REPORT: Feyenoord 0-3 Southampton

By SFC Media time Thu 23 Jul Club

Graziano Pellè scored on his return to Feyenoord as Southampton beat the Dutch club 3-0 in a pre-season friendly at De Kuip.

For Ronald Koeman’s men it was the final opportunity to impress ahead of next Thursday’s Europa League third qualifying round clash with Vitesse.

The Italian striker certainly made his mark, scoring from close range after good work from Dušan Tadić four minutes before the half-time break.

A headed goal from Maya Yoshida just after the hour mark extended the lead for Koeman’s side before substitute Juanmi rounded off the scoring late on.

Pellè and Clasie were both handed starts on their return to De Kuip by Saints boss Koeman, with Clasie joining Victor Wanyama and Steven Davis in the middle of midfield.

The two players were handed flowers and presented to the Feyenoord crowd before the game, and it was Pellè who was in the thick of the action straight away once proceedings had got under way.

The Italian striker couldn’t quite get on the end of Sadio Mané’s pass in just the first minute, before firing over the bar from close range courtesy of another Mané pass.

After Pellè had failed to get enough conviction in a lobbed attempt that Feyenoord goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer held comfortably, Dirk Kuyt blazed over from close range at the other end.

Five minutes before half-time, Pellè did get his goal. Matt Targett’s excellent ball forward found Dušan Tadić, who beat the ‘keeper to the ball and rolled it across the box for the Italian striker to tap home.

The hosts began the second half brightly, with right-back Rick Karsdorp seeing a rasping 25-yard drive fly just over the top of Maarten Stekelenburg’s goal.

With the hosts pushing forward, Saints almost doubled their advantage moments later. Mané played in the onrushing Cédric Soares, but the right-back couldn’t angle his shot inside the far post.

Saints did grab their second goal soon after, as Yoshida rose highest to head home a deep free-kick from midfielder Steven Davis.

Feyenoord came within a couple of inches of finding a route back into the game with ten minutes left to play. Substitute Juanmi was robbed of the ball and Jens Toornstra took aim, but saw his shot clip the outside of the post.

Koeman’s side completed the scoring with seven minutes remaining. Substitutes Shane Long and Juanmi combined, with the latter applying a neat finish into the bottom corner.

The success sets Saints up perfectly for their UEFA Europa League third qualifying round clash with Dutch side Vitesse at St Mary’s next Thursday.

Southampton team: Maarten Stekelenburg, Cédric Soares, José Fonte (c), Maya Yoshida, Matt Targett, Jordy Clasie (James Ward-Prowse 61), Victor Wanyama, Steven Davis, Dušan Tadić (Harrison Reed 75), Sadio Mané (Juanmi 61), Graziano Pellè (Shane Long 82)

Southampton substitutes: Kelvin Davis (GK), Cuco Martina, Jack Stephens, Shane Long, Jay Rodriguez, Josh Debayo, Jason McCarthy.

Goals: Pellè (41), Yoshida (61), Juanmi (83)

Feyenoord team: Kenneth Vermeer, Rick Karsdorp, Wessel Dammers, Terence Kongolo, Miquel Nelom (Lucas Woundenberg 77), Jens Toornstra, Marko Vejinovic, Karim El Ahmadi (Tonny Vilhena 70), Dirk Kuyt (c), Colin Kazim-Richards (Elvin Manu 66), Bilal Basacikoglu.

Feyenoord substitutes: Warner Hahn (GK), Lex Immers, Jean-Paul Boetius, Mitchell Te Vrede, Joey Sleegers, Luke Wilkshire, Calvin Verdonk, Bart Nieuwkoop, Simon Gustafson, Anass Achabar, Jari Schuurman.

Booked: Kongolo (60)

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