Southampton survived the expulsion of Jan Valery in the first half to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 3-2 victory over Swansea in extra time.
The Saints had the full 90 minutes to 10 men, but goals from Nathan Redmond, Mohamed El Younosi and Shane Long put them ahead of a tie that was played behind closed doors due to the Welsh government’s coronavirus regulations.
Joel Perroy equalized in the 77th minute before Jan Bednarek scored an own goal for Swansea for a brief period in the lead in extra time.
A lack of fans was not in favor of the championship team Swansea, who were unable to shake up Premier League opponents during a one-sided opening.
Valerie’s dismissal encouraged Swansea for the second time, but Southampton – who reached the FA Cup semi-finals last season – displayed a formidable personality that fuels hopes for another fruitful run in the tournament.
Swansea have not played since December 11 due to Covid-19 in both their team and opposition camps.
There were few signs of rust as Liam Walsh, who was his first home run since his summer arrival, fired a shot from 20 yards off target.
Valerie was later booked for taking down Ryan Manning during that move, and the late challenge will return to chase the French full-back.
Redmond have not scored since Southampton’s record 8-0 win in the Carabao Cup at nearby Newport in August.
But Redmond finished off the game on confidence after Nathan Tella celebrated his new Saints contract by intercepting Walsh’s pass and finding the striker with a calculated pass.
Southampton controlled the ball and Valerie, prominent on the right, saw a shot at an angle that deflected from Ben Hammer’s goal.
But the form of the tie changed after the half-hour mark when Valerie was caught by Qatari Liam Cullen.
Valerie pushed his arm to block former Saints striker Michael Obafemi and referee Simon Huber deemed the act worthy of a second yellow.
Saints captain James Ward-Prowse fell back again to fill in Valerie’s role at right-back and Swansea dominated before the break.
Piroe’s perverted attempt was conveniently collected by Fraser Forster, Kyle Naughton, and Flynn Downes.
Southampton defended firmly at the start of the second half and should have been ahead just before the hour.
Ward Prowse sent a free kick to the far post and unmarked Jack Stevens sent his header off the post.
Swansea hadn’t made much but it was level when Naughton broke behind the guests’ defense. A cross passed to Peru and the Dutch striker hit his thirteenth goal this season in the Saints’ net.
Forrester saved Southampton in the last minute by sticking to a foot to deny Berroy, but the giant goalkeeper had no chance four minutes into extra time when Bednarek turned Olivier Ncham’s effort into his own net.
The lead lasted less than 60 seconds as Long made substitute for Illinossi and the Swansea defense decisively disappeared after 102 minutes.
Ward-Prowse’s cross and this time it was Long who was the undisputed benefactor to secure Southampton’s fifth win in their last six visits to Swansea and a place in the FA Cup Round of 32.
Swansea travel to face Huddersfield on Saturday in the Championship at 3pm while Southampton host Brentford at St Marys on Tuesday in the Premier League; Kick-off 7.45pm.
What is the date of the draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup?
The FA Cup fourth round draw will take place on Sunday 9 January after West Ham’s clash with Leeds at the London Stadium at approximately 4.50pm.