Danny Ings (Southampton) controls a nice low pass and shoots from just outside the box, but it's a poor effort that flies into the stands. Wasted opportunity! The ball goes out of play and Newcastle will have a goal kick.
Newcastle are dominating the game at the moment by exchanging a combination of one or two touch passes. Great harmony between the players.
Isaac Hayden (Newcastle Utd) sees an opportunity to score and unleashes a powerful first-time rocket of a shot from long range. Angus Gunn has a clear sight of the shot and pulls off a comfortable save to block the effort, which was directed to the right side of the goal.
The referee allows time for a substitution. Fabian Schar will be replaced by Federico Fernandez (Newcastle Utd).
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) swings the ball into the box from the corner kick but it's a bit too strong and it goes out of play.
Rafael Benitez is forced to make a change. Miguel Almiron (Newcastle Utd) is not able to carry on due to injury. He is replaced by Christian Atsu.
Oriol Romeu (Southampton) makes it easy for the referee to show him a yellow card.
Goal! Mario Lemina (Southampton) latches on to an accurate pass and quickly strikes a low effort inside the right post.
The Newcastle players are displaying brilliant short passes and great ball movement. They are waiting to open the opposition's defence and hit them swiftly on the break.
Southampton have a chance to score from a corner kick, but the ball is cleared by a defender.
Maya Yoshida (Southampton) rises above the defence to meet a cross from the corner. His timing is good, but he directs his header just a few inches wide of the right post. The ball goes out of play and Newcastle will have a goal kick.
The ball is out of play. Southampton will have a chance to score from a corner.
Here is a change. Jack Stephens is going off and Ralph Hasenhuttl gives the last tactical orders to Mario Lemina (Southampton).
Substitution. Stuart Armstrong (Southampton) receives a signal from the referee and is now allowed to enter the pitch as Joshua Sims walks off.
The referee blows his whistle to signal the start of the second half.
There will be nothing more to see in the first half. The whistle blowing of Anthony Taylor has ended it.
Wow, what an escape. Salomon Rondon (Newcastle Utd) has an effort from inside the box but it's brilliantly blocked.
Southampton didn't take advantage of the corner and score as the opposition's defence was alert and averted the threat.
1 additional min. will be played.
One of the Southampton players was holding his opponent and the referee doesn't hesitate to blow his whistle. Newcastle get a free kick.
A player from Newcastle pulled an opponent down, forcing the referee to blow his whistle.
Matt Ritchie (Newcastle Utd) slides a pass forward, but one of the defenders cuts it out.
Newcastle are showcasing great team work by exchanging some short passes and one-two passes, waiting to open the opposition's defence and hit them swiftly on the break.
Jan Bednarek (Southampton) rises highest from the corner and heads at goal, but his effort towards the bottom right corner is saved by Martin Dubravka.
The ball is out of play and Southampton manage to earn a corner.
Ayoze Perez (Newcastle Utd) received a delightful pass inside the box before slotting the ball past the goalkeeper. What a brilliant finish!
One of the Southampton players unfairly tackled his opponent and conceded a foul. Newcastle have been awarded a free kick.
Ayoze Perez (Newcastle Utd) latches on to a sweet pass and scores with aplomb. His low drive goes in off the left post. Fabulous goal!
A player from Southampton takes his opponent down, the referee blows his whistle for a foul. It's a free kick to Newcastle, but it's in no position for a direct shot on goal.
A player from Southampton brings down an opponent and commits a foul. Newcastle win a free kick.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) can count himself lucky for not being sent off after only receiving a caution from the referee.
Southampton fail to score from a corner as Martin Dubravka (Newcastle Utd) leaps to collect the ball.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) collects a pass inside the box and unleashes a shot which is brilliantly blocked by a defender. Southampton have been awarded a corner kick.
Southampton are dominating the game at the moment by exchanging a combination of one or two touch passes. Great harmony between the players.
Another attempt to send the ball beyond the defence by Nathan Redmond (Southampton) is thwarted and cleared to safety.
Newcastle keep possession of the ball by producing short passes and one-two passes from player to player.
Newcastle take the corner, but their hopes of scoring a goal end with a nice clearance by the defence.
Matt Ritchie (Newcastle Utd) takes a rebound on the edge of the box and slams the ball well wide of the right post. The ball is off of the pitch and it's a goal kick for Southampton.
Matt Ritchie (Newcastle Utd) swings in the corner, but fails to find any of his teammates. One of the defenders reacts superbly to get it clear.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) attempts to find the head of one of his teammates with a promising cross into the box, but a defender outjumps the attackers and averts the threat.
Newcastle are playing possession football and controlling the game at present. They are exchanging inch-perfect passes from player to player, making it difficult for the opposition to win the ball.
The first half of this match is about to start.
The players are out at last! Newcastle will take the kick-off.
Anthony Taylor is the one to supervise the game today.
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