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Jay Rodriguez makes up for lost time to rescue Southampton in Europa League play-off

Southampton 1-1 Midtjylland

Published 21/08/2015

Jay Rodriguez scores from the spot to equalise for Southampton against Midtjylland
Jay Rodriguez scores from the spot to equalise for Southampton against Midtjylland

Jay Rodriguez scored his first goal in almost 17 months as Southampton were held to a draw by FC Midtjylland in their Europa League play-off tie.

The England international had been out with a serious knee injury for much of that time and the relief was there for all to see as he emphatically thumped home an equaliser from the penalty spot to secure a 1-1 draw.

All the pre-game talk at St Mary's had been about players staying at the club as, with Manchester United linked with another high-profile poach of Southampton talent with a move for Sadio Mane, manager Ronald Koeman insisted he was not for sale, but ironically it was a returning Saints player who opened the scoring as Tim Sparv put Midtjylland ahead just before half-time, giving his side the advantage ahead of the return leg in Herning next week.

Saints hit back with an early second-half penalty, with Rodriguez slotting home his first goal since a brace in a 4-0 win over Newcastle in March 2014 to leave the tie finely poised.

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