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Southampton victorious in seven-goal thriller

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Southampton ended pre-season with an action-packed 4-3 victory against Champions League bound Real Sociedad at Saint Mary's. 

Southampton's last game of pre-season was their first at home, and they wasted little time, with Adam Lallana firing the Saints in front after just seven minutes. Lallana finished comfortably after being slipped in by Rickie Lambert, celebrating the birth of his first daughter as well as a call-up to the England squad.

Jay Rodriguez had two quick-fire attempts denied by Claudio Bravo in the Sociedad net, the first coming as the result of some neat interplay on the edge of the area, before a low shot. The second was a solo effort, with Rodriguez running through on goal before having his shot saved from a narrow angle.

Luke Shaw cut-back a ball across the penalty area to no avail, before Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama was only denied by a deflection.

From the resulting corner, Jos Hooiveld saw his attempt blocked on the line by Liassine Cadamuro, with the Algerian defender clearing for Sociedad after a whipped corner from Adam Lallana found Hooiveld.

Carlos Vela looked to play in Castro, but he fired wide of Artur Boruc in the Southampton goal.

Sociedad were to cancel out Southampton's lead soon after, due to some slack defending. Southampton allowed the ball to bounce in the area without proper clearance, before Gorka Elustondo was able to steal in and convert his chance to make it 1-1.

Parity was to remain for just three minutes, before Frenchman Morgan Schneiderlin was able to put the Saints back in front in a classy move. Southampton's two defensive midfielders combined, with Victor Wanyama lifting the ball over the back four, allowing Schneiderlin to take the ball past the goalkeeper and into the net.

Sociedad hit back quickly once again, with former Arsenal forward Carlos Vela bringing the scores level. Vela's anticipation allowed him to latch onto a long ball from deep, before running in on goal to score past Artur Boruc.

The goal-glut was not to end then, however, as Southampton restored their lead before the break. Big Dutchman Jos Hooiveld headed the Premier League back in front after going up for an Adam Lallana free-kick. 

More drama was to ensue before the interval, with Rickie Lambert getting in a scrap with Real Sociedad left-back De La Bella, earning himself a yellow card, before Luke Shaw needed assistance in leaving the field after a knee injury.

Shortly after the break, Danny Fox, who had come on to replace Shaw, was yellow carded for a poorly timed challenge on Marco Sangalli.

Jay Rodriguez wriggled free again just before the hour mark, but once again saw his attempt thwarted by Claudio Bravo in the Real Sociedad goal.

Sociedad drew level on the hour mark, courtesy of a goal from Switzerland international Haris Seferovic, who joined the Basque club from Serie A side Fiorentina this summer.

Seferovic was fortunate after Carlos Vela beat Gaston Ramirez, allowing him an attempt on goal. Southampton's goalkeeper, Kelvin Davis, then failed to deal with the near post shot, conceding a sloppy goal as a result.

A header back to Kelvin Davis from Jack Cork lacked the necessary strength, but the midfielder's blushes were spared when Antonie Griezmann's lob fell wide of the target.

Steven Davis fired from range for Southampton, only to see the keeper save comfortably.

Danny Fox whipped in a cross for Emmanuel Mayuka, but the Zambian's attempt was deflected narrowly behind for a corner.

Southampton found the final goal of the game to clinch victory with just seven minutes remaining. Jason Puncheon hit a low cross for academy product Lloyd Isgrove, whose scuffed attempt found itself back at the feet of Puncheon. The winger had worked himself into some space and finished well from close ranger to put Southampton 4-3 up.

Griezmann was to lash a late volley wide, as the game petered out in the late stages.

The victory signals an end to pre-season for the Saints, ahead of a trip to last season's surprise outfit West Bromwich Albion.

Mauricio Pochettino looks set to make the trip to the Hawthorns without either first choice full-back, with Nathaniel Clyne and Luke Shaw sidelined through injury.

Sociedad will represent Spain in the UEFA Champions League this year having finished 4th in La Liga last season. 

 

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