Playing away from home, at the St. Mary’s Stadium, Tottenham stayed some minutes away from qualifying for the FA Cup Round of 16 with no need for a replay match.
The Spurs were leading 1-0, through a Heung-Min Son’s goal, until the 87th minute of the game, but brave Saints counted on a Boufal’s goal, to drag Jose Mourinho’s men into another match in the FA Cup.
The first half of the game at St Mary’s Stadium displayed some wasted chances for both sides, but mainly for visitors Tottenham. Lucas Moura and Son, respectively, were the Spurs’ main weapons of attack, and also the two who missed two clear chances for breaking the deadlock.
On the Saints’ side, Danny Ings flirted with the net but ended up being denied by Frenchman Hugo Lloris.
In the second half, Tottenham came back way better and went on in search of the opener to get ahead of the score.
In the 58th minute, in a fast counterattack armed with few touches on the ball, Argentine Erik Lamela triggered Heung-Min Son down the left, as the South Korean struck an unsavable ball at Southampton’s keeper’s far corner. 0-1 Spurs.
When the game was on its way to the final whistle and the qualification was getting closer and closer to Tottenham, Danny Ings was picked out, went deep in the final third and crossed it back to Sofiane Boufal, whose first-time finish, smashed Hugo Lloris’ top corner and sealed the draw for the hosts with 87 on the clock.
Now, both sides will face each other once again in the replay match. This time, the game will be played under Tottenham’s domains, at the Tottenham Hotspur Arena in London. The winner will go through FA Cup’s Round of 16.