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  1. Rodriguez's first goal since March 2014
  2. Crisp low strike from ex-Saint Sparv
  3. Winner joins Spurs & Liverpool in group stages
  4. Second leg is next Thursday

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By Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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Thanks for joining us on a night that won't go down in Southampton folklore but will be a good memory for Jay Rodriguez.

More live football text tomorrow on the BBC Sport website when Birmingham host Derby. Join us then.

A couple of other results to tell you about. Athletic Bilbao, who beat Barcelona 5-1 on aggregate in the Spanish Super Cup, lost 3-2 in Slovakia tonight to Zilina.

Former Manchester City youngster Robert Mak scored a hat-trick as PAOK Salonika hammered Brondby 5-0.

Manager reaction

Ronald Koeman
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Southampton boss Ronald Koeman on BT Sports: "We played too slowly in the first half. We played more aggressively and direct in the second half and that was the difference. 

"Sometimes you have to play the long ball and play for the second ball. It’s not a good result but we had five or six very good chances. 

"In my opinion Steven Caulker’s was a legal and normal goal. It’s never whistled in the Premier League. 

"We’re not really the favourites any more as they have a good result. We will fight for a win. Even a 2-2 draw would be good. 

"We have to learn - they are a difficult side. We have to look to ourselves and learn from tonight and do things a better way next week."

Player reaction

Steven Caulker

Southampton defender Steven Caulker had a headed goal disallowed for a foul on a defender.

He told BT Sport: "I think the goal should stand. We were a lot better in the second half. We played a lot more direct and caused them a lot of problems, I’d back us to go through. We’ve got a great team. A 1-0 or 2-0 victory would be nice."

Player reaction

Jay Rodriguez scores

Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez scored his first goal in over a year following injury tonight.

He told BT Sport: "We’re disappointed not to win. We had our chances to win the game. 

"I was happy to make it 1-1. It was lovely, I’ve been waiting for it. I want to score as many goals as possible so it’s good to get the first one. With our squad and our team I’m sure we’ll get the win in Denmark."

Elsewhere in Europe

Robin van Persie

Fenerbahce beat Atromitos Athens 1-0 with former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie coming off the bench to score in the 89th minute.

That's his first goal for the Istanbul side.

Story of the game


Southampton had many more shots, efforts on target and possession. But there's only one stat that matters. Fouls.

No, of course it's goals. And they got one each.

FULL-TIME - Southampton 1-1 Midtjylland

Jay Rodriguez

Not a great result for the Saints, who will now need to score in their second leg in Denmark next Thursday.


Just as I have my full-time entry ready to publish, Southampton come so close to a winner - Maya Yoshida's header is tipped by keeper Johan Dahlin onto the post.

Seconds to go. Doesn't look like either side is going to score a second.

Shane Long is able to limp off with the help of the medical staff so hopefully his injury isn't too bad...

And he's back on now. Crisis over.

Southampton striker Shane Long goes down with what looks like a knee injury, he was going down when Tim Sparv seemed to catch him.

It's not looking good for the Republic of Ireland striker, especially with Euro 2016 qualifiers coming up.

Corner to Midtjylland as Jose Fonte clears Paul Onuachu's cross. But it's headed clear.


Shane Long
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Plenty of time for a Saints winner. I'm not sure I remember a huge delay. Seems a lot of stoppage time.

If my very quick internet research is correct Midtjylland sub Paul Onuachu is 6ft 7ins.


Midtjylland make their final change as Paul Onuachu replaces Morten Rasmussen, who actually has Duncan as his name on his back (see 86 mins).


Midtjylland defender Andre Romer is in no rush to take his throw-in and he's booked. Saints boss Ronald Koeman looks irritated.

Midtjylland have a chance to win it as the ball bounces in the box, the Saints defenders have no idea where it is and Rilwan Hassan tries to control it. The ball breaks on the edge of the box to Morten Rasmussen but his shot is deflected.

Rasmussen is known as Duncan apparently because he looks like ex-Everton and Rangers striker Ferguson.


Southampton bring off England Under-21 midfielder James Ward-Prowse, who has been very good today. His set-pieces have caused lots of problems for the visitors. On in his place is Spanish summer signing striker Juanmi.

The Saints are going for this now.

James Ward-Prowse almost gives them that goal with a curling free-kick from 25 yards which goes just wide. And that's his last action...

Johan Dahlin

Just less than 10 minutes to go. Southampton could really do with a goal to take the lead in this tie. Otherwise they'll need to score in Denmark. They are doing most of the attacking by this stage. Will they find their goal?

Midtjylland substitute Rilwan Hassan has the ball on the edge of the Saints box and he takes an age to decide what to do, trying to take on man after man without going anywhere. He eventually loses it - ridiculous play - could have played in any number of team-mates.


Midtjylland make a change in midfield as Petter Andersson comes off for ex-Arsenal youngster Kristoffer Olsson, who is still only 20.


Jay Rodriguez has done his job for Southampton, scoring their goal, and he's replaced up front by Shane Long.

James Ward-Prowse has a shot from 25 yards which is deflected to Saints left-back Matt Targett and his effort goes just wide. Saints dominant now - they'll be desperate for a winner as the away goal gives the Danes the edge.

Graziano Pelle

Graziano Pelle must lay-off about a thousand long balls each game. The ball ends up with Jay Rodriguez in the box but he slips under pressure from a marker.


Tim Sparv is booked against his old club for bringing down Southampton striker Graziano Pelle.


Midtjylland make the first change of the game as Rilwan Hassan comes on for Pione Sisto in the attacking midfield positions.

Victor Wanyama brings the ball forward from the halfway line, plays a one-two with Graziano Pelle but then fires over from an angle when he would have been better crossing.

What a comeback

No more Odd gags. I think I've run out, but quite the comeback from Borussia Dortmund, who trailed 3-0 at Norwegian side Odd but battled back to win 4-3.

Sadio Mane
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Sadio Mane tries to slip two different passes through to his strikers in a couple of minutes but neither of them come off.

The Manchester United target has been involved in a lot of the Saints' moves tonight.

Elsewhere in Europe

Walking home from the Steaua game, the dream of Spurs arriving is over. Everyone cheered the third it was that bad by the end. #bbcfootball

Steaua Bucharest, it should be said, lost 3-0 at home to Rosenborg in the first leg of their tie.


Southampton almost take the lead. James Ward-Prowse takes a great deep free-kick and Steven Caulker meets it with a powerful header but he's denied a great one-handed reaction save from keeper Johan Dahlin.

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Tempo and pressure from #saintsfc has been much better in middle third of game, ironically during which #FCMidtjylland scored

Well done Jay Rodriguez! Been injured for so long! Glad to have you back! #Southampton #Saints #EuropaLeague #bbcfootball

Midtjylland aren't looking as assured as they were before the goal. They've not really done anything in the six or seven minutes since the goal.

Relief for Saints fans

Adam Williams

BBC Sport at St Mary's

Noticeable sense of relief around St Mary's after that equalising penalty for Southampton.

Not many around the press box could see much wrong with that disallowed header from Steven Caulker moments earlier.

Once again, an intriguing balance to this tie as FC Midtjylland continue to look a threat coming forward while Southampton know they possess the ability to counter just as much.

Sadio Mane plays a ball forward which Jay Rodriguez does brilliantly to control and play past his first defender but he can't get past his second marker to get a shot in. The Southampton striker is looking high on confidence now.

Dortmund complete Odd comeback


Worth pointing out that Miki is Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who has been linked with several Premier League clubs including Liverpool.

St Mary's is bouncing now.

GOAL - Southampton 1-1 Midtjylland - Jay Rodriguez

Jay Rodriguez
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Saints are level and Jay Rodriguez has his first goal since March 2014 following a knee injury. Keeper Kian Hansen dives to his left but Rodriguez's kick is fairly central and hits the back of the net.