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Southampton 3-0 Sparta Prague

By Staff Reporter

Charlie Austin said it was "a special night" after scoring twice on his European debut as Southampton opened their Europa League campaign with a 3-0 victory over Sparta Prague.

Austin opened the scoring from the penalty spot after five minutes before doubling Saints' lead in the 27th minute.

And second-half substitute Jay Rodriguez added a late third in to make sure of the points.

Austin said: "It's a special night for me. More importantly it was all about the win for us. Not only in this competition but to get the lads' spirits up because we've not had the greatest of starts in the league."

Austin had a brief argument with Dusan Tadic about who would take the spot-kick.

Austin added: "As centre forward I think I should take them. I put the ball on the spot and luckily it gave us a 1-0 (lead)."

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