Europa League - Qualifying Play-offs - 2nd Leg
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FC Midtjylland 1-0 Southampton (agg 2-1)

Midtyjlland celebrates
Midtyjlland are in their 10th season of European football

Southampton failed to reach the Europa League group stage as they were beaten by Danish champions Midtjylland.

A first-half goal from former Celtic striker Morten Rasmussen secured a 2-1 aggregate win - and with it a place in Friday's group stage draw.

The Saints saw an early Jose Fonte effort cleared off the line but were then punished by Rasmussen's angled shot following a Jay Rodriguez error.

Southampton rarely looked like getting an away goal to force extra time.

After finishing seventh in the Premier League last season, this was a disappointing end to Southampton's first entry into Europe since 2004.

Ronald Koeman's side eased past Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem in their first qualifying round but did not convince against Midtjylland in the first leg, drawing 1-1 at St Mary's.

And apart from Fortune's early chance and a blocked shot from James Ward-Prowse, they carried little threat on Thursday.

Rasmussen accepted a pass from Kristian Bach Bak to turn sharply and hit the 28th-minute winner after Rodriguez had been caught in possession.

Relive Southampton's Europa League exit.

Testing time for Koeman

The Dutchman could do little wrong in his first season in charge as he defied the doubters following the sale of some of Southampton's biggest names - including Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, and Dejan Lovren - to lead Southampton into Europe.

But second-season syndrome now looks a real threat with Southampton again selling over the summer with key midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and defender Nathaniel Clyne both leaving.

The Saints are yet to win in the Premier League and will now have to get over the disappointment of their early Europa League exit.

Last season, Hull were knocked out in Europa League qualifying and went on to be relegated. Southampton are a long way from that prospect but Koeman's managerial acumen will now be tested.

Shut that window

The Saints could do with the transfer window shutting without any further exits.

Midfield powerhouse Victor Wanyama has been linked with Tottenham and forward Sadio Mane with Manchester United.

Neither played in Denmark and both were missed.

The Saints can't afford to lose any more of their key players and need to strengthen. A move for Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk could happen now that the Scots are out of the Champions League.

Man of the match - Morten Rasmussen

Morten Rasmussen
With none of the Southampton players deserving the accolade, it had to go to match winner Morten Rasmussen for his tidy finish.

"We were the better team"

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman, speaking to BT Sport: "In both games we were the better team, we had the most chances. We scored a goal at home that was disallowed and tonight we need a penalty for a handball from the free-kick.

"We worked very hard but sometimes you need good decisions. We didn't have that. In my opinion that makes the result.

"Sadio Mane wasn't 100% and it will be a long season. I didn't take that risk to put him in. We need him for more games."

What next for Saints?

Southampton are at home to Norwich on Sunday and could do with a first Premier League win just to settle things down ahead of the international break.

Line-ups

FC Midtjylland

  • 16Dahlin
  • 32Bak NielsenSubstituted forRomerat 83'minutes
  • 2Hansen
  • 4Sviatchenko
  • 15Lauridsen
  • 3SparvBooked at 67mins
  • 27SistoSubstituted forHassanat 68'minutes
  • 7PoulsenBooked at 43mins
  • 8AnderssonSubstituted forPusicat 80'minutes
  • 77Royer
  • 9Rasmussen

Substitutes

  • 10Pusic
  • 17Olsson
  • 26Banggaard Jensen
  • 28Romer
  • 31Andersen
  • 33Onuachu
  • 36Hassan

Southampton

  • 22Stekelenburg
  • 26CaulkerSubstituted forTadicat 56'minutes
  • 6Fonte
  • 3Yoshida
  • 14Romeu
  • 15Martina
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 8DavisSubstituted forJuanmiat 83'minutes
  • 33TargettBooked at 70mins
  • 19Pellè
  • 9RodriguezBooked at 37minsSubstituted forLongat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Davis
  • 2Soares
  • 7Long
  • 10Mané
  • 11Tadic
  • 18Reed
  • 20Juanmi
Referee:
Liran Liany

Match Stats

Home TeamFC MidtjyllandAway TeamSouthampton
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home5
Away17

Scores, Results & Fixtures

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B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Club Brugge6330102812
2Torino632193611
3HJK Helsinki6204511-66
4FC Copenhagen6114513-84

C

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1Besiktas6330115612
2Tottenham632194511
3Asteras Tripolis6132710-36
4Partizan Belgrade602419-82

D

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1RB Salzburg65102181316
2Celtic62221011-18
3Dinamo Zagreb62041215-36
4Astra Giurgiu6114615-94

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dinamo Moscow660093618
2PSV Eindhoven62228808
3Estoril Praia612378-15
4Panathinaikos6024611-52

F

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1Inter Milan633062412
2Dnipropetrovsk621345-17
3FK Qarabag613235-26
4Saint-Étienne605123-15

G

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1Feyenoord6402106412
2Sevilla632185311
3HNK Rijeka621378-17
4Standard Liege6114410-64

H

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1Everton6321103711
2Wolfsburg63121410410
3FK Krasnodar6132712-56
4Lille604239-64

I

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1Napoli6411113813
2BSC Young Boys6402137612
3Sparta Prague6312116510
4Slovan Bratislava6006120-190

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dynamo Kiev6501124815
2Aalborg BK6303510-59
3Steaua Bucharest621311927
4Rio Ave6114510-54

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Fiorentina6411114713
2Guingamp631276110
3PAOK Salonika621310737
4Dinamo Minsk6114314-114

L

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1Legia Warsaw650172515
2Trabzonspor631286210
3KSC Lokeren631244010
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