Match ends, Southampton 8, Sunderland 0.
- Saints record their biggest Premier League win
- Incredible Santiago Vergini own goal starts rout
- Liam Bridcutt own goal adds to away side's misery
- Graziano Pelle scores twice
Southampton demolished Sunderland at St Mary's in a game which saw Santiago Vergini score one of the Premier League's most spectacular own goals.
The Argentine, 26, volleyed in from 18 yards, before Graziano Pelle and Jack Cork each scored from close range.
Pelle's well-taken second followed a Liam Bridcutt own goal and Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone passed to Dusan Tadic to make it six.
Victor Wanyama and Sadio Mane sealed Sunderland's biggest loss in 32 years.
|Premier League's biggest wins|
|Manchester United 9-0 Ipswich, March 1995|
|Newcastle United 8-0 Sheffield Wednesday, September 1999|
|Tottenham Hotspur 9-1 Wigan Athletic, November 2009|
|Chelsea 8-0 Wigan Athletic, May 2010|
|Chelsea 8-0 Aston Villa, December 2012|
|Southampton 8-0 Sunderland, October 2014|
The Black Cats have now lost 8-0 on four occasions in their history, with the other defeats by the same margin against Sheffield Wednesday in 1911, West Ham United in 1968 and Watford in 1982.
Manager Gus Poyet glared at his players after the game as they applauded their travelling supporters, and he will be disbelieving of the charity shown from the early stages on the south coast.
Vergini's volley will form part of football blunder features for years to come as his attempted clearance flew past Sunderland keeper Mannone like a rocket.
Within six minutes of his error, the defender could not track Steven Davis after Sunderland had conceded possession and a crisp cross allowed Pelle to tap home.
The Premier League's Player of the Month scored on his debut for Italy during the international break and offered link-up play to complement his goal threat throughout.
Ronald Koeman - voted manager of the month for guiding Southampton to third - urged his players to "start again" today after the international break, warning opponents will no longer be surprised by their threat.
Their purposeful response was to attack with freedom and when a free-flowing move allowed Tadic to cross for Cork to stab home, the points were all but sealed.
The win means Saints are a point better off than at this stage last season when they eventually finished eighth, but they ruthlessly looked to punish every Sunderland error and are now one of only five teams to have won by eight goals in Premier League history.
Cork and midfield partner Morgan Schneiderlin both completed over 90% of their passes as Sunderland consistently failed to get close to their opponents and the dominance in midfield proved telling as the home side created chance after chance in the second period.
Tadic was denied by a goal-line clearance from Patrick van Aanholt shortly after the break, but after Mannone saved from Pelle, Bridcutt could not clear from under his own cross-bar and bundled the ball into his own net.
Pelle, who now has six goals in eight league games, celebrated sheepishly, but he soon had another goal he could claim as his own when he smartly swept Tadic's pass home.
|Potent and mean Saints|
|No team in the Premier League or Football League has conceded as few league goals (five) or home league goals (one) as Southampton.|
Tadic, who like Pelle, was imported from the Dutch league this summer, looked every inch his £10.9m price tag as he teased the visiting defence and when Mannone passed the ball straight to his feet, he duly curled into an empty net from 30 yards.
It was another Sunderland donation but Tadic continued to show little mercy as he fed Wanyama who smashed home from 12 yards and then set up Mane for his first goal in English football.
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman:
"I'm very pleased. Still a little bit in shock. That 8-0 is not a normal result.
"I was surprised after 20 minutes about the score - 2-0 up and we didn't start the game well. Sunderland were dominating and we had problems.
"Lucky by the first one, the own goal, gave us a little bit more confidence and we woke up after that."
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet:
"Even if you watch Vergini's own goal 20 times you don't know how it can happen. Then we clear the ball and it hits somebody and it's 2-0. Then you're thinking it's not going to be our day.
"And then the penalty, where if the ref did his job, it's a penalty and a red card and maybe 2-1 and then we're talking about a different game.
"After that, I can't explain what happened. I will let the players explain to you, maybe they will have better words. I don't."
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- 6José Fonte
- 8DavisSubstituted forManéat 65'minutes
- 4SchneiderlinBooked at 50mins
- 7LongSubstituted forWanyamaat 65'minutes
- 19PellèSubstituted forMayukaat 80'minutes
- 5BrownSubstituted forBridcuttat 45'minutesBooked at 82mins
- 3van Aanholt
- 6CattermoleBooked at 25mins
- 7LarssonSubstituted forRodwellat 60'minutes
- 14Gomez Garcia-PencheSubstituted forJohnsonat 61'minutes
- 10WickhamBooked at 9mins
- 12Adilson Cabral
- Andre Marriner
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Southampton 8, Sunderland 0.
Attempt saved. Sadio Mané (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne.
Attempt missed. Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand.
Goal! Southampton 8, Sunderland 0. Sadio Mané (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dusan Tadic.
Offside, Southampton. Jack Cork tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Mayuka is caught offside.
Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland).
Sadio Mané (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Fraser Forster.
Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Toby Alderweireld.
Substitution, Southampton. Emmanuel Mayuka replaces Graziano Pellè.
Goal! Southampton 7, Sunderland 0. Victor Wanyama (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Dusan Tadic.
Goal! Southampton 6, Sunderland 0. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.
Attempt missed. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dusan Tadic.
Attempt blocked. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Cattermole.
William Buckley (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Toby Alderweireld (Southampton).
Attempt missed. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Victor Wanyama.
Attempt missed. Victor Wanyama (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.