Claude Puel has told his Southampton players not to be too downbeat after their 1-0 Europa League defeat at Sparta Prague.
Costa Nhamoinesu's early goal was enough to book Sparta's place in the round of 32 as group winners, but the Saints now face a decisive clash with Hapoel Be'er Sheva at St Mary's in a fortnight.
Hapoel moved level on points with Puel's men after coming from two goals down to beat Inter Milan, who can no longer qualify for the knockout stages.
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Southampton's hopes of reaching the Europa League's knockout stages have been left in the balance after a 1-0 defeat at Sparta Prague.
A familiarly ineffective performance against a team they had beaten earlier this season means they must at least draw at home to Hapoel Be'er Sheva in December if they are to qualify.
Costa Nhamoinesu's early goal proved enough to ensure Sparta will finish top after their fourth successive European victory, and that Southampton had lost their chance of being seeded.
Tomas Rosicky is still injured and unlikely to play for Sparta Prague until the spring of 2017.
Rosicky's highly anticipated return to the Czech league after more than 15 years away received a further blow after Sparta coach David Holoubek said the playmaker "is still injured" and "unlikely to play a game in the autumn."
Holoubek gave no details about Rosicky's condition.
After the 36-year-old Rosicky signed a two-year contract with Sparta in August, he came on for only 18 minutes as a substitute...