Southampton enjoy good night in the Europa League as Austin double leads to win

They defeated Sparta Prague 3-0 at St Mary's

Southampton, Charlie Austin, Cuco Martina

Southampton's Charlie Austin, right, and Cuco Martina celebrate after scoring during the Europa League group K soccer match between Southampton and Sparta Prague at St Mary's stadium in Southampton, England, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 . (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Southampton got their Europa League group stage campaign off to a winning start by beating Sparta Prague 3-0 at St Mary's.

Striker Charlie Austin scored twice to set the Saints on their way.

The first came by way of the penalty spot after just five minutes.

He then doubled that lead when he headed in a Cuco Martin cross.

With the Premier League side in control against the Czech club, Jay Rodriguez added a third in stoppage time.