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Southampton dominate but lose to Inter Milan

Antonio Candreva scores his first goal for Inter Milan

Antonio Candreva scores his first goal for Inter Milan

Southampton were punished for several missed chances as Inter Milan eased the pressure on manager Frank de Boer by snatching victory in their Europa League group game at the San Siro.

The Premier League side outplayed their hosts in the first half, but James Ward-Prowse fired over and Cuco Martina shot wide.

Substitute Charlie Austin powered a low strike just wide after the break as Saints lacked the cutting edge to score the goal their play deserved.

Inter, who had lost their past three games, rarely threatened before Antonio Candreva lashed a shot into the top corner.

Marcelo Brozovic’s late dismissal for two bookings gave Southampton renewed hope, with both Virgil van Dijk and Austin denied from point-blank range.

But the visitors could not find an equaliser as they slipped to their first defeat in the Europa League this season.

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Match ends, Inter Milan 1, Southampton 0.

Second Half ends, Inter Milan 1, Southampton 0.

Attempt missed. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Offside, Southampton. Steven Davis tries a through ball, but Virgil van Dijk is caught offside.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Gary Medel.

Substitution, Inter Milan. Danilo D’Ambrosio replaces Yuto Nagatomo.

Offside, Southampton. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg tries a through ball, but Charlie Austin is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Charlie Austin (Southampton) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Yuto Nagatomo.

Attempt blocked. Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Ivan Perisic.

Attempt blocked. Oriol Romeu (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Virgil van Dijk.

Substitution, Inter Milan. Ivan Perisic replaces Éder.

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton).

Éder (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Gary Medel (Inter Milan) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton).

Éder (Inter Milan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Mauro Icardi.

Attempt blocked. Maya Yoshida (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse.

Substitution, Inter Milan. Cristian Ansaldi replaces Antonio Candreva.

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Éder (Inter Milan).

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Jeison Murillo.

Substitution, Southampton. Steven Davis replaces Jay Rodriguez.

Second yellow card to Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan) for a bad foul.

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan).

Charlie Austin (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yuto Nagatomo (Inter Milan).

Substitution, Southampton. Sofiane Boufal replaces Dusan Tadic.

Attempt missed. Jeison Murillo (Inter Milan) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Marcelo Brozovic with a cross.

Corner, Inter Milan. Conceded by Maya Yoshida.

Corner, Inter Milan. Conceded by Sam McQueen.

Goal! Inter Milan 1, Southampton 0. Antonio Candreva (Inter Milan) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Davide Santon with a cross.

Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton).

Éder (Inter Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37688282