Internazionale v Southampton: Europa League – live!

Inter: Handanovic; Nagayomo, Miranda, Murillo, Santon; Gnoukouri, Medel, Brozovic; Candreva, Icardi, Eder

Subs: Carrizo, Palacio, Ansaldi Banega, D’ambrosio, Perisic, Yao

Hello and welcome to the rest of your lives or, to be precise, an event that Southampton fans will be talking about forever more no matter how many times you ask them to pipe down. Quite right, too. This time six years ago Southampton were picking themselves up from a 2-0 League One defeat to Huddersfield Town while Inter were still high on winning Serie A and the Champions League. Now the clubs meet as equals. In fact, Southampton could even claim to be superior, as they are top of Europa League Group K with four points from two matches while Inter are bottom with nothing to their name but, well, a name. But what a name.

Internazionale, one of the most prestigious clubs on the planet, 18 times champions of Italy, three times champions of Europe and hallowed canvass of men who have enriched sporting history, from managers such as Helenio Herrera, Giovanni Trappatoni and - drum roll please - Roy Hodgson to players such as Giacinto Fachetti, Lothar Matthaus and Luis Suarez (the Spanish genius rather than the Uruguayan one). Southampton’s trophy cabinet, by contrast, contains one FA Cup, one Johnston’s Paint Trophy and a well thumbed programme from the 1992 Zenith Data Systems jamboree. OK, so they’ve duelled with a couple of European heavyweights before – notably when they lost narrowly to a Hamburg side that was in the fading stages of Ernst Happel’s reign – but this match, against this club in this venue, feels bigger than anything the club has ever experienced on the international stage. Word is that around 7,000 Saints fans have headed to San Siro where at this very moment they are quivering with the giddy glee of stoners at Woodstock. This will go down in history.

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