Tottenham 3-2 Southampton, FA Cup fourth-round replay

Tottenham 3-2 Southampton, FA Cup fourth-round replay

Lucas Moura scored for the first time since he was on target in the original third-round match against Middlesbrough on 5 January

Tottenham battled past Southampton in a thrilling FA Cup fourth-round replay to set up a home tie against Norwich City.

Spurs went ahead when Tanguy Ndombele’s shot deflected in off visiting defender Jack Stephens, before Shane Long made it 1-1 after James Ward-Prowse’s effort had been parried by Hugo Lloris.

Danny Ings curled a shot past Lloris to put the Saints ahead, but Lucas Moura equalised with a strike from 18 yards.

Spurs won the tie when Son Heung-min converted an 86th-minute penalty.

He had been fouled by Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn after a fine pass from substitute Dele Alli had created the opportunity,

For the Saints, midfielder Ward-Prowse was carried off on a stretcher in the first half with a suspected knee ligament injury.

Spurs have to dig deep again

The FA Cup represents Tottenham’s best chance this season of winning their first trophy since 2008 – as they sit fifth in the Premier League, went out of the Carabao Cup at League Two Colchester in September and face a tricky Champions League last-16 tie against an RB Leipzig side second in Germany’s Bundesliga.

They had to come from behind in the third round to force a replay against Middlesbrough before going through, and had to dig deep again here, with two goals in the final 12 minutes to see off a gallant Southampton side.

Unlike Liverpool – who beat Shrewsbury 1-0 with their Under-23 side in a fourth-round reply on Tuesday – Tottenham named a strong side for a match taking place during their two-week mid-season Premier League break.

Boss Jose Mourinho was, though, without the injured Giovani lo Celso and Erik Lamela, plus the ineligible Steven Bergwijn, while Alli was only on the bench after he picked up a knock during last Sunday’s 2-0 league win over Manchester City.

Despite having 24 hours less to prepare than Southampton, the hosts went ahead when Ndombele’s effort, which appeared to be going wide, took a big deflection off Stephens to wrong-foot Angus Gunn.

Ndombele’s deflected shot gives Spurs the lead

Mourinho would have been unhappy with Lloris as he could only parry the ball into Long’s path for him to equalise from eight yards out.

But the France goalkeeper made amends in the second half with an excellent reflex stop to turn Jannik Vestergaard’s close-range header over the bar as both sides pushed for a winner.

The Saints looked as if they had it when Ings scored following a fine run from Nathan Redmond but the lead only lasted six minutes before Moura made it 2-2.

Alli’s excellent pass released Son – and after he was brought down by Gunn, and the South Korean converted the penalty to take Spurs into the last 16 in dramatic fashion.

Ward-Prowse carried off on bad night for Saints

For Southampton, the match was overshadowed by the injury to Ward-Prowse, who was hurt when he tried to block a shot from Tottenham’s Ryan Sessegnon in the 37th minute.

There appeared to be little in the incident, but the 25-year-old midfielder, who has played in every minute of the Saints’ 25 Premier League matches this season, was given oxygen as he received treatment on the injury to his right knee.

After a lengthy stoppage, and with Sessegnon visibly upset, Ward-Prowse was carried off.

Ward-Prowse has won two England caps, playing as they won a Euro 2020 qualifier 5-1 in Montenegro last March; Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate, like his Saints counterpart Ralph Hasenhuttl, will be hoping the injury does not prove to be serious.

It was a cruel blow for the Saints who named a strong side in an attempt to reach the fifth round for only the third time in 10 years.

FA Cup: Shane Long pokes home equaliser for Saints

For large parts of the game, the visitors were the better team but Ings and Nathan Redmond missed chances when it was goalless. Ings saw a powerful shot hit the bar as Southampton trailed 1-0 and – after Long had equalised – Sofiane Boufal dragged an effort wide when unmarked 12 yards out.

Spurs manager Jose Mourinho said “the best team lost” after the match, but that will be little consolation to Hasenhuttl, whose side were 12 minutes away from the fifth round before the late drama.

Another home win for Spurs in the FA Cup – the stats

  • Spurs have progressed from each of their past 11 replays in the FA Cup, with six of those wins against top-flight opposition.
  • Since losing 1-0 to Crystal Palace in February 2016, Spurs have won each of their past eight home FA Cup matches, scoring 28 goals across these victories.
  • Southampton scored an own goal and conceded a penalty in the same game for the first time since February 2013 (versus Newcastle in the Premier League).
  • Spurs have only kept three clean sheets in 19 games under Jose Mourinho – the only Premier League sides to have managed fewer across all competitions in this period are Bournemouth (two) and Brighton (one).
  • Since the start of the 2016-17 season, Spurs’ Son Heung-min has scored more goals than any other player in the FA Cup – with 11 in 17 appearances.
  • Danny Ings has scored 17 goals in all competitions in 2019-20, the most by a Southampton player in a single season since 2013-14 (also 17 – Jay Rodriguez).
  • Lucas Moura has been directly involved in seven goals in nine starts for Spurs in the FA Cup, scoring three and providing four assists.
  • Shane Long scored his first goal away from St. Mary’s since April 2019 (v Watford), ending a run of 12 appearances away from home without finding the net for Southampton.

What’s next?

Both sides now go on their winter break, with Spurs back in action on Sunday, 16 February with an away league game at Aston Villa (14:00 GMT) before the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at home against German side RB Leipzig on 18 February (20:00).

Southampton play again on 15 February, at home to Burnley in the Premier League (12:30).

More to follow.

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