Antonio Candreva’s 67th minute goal gave Inter Milan a lead against the run of play, and dominant Southampton failed to take advantage of an Inter red card in a 1-0 loss at the San Siro on Thursday. (video)
The setback was Southampton’s first in Europa League play this season, and costs them the top spot in Group K at the group stage’s midpoint.
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Saints had the edge in shots and attempts on target, but couldn’t get the better of their historic Italian opponents.
Sparta Prague beat Hapoel Be’er Sheva 1-0 to move ahead of Saints on six points. Southampton has four, as does Hapoel. Inter sits fourth with three points.
The winner was a classy goal, by the way, for the 43-times capped Italian winger:
Our own Joe Prince-Wright was on the scene as Saints were very well-represented in Italy.