Southampton took a big step towards the knock-out stages of the Europa League last night after coming from behind to beat Inter Milan 2-1 at St Mary’s Stadium in a result that saw Claude Puel’s side build a four-point advantage over their opponents.
After Mauro Icardi gave Inter a first-half lead, Southampton fought back in the second-half thanks to Virgil van Dijk’s equaliser and an own-goal from Yuto Nagatomo.
The quick-fire double turned the match on its head and the statistics post-match displayed just how speedy Southampton’s two-goal haul was – with both goals coming just under five minutes apart.
4:57 – There were just four minutes and 57 seconds between both Southampton goals. Turnaround.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 3, 2016
Southampton’s second victory in the Europa League this season has set things up superbly for them in their final two group matches, where they face Sparta Prague and Hapoel Be’er Sheva, and Southampton know they’ll qualify for the next round if they better Inter’s results on the final two match-days.
The Saints’ next match in Europe is another big one, as they travel to the Czech Republic to face Sparta Prague in a tie that could decide who tops the group.