Southamp­ton add more mis­ery to Inter’s woes

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

De­spite chang­ing their coach on Tues­day, Inter’s neg­a­tive streak con­tin­ued as they saw Southamp­ton turn the ta­bles in the sec­ond half, to lose 2-1. For this game, Inter were un­der in­terim coach Ste­fano Vec­chi who took charge of the team af­ter Frank de Boer was sacked. Inter took the lead on the 33rd minute when cap­tain and main striker Mauro Icardi man­aged to take ad­van­tage from a half chance, and fired past Fraser Forster with a low shot. Southamp­ton were awarded a penalty in the stop­page time of the first half for what the ref­eree judged a hands ball by Ivan Perisic. But from the penalty spot Samir Han­danovic saved the shot by Du­san Tadic. Claude Puel’s team im­proved af­ter the break, and equalised on the 64th minute when the Inter de­fence cleared par­tially from a corner, a shot hit the cross­bar and from the re­bound Vir­gil van Dijk scored from close range. Southamp­ton took the lead five min­utes later. It was a cross from the left side, the ball was de­flected and fin­ished in the di­rec­tion of left back Yuto Na­gatomo who was caught off guard and scored into his own net. Manch­ester United also were beaten away from home, as they also lost 2-1 to Fener­bache. The Turk­ish side took the lead af­ter just two min­utes when Moussa Sow beat David de Gea with a bril­liant over head kick af­ter a cross from the left side. The game changed its face, as United prac­ti­cally held the ini­tia­tive through­out the game, but failed to equalise, los­ing also Paul Pogba through in­jury. Fener­bache dou­bled on the hour mark with a very good free-kick by Jere­main Lens. Man. United con­tin­ued to search for a goal, but it only came on the 88th minute when cap­tain Wayne Rooney beat Volkan Demirel with a spec­tac­u­lar shot from out­side the box. But de­spite their last ef­forts, United failed to equalise. In other games, Roma claimed a 4-2 away win against Aus­tria Wien to climb on top of their group. The goals came from a brace by Dzeko, De Rossi and Naing­golan. In Group F, Aritz Aduriz stole the show as he scored five goals in a 5-3 win against Genk.

Photo: AP

The de­ci­sive mo­ment of the game when Yuto Na­gatomo scored in his own net

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