SPURS IN TOP-FOUR BID AGAINST SOUTHAMPTON
Tottenham Hotspur are one of several teams in the hunt for a Champions League spot at the end of the season. Only a place in the top four of the Premier League will guarantee Champions League football ahead of next season. Apart from Tottenham Hotspur, clubs such as the London trio of Chelsea, West Ham United and Arsenal are also in the hunt in addition to Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Spurs had the opportunity to boost their top-four credentials when they played hosts to Southampton in a Matchday 24 clash at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday night, but they were unable to make an assault on a place in the top four thanks to the 3-2 home defeat to the Saints despite taking the lead on two occasions.
Tottenham Hotspur took the lead in the 18th minute through a Jan Bednarek own goal and the lead was wiped off by an Armando Broja strike five minutes later. Albania national team star Broja is on a season-long loan at Southampton from West London giants Chelsea and he scored the first equaliser for the Saints midway through the first half to ensure that the two teams went into the interval on level terms.
Tottenham Hotspur didn’t take the lead for the second time in the game until the 70th minute when South Korea international Heung-Min Son scored from close range off the cross from Lucas Moura. Southampton players, coaching staff and fans were unhappy that the second Spurs goal was not disallowed for a foul by right-backEmerson Royal on Albanian attacker Broja in the build-up to the goal. Southampton thereafter kept their cool to respond well with two goals in two games in the face of adversity. Norwegian international Mohamed Elyounoussi and Scottish international Che Adams scored for the Saints in the last ten minutes to turn the game on its head and give their team a priceless away win over Spurs.