Tottenham 1-2 Southampton: Spurs open door for Arsenal

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  • Davis, Tadic link up twice
  • Son scores for Spurs
  • Saints pull into 6th

A pair of Steven Davis goals boosted Southampton to a win versus its old manager at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Dusan Tadic played the role of playmaker on both Saints goals, and Son Heung-min scored for Mauricio Pochettino‘s Tottenham Hotspur in a 2-1 loss.

Tottenham now opens the door for Arsenal to climb level on points in the race for second place in the Premier League, though Spurs have much better goal differential.

Southampton pull into sixth place with the win.

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After chances at both ends including a huge stop on Christian Eriksen, Son took advantage of a rare Fraser Forster gaffe (or two). The South Korean forward dribbled around the keeper twice before coolly slotting in from close range.

Harry Kane rifled a long, low shot through Virgil Van Dijk‘s legs off a dribble of his own in the 27th minute, and the shot bounded wide of the far post.

Saints made it 1-1 in the 31st minute, with Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris having his turn to think he should’ve done better. Dusan Tadic cut back for Steven Davis, who redirected a shot below the keeper’s right hand.

Forster made amends with a very different doorstop save when Kane shot from a sharp, tight angle deep into first half stoppage time.

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A sleepy second half was awakened by Davis,  who worked another 1-2 with Tadic and hit a low 18-yard shot past a diving Lloris.

Nacer Chadli came close to drawing Spurs level deep in stoppage time, but Forster made the save and the ensuing corner came to nothing.