Tottenham welcomed Southampton on Saturday and suffered a lot, but got a major 2-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Tanguy Ndombele and Harry Kane scored for the Spurs, as Danny Ings, taking advantage of Hugo Lloris’s bizarre failure discounted for the Saints. The hosts even had to play the whole second half with one man less, as Serge Aurier was sent off for a second yellow, but still got the win.
With the result, the Spurs reach 11 points, fourth in the table, but they can lose up to two positions depending on the other games of the round.
From the first movements into the match, Tottenham controlled possession, but the Saints marked very well and also high-pressing the Spurs. However, the hosts went up and opened the scoring. Heung-Min Son was the provider, as he went down the left and delivers to Tanguy Ndombele, who slotted home past Angus Gunn. 1-0 Spurs.
The game seemed well controlled, Southampton’s momentum had cooled down and Spurs grew into the game.
However, everything changed on 30 mins, as Aurier saw his second yellow in five minutes and left Spurs down to 10 men. To make matters worse, at 39 ‘ Hugo Lloris tried to dribble past Ings but lost the ball as the Saints striker slotted home. 1-1.
Luckily for Lloris, Spurs response was immediate and in a sensational plot of Eriksen, Son, and Kane. The English international put Tottenham back in front with a precise finish in Gunn’s corner.
We can sum up the second half into Southampton’s pressure and Spurs marking, trying to avoid the worst. And incredible as it may seem, the Spurs did it, thanks to Lloris, who redeemed himself and pulled out some great saves, as the Spurs held the Saints to get the three points.
Tottenham will return to the pitch next Tuesday to welcome Bayern Munich for the second round of the UEFA Champions League Group Stages.