INTER Milan finally tallied points in Group K of the Europa League, beating Southampton with a 67th-minute goal from Antonio Candreva from the team's only shot on target, 1-0, on Thursday (Friday, Manila time) at San Siro.
Inter stayed in last place in the group but at least has revived its chance of qualifying for the last 32. It will come as a relief for coach Frank De Boer, with the team languishing in midtable in Serie A
Southampton, in good form in the Premier League, wasted a string of chances — many coming in the latter stages after Marcelo Brozovic was sent off in the 77th for two bookings.
Meanwhile, Shakhtar Donetsk had five different scorers — Viktor Kovalenko, Facundo Ferreyra, Bernard, Taison, and Maksym Malyshev — in a win over Gent, 5-0, that kept the team on maximum points after three games in Group H.
Kovalenko got the Ukrainian team rolling with a 40-meter strike in Lviv as Shakhtar went five points clear in the group.
Schalke, a 1-0 winner at Krasnodar, and Zenit St. Petersburg, which rallied to beat Dundalk 2-1, are the other teams to have a maximum nine points so far.
On the other hand, an entertaining draw in the Italian capital was preceded by brief clashes between Vienna fans and police outside of a hotel in Rome where the Austrian supporters were staying.
Also, a bus full of Vienna supporters was stopped by police earlier in the day and high-grade fireworks and flares were confiscated, plus a banner that read "UEFA Mafia," according to the ANSA news agency.
On the field, Dominik Prokop and Olarenwaju Kayode scored in the final eight minutes as Austria Vienna battled back for a 3-3 draw versus Roma that leaves the teams tied on five points atop Group E.