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Premier League: Southampton Upsets Tottenham Hotspur in an Absolute Thriller to Dent Londoner's Top Four Hopes
- Southampton upset Tottenham Hotspur in one of the Premier League's games of the season in north London
- Spurs were looking to announce their entrance into the top four on the log, but it was not to be against a determined Saints side
- There can be no doubt that the visitors deserved the victory in an end-to-end thriller which riveted viewers
Goals from Armando Broja, Che Adams and Mohamed Elyounoussi saw Southampton upset Tottenham Hotspur in one of the games of the season at the Spurs Stadium in north London.
The home side came into the match looking for three valuable points which would have seen them place heat on the other teams around them in the race for the Premier League's top four. The visitors were looking to get into the top half of the table with an unexpected victory.
The match will live long in the memory of those watched in the stands and at home, as both teams went hell-for-leather for the win in an absolute classic. No one can doubt that the Saints were deserved winners of the encounter.
A Jan Bednarek own goal in the 18th minute got Spurs going, before Broja dragged Southampton back with an equaliser ive minutes later. The home crowd booed their team off at halftime as the Saints dominated Spurs in a most spectacular manner which should have seen them into the sunset by then.
This dominance was undermined when Spurs striker Son Heung-min sucker-punched Southampton with the go-ahead goal in the 70th minute. However, this only steeled Ralph Hasenhüttl's men's resolve, which came through in the form of a Mohamed Elyounoussi strike in the 79th minute.
Just as everyone was catching their breath from this equaliser, Che Adams plunged the dagger into the hearts of the north Londoners just three minutes later for what would prove to be the winner.
Steven Bergwijn thought he'd secured at least a point for Antonio Conte's charges in the 96th minute, but this goal was sickeningly overturned by VAR after images showed that the Dutchman was offside.
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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR: Lloris, Sanchez, Romero, Davies, Emerson, Hojbjerg, Winks, Reguilon, Lucas, Kane, Son. Subs: Gollini, Doherty, Rodon, Sessegnon, Kulusevski, Bergwijn, Bentancur, White, Scarlett.
SOUTHAMPTON: Forster, Walker-Peters, Salisu, Bednarek, Perraud, S. Armstrong, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Elyounoussi, Adams, Broja. Subs: Caballero, Stephens, Long, A. Armstrong, Djenepo, Smallbone, Diallo, Walcott, Valery.
Referee: David Coote
Assistants: Harry Lennard, Nicholas Hopton
Fourth official: Graham Scott
VAR: John Brooks
Assistant VAR: Lee Betts
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium