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Posted Sun 22 Jan 17 at 14:15 PM

Match Report: Southampton 3 Leicester City 0

Read a full match report from the Premier League fixture between Southampton and Leicester City at St. Mary’s Stadium on Sunday 22 January, 2017. 

- Leicester City beaten 3-0 by Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium on Sunday afternoon 
- Southampton went 2-0 up in the first half following James Ward-Prowse and Jay Rodriguez strikes 
- Dusan Tadic rounded off the scoring with an 85th-minute penalty 
- Claudio Ranieri made three changes to the side that were defeated by Chelsea last weekend 

Leicester City will continue their search of a Premier League win on the road this season after being beaten 3-0 by Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium on Sunday. 

The hosts found themselves 2-0 up in the first half following some smart finishing from James Ward-Prowse and Jay Rodriguez. 

While Demarai Gray had several attempts from the wing and proved to be City’s main source of creativity, the wideman couldn’t breach the Saints' back line. 

Dusan Tadic then extended his side's lead from the spot with five minutes to play, rounding off the scoring and in turn halting any form of Foxes comeback. 
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Claudio Ranieri opted for a 4-3-3 formation against the Saints in the first half, with Christian Fuchs, Gray and Shinji Okazaki all starting in place of Ben Chilwell, Marc Albrighton and Ahmed Musa on the south coast. 

With both sides aiming to bounce back from defeats in the Premier League, Southampton had the first opportunity of the game – Nathan Redmond nodding onto the top of Kasper Schmeichel’s net from close range. 

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg hooked a half-volley over the bar from distance inside the opening 10 minutes, while a positive run at the opposite end of the pitch from Gray eventually saw Fuchs swing in a cross that was just too high for Jamie Vardy. 

Starting his third-straight game under Ranieri, Wilfred Ndidi controlled the ball well before sending a half-volley straight at Fraser Forster from 30 yards. Højbjerg tried an effort of his own from the same distance, but fired well off target in front of the stand housing the Blue Army. 
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Schmeichel, with the low winter sun in his eyes, made his first stop of the game with 19 minutes gone, denying Redmond with a fine low save at the near post. 

City cleared the resulting corner, with the ball dropping to Gray on the left wing. The wideman raced down the flank and cut inside past Cedric before sending a well-hit strike into the palms of Forster. 

Southampton went ahead just after the first half’s midway point. Cedric’s pull-back was met by Ward-Prowse, who side-footed in from just inside the City box past Schmeichel – the Dane inches away from reaching the midfielder’s curling strike. 

Good work from Okazaki then saw the Japan frontman win a free kick in a central position 20 yards from goal. Gray took it, but the Saints wall stood strong to block the lively winger’s attempt. 
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Gray, the Foxes’ main threat throughout the opening 45 minutes, continued to look for a leveller from the left, but this time directed his strike high and wide of the target. 

The Saints, not content with a 1-0 lead to carry into the break, then doubled their advantage through Rodriguez on 39 minutes. A free kick from the left was nodded down into the path of the Southampton No.9, who rifled in from close range for 2-0. 

Looking to pull one back before half-time, Gray first sent a drive wide of the mark, before Okazaki flicked Vardy’s delivery just round the post under pressure. 

Ranieri introduced Albrighton at the break in place of Papy Mendy, switching to a 4-4-2 system for the second half. 
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It was Southampton who mustered up the first goalscoring chance after half-time, with Højbjerg hammering a powerful drive wide from outside the area. 

Forster was then on hand to collect a dipping volley from Albrighton that may have beaten the stopper if it had a touch more power on it. 

The Foxes were fortunate not to go 3-0 down on the hour mark, when Højbjerg intercepted a loose pass and fired just past Schmeichel’s upright. 

The City stopper had to be alert again with 20 minutes to play, this time holding onto midfield enforcer Oriol Romeu’s strike from distance. 
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A huge opportunity to halve the deficit fell to Morgan shortly after, but the captain couldn’t direct Robert Huth’s knock-down towards goal and the chance went begging. 

Fuchs flashed a right-footed half-volley just past the post with eight minutes to go, but the hosts denied City of any potential comeback by making it 3-0. 

After Morgan was harshly penalised for a challenge on substitute Shane Long in the area, Tadic stepped up and converted from 12 yards to put the result beyond any doubt. 

A brief pause in Premier League proceedings now follows, as Ranieri’s outfit begin preparations for an Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round tie at East Midlands rivals Derby County on Friday evening. 

SOUTHAMPTON: Forster, Soares, Yoshida, Rodriguez (Long 80), Tadic, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Van Dijk (Stephens 55), Bertrand, Redmond, Højbjerg (Clasie 73) 

SUBS NOT USED: Taylor, Martina, Sims, McQueen 

GOALS: Ward-Prowse 26, Rodriguez 39, Tadic pen 85 

CITY: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan (c), Huth, Fuchs, Ndidi, Mendy (Albrighton 46), Drinkwater, Gray, Okazaki (Musa 63), Vardy 

SUBS NOT USED: Chilwell, King, Kapustka, Zieler, Benalouane 

REFEREE: Michael Oliver
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