Yoshida eyes Europa progress

Maya Yoshida hopes Southampton can secure their place in the Europa League knock-out stages with victory against Sparta Prague on Thursday night.

Southampton, who are second in Group K on seven points, travel to leaders Sparta, while third-placed Hapoel Be’er Sheva play struggling Inter Milan.

Hapoel need to win to keep their hopes of qualifying alive, while the Saints are guaranteed to progress if they beat Sparta and the Israeli side lose or draw.

Yoshida told Southampton’s club website: “We are almost through to the next round but these …

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