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Pre-Season Friendly: Southampton 4 Real Sociedad 3

10 August 2013 18:20

A late Jason Puncheon strike grabbed Southampton a victory in their final pre-season game as they overcame Real Sociedad 4-3 on Saturday.

The Premier League side looked dangerous in attacking positions, and although they secured a fourth victory of the close-season, coach Mauricio Pochettino will be disappointed to concede three goals to the Liga side.

Goals from Adam Lallana, Morgan Schneiderlin and Jos Hooiveld had put the hosts on course for an easy victory but they had to rely on Puncheon to score seven minutes from time to seal the win.

Gorka Elustondo, Carlos Vela and Haris Seferovic brought Jagoba Arrasate's side level, but they were defeated as they prepare for a UEFA Champions League play-off against Lyon.

Lallana's opening goal came following a neat pass from Rickie Lambert, but just before the half-hour Elustondo equalised following some poor Southampton defending.

The hosts retook the lead as Schneiderlin made a surging run from midfield to latch onto a through ball from Victor Wanyama, he took the ball past the goalkeeper and rolled the ball into the back of the net.

Vela equalised soon after though, the Mexican controlled a long ball out of defence before firing past Artur Boruc.

A crazy 10-minute spell saw a fourth goal as the hosts moved back in front. Lallana was again involved as his right-wing free-kick found the head of Hooiveld and the defender placed his effort beyond the reaches of Claudio Bravo.

The second half lacked the excitement of the first, but when Vela found Seferovic on the hour to slot home, it looked as though a draw was on the cards.

However, Puncheon clinched the victory, the winger benefitting from a Lloyd Isgrove mishit to scramble the ball home from close range.

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Competition
Club Friendlies
Date
10 August 2013
Kick-off
16:00
Full-time
4 - 3

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