London: Tottenham edged Southampton 3-2 in an FA Cup fourth-round replay that was decided on a penalty conversion by Son Heung-min shortly before the start of second-half stoppage time.
The teams had to square off in a rematch on Wednesday after their initial fourth-round encounter on Jan 25 had ended in a 1-1 draw, reports Efe news.
Jose Mourinho’s men jumped out to an early lead at the 11-minute mark at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in north London when a shot by French midfielder Ndombele ricocheted off defender Stephens and travelled out of the reach of net minder Gunn and into the goal.
But the Saints were unfazed by the early deficit and mostly outplayed Tottenham over the remainder of the contest.
In the 19th min, Danny Ings had a golden chance to score the equaliser from just outside the six-yard box, but his shot slammed off the crossbar.
The visitors managed to knot the game at 1-1 15 min later, however, when a poor block by Tottenham goalkeeper Lloris set up Southampton striker Long for a short-range finish.
The Spurs were able to preserve the tie heading into halftime despite a very unconvincing performance, while the Saints’ strong showing was marred by an apparently serious knee injury suffered by midfielder James Ward-Prowse.