West Ham were eliminated from the Europa League on Thursday after losing 2-1 to FC Astra in Romania.
Slaven Bilic left a host of first-team players at home ahead of the second leg -- despite the fact it was hanging in the balance following a 2-2 draw at Upton Park a week ago -- and Astra advanced to the playoff round 4-3 on aggregate.
Things were looking up for the Premier League side when new signing Manuel Lanzini scored three minutes into his West Ham debut.
Ronald Koeman's return to Vitesse Arnhem was a painful one, but at least the Southampton manager can take some comfort in his side's safe passage to the Europa League playoffs.
Few expected Saints to come a cropper in Holland after winning last week's first leg 3-0, yet the Dutchman still named a strong side such was his desire to overcome the club with whom he began his managerial career.
That approach paid off as Graziano Pelle and Sadio Mane struck to secure a 2-0 triumph, giving Koeman something...
Ronald Koeman is to go under the knife after rupturing his Achilles but the Southampton manager will be on the bench against Vitesse Arnhem on Thursday.
The Dutchman sustained the injury toward the end of training at the GelreDome on the eve of Saints' Europa League third qualifying round second leg.
The incident saw Koeman leave Arnhem behind the team coach in a van, which he boarded on crutches with his foot in a protective boot -- aids that will be needed again on Thursday.
He will be in the dugout...