Europa League - Group K
Inter Milan1Southampton0

Inter Milan 1-0 Southampton

Antonio Candreva scores his first goal for Inter Milan
Antonio Candreva scores his first goal for Inter Milan with the side's first shot on target against Southampton

Southampton were punished for several missed chances as Inter Milan eased the pressure on manager Frank de Boer by snatching victory in their Europa League group game at the San Siro.

The Premier League side outplayed their hosts in the first half, but James Ward-Prowse fired over and Cuco Martina shot wide.

Substitute Charlie Austin powered a low strike just wide after the break as Saints lacked the cutting edge to score the goal their play deserved.

Inter, who had lost their past three games, rarely threatened before Antonio Candreva lashed a shot into the top corner.

Marcelo Brozovic's late dismissal for two bookings gave Southampton renewed hope, with both Virgil van Dijk and Austin denied from point-blank range.

But the visitors could not find an equaliser as they slipped to their first defeat in the Europa League this season.

Relive Inter Milan v Southampton

Just how did Southampton lose that?

Southampton, who had around 7,000 vociferous fans at the San Siro for their first match against an Italian team, will be left wondering how they lost this match.

Even though manager Claude Puel had made six changes from Sunday's win over Burnley, the visitors played the more eye-catching football only for their finishing to let them down.

There was plenty to enjoy in Saints' build-up play, including marauding 21-year-old left-back Sam McQueen, who looked like a seasoned campaigner despite making his first start for the club.

However, Jay Rodriguez, Ward-Prowse, Martina, Austin - who came on for the injured Shane Long - and Van Dijk were all guilty of not being clinical enough in front of goal.

Rodriguez thought he had scored when he headed in but the referee had blown for a foul as players jostled in the area to meet a cross.

Van Dijk and Austin had the best chances but, in the closing stages, the former sidefooted a shot too close to keeper Samir Handanovic and had a header cleared off the line, while Austin's close range effort was brilliantly blocked by the Inter stopper.

Group K

Struggling Inter perform smash-and-grab

Inter Milan might be one of Italian football's biggest clubs but they have fallen on hard times and, even though this was not pretty, they badly needed these three points.

They were weakened by not being able to include summer signings Gabriel Barbosa, Joao Mario, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Stevan Jovetic in their Europa League squad this season because of Financial Fair Play regulations.

And the home side, who are struggling in 11th in Serie A, played more like the away team as they soaked up the pressure and tried to catch Southampton on the break.

They rarely threatened but, when they did, Candreva showed the ruthlessness Southampton lacked when he found the top corner with a left-foot strike from Davide Santon's low cross.

It was Inter's first win of this season's Europa League following defeats to Sparta Prague and Hapoel Beer Sheva but they remain bottom of Group K, with Southampton second.

Man of the match - Samir Handanovic

Inter keeper Samir Handanovic saves from Charlie Austin
Inter would not have won the game without the heroics of keeper Samir Handanovic

What they said:

Southampton manager Claude Puel speaking to BT Sport: "It is very hard to lose this game because we had control of the game every time.

"I think we are unlucky because we played a very good game with quality and had many, many, chances and it is a big disappointment tonight.

Southampton captain Virgil van Dijk: "It is very tough. We were the team that deserved it most. You can see the goal was their only chance and it is frustrating, we should have buried the game in the first half.

"There was only one team who deserved to win but in the end that is football."

The stats you need to know

  • Inter Milan have won their past four European games at the San Siro against English opposition, netting 11 goals.
  • Including qualifiers, the Saints have only recorded one victory in their past eight European away trips (D3 L4).
  • Southampton had 11 shots in the second half - not since September 2015 against West Brom have they had as many shots in a second half without scoring.
  • The Saints conceded their first goal from open play in 10 games in all competitions.

What next?

Southampton will try to extend Manchester City's run of games without a win to five when they visit Etihad Stadium on Sunday for a 13:30 BST kick-off. Inter Milan are at Atalanta on the same day at 14:00 BST. Inter visit St Mary's in both sides' next Europa League outing on 3 November.

Line-ups

Inter Milan

  • 1Handanovic
  • 55NagatomoSubstituted forD'Ambrosioat 90+1'minutes
  • 25Miranda
  • 24Murillo
  • 21Santon
  • 27Gnoukouri
  • 17MedelBooked at 83mins
  • 77BrozovicBooked at 77mins
  • 87CandrevaSubstituted forAnsaldiat 81'minutes
  • 9Icardi
  • 23ÉderSubstituted forPerisicat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Palacio
  • 15Ansaldi
  • 19Banega
  • 30Carrizo
  • 33D'Ambrosio
  • 44Perisic
  • 94Yao Guy

Southampton

  • 1Forster
  • 15Martina
  • 3Yoshida
  • 17van Dijk
  • 38McQueen
  • 23HøjbjergBooked at 85mins
  • 14Romeu
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 9RodriguezSubstituted forDavisat 78'minutes
  • 11TadicSubstituted forBoufalat 73'minutes
  • 7LongSubstituted forAustinat 48'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Clasie
  • 6Fonte
  • 8Davis
  • 10Austin
  • 13McCarthy
  • 19Boufal
  • 24Stephens
Referee:
Gediminas Mazeika
Attendance:
26,719

Match Stats

Home TeamInter MilanAway TeamSouthampton
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home8
Away13
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Inter Milan 1, Southampton 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Inter Milan 1, Southampton 0.

Attempt missed. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Offside, Southampton. Steven Davis tries a through ball, but Virgil van Dijk is caught offside.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Gary Medel.

Substitution

Substitution, Inter Milan. Danilo D'Ambrosio replaces Yuto Nagatomo.

Offside, Southampton. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg tries a through ball, but Charlie Austin is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Charlie Austin (Southampton) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Yuto Nagatomo.

Attempt blocked. Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Ivan Perisic.

Attempt blocked. Oriol Romeu (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Virgil van Dijk.

Substitution

Substitution, Inter Milan. Ivan Perisic replaces Éder.

Booking

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton).

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

Booking

Gary Medel (Inter Milan) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton).

Éder (Inter Milan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Mauro Icardi.

Attempt blocked. Maya Yoshida (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse.

Substitution

Substitution, Inter Milan. Cristian Ansaldi replaces Antonio Candreva.

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

Foul by Éder (Inter Milan).

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Jeison Murillo.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Steven Davis replaces Jay Rodriguez.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan) for a bad foul.

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan).

Charlie Austin (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yuto Nagatomo (Inter Milan).

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Sofiane Boufal replaces Dusan Tadic.

Attempt missed. Jeison Murillo (Inter Milan) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Marcelo Brozovic with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Inter Milan. Conceded by Maya Yoshida.

Corner, Inter Milan. Conceded by Sam McQueen.

Goal!

Goal! Inter Milan 1, Southampton 0. Antonio Candreva (Inter Milan) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Davide Santon with a cross.

Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton).

Éder (Inter Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

A

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1Feyenoord320116
2Man Utd320136
3Fenerbahçe3111-24
4Zorya Luhansk3012-21

B

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1Apoel Nic320106
2Olympiakos320136
3BSC Young Boys311114
4FC Astana3012-41

C

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1Mainz 05312015
2Anderlecht312025
3Saint-Étienne312015
4FK Qabala3003-40

D

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1Zenit St P330079
2Dundalk311104
3Maccabi Tel-Aviv3102-13
4AZ Alkmaar3012-61

E

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2Roma312045
3Astra Giurgiu3102-43
4Viktoria Plzen3021-12

F

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1KRC Genk320136
2Rapid Vienna311104
3Sassuolo311114
4Ath Bilbao3102-43

G

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1Ajax321027
2Celta Vigo312025
3Standard Liege3021-12
4Panathinaikos3012-31

H

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1Shakt Donsk330089
2KAA Gent3111-34
3Sporting Braga3021-22
4Konyaspor3012-31

I

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1Schalke330049
2FK Krasnodar320136
3Nice3102-33
4FC RB Salzb3003-40

J

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Fiorentina321067
2FK Qarabag3111-24
3PAOK Salonika3111-14
4Slovan Liberec3012-31

K

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1Sparta Prague320106
2Hapoel Be'er Sheva311114
3Southampton311124
4Inter Milan3102-33

L

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1Villarreal312015
2FC Zürich311104
3Osmanlispor311114
4Steaua Buc3021-22
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