Southampton fans react on Twitter to European exit
By Emma Sanders
Southampton went crashing out of the Europa League following a 1-1 draw against Hapoel Beer Sheva on Thursday evening – and fans reacted on Twitter with frustration.
The Saints needed a victory or a goalless draw to progress through to the knock-out stages of the competition but produced an uninspiring display against the Israeli outfit.
Virgil Van Dijk continued to impress at centre-back and scored a late equaliser for Southampton in stoppage time but it proved too late for the Saints to mount a comeback.
Maor Bar Buzaglo’s 78th minute goal proved costly for Southampton and it was a mistake from Oriol Romeu on the edge of the area which gave away possession.
Disaster for the hosts, as Buzaglo finds the bottom corner from distance.
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) December 8, 2016
Southampton had a number of chances to score in the first half but weren’t clinical enough and they were left ruing what could have been at full-time.
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Prior to their disappointing Europa League draw, Southampton suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
They were in bright form going into the Premier League fixture, recording a 2-0 victory over Arsenal in the quarter-final of the EFL Cup just days before, as well as producing a 1-0 win against Everton the previous Sunday.
However, a recent dip in form has become a concern for fans and they voiced their frustration on Twitter after the game.
Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:
world class performance
— Sam (@roathy_) December 8, 2016
gonna lose Virgil
— Penny Climas (@pennysaintsfc) December 8, 2016
Not European standard
— Laurence Seagrave (@LaurenceFC) December 8, 2016
Can't believe Southampton was playing for a draw wtf we doing!! Oh and bye bye van dijk #SaintsFC ????????????
— Brandon Shephard (@ShephardShepz95) December 8, 2016
Dear Claude Puel and Southampton board, please can you just make a statement and bid £30m for Lacazette in January please. #saintsfc
— James Willoughby (@JWilloughby7) December 8, 2016
In other Southampton news, this 22-year-old should be axed in January following an awful display.