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Southampton 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

By Nabil HassanBBC Sport at St Mary's Stadium
Southampton

Tottenham twice came from behind to earn a valuable point at Southampton in the battle to secure European football.

Graziano Pelle gave the hosts the lead after seizing on a defensive lapse to prod home before Erik Lamela diverted the ball home via his arm for 1-1.

Pelle again put the Saints in front with a powerful header, but their lead lasted just five minutes.

Nacer Chadli latched on to Eric Dier's through ball and converted from close range to secure a point.

The result means Spurs remain sixth, a point ahead of Saints and level with fifth-placed Liverpool, who have a game in hand.

Pochettino 'will always love' Saints

Southampton fans renamed the match Ronald Koeman Day in support of their Dutch manager and arrived at the game dressed in orange as former boss Mauricio Pochettino made his first return to St Mary's since his acrimonious departure to Spurs last summer.

Morgan Schneiderlin forced Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris into the first save of the game before the opener arrived in the 30th minute.

Sadio Mane did the damage, splitting the Spurs defence with a searing run into the box and, with the ball at his feet and facing his own goal, Spurs left-back Ben Davies hesitated and Pelle nipped in to prod home from close range.

St Mary's was stunned into silence before the break with Lamela appearing to deflect the ball into the net with his arm as he attempted a header from Dier's cross for the equaliser.

Southampton 2-2 Tottenham: Koeman 'a little disappointed' at draw

Steven Davis and Ryan Bertrand both had chances to give Saints the lead before Pelle got his second of the game with a superb header from Shane Long's cross which powered past Lloris.

But Chadli equalised after escaping his marker and latching onto Dier's ball before holding off the challenge of Maya Yoshida to side-foot across Kelvin Davis from close range to seal a point.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman:

"I am a little bit disappointed only to draw, but it was a very good performance in a fantastic football game between two attacking teams.

"I enjoyed it very much and I am proud of my side. We created a little bit more than them and played at a good level, but it is difficult to beat Tottenham."

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, on his first return to St Mary's to face his former club:

"I want to thank the Spurs fans because they were fantastic and I felt their support on the pitch.

"They touched me because they backed me a lot. When they sang my name it was the first time I had heard that from them and I appreciated that so much.

"I was focused on my job but was a very tough and emotional game for me. It was difficult because I still love Southampton and I have very good memories here."

Line-ups

Southampton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Davis
  • 2Clyne
  • 6José Fonte
  • 3Yoshida
  • 21Bertrand
  • 17Alderweireld
  • 4SchneiderlinSubstituted forReedat 90'minutes
  • 16Ward-ProwseSubstituted forLongat 62'minutes
  • 10Mané
  • 8DavisBooked at 66minsSubstituted forEliaat 81'minutes
  • 19Pellè

Substitutes

  • 5Gardos
  • 7Long
  • 11Tadic
  • 22Elia
  • 25Gazzaniga
  • 28Reed
  • 33Targett

Tottenham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 15Dier
  • 21FazioBooked at 90mins
  • 5VertonghenBooked at 31mins
  • 33DaviesBooked at 34minsSubstituted forChirichesat 76'minutes
  • 38Mason
  • 42BentalebSubstituted forSoldadoat 87'minutes
  • 11Lamela
  • 23Eriksen
  • 22ChadliSubstituted forDembéléat 83'minutes
  • 18Kane

Substitutes

  • 6Chiriches
  • 9Soldado
  • 12Yedlin
  • 13Vorm
  • 17Townsend
  • 19Dembélé
  • 25Stambouli
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
31,622

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthamptonAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Southampton 2, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Southampton 2, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

  3. Post update

    Jose Fonte (Southampton) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Eljero Elia with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Federico Fazio.

  5. Booking

    Federico Fazio (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Federico Fazio (Tottenham Hotspur).

  7. Post update

    Shane Long (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Federico Fazio.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Toby Alderweireld (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Eljero Elia with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Vlad Chiriches.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

  12. Post update

    Sadio Mané (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Harrison Reed (Southampton).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Southampton. Harrison Reed replaces Morgan Schneiderlin because of an injury.

  16. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  17. Post update

    Delay in match Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) because of an injury.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Roberto Soldado replaces Nabil Bentaleb.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur).

  20. Post update

    Sadio Mané (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea32237265263976
2Man City34207770363467
3Arsenal32206663323166
4Man Utd33198659312865
5Liverpool33177947361158
6Tottenham34177105549658
7Southampton341761147262157
8Swansea34148124144-350
9Stoke34138133942-347
10West Ham341111124242044
11Crystal Palace34119144247-542
12Everton331011124143-241
13West Brom34910153246-1437
14Newcastle3498173657-2135
15Aston Villa3488182648-2232
16Hull33710163145-1431
17Leicester3387183551-1631
18Sunderland33515132649-2330
19QPR3476213859-2127
20Burnley34511182652-2626
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