Southampton made a successful return to European competition by beating Vitesse Arnhem in the first leg of their Europa League third qualifying round tie last night.
Playing their first European match since 2003, Graziano Pelle opened the scoring with a right-foot shot after Sadio Mane’s neat pass.
Serbian international Dusan Tadic converted a penalty to double the lead after Sadio Mane was tripped in the area on the stroke of half-time.
Substitutes Shane Long and Juanmi combined late on as the Irishman headed home with only six minutes left to play.
It was Saints’ first win in European competition since 1981 and the two sides will meet again in the return leg in Arnhem next Thursday with Ronald Koeman’s side in a strong position.