Saints battle to famous win over Inter Milan

Southampton

Southampton remain on course to reach the Europa League knockout phase after fighting back to earn a memorable win against Italian giants Inter Milan.

Inter scored with their first shot on target when skipper Mauro Icardi pounced to smash in a loose ball.

Dusan Tadic missed a controversial penalty in first-half injury-time, but Virgil van Dijk hooked in to level as Saints improved after the break.

And they claimed all three points after Yuto Nagatomo’s own-goal howler.

The Inter defender allowed Tadic’s left-wing cross to bounce off his thigh and loop over his keeper Samir Handanovic.

Victory keeps Saints second in Group K with seven points from their four matches, meaning they will be assured of a place in the last 32 if they win at leaders Sparta Prague in their next game on 24 November.

Saints march on as Inter fall

Southampton’s rapid rise over the past seven seasons might be still fresh in the memory of most football observers, but hosting one of the world’s biggest clubs in a competitive European fixture offered a reminder to those who had forgotten.

The fortunes of the two clubs back in the 2009-10 season could not have been more stark.

Inter were being managed by Jose Mourinho, had a star-studded squad led by Javier Zanetti and Samuel Eto’o, and went on to win an unprecedented Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia treble.

Southampton won the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on the way to finishing seventh in League One.

No wonder a fervent home crowd of over 30,000 celebrated this victory with the sort of passion usually reserved for a trophy-lifting performance.

The Nerazzurri are far from the force of old, lacking the star names of years gone by and unable to replicate their success as a consequence.

Nevertheless beating a club of such magnitude – 18-time Italian champions and three-time European champions – represents arguably Southampton’s greatest night in continental competition.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Southampton

  • 1Forster
  • 15Martina
  • 3Yoshida
  • 17van Dijk
  • 38McQueen
  • 23Højbjerg
  • 14Romeu
  • 16Ward-ProwseBooked at 90mins
  • 11TadicSubstituted forDavisat 77′minutes
  • 22Redmond
  • 9RodriguezSubstituted forAustinat 59′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Clasie
  • 6Fonte
  • 8Davis
  • 10Austin
  • 19Boufal
  • 21Bertrand
  • 41Lewis

Inter Milan

  • 1Handanovic
  • 33D’Ambrosio
  • 13Ranocchia
  • 25MirandaBooked at 90mins
  • 55Nagatomo
  • 87CandrevaBooked at 45minsSubstituted forBiabianyat 89′minutes
  • 27GnoukouriSubstituted forFelipe Meloat 82′minutes
  • 17MedelBooked at 52minsSubstituted forÉderat 74′minutes
  • 44Perisic
  • 19Banega
  • 9Icardi

Substitutes

  • 5Felipe Melo
  • 11Biabiany
  • 15Ansaldi
  • 21Santon
  • 23Éder
  • 24Murillo
  • 30Carrizo
Referee:
Pawel Gil

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthamptonAway TeamInter Milan
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home23
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Southampton 2, Inter Milan 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southampton 2, Inter Milan 1.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Felipe Melo.

Nathan Redmond (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danilo D’Ambrosio (Inter Milan).

James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Yuto Nagatomo (Inter Milan).

Booking

James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Miranda (Inter Milan) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, Southampton. Nathan Redmond tries a through ball, but Charlie Austin is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Inter Milan. Jonathan Biabiany replaces Antonio Candreva.

Attempt missed. Danilo D’Ambrosio (Inter Milan) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Yuto Nagatomo (Inter Milan).

James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Felipe Melo (Inter Milan).

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Samir Handanovic.

Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Inter Milan. Felipe Melo replaces Assane Demoya Gnoukouri.

Attempt missed. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Charlie Austin.

Attempt saved. Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Steven Davis replaces Dusan Tadic.

Foul by Charlie Austin (Southampton).

Danilo D’Ambrosio (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Nathan Redmond (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yuto Nagatomo (Inter Milan).

Corner, Inter Milan. Conceded by Sam McQueen.

Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dusan Tadic with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Inter Milan. Éder replaces Gary Medel.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Andrea Ranocchia.

Attempt blocked. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

Foul by Cuco Martina (Southampton).

Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Inter Milan. Conceded by Oriol Romeu.

Goal!

Own Goal by Yuto Nagatomo, Inter Milan. Southampton 2, Inter Milan 1.

Goal!

Goal! Southampton 1, Inter Milan 1. Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a corner.

Oriol Romeu (Southampton) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Nathan Redmond following a corner.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Samir Handanovic.

Attempt saved. Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Dusan Tadic with a cross.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Yuto Nagatomo.

goal

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