UEFA Europa League
St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton, England
45’+3′ Tadić Penalty saved
63′ Van Dijk
68′ Nagatomo (OG)
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FT: The result means that Southampton move into second on seven points whilst Inter Milan remain at the bottom of Group K on three points.
FT: Inter didn’t create many chances in the second-half but they did go close when Icardi forced Forster into a good save, it wasn’t enough though as they couldn’t repeat the result at the San Siro.
FT: The Saints started the second-half in the ascendancy and created a number of good chances with Handanović forced into action three times to first deny Romeu on the volley, then Ward-Prowse and then tipping over a Van Dijk header. He could do nothing about Van Dijk’s volley though as the Dutchman reacted quickest after Romeu hit the bar. The keeper was also helpless as was Nagatomo, for the second goal. The deflected cross ricocheted off the Japanese before making its way into the net. Redmond had a good chance to add a third when he cut-inside to fire just wide. Ultimately, Candreva’s yellow card and Tadić’s missed penalty didn’t prove to be costly.
FT: So Southampton come from behind to defeat Inter Milan.
90’+4′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.
90’+4′ Melo concedes a corner.
90’+3′ D’Ambrosio is penalised for foul on Redmond.
90’+2′ Nagatomo is pemalised for a foul.
90′ There will be four additional minutes.
89′ Miranda and Ward-Prowse go into the book for a bit of afters.
89′ Austin is caught offside.
88′ Final Inter change sees Candreva replaced by Jonathan Biabiany.
87′ D’Ambrosio fires an effort harmlessly over the bar.
85′ The delivery is cleared.
84′ Højbjerg wins a freekick in a good position.
84′ Melo is penalised for a foul.
83′ The delivery is cleared by Miranda.
83′ Handanović is forced by Ward-Prowse into conceding a cheap corner.
82′ Close!! Redmond surges forward and cuts-inside before firing an effort just wide.
81′ Second Inter change sees Gnoukouri replaced by Felipe Melo.
78′ Chance!! Romeu loses possession to Icardi, who fires an effort at goal but Forster does well to palm it away.
76′ Second Southampton change sees Steven Davis replace Tadić.
76′ Austin is penalised for a foul.
75′ The delivery is cleared before Redmond wins a freekick.
74′ Candreva wins a corner.
73′ The corner is taken short before Tadić’s delivery misses everyone and goes out for a goalkick.
73′ First Inter change sees Medel replaced by Éder.
72′ A Ward-Prowse effort deflects behind for a corner.
71′ Perišić wins a freekick.
70′ The corner eventually comes to nothing.
69′ Nagatomo wins a corner.
68′ Goal!! A dangerous delivery from Tadić deflects off D’Ambrosio and ricochets off the unfortunate Nagatomo before going in.
63′ Goal!! The delivery isn’t dealt with by the visitors and when Romeu’s effort hit the bar, Van Dijk reacted quickest to fire home.
63′ Chance!! Tadić’s delivery is met by Van Dijk, whose header is palmed over the bar by Handanović
62′ Redmond wins a corner.
58′ First Southampton change sees Charlie Austin replace Rodriguez.
58′ Banega wins a freekick.
55′ Penalty appeal!! Van Dijk is impeded by Ranocchia as the delivery is sent in but the referee is unmoved. The delivery is eventually cleared.
55′ Højbjerg wins a corner.
53′ Banega’s delivery is cleared before the referee stops play due to Martina and Icardi being down.
53′ Perišić wins a corner.
52′ Rodriguez is caught offside.
51′ Medel receives a yellow card for an aerial challenge on Højbjerg.
50′ Candreva wins a freekick.
49′ Chance!! Ward-Prowse fires an effort from-range that Handanović palms away.
47′ Højbjerg fires an effort over the bar.
45′ Chance!! A cross from the right is cleared by Ranocchia to Romeu, whose volley is saved well by Handanović
45′ Southampton get the second-half underway.
HT: So will Southampton find a way back in this game or will Inter hold on and add to their tally? Join us again for the second-half.
HT: The Saints have Charlie Austin on the bench and it seems only a matter of time before he comes on. The hosts have to make their chances count given the number of chances they’ve created. The Italians have looked a threat on occasions and will need a second goal if they are to ensure the victory.
HT: The main talking-point of the first period was the penalty and the events that led up to the incident. The referee made two bad decisions, first of all with the penalty, which shouldn’t have been given as the ball hit Perišić’s arm, which was at a natural position. It was harsh but then Candreva deliberately elbowed McQueen only for the referee to book the Italian, who should have seen red. Eventually Tadić stepped up to see his poor spot-kick saved by the feet of Handanović.
HT: Inter have done pretty much the same as they did in the San Siro, created one chance and scored from it. They’ve been clinical and Southampton have been made to rue their missed opportunities. Icardi has looked a threat for the Italians but Van Dijk has done well to deny him on a few occasions.
HT: Just like the previous fixture between the two sides, the Saints created a number of good chances but haven’t made any of them count. Rodriguez has had a few chances alone; first he headed wide, then he fired just over the bar and then tested Handanović with a tame strike. Redmond had a good chance when he cut-inside but his shot was harmlessly wide. Romeu also went close when his deflected effort drifted just wide.
HT: So Inter lead at the break after a controversial final few minutes in the first-half.
45’+3′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.
45’+3′ Penalty saved!! Tadić’s spot-kick is poor and saved by the feet of Handanović.
45′ Penalty!! Tadić’s delivery isn’t dealt with by the visitors but Højbjerg wins the ball and the ball deflects off the arm of Perišić. It’s very harsh on the Croatian. Meanwhile McQueen is caught in the face by Candreva, who elbowed the Saints full-back. The Italian receives a yellow card. Despite a harsh penalty-decision, the Italians are lucky not to be a man down.
45′ Tadić wins a corner.
45′ There will be one additional minute.
43′ Banega wins a freekick.
42′ Redmond is penalised for handball.
41′ Play resumes.
41′ Slight delay in the match as Icardi is down after an aerial challenge with Van Dijk.
40′ Ward-Prowse’s delivery is cleared to Højbjerg, who fires wide.
39′ Close!! Handanović palms away a Redmond cross to Romeu, who fires an effort that deflects just wide.
38′ Ward-Prowse’s delivery is cleared.
37′ Redmond wins a freekick in a good position.
37′ Candreva is caught offside.
36′ Icardi is caught offside.
34′ Goal!! Medel gets to the byline and sends a teasing delivery that Perišić meets, but his effort is blocked before the loose ball falls to Icardi, who fires home on the turn.
31′ Medel wins a freekick.
29′ The delivery is overhit and goes out for a goalkick.
28′ Redmond wins a corner.
25′ Romeu fires an effort harmlessly wide from-range.
24′ Rodriguez is penalised for a foul.
23′ Rodriguez is just caught offside.
21′ A McQueen cross is claimed by Handanović.
20′ Rodriguez is caught offside.
19′ Ward-Prowse’s delivery is cleared.
18′ D’Ambrosio is penalised for handball.
17′ Medel is penalised for a foul.
15′ A teasing delivery from Perišić is well brought down by Icardi, but Van Dijk makes a fine challenge to clear the danger.
13′ Chance!! Tadić finds Redmond, who cuts-inside before firing an effort wide.
11′ Chance!! Redmond is fouled but the referee plays the advantage and Tadić finds Rodriguez, who fires an effort that Handanović saves comfortably.
9′ Close!! Ward-Prowse finds Rodriguez, who curls an effort just over the bar.
8′ Banega wins a freekick.
4′ Ward-Prowse’s delivery is claimed at the second-attempt by Handanović.
4′ Miranda miscues a clearance to concede a corner.
3′ Icardi finds Banega, who cuts-inside but he can’t get the ball out of his feet and the ball is cleared.
1′ Chance!! A dangerous cross from Tadić is met by Rodriguez but he can only head wide.
0′ Inter Milan get the game underway.
Southampton F.C.: Fraser Forster (GK), Sam McQueen, Virgil Van Dijk, Maya Yoshida, Cuco Martina, James Ward-Prowse, Oriol Romeu, Dušan Tadić, Nathan Redmond, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Jay Rodriguez
F.C. Inter Milan: Samir Handanović (GK), Yuto Nagatomo, Miranda, Andrea Ranocchia, Danilo D’Ambrosio, Ivan Perišić, Assane Demoya Gnoukouri, Gary Medel, Antonio Candreva, Éver Banega, Mauro Icardi