Spurs sink Saints in five-goal thriller

English Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur kept their FA Cup campaign alive with a 3-2 triumph over Southampton in a fourth-round replay on Wednesday night.

Spurs were without Erik Lamela and Giovanni Lo Celso due to injury, but Jose Mourinho was still able to name  a strong line-up that included Heung Min-Son and Lucas Moura in the attack.

An own-goal from Jack Stephens on 12 minutes put Spurs ahead after the Saints defender turned Tanguy Ndombele’s shot past Angus Gunn following a scramble near the area.

Southampton nearly drew level seven minutes later after Danny Ings hammered a loose ball outside the area against the crossbar following a pass from James Ward-Prowse.

Shane Long wasn’t to be denied on 34 minutes as he raced on to an handling error from Hugo Lloris off a shot by Nathan Redmond for the simplest of finishes.

The visitors suffered a setback as Ward-Prowse struggled to carry on and was removed five minutes to halftime for Jannik Vestergaard.

The Saints still had a huge chance to go ahead five minutes after the halftime break, but their lovely build-up play wasn’t complement by Sofiane Boufal who fired wide.

At the other end, Spurs should’ve gone back in front but from a clear position, Moura headed Son’s inch-perfect cross wide.

The Saints grabbed the lead inside the 72nd minute after Ings found himself at the end of a quick break to turn home Redmond’s ball.

Within six minutes, Spurs levelled with a low strike in the near corner from Moura after finding space outside the area.

Spurs wrapped up the contest when Son slotted home a penalty three minutes to full-time after going down under the challenge of Gunn to up a fifth-round clash with Norwich City.