Southampton 2-5 Tottenham: Report, Ratings and Review as Sublime Son and Classy Kane Fire Spurs Past the Saints

Neel Shelat
Son Heung-min and Harry Kane celebrate after scoring in Southampton v Tottenham - Premier League
Son Heung-min and Harry Kane celebrate after scoring in Southampton v Tottenham - Premier League / ANDREW BOYERS/Getty Images

After disappointing results for both sides on the opening weekend of the Premier League, Southampton hosted Tottenham Hotspur on matchday 2. Both sides and managers were keen to get a good result out of this match, so this was set to be an interesting fixture. Here's what we made of it:


Spurs thought that they had gotten off to the perfect start, as Matt Doherty headed Son Heung-min's cross to Harry Kane, who beat Alex McCarthy with an acrobatic effort. However, VAR found that Son was offside in the buildup, and the goal was disallowed.

Just before the 10th minute, Southampton came very close to scoring when a half-cleared free-kick saw Ché Adams have a swing. Hugo Lloris was very alert though, and he tipped it over with a quick reflex save.

The Saints thought that they had taken the lead in the 15th minute as some real miscommunication in defence saw Danny Ings chip over Hugo Lloris, who was caught in no man's and. The ball struck the hand of the striker as he brought it down though, so the goal was chalked off.

They nearly scored in the 20th minute, as Moussa Djenepo weaved his way past the defenders on the left and squared it to Ché Adams, whose effort was heroically blocked by Ben Davies. A couple of rebounds were thwarted too, and the final result was just a corner.

Southampton continued to threaten, and they hit the woodwork six minutes later when James Ward-Prowse's half-cleared free-kick was struck from the outside of the box by Moussa Djenepo.

They finally scored a legitimate goal in the 32nd minute, as Kyle Walker-Peters found Danny Ings with a ball over the defence, and the striker took a touch to control before firing in from a tight angle.

The Saints looked to be the better side for the rest of the half, but Spurs equalised in stoppage time. Some good work by Tanguy Ndombele led to an early ball across the face of the defence from Harry Kane, which caught Alex McCarthy out in no man's land and allowed Son Heung-min to slot it in from a similarly narrow angle.

A minute into the second half, Southampton had a great chance to retake the lead as Ché Adams had a clear look at the goal, but he hit it straight at the keeper.

Seconds later, Spurs went and took the lead as Harry Kane slipped Son Heung-min through on goal, and the South Korean international slotted past the keeper again.

He did just that in the 64th minute, as Harry Kane found the South Korean once again with a ball over the top of the defence, and the forward finished in style again.

The 28-year-old wasn't done yet though, and he netted a fourth in the 73rd minute. Harry Kane was the provider yet again, as he delivered a teasing ball across the Southampton defence, which was controlled and clinically dispatched by the South Korean.

Harry Kane was finally rewarded in terms of goals in the 82nd minute, as yet another Spurs counterattack saw Erik Lamela's shot parried onto the post. It bounced straight back into the danger area, where Harry Kane was waiting to tap in.

Southampton had some consolation late on as the ball ricocheted onto Matt Doherty's arm in the penalty box. Danny Ings stepped up and bagged his brace, but it counted for nothing as Spurs took the three points.


Key Talking Point:

Back Down to Reality

Southampton were absolutely flying in the second half of the previous campaign and even finished in the Champions League spots of the post-lockdown table.

The other side of 2020 hasn't been too kind to them, as they have lost each of their three competitive fixtures so far. The first one against Crystal Palace was disappointing enough, but then they went and lost to Brentford's reserves with their main team in the EFL Cup.

This showing was even worse, however. The Saints' defensive frailties and inability to thwart counterattacks were put on public display, particularly in the second half. They started well though and looked in control until Spurs started focusing on quick transitions, which was when it really started to hurt.

All the high hopes for this season may well be dashed now, and the Saints should focus on avoiding a relegation scrap rather than looking for a top-half finish. Times change very quickly.

Player Ratings:

Alex McCarthy (3), Kyle Walker-Peters (5.5), Jack Stephens (3.5), Jan Bednarek (3), Ryan Bertrand (3.5), Moussa Djenepo (5.5), James Ward-Prowse (4.5), Oriol Romeu (3.5), Stuart Armstrong (5.5), Ché Adams (4), Danny Ings (7*)

Subs: Will Smallbone (5), Nathan Tella (5.5), Shane Long (N/A)


Key Talking Point:

A Tale of Two Halves

If you didn't watch the match and just had a look at the scoreline, you'd think that Tottenham eased to a victory.

That was not always the case - at least in the first 45 minutes - when they had a goal disallowed and went on to concede. Even after that, they didn't see much of the ball and were second-best for the first period. But, they managed to score in stoppage time to swing the momentum in their favour.

The second half was completely different, as they looked to counterattack, and got lots of joy from doing so too. Precise passing and slick finishing saw Spurs fly away with the match, and they ended up netting five times. It was just the type of display that José Mourinho wanted, and he will undoubtedly be a happy man.

Could this be the push that kick-starts a successful campaign for Spurs?

Player Ratings:

Hugo Lloris (7), Matt Doherty (6), Eric Dier (6), Davinson Sánchez (5.5), Ben Davies (5.5), Harry Winks (6), Tanguy Ndombele (6), Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (6.5), Lucas Moura (5.5), Harry Kane (10*), Son Heung-min (10*)

Subs: Giovani Lo Celso (5.5), Erik Lamela (N/A), Steven Bergwijn (N/A)

Son Heung-min

Leading upto this match, all talk was about Spurs' new signing - Gareth Bale.

All of that attention has quickly shifted on to Son Heung-min, who scored four goals with four clinical finishes in about 26 minutes. He shifted the scoreline from 1-0 to 1-4 and undoubtedly saved his side here.

The South Korean international finished the match with 4 goals from as many shots, 2 key passes and the same number of dribbles completed.

A clinical showing from 'Son-aldo'.

Harry Kane

The man who enabled Son to score all of those goals was Harry Kane, who assisted each of the South Korean's four strikes and added one for himself.

In the process, he became the first player in Premier League history to assist four goals for the same teammate, and only the sixth to provide four goals in a match. The striker has combined with Son for 22 Premier League goals so far - the most since the South Korean's arrival in August 2015.

The 27-year-old finished the match with 4 key passes, 1/2 shots on target and 4 clearances from just 28 touches of the ball.

Unbelievable efficiency from the England captain.

What This Means:

The win takes Spurs all the way up to 5th in the table for now, while Southampton are languishing in 19th spot after Son Heung-min's 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th goal against them came all together in one match.

Southampton will face Burnley in the Premier League next weekend, while Tottenham make the short trip to face Leyton Orient on Tuesday in the EFL Cup's third round.

Stats courtesy and Opta