Saints denied on penalties

efl-cup King Power Stadium | Tue 27 Nov 7.45PM | Attendance: 22,150
AET (Leicester City win 6-5 on pens)
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LEI vs SOU As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Saints beaten 6-5 on penalties as Ward saves Gabbiadini's spot-kick in cruel ending
  • Redmond hits the bar for Saints before Obafemi scuffs the follow-up from close range
  • Davis scores in the closing stages, but the goal is ruled out for handball by VAR
  • Gabbiadini hits the bar from last-gasp free-kick, but is the only man to miss his penalty

FULL TIME: Leicester 0-0 Southampton (6-5 on pens)

Lady Luck was smiling on hosts Leicester, who should have been out before spot-kicks. Nathan Redmond hit the crossbar and Michael Obafemi spurned a golden chance from the rebound, before Steven Davis had a goal chalked off by VAR and Manolo Gabbiadini hit the bar in stoppage time. Both teams converted their first five penalties, but Danny Ward denied Gabbiadini before Nampalys Mendy struck the winner.


Mendy wins it for Leicester

It's all over, as Mendy rifles home the winning penalty, and Saints are beaten 6-5 on spot-kicks.


Ward denies Gabbiadini...

So cruel, as Gabbiadini, who was inches away from winning the game in stoppage time, is thwarted by Ward diving to his right.


Vardy makes no mistake

It's 5-5 and we're into sudden death. Who will step up?


Cédric finds the top corner!

What a penalty! Vardy must score to keep Leicester in the cup...


Gray makes it 4-4

Another confident penalty, and it's down to the fifth takers...


Vestergaard scores!

It's 4-3 to Saints, as Vestergaard just squeezes his kick beyond the dive of Ward, who nearly reached it.


Soyuncu makes it 3-3

The defender puts Gunn the wrong way - neither keeper has got near one yet.


Redmond finds the net

Saints lead again, and again Ward is sent the wrong way!


Albrighton scores

It's 2-2, as Albrighton follows the example set by Fuchs and goes straight down the middle.


Højbjerg scores with ease

The Dane sends Ward the wrong way and Saints lead 2-1!


Fuchs levels things up

The left-back smashes it straight down the middle as Gunn dives to his left.


Davis scores! 

First up is Davis, who confidently puts Ward the wrong way!


Remember Everton, anyone? 💭

Come on, Saints! 🤞

FULL TIME: Leicester City 0-0 Southampton

We're not quite sure how Saints have not already gone through here. After VAR denied Steven Davis's goal in the closing stages, substitute Manolo Gabbiadini struck the crossbar with a free-kick from virtually the last kick of the game. On we go with penalties...


Against the crossbar! 😩

So unlucky! Gabbiadini hits a beautiful free-kick over the wall, but it crashes against the face of the crossbar and stays out...


Yellow Card for Jonny Evans (Leicester City)

Evans trips Redmond on the edge of the box. Free-kick for Saints, Gabbiadini to take...


Vardy loses his footing

A typical piece of movement from Vardy sees the striker peel off to receive a ball over the top, which is perfectly into his path, but the former England international slips at the vital moment and Saints breathe a sigh of relief.


6️⃣ added minutes 😨

Still plenty of time for a winner...


Final change for Saints...

With stoppage time looming, Gabbiadini replaces youngster Obafemi. This must be with penalties in mind - there will be no extra time, remember.


Davis scores... but the goal is chalked off! 😡

Redmond makes his way into the Leicester box, darting between two challenges, before the ball pops up and potentially strikes his hand. The hosts appeal but play goes on and Davis finishes smartly with his left foot, prompting chants of "V-A-R" around the King Power Stadium. The referee duly takes the advice of his video assistant and rules it out! 


Gray fires wide

A mazy run from the winger, who makes his way across the box, but cannot wrap his right foot around the ball to bring it back inside the near post and shoots wide.


Leicester City substitution: Marc Albrighton replaces Fousseni Diabaté

Final Leicester change sees one winger replace another.

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Gunn saves from Okazaki

A half-chance for the substitute, who tries his luck from the edge of the box, but it's a very routine save for Gunn, who makes an easy catch.

1️⃣5️⃣ minutes to go 👀

Penalties could be on the horizon at the King Power Stadium - it remains 0-0, and clear chances have been few and far between all night.


Southampton substitution: Steven Davis replaces Stuart Armstrong

Second Saints change - Davis enters the fray in place of Armstrong.

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Stephens saves Saints!

That was a real chance for Leicester, but Vardy's pass to Diabate is just a little short, allowing Stephens to slide in and make a vital block.


Højbjerg denied by Ward

Saints are pressing now. Højbjerg drives forward from midfield again and hits a low shot that Ward gets down to sharply, also ensuring he holds on to it with Obafemi lurking.


A golden chance goes begging!

What a chance for Obafemi to break the deadlock... Brilliant from Redmond, who drives at the Leicester defence and rifles a shot against the underside of the bar. It falls invitingly for Obafemi, six yards out, but the striker cannot make a good enough connection and the chance is lost 😩


Southampton substitution: Cédric replaces Matt Targett

Still feeling the effects of the earlier collision with Simpson, Targett is unable to continue. Cédric comes on to play in an unfamiliar left wing-back role.

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Leicester City substitution: Nampalys Mendy replaces Adrien Sebastian Perruchet Silva

In fact it's a double change for Claude Puel - this is a like for like change in midfield.

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Leicester City substitution: Shinji Okazaki replaces Kelechi Iheanacho

First substitution is a Leicester change, and it's a straight swap up front.

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Stephens blocks Gray's shot

Another possible opening for Leicester, as Stephens gets an important block on a Gray shot, sending the ball looping into the air. Iheanacho is underneath it, but his attempted header across goal for strike partner Vardy goes behind for a goal kick.


Stephens clears crucially

That was a heart in mouth moment for Saints. Fuchs fizzes in a free-kick that sparks a bout of pinball in the Saints box, but fortunately Stephens is there to boot the ball to safety before a blue shirt can pounce.


Positive start from Saints 💪

It's been a bright start to the second period from Saints, as Højbjerg breaks forward and feeds Targett to his left, whose cross is deflected behind for a corner.


Targett receiving treatment 

The Saints wing-back has been down for some time after a clash of heads with Simpson. Now he's back on his feet!


We're back under way!

The second half is up and running. Who will make the breakthrough?

HALF TIME POLL: Picture the scene - IF this goes to penalties and you could choose anybody to score the winning spot-kick, who would it be? ��

HALF TIME POLL: Picture the scene - IF this goes to penalties and you could choose anybody to score the winning spot-kick, who would it be? ��

The results so far:

  • Maya Yoshida
  • Yan Valery
  • Matt Targett
  • Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
  • Nathan Redmond
  • Michael Obafemi

HALF TIME: Leicester City 0-0 Southampton

Still no goals as we reach the interval at the King Power Stadium. Saints have been the team in the ascendancy for the most part, with Michael Obafemi denied by Danny Ward on his first senior start, but the Foxes have pace on the break and have put Saints under pressure from a couple of set-pieces. Very much in the balance - just a reminder we will go straight to penalties if it stays like this!


Redmond drags his shot wide

Running laterally along the 18-yard line, Redmond swivels to shoot on his left foot, but rather snatches at it and drags his effort past the post.


2️⃣ added minutes...

We're into stoppage time at the end of the first half, and it's Saints who are finishing the opening period on top.


Højbjerg shoots...

Redmond thinks about shooting himself, 20 yards from goal, but decides there are too many blue shirts in the way and instead lays it square for Højbjerg to strike. As the skipper sets his sights, Iheanacho nips in front of him and the Saints man only succeeds in dishing out a meaty whack to the back of the Nigerian's leg - entirely unintentional, but enough to concede a free-kick. Looked painful!


Ndidi blazes over

Another Fuchs throw comes flying into the Saints box and again it's cleared. This time only to Ndidi, who is lurking in shooting territory 30 yards out, but the midfielder's attempt is more in danger of clearing the stadium than troubling Gunn.

1️⃣0️⃣ minutes until half time...

It remains evenly poised in the East Midlands, where Saints have given as good as they've got in a game of few chances so far. It's still goalless with half time approaching.


Vestergaard heads over

Now the big Dane puts his size to good use at the other end, as he meets Targett's corner, but his header just drops on to the top of the net.


Vestergaard clears again

Not for the first time, Fuchs trots across to hurl in a long throw as Leicester send the big men forward, but none bigger than Vestergaard, who wins another aerial duel to repel the danger.


Redmond fires over

Another less presentable sight of goal for Saints, as Redmond lines up a 30-yard free-kick, but his attempt sails harmlessly over the crossbar.


Obafemi denied by Ward!

First notable chance of the night falls the way of the 18-year-old striker. It actually comes from a Leicester long throw, imperiously headed out by Vestergaard to Redmond, who quickly releases Obafemi. The teenager worries the defence with his pace and heads straight for goal. He's forced wide, on to his less favoured left foot, and Ward sticks out a leg to repel his shot.


Valery strides forward

First time we've really seen Valery showcase his attacking talents, as the young debutant bursts deep into Leicester territory and delivers a low cross, but Armstrong is just fractionally late arriving to meet it, and the Foxes clear the danger.


Gray shows his pace

Saints have enjoyed a good spell here, but suddenly Leicester launch a counter-attack and Gray finds himself running at the visiting defence. He shoots from 20 yards, but Vestergaard is in the right place to make an important block.


Yellow Card for Danny Simpson (Leicester City)

Simpson goes into the book for a crunching tackle on Lemina that leaves the midfielder requiring lengthy treatment. That might have been a red card offence.


Better from Saints

Leicester started quickly but Saints have now settled into this game. Armstrong's 20-yard shot is blocked, before Targett finds a good crossing position and picks out Obafemi, but the ball just runs away from the youngster in the box.


Ndidi too slow to react...

Leicester earn their second corner in the opening minutes. When Gray's delivery is flicked on at the near post, the ball squirts between the legs of Ndidi, who would have had a clear sight of goal from six yards had he been able to sort his feet out quicker.


We're under way in Leicester!

The hosts have kicked off and immediately win the game's first corner - we're straight into the action at the King Power Stadium.

The skipper is ready 💪

For the second time in four days, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg will don the captain's armband. The teams are in the tunnel and kick-off is approaching!


A lot of love for this man ♥️

With 42% of the vote, Stuart Armstrong tops tonight's key man poll! Here's hoping for another goal to add to the two from Saturday, Stu! 🤞


3️⃣0️⃣ minutes to go! ⏳

We're counting down to kick-off here at the King Power Stadium - remember to stay with us for regular match updates and free live commentary! 🎙


Watch Saints arrive at the King Power ⚡️

Our cameras were on hand to capture the Southampton players and staff arriving in Leicester ahead of kick-off at the King Power Stadium. We're 40 minutes away! ⏰

Who will be Saints' key man tonight?

Who will be Saints' key man tonight?

The results so far:

  • Angus Gunn
  • Jannik Vestergaard
  • Yan Valery
  • Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
  • Stuart Armstrong
  • Michael Obafemi

...And a first start for Obafemi! 👊

After a trio of cameo appearances as a substitute in the Premier League this season, teenage striker Michael Obafemi has been rewarded with his first senior start tonight! The young Irish international will be supported by Stuart Armstrong and Nathan Redmond in a three-pronged attack.


It's a Saints debut for this man! 😇

Mark Hughes makes five changes to his team for tonight's tie, including a Saints debut for Yan Valery at right-back! Congratulations, Yan! 👏


Leicester team confirmed 🦊

Starting XI: Ward, Simpson, Soyuncu, Evans, Fuchs, Ndidi, Silva, Diabate, Iheanacho, Gray, Vardy.

Subs: Jakupovic, Morgan, Pereira, Mendy, Leshabela, Albrighton, Okazaki.


Saints team confirmed 😇

Starting XI: Gunn, Stephens, Vestergaard, Yoshida, Valery, Højbjerg, Lemina, Targett, Armstrong, Obafemi, Redmond.

Subs: McCarthy, Hoedt, Cédric, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Gabbiadini, Austin.


And the mystery goalscorer was...

That was a tricky one! The answer to our latest poll was this man: Stern John, who opened the scoring in a 2-1 victory for Saints at the King Power Stadium back in December 2007. Andy King - still with the Foxes - scored the hosts' equaliser, before Andrew Surman converted a second-half penalty to secure the points. Well done if you were in the small minority who remembered correctly! 🤓


3️⃣0️⃣ minutes until team news ⏳

Who would you like to see given a start tonight, Saints fans? We'll have news of both starting line-ups from the King Power Stadium at 6.45pm GMT.

SAINTS TRIVIA: Which striker was on target the last time Saints won at the King Power Stadium in 2007?

SAINTS TRIVIA: Which striker was on target the last time Saints won at the King Power Stadium in 2007?

The results so far:

  • Grzegorz Rasiak
  • Marek Saganowski
  • Stern John
  • Bradley Wright-Phillips
  • Kenwyne Jones
  • David McGoldrick

Refresh your memory of how we got here... 💭

It's been a while since Saints were last in Carabao Cup action, and it proved a long night on Merseyside, as the fourth round meeting with Everton went all the way to a penalty shoot-out. Well done to the 43% of you who answered correctly in our poll as we tested your memory of our spot-kick takers! 👏


i think he's in a good place at the moment. he came on against fulham and got a couple of shots off, and was a little bit unfortunate, but that's what he can do - he's a livewire, he's got a lot of pace and that always upsets teams late in games.

mark hughes
the boss on michael obafemi

Obafemi's time to shine?

Teenage striker Michael Obafemi has added fresh enthusiasm into the Saints frontline, having made his third Premier League appearance of the season off the bench at Fulham, where he threatened to grab a vital equaliser in the closing stages. Could the youngster be called upon again tonight?

SAINTS TRIVIA: Who did NOT take a spot-kick in the last round, when Saints were victorious on a penalty shoot-out at Everton?

SAINTS TRIVIA: Who did NOT take a spot-kick in the last round, when Saints were victorious on a penalty shoot-out at Everton?

The results so far:

  • Danny Ings
  • James Ward-Prowse
  • Steven Davis
  • Matt Targett
  • Cédric
  • Pierre-Emile Højbjerg

Want a full match preview? 🤓

Get clued up on tonight's tie with our extensive Match Pack - featuring team news, managers' views, key players and all the facts and stats you need ahead of kick-off.


How have Leicester dealt with tragedy?

Tonight's cup tie was originally scheduled to take place four weeks ago, before tragedy struck, as Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was killed in a helicopter accident. The match was postponed and given a new date, while the Foxes were left to grieve. Journalist Rob Tanner of the Leicester Mercury explains how the club has pulled together as we got the Inside Track from the East Midlands.


these are difficult times for leicester, obviously, with the circumstances surrounding their owner's tragic accident, and they're still dealing with that emotion. but we can't allow that to affect our focus and we want to stay in the competition - it's been good to us so far.

mark hughes
southampton manager

Hughes previews Leicester tie

Check out our pre-match interview with Mark Hughes, whose focus quickly turned to tonight's game following the Premier League clash at Fulham on Saturday.


It's matchday in the Carabao Cup! 🏆

Southampton are back in action tonight for the rearranged Carabao Cup fourth round tie with Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. It's a big night for both sides, with a place in the quarter-finals and a home tie with Manchester City lying in wait for the winners. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, free commentary and live match updates! 


LEI vs SOU Line Ups

Leicester City

Danny Ward (GK)
Christian Fuchs
Caglar Söyüncü
Jonny Evans yellow card
Danny Simpson yellow card
Fousseni Diabaté
replace Marc Albrighton (78′)
Wilfred Ndidi
Demarai Gray
Adrien Silva
replace Nampalys Mendy (61′)
Jamie Vardy (C)
Kelechi Iheanacho
replace Shinji Okazaki (61′)
Ricardo Pereira
Eldin Jakupovic
Thakgalo Leshabela
Wes Morgan
Marc Albrighton
Nampalys Mendy
Shinji Okazaki


Angus Gunn (GK)
Jannik Vestergaard
Maya Yoshida
Jack Stephens
Matt Targett
replace Cédric Soares (61′)
Yan Valery
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (C)
Mario Lemina
Nathan Redmond
Michael Obafemi
replace Manolo Gabbiadini (90′)
Stuart Armstrong
replace Steven Davis (73′)
Charlie Austin
Wesley Hoedt
James Ward-Prowse
Alex McCarthy
Manolo Gabbiadini
Steven Davis
Cédric Soares

LEI vs SOU Match Stats

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