Premier League: Watford 0-0 Southampton

Southampton were held by Watford in a lacklustre draw as both await their first win of the season.

Neither side managed to break the deadlock while the Hornets are still searching for a home goal back in the top-flight.

Meanwhile Southampton were dealt a blow as Sadio Mane was substituted after 25 minutes with an injury.

The hosts looked dangerous despite zero attempts on target and narrowly missed an opportunity to take the lead through Etienne Capoue’s header on 66 minutes.

Ikechi Anya made to superb first half crosses but Tom Deeney and Odion Ighalo could not take advantage.

Watford: Gomes, Nyom, Cathcart, Prödl, Holebas (Diamanti 46’) Capoue, Behrami (Watson 86’), Jurado, Ighalo, Anya, Deeney (c).
Unused subs: Arlauskis, Britos, Layun, Abdi, Forestieri.
Bookings: None.

Southampton: Stekelenburg, Cédric, Yoshida, Caulker, Fonte (c), Targett, Wanyama, Romeu, S. Davis (Ward-Prowse 72’), Mané (Long 25’), Pellè (Rodriguez 79’).
Unused subs: K. Davis, Tadić, Martina, Juanmi.
Bookings: Wanyama, Romeu.

Referee: Andre Marriner
Attendance: 20,166

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Premier League: Southampton 0-3 Everton

Romelu Lukaku nets a brace as Everton claimed victory over Southampton at St Mary’s for the first time since 2002.

The Belgian scored on 22 minutes before adding a second on the stroke of halftime while Ross Barkley’s curling effort six minutes from time made it 3-0.

Southampton conceded more than two goals for just the second time in 27 Premier League outings in the loss while Everton has scored at least two in their opening two matches of 2014/15.

Arouna Kone attempted an effort on goal after six minutes only for it to be blocked.

Southampton then had two chances on target with Matt Targett and Sadio Mane attempts requiring saves from Tim Howard four minutes apart.

Everton would break through on the counter-attack following a corner 14 seconds later through Lukaku who headed in Kone’s cross to the back post.

Barkley nearly doubled the lead on 29 minutes only to be denied by Maarten Stekelenburg while Tom Cleverly thrashed the rebound behind.

Lukaku added a second in an impressive first half by the player when his 45th minute left-footed strike beat the goalkeeper.

Everton were pressed to start the second half with Southampton controlling possession but the hosts were unable to find a breakthrough.

Graziano Pelle’s vicious volley required a save by the Everton shot stopper eight minutes after the restart.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman introduced forward Jay Rodriguez in the 72nd minute who made his first appearance at home since returning from injury.

Mane then tested his range only for the effort to be turned behind for a corner.

Everton added a third in the 84th minute after Seamus Coleman’s one-two with Lukaku found Barkley in the box whose curling shot beat the keeper.

Southampton: Stekelenburg, Cédric, Yoshida, Fonte (c), Targett, S. Davis (Ward-Prowse 79’), Wanyama, Tadić (Romeu 46’), Mané, Long (Rodriguez 72’), Pellè.
Unused subs: Gazzaniga, Martina, Reed, Juanmi.
Bookings: Pelle, Targett, Romeu, Davis.

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Galloway (Browning 88’), Barry, Cleverly, McCarthy, Barkley, Kone (Naismith 80’) Lukaku (Deulofeu 89’).
Unused subs: Robles, Mirallas, Besic, Osman.
Bookings: Barkley, McCarthy.

Referee: Michael Oliver
Attendance: 30,966

Europa League: Vitesse Arnhem 0-2 Southampton

Southampton progressed to the Europa League play-offs after defeating Vitesse Arnhem at the GelreDome.

Graziano Pelle and Sadio Mane scored either side of the break with the former putting the visitors – who were emphatic across the tie – ahead within four minutes.

The Premier League side claimed a 5-0 aggregate win over their Eredivisie counterpart following a 3-0 victory at St Mary’s a week ago.

Southampton now await their opponent with the Europa League play-off draw in Switzerland set for August 7.

Vitesse squandered an early opportunity to claw back a goal under two minutes gone when Isaiah Brown thrashed wide.

Pelle punished his opponent at the other end two minutes later scoring with a low left-footed strike that had Eloy Room well beaten.

Milot Raschica then bounced a wide-open attempt to tie the game over the bar in the 8th minute while efforts by Maikel van der Werff and Valeri Kazaishvili both required the attention of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

Mane nearly doubled the lead 10 minutes before the break but his shot was straight at the keeper.

After static midfield play opened the second half, Kazaishvili tried his luck from the edge of the box on the hour mark to no avail.

A quarter hour from time, Rashica had his shot deflected into the air by Yoshida but Stekelenburg won the resulting aerial battle and tipped the ball over.

Jay Rodriguez, who made his first competitive start since sustaining an injury 16-months ago, looked to add to the lead in the 83rd minute but he fired over the bar.

Mane doubled the lead on 89 minutes after dispossessing Danilo Pantic in the midfield before striking past Room.

Vitesse: Room, Diks, Kashia (c), Van der Werff (Achenteh 72′), Leerdam, Baker (Pantic 81′), Nakamba, Kazaishvili, Brown (Nathan 69’), Rashica, Oliynyk.
Unused subs: Velthuizen, Djurdjevic, Osman, Lelieveld.
Bookings: None.

Southampton: Stekelenburg, Caulker, Fonte (c), Yoshida, Martina, Wanyama, S. Davis (Reed 78’), Ward-Prowse, Tadić (Juanmi 65’), Mané, Pellè (Rodriguez 72’).
Unused subs: K. Davis (GK), Cédric, Targett, McQueen.
Bookings: Martina, Steklenburg.

Referee: Illías Spathas

Europa League: Southampton 3-0 Vitesse Arnhem

Southampton marked their return to European football with a 3-0 win over Vitesse in the first-leg of Europa League third-round qualification at St Mary’s.

Graziano Pelle’s right-footed strike on 36 minutes opened the tie while Dusan Tadic doubled the advantage from the spot on the stroke of halftime and Shane Long added a third after the break.

Southampton, who last played in European competition in 2001, handed debuts to Maarten Stekelenburg, Jordy Clasie, Cedric Soares and Juamni.

The two sides will meet in Arnhem, Netherlands for the second-leg next Thursday with Saints in position to progress to the group stage.

Vitesse’s Valeri Kazaishvili early opportunity fizzed across goal in the 7th minute and the visitors would threaten little afterward, recording a lone shot on target.

Southampton dictated play with Maya Yoshida and Victor Wanyama forcing Eloy Room into saves in the 13th and 22nd minute, respectively.

Shortly after a save on Steven Davis, Sadio Mane collected a pass from the wing before playing in Pelle who powered a shot past the keeper.

Mane was then awarded a penalty, which was converted by Tadic, in the 45th minute after the Senegalese international was bundled over by Rochdi Achenteh.

The hosts asserted their dominance at the start of the second half with Pelle firing over the bar but a double substitution after the hour mark briefly put Vitesse in the ascendancy.

On-loan midfielder Danilo Pantic was denied in the 71st minute when his attempt was held by Stekelenburg.

Two second half substitutes combined for Southampton’s third goal with Long capitalising on a defensive error.

The forward’s initial effort was saved but Juanmi latched onto the ball before crossing into Long who finished the play.

Southampton: Stekelenberg, Targett, Yoshida, Fonte (c), Cedric, Wanyama, Clasie (Juanmi 62’), Davis, Mane (Reed 86’), Tadic (Long 63’), Pelle.
Unusued subs: Gazzaniga, Martina, Ward-Prowse, McCarthy.
Bookings: Davis, Tadic, Pelle.

Vitesse: Room, Diks (Lelieveld 92’), Kashia, Leerdan, Achenteh, Baker, Nakamba, Kazaishvili (Pantic 67’), Brown, Djurdjevic (Rashica 61’), Oliynyk.
Unused subs: Van der Werff, Dauda, Velthuzien, Osman.
Bookings: Achenteh, Brown.

Referee: Jesus Gil Manzano
Attendance: 30,850