Europa League Group K

Full-time: Inter Milan 1-0 Southampton

  • Second-half Antonio Candreva strike seals a much-needed three points for Inter and underfire manager Frank de Boer in front of a sparse crowd at the San Siro
  • Claude Puel's Saints, boosted by almost 7,000 travelling fans, were much the better side during the first half but were unable to make their dominance count
  • Southampton lost striker Shane Long to a hamstring injury after the break, while record signing Sofiane Boufal came on to make his first appearance since a £16m summer move from Lille
  • Later: Manchester United vs Fenerbahce from Old Trafford
Antonio Candreva

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Inter Milan 1-0 Southampton


Southampton almost grab a last-gasp equaliser, but Ward-Prowse cuts across a difficult right-footed volley and watches as the ball veers agonisingly wide.

That should be it.


Van Dijk, who has been operating as an extra forward for the last few minutes, looks to kick out in frustration after being flagged for offside when trying to direct another header goalwards.

He is perhaps fortunate that the referee didn't see that.


Nagatomo takes an age to leave the field as he is replaced by Danilo D'Ambrosio.

Five minutes of added time for Southampton to make their numerical advantage count and find that elusive equaliser.


Handanovic may just have preserved all three points for Inter with a stunning stop low to his left that keeps out Van Dijk's header. He also stands strong to deny Austin from close range.

Brilliant goalkeeping.

Samir Handanovic


De Boer sends on Cristian Ansaldi for goal-scorer Candreva. Eder also makes way for Perisic as Hojbjerg and Medel both pick up yellow cards.


Southampton, whose final change sees Steven Davis replace Rodriguez, spurn a glorious chance to equalise when Van Dijk ghosts behind Inter's risky high line and fires Ward-Prowse's pinpoint free-kick straight at Handanovic.

That was a sitter.


We witnessed two incredibly stupid dismissals in Barcelona's 4-0 win over Manchester City last night and Inter have just added another to the collection as Croatian midfielder Brozovic, back in the side tonight after being exiled in the aftermath of that defeat to Hapoel Be'er-Sheva, steams needlessly into the back of Hojbjerg and promptly receives his second yellow card.

So, so foolish. De Boer is understandably unimpressed.


Red card: Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan)


Something to cheer up those 7,000 Saints fans now as Puel withdraws Tadic and sends on record signing Boufal for his first appearance since a £16m move from Lille in August.


Inter go close to doubling their lead as Icardi executes a delightful turn to get past Martina. However, Van Dijk makes an important block.


Inter's players appeal vehemently for Martina to be booked after he helps an overhit pass out of play with his hands. The referee again declines to oblige.

The Nerazzurri seem to have taken huge confidence from that opening goal and one or two dangerous crosses have almost found their mark.


A bitter pill to swallow for Southampton as they fall behind with 25 minutes of the match remaining.

Santon does well to stand up Tadic over by the left touchline and his low cross is driven home emphatically by Candreva, who just got ahead of Van Dijk, off the underside of the crossbar.

That is his first goal for Inter.

Antonio Candreva


Goal: Inter Milan 1-0 Southampton (Antonio Candreva)



Austin shrugs off Nagatomo before being brought down by Brozovic, who receives a yellow card for his troubles.

A limping Austin will be a concern for Puel, who has already lost Long to injury tonight.


We should mention that tonight's other fixture in Group K between Sparta Prague and Hapoel Be'er-Sheva also remains goalless.



Inter sound another warning bell as Icardi receives possession from Eder and drives a left-footed attempt over the crossbar.

At the other end, Austin, who has scored seven goals in his last six appearances for Southampton, sends a shot just wide.


Raucous celebrations from the travelling fans are cut short when Rodriguez heads home a corner and is quickly whistled for climbing unfairly on Santon.

That certainly looked like a soft decision.


Long is in no condition to return and Puel reacts swiftly to replace him with Austin.

Rodriguez shapes to shoot after an incisive pass from Hojbjerg, only to be denied by a Miranda's crucial last-ditch challenge.


Long is penalised following a tangle with Miranda and stays down clutching his hamstring. He then gingerly limps off with help from a physio and looks to signal to the bench that his evening is over.


The second 45 is off and running. No changes from De Boer or Puel at half-time.


Inter have badly lacked intensity in front of a sparse crowd, the lack of which does not make this a particularly intimidating occasion for Southampton. Their 7,000-strong away support are making all the noise just at the moment.