyler Adams; Brenden Aaronson, Rodrigo Moreno, Jack Harrison; Patrick Bamford.
SOUTHAMPTON SUBS: Alex McCarthy, Lyanco, Jack Stephens, Oriol Romeu, Joe Aribo, Adam Armstrong, Sekou Mara, Ibrahima Diallo, Yan Valery.
SOUTHAMPTON (3-4-3): Gavin Bazunu; Armel Bella-Kotchap, Jan Bednarek, Mohamed Salisu; Kyle Walker-Peters, James Ward-Prowse, Romeo Lavia, Moussa Djenepo; Stuart Armstrong, Mohamed Elyounoussi, Che Adams.
Leeds battled hard on the opening day of the Premier League campaign to earn a 2-1 win at home against Wolves. The Whites went behind early, but were able to respond through Rodrigo Moreno before an own goal from Rayan Ait Nouri secured the three points. Jesse Marsch's men now have a great opportunity to string back-to-back victories together to capitalise on the Saints' woes.
Southampton began the season with a 4-1 hammering at the hands of Tottenham last week, getting the new campaign off to a poor start. The Saints have won only one of their last 10 Premier League games, and the manner of the defeat to Spurs has cranked up the pressure on Ralph Hasenhuttl. The Austrian needs a response from his team in their first home match of the season to stave off further criticism.
Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Southampton and Leeds United at St Mary's Stadium.