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Stoke City 2-3 Southampton

Graziano Pelle scores a second against Stoke
Graziano Pelle scored a late winner as Southampton reached the last eight for the first time since 2004.

Southampton continued their impressive form with a win over 10-man Stoke City to reach the last eight of the League Cup for the first time in 10 years.

They led when Graziano Pelle curled in a stunning effort before Shane Long struck his first Southampton goal.

Steven N'Zonzi gave Stoke hope after the break with a shot from distance and Mame Biram Diouf headed them level.

But when Stoke's Peter Crouch was sent off, Pelle found space from the resulting free-kick to drill a winner.

Substitute Crouch had only been on the pitch for 15 minutes when he collected two yellow cards in quick succession, the second for a late challenge on Steven Davis.

Peter Crouch is sent off
Peter Crouch is sent off by Lee Mason for a second yellow card offence in the space of two minutes.

His exit was a huge blow to Mark Hughes's side, who were chasing their second quarter-final appearance in as many years and Pelle scored the winner moments later to undo the hosts' fightback.

Pelle's impact on the south coast has been stunning and his eighth and ninth club goals of the season in just 12 appearances were ruthlessly collected.

His first arrived when he collected the ball centrally and forged into space before curling an effort in off the post, while his second will leave Saints' fans pinching themselves, with their side now second in the Premier League and within two games of Wembley.

They now have nine wins in 10 matches and the latest in that run looked set to be one of the more comfortable when Long finished from 10 yards to end a sweeping team move for their second goal.

Devilish Saints
In their last 10 matches, Southampton have won nine and lost one, scoring 28 and conceding just six goals

But Stoke, who now have just three wins in 25 matches against Southampton, saw a Jonathan Walters effort ruled out for offside before the break, and then gained a hold in the match through N'Zonzi's first of the season.

The French midfielder strode forward and buried a powerful strike to halve the deficit - though moments later home keeper Asmir Begovic kept his side in the contest when he denied Long a second and kept out Victor Wanyama with his legs.

The introduction of Crouch and Charlie Adam allowed the home side to play directly and a run of five corners ended with Diouf pouncing on a flick on to head the Potters level.

The noise levels rose in the Britannia Stadium with the visitors under pressure but Crouch's infringements against Jose Fonte and Davis were punished with bookings and Pelle pounced to move Southampton a step closer to a first League Cup success.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes:

"We put in a good effort in the second half compared to the first half where we didn't have the intensity I was looking for.

"I was delighted with the second-half performance but just a lack of concentration when the ball came into the box and we are getting punished.

"Maybe the sending off has affected our concentration somewhat and at 3-2 it's difficult to take but we need to build a full 90-minute performance."

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman:

"I think it was deserved because we created more chances than Stoke. We like to win every game and we'd like to win a title. It's maybe not the most important but maybe for us yes it is the most important."

Southampton's players celebrate
Morgan Schneiderlin tweeted a picture of Southampton's players celebrating another win in their dressing room
Mark Hughes
Stoke boss Mark Hughes scored twice against a Barcelona team which included Saints' boss Ronald Koeman as Manchester United won the 1991 Cup Winners' Cup
Graziano Pelle scores
Graziano Pelle curled the opener from range to bag his eighth goal in 12 club games
Shane Long
Shane Long scored his first goal for Southampton since his summer move from Hull City
Graziano Pelle scores a second against Stoke
Pelle was able to celebrate with Southampton fans behind the goal when he notched the winner



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Begovic
  • 2BardsleyBooked at 64mins
  • 17Shawcross
  • 12WilsonBooked at 65mins
  • 3Pieters
  • 20CameronSubstituted forAdamat 73'minutesBooked at 76mins
  • 15N'Zonzi
  • 19Walters
  • 27BojanSubstituted forCrouchat 73'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 10Arnautovic
  • 18Diouf


  • 5Muniesa
  • 7Ireland
  • 16Adam
  • 21Sidwell
  • 24Assaidi
  • 25Crouch
  • 29Sørensen


Formation 4-3-3

  • 23Forster
  • 2Clyne
  • 6José FonteBooked at 87mins
  • 5GardosSubstituted forAlderweireldat 90+2'minutes
  • 33Targett
  • 8DavisSubstituted forCorkat 90+2'minutes
  • 12Wanyama
  • 4Schneiderlin
  • 7Long
  • 19PellèBooked at 89mins
  • 11Tadic


  • 1Davis
  • 3Yoshida
  • 17Alderweireld
  • 18Cork
  • 21Bertrand
  • 24Mayuka
  • 28Reed
Lee Mason

Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stoke City 2, Southampton 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stoke City 2, Southampton 3.

  3. Post update

    Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Shane Long (Southampton).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Charlie Adam with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Morgan Schneiderlin.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Southampton. Toby Alderweireld replaces Florin Gardos.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Southampton. Jack Cork replaces Steven Davis.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Phil Bardsley (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Charlie Adam with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  12. Post update

    Delay in match Matt Targett (Southampton) because of an injury.

  13. Booking

    Graziano Pellè (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Stoke City 2, Southampton 3. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner following a set piece situation.

  15. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Peter Crouch (Stoke City) for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

  17. Post update

    Steven Davis (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Booking

    Jose Fonte (Southampton) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Booking

    Peter Crouch (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).