Charlie Austin pushes Dusan Tadic away to take Southampton penalty

Southampton FC v AC Sparta Praha - UEFA Europa League

Southampton may be without a win in the Premier League this season but they were able to secure a victory in the Europa League at the first time of asking.

Claude Puel's men laid their domestic troubles aside with a convincing performance against Sparta Prague in the opening game of the group stages.

The Saints could not have wished for a better start too, when they were awarded a penalty for Costa Nhamoinesu's alleged handball with less than five minutes on the clock.

Prompt one of the most awkward incidents that can occur after your team has been given the chance to score from the spot.

Southampton's usual penalty taker, Dusan Tadic was given an unwelcome surprise as he marched over to assume his duty.

Charlie Austin, who had previously not scored since his debut against Manchester United in January, had picked up the ball up and placed it on the spot.

Understandably, Tadic looked bemused by his teammate's selfishness and tried to argue his case to the English forward.

However, as you can see from the video below, Austin's response was to merely push Tadic away from the ball.

In the absence of club captain Jose Fonte, Virgil van Dijk was given the armband and had to step in to separate the pair.

The brief altercation had placed even more pressure on Austin to dispatch the penalty and avoid even more wrath from the Serbian.

Fortunately for him, his goal drought was ended with a well-placed strike into the bottom left corner.

Credit where credit is due, Tadic didn't sulk afterwards and joined in with the celebrations after the deadlock was broken.

And just like London buses, Austin didn't have to wait very long for his third Saints goal - and Southampton's second of the night - as he met Cuco Martina's cross with a firm header just before the half-hour mark.

Jay Rodriguez added a third late on to hand Puel a priceless first win in charge but he may want to organise his penalty takers slightly better over the next few days to avoid a repeat scenario of the Austin-Tadic fiasco in the Premier League.

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