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2020-21 English Premier League
  • Gareth Bale (60')
  • Son Heung-Min (90' PEN)
  • Danny Ings (30')

Tottenham Hotspur rally to beat Southampton on Bale, Son goals

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Second-half strikes from Son Heung-min and Gareth Bale handed Tottenham Hotspur a 2-1 Premier League comeback win over Southampton on Wednesday night.

The match was the first in charge for Tottenham interim manager Ryan Mason, who took over after Spurs sacked Jose Mourinho on Monday, making him the youngest coach ever to oversee a Premier League match at 29 years, 312 days old.

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Mason, who played for Spurs during his career, picked Bale in his starting XI as Harry Kane was sidelined with an injury he picked up last Friday against Everton.

Tottenham were on the back foot in the early stages of the match, with goalkeeper Hugo Lloris called into action for back-to-back saves from point-blank range inside of five minutes.

The visitors then scored a deserved opener from a corner kick just before the 30-minute mark when Danny Ings' glancing header beat Lloris at the far post to give Southampton a 1-0 lead that they took into the half-time break

Spurs drew level on the hour, when Bale picked up a deflected shot at the back post and curled a lovely left-footed strike past Saints keeper Alex McCarthy from a tight angle.

Son looked to have put Tottenham in front as the second half wore on, but his first-time strike from 12 yards out was ruled no goal after a video review showed that Lucas Moura had obstructed McCarty from an offside position on the shot.

With the game looking like it was headed for a draw, VAR awarded the hosts a penalty just before full-time and Son stepped up to calmly dispatch his spot kick and hand Tottenham all three points.

The result was massive for Tottenham in their quest for European football as they moved ahead of Liverpool in the table on goal difference, while having played a game more than Jurgen Klopp's side.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 34 +47 80
2 Manchester United 33 +29 67
3 Leicester City 34 +22 63
4 Chelsea 34 +22 61
5 West Ham United 34 +11 58
6 Tottenham Hotspur 34 +22 56
7 Liverpool 33 +16 54
8 Everton 33 +3 52
9 Arsenal 34 +9 49
10 Aston Villa 33 +10 48
11 Leeds United 34 -2 47
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 -13 42
13 Crystal Palace 33 -22 38
14 Brighton & Hove Albion 34 -4 37
15 Southampton 33 -18 37
16 Burnley 34 -16 36
17 Newcastle United 34 -20 36
18 Fulham 34 -20 27
19 West Bromwich Albion 34 -34 26
20 Sheffield United 34 -42 17