Southampton 2-5 Tottenham Hotspur
Heung-Min Son provided a memorable individual performance, helping Spurs sweep aside Southampton at St Mary’s.
The popular South Korean international netted four times as the Lilywhites came from behind to record a crushing first Premier League victory of the season.
Danny Ings – reportedly a Spurs transfer target – had given the home side the lead midway through the opening period. However, after Son had levelled on the stroke of half-time, he went on to lead the Saints backline a merry dance as the North Londoners raced into a 4-1 lead.
Harry Kane, on this occasion handing over centre-stage, added a fifth as Tottenham threatened to run riot. But Southampton had the final say on an otherwise miserable afternoon for the south-coast club when Ings added his second from the spot after VAR drew referee David Coote’s attention to a handball incident involving Matt Doherty.
Speaking after the game, Spurs boss, Jose Mourinho, enthused: “We played them four times last season and on top of that Pierre, of course, gave us two or three little pointers to help in analysing the way they play, and we identified a few things of how to hurt them.
“I also think they clearly identified how to hurt us and when you look at their goal and a couple of other big chances they had in the first half. I think Ralph also made a great job of analysing how to hurt us.
In the second half, Harry Kane – in my opinion – changed the game. His movement was tremendous, his link play was absolutely incredible and he allowed Sonny to play in a different position on the pitch.
“Gio (Giovani Lo Celso) and Lamela, I just love it when players come from the bench and add something to the team. The second half was a really strong performance for us.”
Southampton: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand, Djenepo, Ward-Prowse, Romeu (Smallbone 55’), Armstrong (Tella 68’), Adams (Long 80’), Ings Subs not used: Vestergaard, Obafemi, Vokins, Forster
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Doherty, Dier, D Sánchez, Davies, Winks, Ndombele (Lo Celso 46’), Højbjerg, Lucas Moura (Lamela 61’), Kane (Bergwijn 84’), Heung-Min Son Subs not used: Alderweireld, Hart, Sissoko, Aurier
Referee: David Coote
Assistants: Harry Lennard and Nick Hopton
Fourth Official: Keith Stroud
VAR: Chris Kavanagh
Assistant VAR: Richard West.