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Summary

  1. First Euro win since 1981 for Saints
  2. FT: West Ham 2-2 Astra Giurgiu
  3. Hammers let two-goal lead slip
  4. James Collins sent off after break

Live Reporting

By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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So Southampton are all but there, but West Ham have it all to do.

The return legs are on 6 August.

See you there.

Long time coming

Southampton 3-0 Vitesse

Tonight's victory was Southampton's first European win for 34 years - since beating Limerick in September 1981. 

Manager reaction

Southampton 3-0 Vitesse

Vitesse boss  Peter Bosz is asked if Southampton's 3-0 win kills the tie.

"Yeah," he replies."The 3-0 defeat was unnecessary," he adds. "Today the details were not in our favour."

Manager reaction

Southampton 3-0 Vitesse

Ronald Koeman and Peter Bosz
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Southampton manager Ronald Koeman: "There is a big difference between 2-0 up and 3-0 up and tonight is a great result in European football. We were playing too much back in the second half and there was too much controlling of the game without the movement that we had earlier.

"We did a good job today and that makes things a little easier inthe next game. 

"We try to have a good squad in terms of quality as well as numbers. Ideally we would have two more players to have a perfect squad for this season. 

"Expectation will be big for us, but we are realistic people at the club and it will be difficult for us to match what we did last season, But we believe we can and we have the players to do that." 

Manager reaction

West Ham 2-2 Astra

Slaven Bilic
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West Ham manager Slaven Bilic: We definitely played well in the first hour, but the game lasts 90 minutes and we had to react better to going down to ten men."

"We played well until the moment we had a player sent-off. We were dominating the game."

 "They scored one great goal and an own-goal, but it was a different game after they scored the first one."

Player reaction

Southampton 3-0 Vitesse

Jose Fonte speaking to BT Sport: "We have come a long way from League One but since 2010 we have been on an amazing journey and today was one of the proudest moments of my career leading the team out in Europe.

"Nothing is decided. You have to approach the game professionally and we will go there to try and win.

"This is a competiton we take very seriously and this is a chance for us do well, We are an ambitious group. There will probably be new arrivals. This is a great club with great staff, great players and great fans so it is easy to adapt and fit in."

Southampton 3-0 Vitesse

They've carried on where they left off last season. Lost some big players but keep on defying the odds. Superb. Well done, Saints.

Elsewhere in Europe

Borussia Dortmund - Champions League runners-up just two years ago - have taken a 1-0 victory from Austrian side Wolfsberg.

But Sampdoria have suffered a 4-0 humbling at home to Serbian side FK Vojvodina.

FULL-TIME

Southampton 3-0 Vitesse

A very satisfactory night's work and the 30,000 plus in attendance, apart perhaps from the 1,500 Dutch fans, enjoyed it. Actually they seem to have had quite a good time as well and are cheering their players as they cross the pitch to applaud the travelling contingent.

SUBSTITUTION

Southampton 3-0 Vitesse

Kevin Diks makes way for Julian Lelieveld.

Southampton 3-0 VItesse

Into injury-time now...a good night's work almost done.

INJURY TIME

Southampton 3-0 Vitesse

Bilic sent to the stands

West Ham 2--2 Astra

Slaven Bilic is sent to the stands
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It appears that West Ham boss Slaven Bilic was sent to the stands at the tail-end of the Hammers' draw.

Things were getting very fraught down at pitchside and the Croat was not shy in letting the referee and opposition know what he thought.

90+1: And now Mr Jaccottet of Switzerland has sent Slaven Bilic to the stands... [2-2] #WHUAST

GOAL

Southampton 3-0 Vitesse - Shane Long (84 mins)

Shane Long
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Good night Vitesse.

That should be Southampton into the play-off round already.

Lewis Baker's sloppy cross-field pass is seized upon by Shane Long, who races in on goal. 

Goalkeeper Eloy Room is off his line well to partially block at the Irishman's feet, but the ball runs to Juanmi on the right. He shows excellent composure to stand up a cross for Long to nod in at the far post as the Vitesse defence chases back in vain.

Southampton 2-0 Vitesse

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

"The Vitesse fans are really going for it in the away end at St Mary's.

"Watching them bounce up and down and wave their flags, you wouldn't think they're 2-0 behind away from home.

"They've gone through a full repertoire of songs and are doing everything in their power to encourage their side to grab a precious away goal on the night."

CLOSE!

Southampton 2-0 Vitesse

Should do better.

The old school-report catch-all applies as Milot Rashida fails to get over the top of a half-volley 15 yards out.

His effort was rising over the bar and a little deflection off Kevin Diks made it look even worse.

Southampton 2-0 Vitesse

That clear chance for Danilo Pantic apart, Southampton are slowly throttling the life out of Vitesse on the south coast.

Just over 10 minutes to go.

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The spectre of Big Sam...

Big Sam's team would have been winning easily. Just saying #bbcfootball

The one thing that got us Hammers into the Europa league, our discipline, looks to be our downfall in this competition.. #bbcfootball

FULL-TIME

West Ham 2-2 Astra

The final whistle is followed by boos from the home crowd and the public address system hastily pumps out some Prodigy to drown out the dissent. Which is mainly aimed at the referee to be fair.

West Ham 2-2 Astra

A late free-kick for Astra, Adrian flaps at it in the West Ham goal, hearts in mouths, but West Ham have been given a free-kick.

INJURY TIME

West Ham 2-2 Astra

Three minutes added on at Upton Park.

PENALTY APPEAL

West Ham 2-2 Astra

Modibo Maiga goes down under a challenge. Nothing really in it, and Dimitri Payet earns a yellow card for arguing his case too forcefully.

CLOSE!

Southampton 2-0 Vitesse

A big chance for Chelsea loanee Danilo Pantic, but the Vitesse man fires too close to the giant frame of Maarten Stekelenburg.

The Southampton goalkeeper got down well there.

SUBSTITUTION

West Ham 2-2 Astra

Slaven Bilic
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Fernando Boldrin is replaced by Alexandru Dandea for the final five minutes of normal time.

The Hammers could do with something sharpish. 

SUBSTITUTION

Southampton 2-0 Vitesse

The third on-loan Chelsea player joins the Vitesse party.

Danilo Pantic replaces Valeri Kazaishvili.

Southampton 2-0 Vitesse

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

"A much more relaxed and composed Southampton in this second half.

"Vitesse not really able to find as much time on the ball.

"Double change from Ronald Koeman just after the hour mark as another debutant, Spanish striker Juanmi replaces Jordy Clasie.

"Not the greatest first showing from the Dutch midfielder. Gave away possession a couple of times cheaply but it looks as if his debut has been ended early by picking up a knock."

West Ham 2-2 Astra

West Ham are pressing forward.

Dimitri Payet to take a corner to a soundtrack of encouraging roars.

But Astra see off the danger.

Southampton 2-0 Vitesse

Another strike at goal from Pelle - and it is on target too but the shot lacks power and is comfortably saved.

GOAL

West Ham 2-2 Astra - Angelo Ogbonna OG (82 mins)

Takayuki Seto celebrates
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Stunned silence at Upton Park.

The home side have dominated for the most part, but their foot has come off the pedal in the last 10 minutes and they have paid the price.

Angelo Ogbonna attempts to cut out a cross and the ball ricochets up off his shin and over a stranded Adrian.

Painful.

SUBSTITUTION

Southampton 2-0 Vitesse

Jordy Clasie
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A double change for Southampton. On comes Juanmi for Jordy Clasie and Shane Long replaces Dusan Tadic.

Just under 30 minutes to go.

Elsewhere in Europe

Ondrej Duda
EPA

The match between FK Kukesi and Legia Warsaw has been abandoned after 51 minutes. The reason? Apparently Legia's Duda was struck by a stone thrown from the stands. 

SUBSTITUTION

West Ham 2-1 Astra

Changes for both teams.

West Ham sacrifice goalscorer Mauro Zarate for Matt Jarvis.

Astra bring off Williams de Amorim and introduce Constantin Florea.

Thirteen minutes left and suddenly it is West Ham on the defensive.

CLOSE!

Southampton 2-0 Vitesse

A little confidence is a dangerous thing for Graziano Pelle. 

The ball bounces back to the Italian, 15 yards from the Vitesse goal, and he has time and space to pick a spot.

Instead he goes for full power and whacks his shot over the top of the bar.

West Ham 2-1 Astra

Slaven Bilic
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That was a wonder strike by Fernando Boldrin. It's game on. There's a renewed belief about Astra and Slaven Bilic looks really disappointed."

Bradley AllenFormer Charlton and QPR forward on BBC London 94.9

GOAL

West Ham 2-1 Astra - Bolderin

An absolute brute of a shot from Fernando Bolderin. It thunders past Adrian and cracks down off the underside of the crossbar for extra style points.

Astra are back in the tie. As it stands a 1-0 win in the second leg would send them through.

West Ham 2-0 Astra

Astra captain Constantin Budescu has been on a one-man mission to drag his side back into this match. He has been shooting on sight. And sometimes when he has no view at all.

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Fair play?

#bbcfootball 3 red cards in 5 games , remind me how West Ham qualified for the Europa league .

The team that qualified by fair play has had 3 players sent off in 5 matches. Makes sense #bbcfootball

YELLOW CARD

Southampton 2-0 Vitesse

It has been a lot less firey down on the south coast.

But Southampton's Steven Davis has his name taken for tugging the shirt of Kevin Diks.

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A fiery influence?

Tweet #bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK only).

Bilic was always something of a firebrand. Is it his influence that's leading to West Ham having players sent off every match? #bbcfootball

But think about how good he will be in front of an FA appeals panel with his law degree.

KICK-OFF

Southampton 2-0 Vitesse

And we are back up and running at St Mary's.