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Date & time Oct 13 '17
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Saints go marching out of Europe after draw with Israeli minnows

Southampton were dumped out of the Europa League by Israeli champions Hapoel Beer Sheva after a limp display at St Mary's saw them fail to get the victory or goalless draw that would have seen them progress to the last 32 for the first time in the club's history.

Maor Buzaglo's goal twelve minutes from time meant Claude Puel's side needed to score twice and despite Virgil Van Dijk's stoppage time equaliser, they couldn't quite manage it.

"Tonight it's difficult to find good words," said Claude Puel. "Just one chance, one shot, one goal for this team," he added, referring to the Israeli side.

"It's a strong challenge now. Many teams they are eliminated and come back with a strong spirit but I know it's a disappointment for all people at the club."

Whilst Southampton's rise over the last six years has been remarkable, Hapoel can boast a fairytale story of their own. In Alona Barkat, they have Israeli football's only female owner. When she bought the club ten years ago it was in the second tier of the domestic league.

Last year the Camels won the Super League, Israel's top flight, for the first time in 40 years and are 10 points clear of their nearest rivals this campaign. 1600 of their fans made the 3700 kilometre journey from the Negev Desert and saw their team make history by qualifying for the knockout stages.

"We did a big thing, there's no question about that. We knew that eventually we'd get chances. We did that and we scored," said Barak Bakhar, Hapoel's manager.

After a cagey opening 20 minutes, Nathan Redmond ran 70 yards to the byline but pulled his cross back just above the head of Charlie Austin who was waiting to pounce.

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Redmond then threatened to lift imitation van cleef and arpels bangle the nervous tension from St Mary's but his curling shot was well turned away by David Goresh.

Worryingly for Saints, Austin then suffered a fall and damaged his shoulder from the resulting corner and Shane Long replaced him.

It was proving a frustrating night for Puel, who has plenty of European experience from his time in France, and the stadium was growing edgier by the minute.

Dusan Tadic took the field after an hour to replace the ineffective Josh Sims and soon put Goresh, the Hapoel goalkeeper, to work as he cut in from the right and shot at goal.

With a poor game seemingly petering out to the stalemate Southampton needed, Oriel Romeu carelessly gifted possession to Yuval Shabtai and he fed Buzaglo who struck low into the bottom left hand corner to send the travelling support into raptures.

Van Dijk added to the drama in stoppage time when he poked in Tadic's pass from close range to give Southampton hope.

Fellow central defender Maya Yoshida then went agonizingly close to a winner as he headed inches wide of the far post in the Saints' final attack.

But Beer Sheva, who beat Inter Milan both home and away in this group, were stubborn enough to see out the game and the team nicknamed the Camels had given Saints the hump.

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