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- Saints finish off their pre-season with a 1-0 home defeat to Bayer Leverkusen
- Ronald Koeman's men fail their summer with a 100% record
- Graziano Pelle's own goal in the second half separated the teams
- Morgan Schneiderlin was not involved as he hopes for move away
Saints end pre-season with a 1-0 defeat at home to Bayer Leverkusen, courtesy of Graziano Pelle's second-half own goal. Thanks for joining us today. We'll have a full report and reaction for you on the website shortly.
SAINTS 0 BAYER LEVERKUSEN 1
CHANCE (80 mins): Julian Brandt beats Maya Yoshida all too easily, before racing in on goal. He tries to lift the ball over Artur Boruc, who gets just enough on it to allow Ryann Bertrand to scamper back and clear. [0-1]
Victor Wanyama gets on the ball before he's substituded.
Off: Steven Davis, Victor Wanyama.
On: Emmanuel Mayuka, Jack Cork. (77 mins)
Tadic runs past the opposition.
CHANCE (70 mins): Saints work the ball across the field nicely, with Dusan Tadic passing it from the left into Steven Davis, who helps it immediately on to the far side, where Gaston Ramirez is waiting. The Uruguayan cuts past a defender onto his left foot 20 yards out, and whips a fierce shot just over the bar. [0-1]
James Ward-Prowse in action before he was substituted.
CHANCE (65 mins): Gaston Ramirez produces a smart touch just outside the right corner of the area to turn the ball back inside to Saphir Taider. He hits a well-struck shot that takes a big deflection off a Leverkusen defender and loops just over the bar. [0-1]
Off: James Ward-Prowse, Lloyd Isgrove.
On: Saphir Taider, Gaston Ramirez. (61 mins)
SAINTS 0 BAYER LEVERKUSEN 1 (Graziano Pelle og 57)
Pelle was signed to bring goals to Saints this season, but not at this end of the pitch. Hakan Calhanoglu sends in a fairly unthreatening corner that the striker stoops to head clear at the near post. He gets it wrong, though, diverting the ball towards his own goal, with Artur Boruc not making a great job of keeping it out. [0-1]
Ralph Krueger and Katharina Liebherr.
The second half is underway. Saints unchanged, while Leverkusen have made a string of substitutions.
Clyne makes an essential tackle during the first half.
SAINTS 0 BAYER LEVERKUSEN 0
Tadic chases down the ball.
Fonte heads the ball away.
CHANCE (32 mins): Steven Davis shows excellent vision, as he did on so many occasions last season, holding off an opponent before playing a ball through the middle for James Ward-Prowse to run onto. Leverkusen keeper Bernd Leno comes racing out of his area to meet the midfielder, who can't knock the ball past him. Leno then boots the ball away. [0-0]
CHANCE (24 mins): Now things are opening up a bit. This time it's Leverkusen that go close to scoring, with a loose ball falling to Karim Bellarabi just outside the area. He strikes it first time, but, with Artur Boruc scrambling to his left, the shot drifts narrowly wide of the top corner. [0-0]
CHANCE (21 mins): Dusan Tadic has started to look dangerous down the inside-right channel, but it is from a corner that he creates the game's first real opening. His in-swinging left-footed delivery eludes a few bodies and falls to Maya Yoshida at the back post, six yards out. The centre half prods a right-foot effort towards goal, but it comes off the upright and is cleared away. Moments later, Lloyd Isgrove has a strike well blocked on the edge of the area. [0-0]
We've reached the 15 minute mark here at St Mary's and, well, that's about all there is to be said about this one so far. No significant goalmouth action as yet. [0-0]
Referee Mike Jones gets the match underway.
The teams are on their way out at St Mary's, although not in the traditional fashion. Each member of Saints' starting line-up is introduced from the tunnel individually, before Bayer Leverkusen emerge. Ronald Koeman then says a few words to the crowd. We'll be underway in a matter of moments.
As reported in our paper earlier in the week, Fraser Forster is set to be the next player in the door at St Mary's. The Celtic keeper is not believed to be at St Mary's today, but is expected to finalise a move for around £10m in the next few days. The Echo first revealed back in June that manager Ronald Koeman wanted to sign a new first-choice keeper this summer. Koeman also confirmed this week that Saints are interested in Steaua Bucharest centre back Florin Gardos and Sporting Lisbon centre half Marcos Rojo.
It may be a pre-season friendly, but that's not stopping these fans from getting behind the Saints.
Saints fans get ready for today's match outside St Mary's Stadium.
Jose Fonte wears the skipper's armband today, having been confirmed as the new team captain by manager Ronald Koeman. The centre half, who yesterday signed a new contract that takes him through to 2017, has spoken of his honour at succeeding Adam Lallana in the role and how he believes Saints can emulate the success of last season, despite a summer of upheaval.
Three of Saints' four summer signings start this afternoon's match, with Ryan Bertrand playing at left-back, Dusan Tadic in an advanced midfield position, and Graziano Pelle up front. The latest arrival, Saphir Taider is named among the substitutes.
SAINTS: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Bertrand, Wanyama, S Davis, Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Isgrove, Pelle.
Subs: K Davis, Ramirez, Taider, Cork, Mayuka, Hooiveld, Reed, Targett, Stephens, McQueen.
LEVERKUSEN: Leno, Reinartz, Spahic, Son, Drmic, Calhanoglu, Boenisch, Toprak, Donati, Castro, Bellarabi.
Subs: Kresic, Wollscheid, Rolfes, Kiesling, Hilbert, Oztunali, Jedvaj, Wendell, Brandt, Kruse, Yurchenko.
Referee: Mike Jones.
Team news is coming up in a few minutes. One player who will definitely not be involved is Morgan Schneiderlin, who has said he is "not in a physical but even more not in a mental way prepared" according to Ronald Koeman. You can read the Saints manager discussing the matter in greater detail by clicking here.
Hello and welcome to this Daily Echo blog, covering Saints' final friendly of pre-season, at home to Bayer Leverkusen. Ronald Koeman's side own a 100 per cent record this summer, and are hoping to sign off with a sixth win out of six. We'll have team news, build-up and match updates for you throughout the afternoon, so stay with us.