van Dijk: A night to be proud of

By SFC Media Thu 03 Nov Saints vs Inter

Virgil van Dijk reflected on a night to be proud of after his goal helped Southampton to a 2-1 win over Internazionale at St Mary's.

After Mauro Icardi’s opener against the run of play on 33 minutes, Dušan Tadić was denied from the penalty spot with the last kick of the half.

But Saints showed their spirit and resilience with a stirring second-half display to turn the game on its head, with van Dijk’s leveller followed up by Yuto Nagatomo’s own goal to seal a famous night.

“The most important thing is that it’s well deserved. I think we played some good football and were the dominant side,” said van Dijk.

“It was the same story in the last game but we didn’t reward ourselves with the win, but today we did.

“It’s been a great night and a spectacular game for the fans especially and I felt we deserved that win.”

van Dijk celebrates at full-time

Southampton are now on seven points, just two behind leaders Sparta Praha who secured a 2-0 victory over Hapoel Beer-Sheva in the other Group K fixture.

And the stand-in skipper van Dijk feels they can take confidence from a special night that everyone should be proud of.

He added: “I think we need to enjoy it and the club does to because we have come so far.

“Everyone around the club can be very proud and I’m very proud of my team as well.

“We have two big games coming up and hopefully we can make it another special night here, with a big performance away as well.”

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