Southampton v FC Midtjylland: Europa League play-off – as it happened

The Danish champions scored a precious away goal as they earned a deserved draw at St Mary’s.

Targett, deep down the left, clips a diagonal ball towards the far post. Yoshida rises, and thumps a header against the right-hand post. Dahlin might have got fingertips to that. So close to a dramatic winner! But that’s that. A draw, a fine result for the Danish champions, and a fair result: they were the better side in the first half, while Saints had the upper hand in the second. Saints have to score in Denmark next week if they want Europa League action this season. At the moment, Big Data is winning the battle with Koeman’s classicism for the very soul of football. Maybe we exaggerate a tad, but them’s the bare bones.

90 min +5: Happily Long is back on. He’s not moving particularly well, but for a horrible second that looked serious, so this is good to see. Olsson is booked for some more time-wasting.

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