Boufal's stunner downs Sunderland

efl-cup St Mary's Stadium | Wed 26 Oct 7.45PM | Attendance: 21,460
Match Report post Highlights

SOU vs SUN
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SOU vs SUN As It Happened

moments THAT MATTERED

  • SofIane Boufal's strike sends Saints into the Quarter Final.
  • David Moyes sent to the stands late on for penalty appeals.
  • Visitors pushed forward late on but couldn't find a leveller.
  • Saints in the last eight for the third consecutive season.

Full-Time: Saints 1-0 Sunderland

Sofiane Boufal sends Saints into the EFL Cup Quarter Final with a wonderful strike on his first start for the club. 💪

21.40
+3’

Yellow Card for Didier Ndong (Sunderland)

+3’

Standing firm

Sunderland look to work a short free-kick towards goal but James Ward-Prowse stops Victor Anichebe and wins a goal kick.

90’

Moyes sent to the stands

David Moyes is dismissed by Christopher Kavanagh after appealing for a penalty, following Victor Anichebe going down in the box under pressure.

86’

Sunderland substitution: Steven Pienaar replaces Patrick McNair

86’

Sunderland substitution: Lynden Gooch replaces Duncan Watmore

That first goal feeling! 

Sofiane Boufal is congratulated by teammates Sam McQueen and Olufela Olomola after his thunderbolt.

81’

Southampton substitution: Jordy Clasie replaces Harrison Reed

Final change from Claude Puel as Jordy Clasie replaces Harrison Reed.

80’

Rodwell over

Sunderland building pressure to try and find an equaliser as van Aanholt's cut back finds Jack Rodwell, but his first time shot is well off target.

76’

Chance for Defoe!

Jermain Defoe latches on to a through ball that hits Victor Anichebe on the way through, but Alex McCarthy gets down well to deny him.

Unstoppable 💥

Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford can only watch as Sofiane Boufal nets a memorable first Saints goal.

72’

Sunderland substitution: Jermain Defoe replaces Wahbi Khazri

71’

Southampton substitution: Nathan Redmond replaces Lloyd Isgrove

Second change of the night as Nathan Redmond, who has two goals in his last two games, replaces Lloyd Isgrove. 

GOALSCORER 19 Sofiane Boufal

What a hit!

Sofiane Boufal cuts inside from the left and curls the ball into the top corner. What a way to mark your first Saints start! 😇

66’

GOOOAL!!!

Sofiane Boufal (66’) | 1 0

Tonight's attendance is 21,460 (1,228 away) 👏

Thank you for your fantastic support, Saints fans.

64’

Yellow Card for Billy Jones (Sunderland)

Billy Jones gets a yellow card for halting the run of Sofiane Boufal down the left.

62’

Yellow card for Olufela Olomola

Olufela Olomola goes into the book after pulling back Wahbi Khazri.

59’

Corner all the way through

James Ward-Prowse swings in a dangerous looking corner, but it evades Maya Yoshida who was jumping with goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

56’

Free-kick goes over

Victor Anichebe is brought down by Maya Yoshida, but from the resulting free-kick, Patrick Van Aanholt curls a left-footed effort over the bar.

53’

Hosts enjoying pressure

Sunderland enjoying a spell of pressure in search of the breakthrough, but Rodwell sees his shot blocked and Saints get the ball clear.

46’

Back underway!

Olufela Olomola gets us going for second-half. There's a place in the EFL Cup Quarter Final still up for grabs...

Half-Time: Saints 0-0 Sunderland

Few chances to speak of for either side as they head into the break goalless.

+2’

Yellow Card for Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland)

Khazri is the first man into the book after a challenge from behind on Sofiane Boufal as Saints went on a promising break.

40’

Højbjerg fires over

Sam McQueen delivers a cross from the left that is cleared out, and the onrushing Pierre-Emile Højbjerg can only swing his left foot at it and watch it rise over the top.

38’

Sunderland counter

Duncan Watmore drives forward from midfield and has options left and right, but his final pass lets him down. It's been a half of few clear-cut chances.

Soifane in action

Sofiane Boufal, making his first start tonight, looks to find a way through the Sunderland defence early on.

A look at Olufela

Take a closer look at young Saints forward Olufela Olomola's season so far as he makes his first senior appearance, replacing Jay Rodriguez.

27’

Southampton substitution: Olomola on for Rodriguez

Olufela Olomola replaces Jay Rodriguez for his senior debut, as Claude Puel makes an early change.

22’

Opening for Sunderland

Paddy McNair feeds the ball into Victor Anichebe, who holds the ball up before feeding Wahbi Khazri, who fires low at Alex McCarthy before being flagged offside.

15’

Bright from Boufal

Sofiane Boufal goes on a direct run and shows great skill to win a corner under pressure, which is taken by James Ward-Prowse and headed away.

One of five

Sam McQueen, one of five academy graduates in the starting XI tonight, looks to get Saints moving forward early on.

10’

Patient build-up

Saints keeping the ball well in the opening exchanges. Sofiane Boufal shows clever feet to get away from Jack Rodwell, but he overhits his pass to James Ward-Prowse and it runs out.

5’

First Saints chance!

Papy Djilobodji heads out and then does well to block Pierre-Emile Højbjerg's low drive from the edge of the box. 

1’

We're underway at St Mary's

Come on, Saints! 😇

Warm-up done!

We're almost ready for the EFL Cup fourth round at St Mary's.

19.41

Warm-up complete! 💪

Our photographer captured Southampton's warm-up ahead of tonight's clash with Sunderland.

19.34

A first start...

Sofiane Boufal makes his first start for Southampton this evening! 😇

18.55

Sunderland team vs Southampton

Starting XI: Pickford, Jones, Djilobodji, Kone, Van Aanholt, McNair, Rodwell, Watmore, Ndong, Khazri, Anichebe.
Substitutes: Mika (GK), O'Shea, Defoe, Pienaar, Manquillo, Love, Gooch.

18.52

Southampton team vs Sunderland

Starting XI: McCarthy, Stephens, Fonte (c), Yoshida, McQueen, Reed, Ward-Prowse, Højbjerg, Isgrove, Boufal, Rodriguez.
Substitutes: Lewis (GK), Clasie, Austin, Martina, van Dijk, Redmond, Olomola.

18.50

20 years ago today!

It's been 20 years since Southampton beat Manchester United 6-3 at The Dell. Another six goals tonight would be nice...

18.25

Saints arrive

Southampton's players arrive at St Mary's ahead of tonight's game.

18.07

McCarthy previews Sunderland clash

Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy says Sunderland will be hoping to kick-start their season in tonight's EFL Cup tie.

18.06

The scene is set!

Can Saints make it into the Quarter Final for a third consecutive season? Sunderland stand in their way at St Mary's.

17.57

Sunderland clash is vital, says Puel

Get the thoughts of Claude Puel ahead of tonight's EFL Cup fourth round tie against Sunderland.

17.46

we've not won the two games away from home recently, but we've shown signs things are getting better.

david moyes
sunderland manager
17.36

it's important to stay with a good concentration and focus for this game.

claude puel
manager
17.35

Ready for EFL Cup action!

Saints arrive at St Mary's ahead of tonight's EFL Cup fourth round clash against Sunderland, where a Quarter-Final place is at stake. 😇

16.58

Puel's pre-match interview

Watch our pre-match interview with Claude Puel ahead of tonight's game against Sunderland in the EFL Cup.

16.39

It's matchday!

Can Southampton march on in the EFL Cup? They face Sunderland at St Mary's tonight!

16.32

SOU vs SUN Line Ups

Southampton

13
Alex McCarthy (GK)
38
Sam McQueen
6
José Fonte (C)
3
Maya Yoshida
24
Jack Stephens
18
Harrison Reed
replace Jordy Clasie (82′)
16
James Ward-Prowse
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
9
Jay Rodriguez
replace Olufela Olomola (26′) yellow card
27
Lloyd Isgrove
replace Nathan Redmond (72′)
19
Sofiane Boufal goal
32
Olufela Olomola
41
Harry Lewis
15
Cuco Martina
10
Charlie Austin
22
Nathan Redmond
4
Jordy Clasie
17
Virgil van Dijk

Sunderland

13
Jordan Pickford (GK)
2
Billy Jones yellow card
23
Lamine Koné (C)
3
Patrick van Aanholt
5
Papy Djilobodji
17
Didier Ndong yellow card
19
Paddy McNair
replace Steven Pienaar (87′)
8
Jack Rodwell
28
Victor Anichebe
10
Wahbi Khazri yellow card
replace Jermain Defoe (72′)
14
Duncan Watmore
replace Lynden Gooch (87′)
46
Lynden Gooch
22
Donald Love
16
John O'Shea
20
Steven Pienaar
18
Jermain Defoe
12
Mika
21
Javier Manquillo

SOU vs SUN Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Sunderland
  • Possession (%)
    57
    comparison angle
    43
  • Shots
    6
    comparison angle
    10
  • Shots on target
    1
    comparison angle
    2
  • Corners
    5
    comparison angle
    3
  • Passes Complete
    0
    comparison angle
    0

Top Saints Player Stats

shots on target
Goals
1
Sofiane Boufal
Sofiane Boufal
shots on target
Shots On Target
1
Sofiane Boufal
Sofiane Boufal
chances created
Chances Created
1
clearances
Clearances
2
saves
Saves
2
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy