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Southampton comeback to beat Tottenham



Che Adams scored a late winner as Southampton produced a superb comeback to beat Tottenham 3-2 and damage the hosts’ bid for a Champions League spot.

Two goals in three minutes won the game for Saints, with Mohamed Elyounoussi and then Adams heading beyond Hugo Lloris in almost identical fashion.

Southampton defender Jan Bednarek had earlier turned into his own net to open the scoring when under pressure from Son Heung-min from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s cut-back.

But Armando Broja levelled soon after in what was a dominant first-half performance from the visitors in which Romain Perraud also struck the crossbar.


The hosts had struggled to contain Southampton but improved after the break and Son put them back in front, only for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side to score twice in the final 11 minutes.

Steven Bergwijn thought he had grabbed a dramatic leveller in stoppage time but the substitute had strayed just offside.

Tottenham remain seventh, four points off the top four, while Southampton climb to 10th.

Southampton show desire for deserved victory

Hasenhuttl’s side are on a supposedly tricky run in the Premier League but have now drawn at home with Manchester City and beaten Spurs, with a trip to Manchester United on Saturday still to come.


The Austrian said beforehand “managing the risk gives you the reward”, perhaps suggesting the visitors might set up defensively, but instead they dominated for long spells in north London and could have been out of sight in the first half.

Adams missed the first glorious chance after just three minutes, volleying straight at Lloris from close range, and it was after Bednarek’s own goal Saints really came alive, responding with intent and levelling through Broja five minutes later.

Spurs failed to clear following Ben Davies’ miscue, Perraud zipped a pass into Broja and the Chelsea loanee instinctively turned a clever side-foot finish it into the corner.

The 20-year-old should have had a second soon after, striding through on goal and dragging his effort comfortably wide after another mix-up in the Spurs defence that frustrated Conte into kicking over the water bottles on the touchline.


Southampton had not won at Tottenham since a 2-1 victory at White Hart Lane in May 2016 and looked to be heading for a sixth successive defeat when Son turned in from Lucas Moura’s cross with 20 minutes to go.

But the best was still to come from the visitors, inspired by captain James Ward-Prowse.

The midfielder whipped a cross towards Elyounoussi and he guided a header into the corner before producing another superb delivery for Adams to nod in the winner.

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