Europa League • Qualifying Round 3 
 
Europa League  • Qualifying Round 3 
    
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91' 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Vitesse

Southampton head away a corner delivery. The visitors are looking for an away goal that would give them a little hope for the second leg.

87' 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse

The home side are content to keep a hold of the ball. Vitesse chasing shadows at the moment.

85' 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Southampton

Well, we didn't see that one coming. The visitors had been putting Southampton under pressure until Baker made that mistake and gave away the ball in a really dangerous area with Long providing the finish to punish him.

84'
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Southampton

GOAL - Southampton 3-0 Vitesse! Long extends the Saints' lead with a simple tap in from a Juanmi cross after Vitesse's Baker concedes possession in a dangerous position.

79'
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Vitesse

OVER! Vitesse blow their best chance of the match as Southampton fail to deal with Baker's cross, the ball falls to Rashica who gets underneath the shot and powers it well over the bar from inside the penalty area.

77' 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Southampton

The ball just won't stick up top with Pelle being offered little support. Vitesse seeing a lot more of the ball. Still 2-0.

90+4'
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

That's full time. Embarrassing for West Ham and Bilic, who started well against Astra but promptly threw the match away with indiscipline and perhaps a lack of fitness. They go into the return leg a manager and potentially several players down.

75' 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Vitesse

Those travelling Vitesse fans haven't had too much to shout about so far but they're still making plenty of noise.

 
73' 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Southampton

Koeman is now on his feet and looks quite unhappy with his team. Southampton haven't looked good since the boss made a double change on the hour mark.

90+1'
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

RED CARD! Bilic has been sent off after saying the wrong thing to the referee. Four red cards in five matches for West Ham in this tournament.

71'
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Vitesse

SAVE! Southampton's new goalkeeper Stekelenburg has had little to do on his competitive debut but he has to be alert to make an astounding stop when Pantic was played through on goal to maintain the scores at 2-0.

90'
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

There will be three minutes of added time. Payet is booked after getting involved in a row between Maiga and Alves, with Alves cross for Maiga for a possible dive.

70' 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
68'
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Vitesse

VITESSE SUB: Danilo Pantic replaces Kazaishvili, who had the visitor's best chance of the game on three minutes.

86' 
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

West Ham are struggling to hit back, and with a few minutes to go, West Ham might have appeared to have thrown away the game.

66' 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Southampton

West Ham may have squandered a two goal lead but that's unlikely to happen at St Mary's. Southampton are in complete control.

 
63'
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Vitesse

YELLOW CARD! Long makes an instant impact, running at pace at defenders and draws a foul from Kashia who is booked for his efforts.

81'
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

GOAL! West Ham 2-2 FC Astra - Ogbonna scores an own goal. A ball in looped into the box, and Ogbonna leaps towards it and it skims off his shin and over Adrian.

61'
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Southampton

SOUTHAMPTON SUBS: Two changes for the home side with Juanmi and Shane Long entering the fray in the place of Tadic and Davis.

60'
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Southampton

YELLOW CARD! Tadic is the second Southampton player of the night to receive a booking after a late tackle.

80'
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

Cresswell is booked for kicking the ball away. West Ham deal with a corner, and then an Alves cross, and they have a goal kick with Adrian now.

78' 
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

About 12 minutes of normal time for West Ham to hold on.

 
55'
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Southampton

OVER! Oh dear, Pelle. The striker, who should be full of confidence after his earlier goal, has a chance to make it 3-0 after latching onto a poor clearance but he somehow smashes it well over the bar from 15 yards.

74' 
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

Oxford anticipates a moment of danger with a ball towards the box, and deals with it calmly. At 16, that's impressive.

53' 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
71'
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

GOAL! West Ham 2-1 FC Astra. Boldrin scores - he has room for a shot from 25 yards, and fizzes in a strike against the underside of the bar.

51' 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Southampton

Meanwhile, Southampton fans are still in fine voice despite their side's slow start to this second period.

49'
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Southampton

YELLOW CARD! The first booking of the match is shown to Davis for bringing down an opponent from behind.

47' 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Southampton

Southampton will be keen to get straight back onto the attack at the start of this second-half, another goal would surely kill this tie as a contest.

63'
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

Oxford, now at centre-back, performs a diving header to concede a corner from a cross, and then Astra win another. Noble clears off the line after a Bodrin shoots, with West Ham risking their position.

 
61' 
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

The Astra manager is starting to lose it. There's a vague simmer on the pitch right now.

58'
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

RED CARD! Collins tugs Budescu, making a run forward, and Budescu goes down without reservation, and Collins has put his team at risk for no reason.

57'
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

Budescu, after revenge, kicks Payet up the backside. He's annoyed by Collins' foul, and also because he's two down. Hughes on Tuttle, not quite, but a memorable one.

56' 
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

Lung rushes out now to deny Zarate, who had just made an excellent run into the box.

54'
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

Colllins is booked for a challenge on Budescu, a late one rather than a terrible one.

51'
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

GOAL! West Ham 2-0 Astra. Zarate scores - He bursts into the area, using excellent close control, skips past some challenges and then slides into a shot, to put it beneath Lung.

45'+1
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Southampton

GOAL - Southampton 2-0 Vitesse! Tadic sends the goalkeeper the wrong way to coolly make it 2-0 to the hosts. Easy.

 
44'
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Southampton

PENALTY! Davis plays a short corner to Mane who is caught in the penalty area as he turns his marker.

47' 
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

A bright start from West Ham, but the danger passes.

43' 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Vitesse

I have been surprised by how poor Vitesse have been considering they finished fifth in their domestic league last season. The Chelsea boys haven't impressed much either.

46'
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

The game gets underway, with no changes noted.

41' 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Southampton

Fantastic support.

39' 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Southampton

Southampton fans are in fine voice now, singing 'One Ronald Koeman' amongst, ahem, other songs.

38' 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Southampton

Pelle has hardly had a touch of the ball but what does that matter, his touch separates the sides now.

36'
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Southampton

GOAL - Southampton 1-0 Vitesse! There we go, the Saints finally have the lead courtesy of a well taken goal from last season's top goalscorer Pelle who latched onto a fantastic pass from Mane.

33'
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Southampton

SAVE! This time it is Davis who brings out a save from Room as the Northern Ireland star cuts onto his right foot and tries to find the corner but it's comfortable for the goalkeeper in the end.

32' 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Southampton

Clasie, playing in midfield on his competitive debut, tries an ambitious shot from distance but it's blocked. We haven't seen too much of him as of yet.

 
31' 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse

Remarkable, indeed...

30' 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse

The referee hasn't blown his whistle too many times so far in the opening 30 minutes and that has allowed the game to flow. No goals as of yet but surely only a matter of time.

28' 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Vitesse

Fair enough...

45+3'
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

Lung dives to his left to stop a curling effort from Zarate from the edge of the box. West Ham are getting closer again.

26' 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Southampton

Cedric's crossing may have disappointed so far but his attacking threat cannot be questioned. His latest burst forward sees him cut in from the flank before seeing his shot blocked.

24' 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Southampton

Koeman will be relatively pleased with what the lively start his side have made in the opening 24 minutes. All they are lacking is a finishing touch so far.

45+1' 
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

Zarate fouls Queiros with a nudge that the referee spots, and West Ham will now be happy to get into the first half with a clean sheet.

22'
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Southampton

CHANCE! Vitesse fail to deal with the corner, the ball falls kindly to Wanyama from 12 yards but Room makes a brilliant stop and no one in a Southampton shirt can prod home the rebound. Somehow the score remains 0-0.

 
43'
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

Ogbonna goes close to getting his first for West Ham.

20' 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Southampton

Davis finds Mane in a great position on the flank but the forward is unable to play through Pelle in space and Southampton have to settle for another corner.

18' 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Vitesse

CHELSEA WATCH: Lewis Baker and Isaiah Brown, both on loan from the Premier League champions, have been relatively quiet so far.

40' 
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

Enache is now down, holding his face after a challenge from Cresswell. He's walking off for a little bit of treatment but should be back on shortly.

16' 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Southampton

The highly rated Cedric has been heavily involved down the channel for Southampton but his crossing has let him down so far, he has overhit two already.

37' 
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

Maiga is on for Valencia, who is being stretchered off and straight down the tunnel. It may actually be a leg injury

 
12' 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Southampton

Room in the away goal is called into action for the first time in the match as Davis' corner delivery finds Yoshida unmarked in the penalty area but the centre back can only head straight into the goalkeeper's arms.

36' 
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

Valencia, however, is down and requiring treatment, and now Maiga is warming up. He's not impressed since his move from France.

35'
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

Reece Burke is warming up for West Ham, and is now on for Joey O'Brien. O'Brien jogs off the pitch, and it doesn't appear to be a serious injury.

10' 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Southampton

Cedric, playing his competitive debut at full back, finds Wanyama with a neat pass on the byline who then sees his attempted cross blocked. Southampton corner.

32' 
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

Astra win a corner through Budescu on the left wing. Valencia heads away in front of Adrian, who was ready to collect.

9' 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Southampton

Not too much to report at the moment. Southampton are doing a lot of probing around the Vitesse final third without really threatening.

31' 
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

O'Brien finds Valencia on the right, and Astra win the ball back and make it as far as the halfway line before losing the ball again.

30' 
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

Ogbonna has made a good debut so far, being reliable and making some key interventions.

 
29'
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

Zarate finds Kouyate after a Cresswell clearance. Zarate is the target for a Kouyate pass, but O'Brien is then booked for a foul on Seto.

27'
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

Payet has a shot, from distance again, and it sails over the bar.

3'
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Vitesse

WIDE! Vitesse are inches from taking the lead through Valeri Kazaishvili who sees his shot go agonisingly wide of the left hand post

26' 
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

Astra win a couple of corners in quick succession, then West Ham concede another, and manage to hold Astra off.

23'
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

GOAL! West Ham 1-0 Astra. Valencia scores - Astra don't deal with the danger of the corner, and fail to properly clear. Payet has the room for a cross, and finds Payet lurking at the back post for Valencia to power with a header down into the goal.

2' 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse

Crazy...

22'
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

The ball comes into Teixeira, lurking in the post. He aims a shot for the far corner, and he hits the side netting. The closest chance of the game.

1'
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse

KICK-OFF! Southampton have never played a competitive fixture in the month of July before - there you are.

 
20' 
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

The 'keeper punches away a pass from Noble, but West Ham retain possession.

19' 
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

Astra attack down the left with Boldrin, and his backheel to Budescu finds the Romanian miles offside.

18'
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

The ball comes to Zarate after a shot is blocked, and Zarate's shot is deflected just wide of goal.

17' 
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

Payet comes forward, with Zarate and Valencia coming forward. Zarate picks up the ball, finds Valencia, who aims for the byline, and it's bundled behind for a corner on the left.

15' 
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

Astra win a throw on the left hand side. Teixeira is tackled by Kouyate, and the danger passes.

14' 
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

Collins wins the ball of Budescu and starts an attack. Valencia flicks on, and it's cleared. West Ham are starting to dominate.

20.00 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Southampton

St Mary's is now packed out and there are only five minutes until Southampton kick off their competitive season.

11' 
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

Ogbonna finds Collins, who lays off to Noble. He chips the ball up to Zarate, with predictable lack of success.

 
10' 
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

No clear chances for either side yet. With two legs ahead of them, there's little point risking a goal conceded for a long time yet.

19.55 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Southampton

Not too many local players involved then...

8' 
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

Ogbonna clears as far as Budescu, and Astra then attack down the right until the move breaks down, the ball running out for a goal kick.

7' 
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

A tactical update on the match, from Astra's point of view.

19.52 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Southampton

After dropping into the third tier and coming close to liquidation, it is great to be a Saints fan once more as the red and white stripes take to the field for the club's first taste of European football in 11 years.

6' 
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

Budescu aims a long ball left, but West Ham claim and Creswell brings the ball forward, and eventually Enache concedes a throw in.

19.50 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Southampton

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman knows plenty about the club his side have been paired with in the battle for Europa League qualification - after all, he did work at Vitesse for one season back in 2000. The Saints were among the seeds in the draw so they can count themselves unfortunate to come up against a side that finished fifth in the Eredivise last season. A tough task, no doubt, but Koeman has been impressed with his team’s performances in pre-season and will be pretty confident of getting a good result to bring to Holland on August 6.

 
19.45 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
1'
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

The match gets underway.

19.40 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse
Southampton

Three new signings take their place in Ronald Koeman’s starting eleven - midfielder Jordy Clasie, right back Cedric Soares, and Maarten Stekelenburg in goal are all involved from the start while Cuco Martina and Juanmi are on the bench. There is no place in the squad for Jay Rodriguez who was expected to make an appearance this evening for the first time since 2014.

19:40 
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

Jacob is the West Ham expert, so I'll be stealing his views to embed them here throughout the match.

19.35
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse

SOUTHAMPTON: Stekelenburg, Cédric, Fonte (c), Yoshida, Targett, Wanyama, Clasie, S. Davis, Tadić, Mané, Pellè. Subs: Gazzaniga, Long, Martina, Ward-Prowse, Reed, Juanmi, McCarthy. /// VITESSE: Room, Diks, Kashia, Leerdam, Achenteh, Baker, Nakamba, Vako, Brown, Djurdjevic, Oliinyk. Substitutes: Velthuizen, Vd Werff, Lelieveld, Osman, Pantic, Rashica, Dauda

19:30 
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

If you'd like to comment on the match, feel free to get in touch on Twitter on @lxndrnthrtn.

19.30 
Southampton - VitesseSouthampton
3 - 0
VitesseSouthampton - Vitesse

Good evening. Four years ago Southampton were playing in League One but tonight they're back on the continental stage for the first time since 2003 with a Europa League third qualifying match against Dutch side Vitesse at St Mary’s. We have a LIVE commentary of the game with the team news coming right up...

19:25 
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

FC Astra are in good form right now, but they are from one of Europe's weaker leagues, so there's little optimism for the neutral who wants an upset.

19:20 
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

Debuts for Payet, from Marseille, and Ogbonna, from Juventus, show how much the new television deal has given the mid-table sides the fund to strengthen.

 
19:15 
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

West Have a strong team having done much of their pre-season elsewhere, with reserve teams taking up the slack in other matches. They are strong favourites tonight, as long as they are sharp enough so early in the season.

19:05
West Ham United - FC AstraWest Ham United
2 - 2
FC AstraWest Ham United - FC Astra

TEAMS: West Ham: Adrian, Cresswell, Oxford, Ogbonna, Collins, O'Brien, Noble, Kouyate, Payet, Valencia, Zarate. Subs: Spiegel, Nolan, Jarvis, Maiga, Poyet, Burke, Samuelsen. /// FC Astra: Lung, Alves, Seto, Enache, Budescu, Morais, Boldrin, Gaman Teixeira, Quieros, De Amorim. Subs: Gavrilas, Florea, Oros, Lovin, Dandea, Alves, Stan.