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Internazionale - Southampton
Europa League - 20 October 2016
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Van Dijk sets up Ward-Prowse for a volley from the edge of the box, that whistles wide. That is it, the referee blows the final whistle and Inter hold on a for a 1-0 victory over Southampton. That makes the group wide open ahead of the return fixture at St Mary's in two weeks.
Free kick to Inter as van Dijk is caught offside. Handanovic will take as long as he likes to take this!
Inter clear the corner and D'Ambrosio sends it down to the corner flag and Icardi.
Boufal runs on to McQueen's pass down the left and wins a corner off Medel.
- OffYuto NagatomoInternazionale
- OnDanilo D'AmbrosioInternazionale
Five minutes of additional time at the San Siro, to the delight of the 7000 Saints' fans. Daniele D'Ambrosio comes on for Nagatomo.
SAVE: Handanovic makes a brilliant one-handed block to deny Austin from close range.
OFF THE LINE: Ward-Prowse's corner find van Dijk, who sees his header cleared off the line by Nagatomo.
Ward-Prowse puts in a cross that is over Austin. From second-phase possession, Romeu sees a shot deflect for a corner.
- OnIvan PerišicInternazionale
Southampton, so full of promise in the first half, don't seem to have the answers as to how to break down this Inter defence.
- Yellow cardPierre-Emile HøjbjergSouthampton
Hjojberg gets a yellow card for a wild challenge on Eder, who will go off to be replaced by Ivan Perisic.
- Yellow cardGary MedelInternazionale
Medel gets a yellow card for time wasting. Moments earlier, Eder was rollling around following a Hjojberg challenge.
SAVE: From the angled free-kick, van Dijk sees a volley brilliantly blocked by Handanovic. But an inch either side, that would have been the equaliser.
Cristian Ansaldi comes on for the goalscorer Candreva.
Eder kicks the ball away after being pulled up for a foul on Hojbjerg. But no yellow card from referee Mazeika.
Martina throws in from the right but van Dijk's back header is wide and Inter can relax again. No better side to kill a game with a one-goal lead.
- OffJay RodriguezSouthampton
- OnSteven DavisSouthampton
Steven Davis comes on for Rodriguez. Saints then win a corner which lifts the 7000 Southampton fans, but Eder heads clear Ward-Prowse's centre.
- Red cardMarcelo BrozovicInternazionale
Marcelo Brozovic is sent off for a late challenge on Hjojberg. Inter are now down to ten men for the final 13 minutes.
But Inter are almost playing a 6-3-1 now. Miranda makes a strong challenge to rob the ball off McQueen.
Austin turns Miranda on the halfway line and wins a free-kick.
Candreva is back in a defensive position to head the ball back to his goalkeeper Handanovic.
- OffDusan TadicSouthampton
- OnSofiane BoufalSouthampton
Southampton's £16m record signing Sofiane Boufal makes his debut for the club after missing the first two months of the season with a knee injury, coming on for Tadic.
Icardi spins off van Dijk but Yoshida manages to make the tackle. From the corner, an unmarked Murillo head over.
Nagatomo puts in a cross that is between Yoshida and Forster but is just beyond Icardi, who applauds the cross.
McQueen makes a mess of a header back to Forster and concedes a corner. Southampton are rattled now. Yoshida manages to head clear Candreva's corner, though.
Southampton players looking at each other in the box, because Candreva was able to step off the Saints' defence and was under minimal pressure as he slammed the ball past Forster.
- GoalAntonio CandrevaInternazionale
GOAL: Inter Milan 1-0 Southampton. Candreva slams the ball into the top corner from 15 yards from Santon's low cross from the left. That came from nowhere!
Candreva is unhappy with his team-mates as he looks for a pass.
Miranda then does well to clear from Tadic in the box following more good work by Hojbjerg.
Ward-Prowse and Romeu link well and then finds Austin, who seems to have shaken off his earlier injury.
Martina tries to find Tadic, who lets the ball run a cross him but Rodriguez is not alert to the dummy and Inter can clear.
Hjojberg almost finds McQueen with a 60-yard pass, and Southampton win the ball back but they are unable to make anything of the counter attack.
- Yellow cardMarcelo BrozovicInternazionale
Brozovic catches Austin, who is unhappy with the challenge and the referee eventually shows the yellow card to the Inter midfielder.
Yoshida does well to hold up an Icardi shot from the left-hand side of the box from Gnoukouri's 40-yard pass.
Ward-Prowse and Romeu link and set up McQueen, who wins a throw down the left. The 21-year-old has been a huge threat down the left flank.
CHANCE: Austin shoots wide on the turn first time following good link up play with Rodriguez.
CHANCE: Icardi blazes over from the left channel from Eder's pass from Gnoukouri's initial feed. The Southampton defence switched off there.
The 7000 Southampton fans are making all the noise at San Siro, now. There have been the odd boo from the Inter fans.
Miranda makes a great challenge to deny Rodriguez down the right channel. Rodriguez fouls Miranda at the far post from the corner and the Lithuanian referee blows up and rules out the goal.
Handanovic is off his line to catch a McQueen cross from a van Dijk pass.
Ward-Prowse finds McQueen, but Candreva comes back to tackle. Good control of possession by the visitors, though.
- OffShane LongSouthampton
- OnCharlie AustinSouthampton
Looks like Charlie Austin, who was rested for tonight, will replace Long. Puel holds up four fingers, suggesting that he wants a change in formation.
Shane Long is down and holding his right knee after clashing with Miranda down the left flank.
- 2nd Half
Off we go for the second half, as Inter kick off.
- End of 1st Half
The Lithuanian referee decides that there is no need for any stoppage time, and blows the half-time whistle. It is Inter Milan 0-0 Southampton, but the home side have come back into it in the final ten minutes of the half.
Eder then tries a turn and shot from the edge of the area that whistles well wide. Inter are on top now, and win a third corner in ten minutes through Candreva. But the corner is short and Saints can clear.
Martina does well to hold up a run from Icardi from a Brozovic pass down the line. Romeu then concedes a corner blocking a Brozovic effort from the edge of the box, which van Dijk clears.
Medel wins a free-kick 40 yards from goal after Hjojberg bundles the former Cardiff midfielder over. But nothing comes of it for Inter.
Yoshida's defensive clearance is unconvincing, but Eder's snapshot from the edge of the box whistles past Forster's post.
Southampton break again after Eder is held up on the edge of the box, but Tadic's pass from Ward-Prowse's brilliant long ball is sloppy and the chance goes.
CHANCE: Martina gets the ball down the right, but his cross flicks off Munillo under pressure from Long and just evades Rodriguez. Icardi heads clear Ward-Prowse's corner.
Brozovic bumps into Martina, but the Lithuanian referee sees that a free-kick and Inter have a chance to knock it forward.
Inter have looked very sluggish tonight - Saints are well on top and you get the feeling the Premier League side will score soon.
Martina slide the ball into the area to Tadic, but the Saints playmaker loses his balance and Inter can clear.
Inter's corner to the far post is deep, and Forster is able to easily field Medel's header at the back of the box.
Inter break through Eder following a great reverse pass from Icardi, but Yoshida is across to make a great tackle.
CHANCE: Icardi is bundled off the ball by Romeu, and Southampton then again break at speed through Tadic, but Martina gets caught in two minds and his effort is half shot, half shot and wide.
CHANCE: Martina and Tadic link down the right and the ball finds Ward-Prowse, who shoots over from the edge of the area.
CHANCE: Southampton break quickly, but Handanovic does brilliantly to flick McQueen's cross from the left away from Rodriguez, and Nagatomo clears the loose ball off the line.
Tadic concedes a silly foul down the left, but Ward-Prowse clears Brozovic's set piece.
Tadic sets Hjojberg on the counter attack with a lovely touch, but his cross towards Long is too close to Handanovic.
Apologies - we have had some technical issues but we are back now. Southampton are still making all the running.
Nagotomo does well at the back post to clear Tadic's deep cross under pressure from Rodriguez.
McQueen gets into the area, and takes on Nagotomo. Southampton are unlucky not to get a corner, as the Lithuanian referee Mazeika has his back to play when the ball flicks off the Japan international.
Hjojberg catches Candreva and drives at the Inter defence, and feeds Tadic, but his chip into the area is cleared. From second phase possession, Long fouls as he goes up for header.
Hjojberg and Tadic mess up their communication on the edge of the Inter area and the ball rolls out for an Inter throw.
Southampton are trying to stretch Inter down the flanks with Martina and McQueen - it is a tactic that is working so far.
Ward-Prowse tries to find Rodriguez with a sharp pass, but the Saints' striker is crowded out on the edge of the box.
Santon sends a ball down the left, but that pass is hopeful and Southampton can build from the back again.
Tadic cuts back on the right and swings a cross towards the back post, which Handanovic allows to sail out of play.
Medel fouls Romeu in shooting distance 25 yards from goal, but Tadic's blasts hits the wall, and Nagatomo clears the follow up cross.
Van Dijk feeds Martina down the right, but his cross is easily plucked out of the air by Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.
Brozovic gets the ball down the left, but his cross is awful and almost goes out for a throw in down the other flank.
CHANCE: Rodriquez gets a clear run on goal following a mistake by Miranda, but the Brazilian does well to recover and make the tackle as the Saints' striker delays.
Tadic is penalised for a foul on Munillo, following some good work by Romeu. Hojbjerg and Romeu complain to the referee about the decision.
McQueen sends a long ball down the left channel towards Long, but Miranda comes across to clear.
Inter go long, looking for Icardi, and then van Dijk clears the cross from the Southampton area.
CHANCE: Icardi wins the ball following a poor backpass from Yoshida, but the Argentine can only backheel the ball off Forster. Saints then clear the corner.
McQueen gets down the left and wins a throw off Nagatomo. From the second ball, McQueen's cross is cleared by Miranda. When the ball comes back. Long is marginally offside.
An early touch for full debutant Sam McQueen as he heads the ball up to the halfway line. Southampton look comfortable already.
- 1st Half
Southampton are in their usual red and white stripes, while Inter are in their usual blue and black kit.
Southampton, who are unbeaten in their previous seven matches, were in the League One relegation zone just seven years ago, and almost £30m in debt, while Inter were on their way to claiming a fifth consecutive Serie A title.
7,000 Southampton fans have made the trip to Milan to watch their team tonight.
"It's important to stay calm. Perhaps it's a big occasion for Inter to react as they need points but for us it's the same thing," Puel said. "They have good players and a good team to have a good reaction and we approach this game with calm and we prepare this game with all our possibilities. This is most important."
Southampton sit joint top of Group K after beating Sparta Prague at home on matchday one and that goalless draw with Hapoel Be'er Sheva in Israel on 29 September. The Saints will go seven points clear of Inter in the group with victory in Milan tonight, and manager Claude Puel accepts that the Serie A side will need to make the early running.
The club is also in disarray off the field, with some Inter ultras clashing with captain Mauro Icardi after the Argentine made some inflammatory comments about the supporters in his autobiography. "This situation is not good for the team, the fans or the club," De Boer said. "In the future we need to avoid similar things, which lead to distractions from the game. Everyone must learn how to avoid these things in future, not just Icardi. It’s very important for me that the players and coaching staff remain focused on the match. Similarly Icardi must take on board what happened, because he has responsibilities as a captain."
Inter defender Davide Santon thinks his side have struggled in the Europa League because of a failure of "attitude". "I think we have a strong squad this season, but in a lot of games we’ve lacked the right attitude. In the Europe League we’ve conceded goals, not because of the quality of the players but because we didn’t go onto the pitch with the right attitude, and that can’t happen," the former Newcastle defender said.
Inter are currently 11th in Serie A after three defeats from their opening eight games, and lie bottom of Europa League Group K following their San Siro defeat to Hapoel Be'er Sheva on matchday one and the 3-1 defeat to Sparta Prague in the Czech capital two weeks later.
Andrea Ranocchia is suspended following his red card in Prague, while Felipe Melo is injured. Eder comes into a three-man attack, alongside skipper Mauro Icardi and Antonio Candreva, with Argentina international Ever Banega dropping out.
Inter Milan manager Frank de Boer has made six changes from the side that started the 3-1 defeat to Sparta Prague at Letna Stadion on 29 September. Joao Mario, Gabigol, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Stevan Jovetic are all unavailable for the Europa League under Financial Fair Play regulations, but midfielder Marcelo Brozovic makes his first start since the embarrassing 2-0 home defeat to Hapoel Be'er Sheva on 15 September.
Southampton manager Claude Puel has made four changes to the side that started the 0-0 draw with Hapoel Be'er Sheva in Israel in the Saints' last European fixture on 29 September. Matt Targett is injured, and with Cedric Soares, Jeremy Pied, Ryan Bertrand also absent, 21-year-old Sam McQueen make his first start for the club at left-back, four days after making his first Premier League appearance as a substitute in the 3-1 win over Burnley on Sunday. Pierre-Emile Hojberg replaces Jordy Clasie in midfield, while Dusan Tadic and Jay Rodriguez come in for Nathan Redmond and Jake Hesketh.
INTER MILAN: Handanovic, Nagatomo, Miranda, Murillo, Santon, Gnoukouri, Medel, Brozovic, Candreva, Icardi, Eder...Subs: Carrizo, Yao, Ansaldi, D’Ambrosio, Banega, Perisic, Palacio.///SOUTHAMPTON: Forster, Martina, Yoshida, Van Dijk, McQueen, Hojberg, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Long, Rodriguez...Subs: McCarthy, Fonte, Stephens, Clasie, Boufal, Austin, Davis.
Hello and welcome to Eurosport's live commentary from the Europa League Group K fixture between Inter Milan and Southampton. This is Nick Royle (@nickaroyle) taking you through all the action from the Giuseppe Meazza stadium.