Southampton 2-1 Inter Milan

Southampton came from behind to claim a crucial 2-1 win over Inter Milan at St Mary’s in Europa League Group K.

Mauro Icardi gave Inter a halftime lead when he turned in from close range following a goalmouth scramble.

But Southampton scored twice after the restart, including an own goal from Yuto Nagatomo.

Southampton remains second behind group leaders Sparta Prague, who defeated Hapoel Be’er Sheva.

Ever Banega had an early chance for Inter, but the forward was closed down in the box after Icardi picked off a poor pass deep in the Southampton half.

Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez, who replaced Charlie Austin in the starting line up, then curled an effort from the edge of the box over the bar inside 10 minutes.

But against the run of play, Icardi thrashed a left-footed shot past Fraser Forster from a scramble in the box after the ball found the forward standing on the six-yard box to give Inter a 1-0 lead on 34 minutes.

Southampton continued to press for an equaliser to no avail, until Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg earned a penalty for the hosts when his loose touch struck Ivan Perisic on the arm on the stroke of halftime.

After a melee in the box saw Antonio Candreva brandished a yellow card, Dusan Tadic stepped up only for his spot kick attempt to be saved by Samir Handanovic.

James Ward-Prowse nearly brought the hosts level on the restart, but his dipping volley found hits a dipping volley from distance into the keeper’s grasp.

The young Southampton midfielder then had his strike saved by a diving Handanovic on 50 minutes, who was also first to the rebound to deny a charging Rodriguez.

But Virgil van Dijk found a 64th-minute equaliser when Oriol Romeu’s lofted attempt careened back off the bar and onto the feet of the defender to slot home.

Tadic then had minor redemption for his missed penalty when his cross bounced off of Nagatomo and into the Inter net to give Southampton a 2-1 lead on 70 minutes.

Southampton: Forster, McQueen, van Dijk, Yoshida, Martina, Hojbjerg, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Tadic (Davis 77), Redmond, Rodriguez (Austin 59).

Unused subs: Lewis (GK), Bertrand, Fonte, Clasie, Boufal.

Goals: van Dijk (64), Nagatomo (OG 70).

Bookings: Ward-Prowse (90+1).

Internazionale: Handanovic, Nagatomo, Ranocchia, Miranda, D’Ambrosio, Perisic, Gnoukouri (Melo 81), Medel (Eder 74), Candreva (Biabiany 89), Banega, Icardi (c).

Unused subs: Carrizo (GK), Ansaldi, Santon, Murillo.

Goals: Icardi (34).

Bookings: Candreva (45), Medel (52).

Arsenal 2-1 Southampton

Santi Cazorla scored from the spot in added time to dispatch Southampton at the Emirates.

A Dusan Tadic free kick went in off Petr Cech’s back giving Southampton a 1-0 lead on 18 minutes.

But Laurent Koscielny levelled from an acrobatic overhead effort 15 minutes from halftime.

And Cazorla netted the winner from the spot after the referee adjudicated that Olivier Giroud had been brought down in the box.

Southampton is still seeking their first Premier League win of the season.

Arsenal: Cech, Koscielny, Perez (Giroud 62), Ozil, Walcott (Iwobi 75), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Sanchez 62), Monreal, Carzorla, Mustafi, Bellerin, Coquelin.
Unused subs: Ospina, Holding, Xhaka, Elneny.
Goals: Koscielny.
Own goals: Cech (18), Carzorla (90+4)
Bookings: Monreal.

Southampton: Forster, Bertrand, Fonte, Van Dijk, Cedric, Romeu, Clasie (Hojbjerg 64), David, Tadic (Ward-Prowse 80), Redmond, Rodriguez (Long 46).
Unused subs: McCarthy, Targett, Yoshida, Austin.
Goals: None.
Bookings:
Forster, Hojbjerg, Fonte, Van Dijk, Bertrand.

Southampton 1-1 Sunderland

Jay Rodriguez’s late goal salvaged a point for Southampton against Sunderland at St Mary’s.

Jermain Defoe gave Sunderland the lead from the penalty spot after earning the foul 10 minutes from the full-time whistle.

But substitute Jay Rodriguez equalised with a low shot the snuck under the keeper five minutes later.

Southampton has just two points from its first three games whilst Sunderland has taken just one from a potential nine.

Southampton: Forster, Targett, Van Dijk, Fonte, Cedric, Hojbjerg (Ward-Prowse 82), Davis, Romeu, Tadic (Long 66), Redmond, Austin (Rodriguez 73).
Unused subs: McCarthy, Yoshida, Bertrand, Clasie.
Goals: Rodriguez (85).
Bookings: Redmond, Davis.

Sunderland: Pickford, Manquillo, Djilobodji, Kone, van Aanholt, Rodwell, Pienaar (Lens 67), Gooch (Love 76), Borini (Watmore 64), Januzaj, Defoe.
Unused subs: Stryjek, Khazri, McNair, Asoro.
Goals: Defoe (79).
Bookings: Pienaar, Rodwell.

Manchester United 2-0 Southampton

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice, as Jose Mourinho’s tenure at Old Trafford started off with a win against Southampton.

Ibrahimovic scored either side of the break, including a second half penalty, to bring his total to three goals in two league games.

French international Paul Pogba played the full 90 minutes in his return to Manchester United.

Southampton is still winless having drawn with Watford on opening day.

Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw, Mata (Mkhitaryan 76), Fellaini, Pgoba, Rooney (Smalling 89), Martial (Herrera 82), Ibrahimovic.
Unused subs: Romero, Schneiderlin, Young, Rashford.
Goals: Ibrahimovic (36, 52).
Bookings: None.

Southampton: Forster, Cedric, Fonte, Van Dijk, Targett, Romeu (Clasie 12), Davis (Austin 67), Hojbjerg, Tadic, Redmond, Long (Rodriguez 84).
Unused subs: McCarthy, Yoshida, Ward-Prowse, Pied.
Goals: None.
Bookings: None.

Southampton 4-1 Crystal Palace

Southampton qualified for the Europa League with an emphatic victory over Crystal Palace.

Sadio Mane and substitute Graziano Pelle scored either side of the break before Jason Puncheon made it 2-1 in the 64th minute.

But Ryan Bertrand converted from the spot and Steven Davis added a fourth goal late to dispatch Palace.

Southampton moved into fifth place ahead of Manchester United, who saw their match at Old Trafford abandoned due to a security threat and rescheduled for Tuesday, 17th May.

Grounded

For a third consecutive match, Southampton took advantage of the situation their opponent found themselves in pumping in 10 goals over that stretch.

Despite Crystal Palace resting a host of players, including Connor Wickham, Johan Cabaye and  Yannick Bolasie, ahead of the FA Cup Final on Saturday, the visitors nearly struck first when Dwight Gayle’s thumping effort was palmed away from goal on 18 minutes.

But Southampton then had five straight opportunities – three over a five minute period – to go in front as Dusan Tadic, Mane and Shane Long all narrowly beat the post.

Oriol Romeu sent in a low left-footed effort from the edge of the box, which was well covered by Julian Speroni before Virgil Van Dijk’s free kick clipped his bar.

Though shortly before halftime, Speroni – making only his second appearance of the season – pushed his clearance away as far as Mane who lofted the ball into an empty net.

Rising Saints

Southampton finished with a club record 63 points, besting last season’s effort by three, as well as improving on their position in the table.

And in consecutive years, the Saints will compete in the Europa League.

Southampton: Forster, Bertrand, Van Dijk, Fonte, Martina, Romeo (Pelle 46), Wanyama, Davis, Tadic (Ward-Prowse 71), Mane, Long (Austin 83).
Unused subs: Stekelenburg, Cedric, Yoshida, Reed, Austin.
Bookings: Pelle.
Goals: Mane (43), Pelle (61), Bertrand (75), Davis (87).

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward (Kelly 82), Mariappa, Delaney, Souare, Jedinak, McArthur (Lee Chung-yong 78), Puncheon, Mutch (Kaikai 46), Gayle, Adebayor
Unused subs: Dann, Campbell, McCarthy, Gray.
Bookings: Ward, McArthur.
Goals. Puncheon (64).

Tottenham 1-2 Southampton

Steven Davis’ brace earned Southampton their first league win at White Hart Lane since 2003.

A persistent Son Heung-min gave Spurs a 1-0 lead on 16 minutes when he rounded a helpless Fraser Forster before slotting into an empty net.

But Davis drew the visitors level turning in Dusan Tadic’s cross at the near post.

Davis then netted the winner with a shot from the edge of the box after Jan Vertonghen saw his header cleared off the line at the other end.

Jose Fonte blocked substitute Nacer Chadli from putting his attempt on goal late into stoppage time as Spurs looked to salvage a point.

Southampton climbed into sixth place ahead of West Ham who has a game in hand.

Tottenham: Lloris (c), Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dier, Mason (Chadli 78), Lamela, Eriksen, Son (Clinton 65), Kane.
Unused subs: Vorm, Davies, Wimmer, Carroll, Winks.
Bookings: None.
Goal: Son (16).

Southampton: Forster, Martina, Fonte (c), Van Dijk, Bertrand, Clasie (Romeu 58), S.Davis, Wanyama, Tadic (Ward-Prowse 86), Mane (Pelle 65), Long.
Unused subs: Stekelenburg, Cedric, Yoshida, Austin.
Bookings: Mane, Romeu, Long.
Goals: Davis (31, 72)

Southampton 4-2 Manchester City

A Sadio Mane hat-trick reinvigorated Southampton’s bid for Europa League football following a 4-2 win against Manchester City.

Shane Long and Sadio Mane scored within three and a half minutes of each other setting the hosts on their way.

Kelechi Iheanacho, who scored twice, grabbed a goal back for City just before halftime but Mane netted twice after the break to lift Southampton comfortably over the line.

Southampton – on 57 points – jumped above Liverpool, who lost at Swansea but have a game in hand, into seventh place.

Southampton: Forster, Bertrand, Van Dijk, Fonte, Martina, Wanyama, Davis (Ward-Prowse 73), Clasie (Romeu 59), Mane, Tadic (Rodriguez 87), Long.
Unused subs: Stekelenburg, Cedric, Yoshida, Austin.
Bookings: Clasie (30), Tadic (54).
Goals: Long (25), Mane (29, 57, 68).

Manchester City: Hart, Kolorav, Mangala, Otamendo, Zabaleta, Sterling, Delph (Navas 64), Fernandinho (Demichelis 60), Nasri, Bony, Iheanacho.
Unused subs: Caballero, Sagna, Clichy, Fernando, Aguero.
Bookings: None.
Goals: Ilheanacho (44, 78).