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Alli double helps Spurs sink Saints

AFP
Published Dec 30, 2016, 2:27 am IST
Updated Dec 30, 2016, 6:17 am IST
It took Southampton all of 69 seconds to take the lead, through van Dijk.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli (right) scores against Southampton in their EPL match at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton on Wednesday. The visitors won 4-1.	(Photo: AFP)
 Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli (right) scores against Southampton in their EPL match at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton on Wednesday. The visitors won 4-1. (Photo: AFP)

Southampton: Dele Alli scored twice as Tottenham came back from behind to win emphatically, 4-1, at Southampton on Wednesday. Harry Kane, who missed a penalty, and substitute Son Heungmin were also on the score-sheet in a game that saw Virgil van Dijk give Southampton an early lead.

Nathan Redmond was sent off soon after Kane had made it 2-1 and although the England striker failed to convert the resulting penalty Southampton tried in vain to prevent a hefty defeat that moved Tottenham to within a point of fourth-place Arsenal in the Premier League table.

 

It took Southampton all of 69 seconds to take the lead, through van Dijk. The Netherlands defender, coveted by a number of Premier League rivals and valued in the £30million bracket, rose to meet James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick to send a downward header beyond Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham goal.

The home side were full of energy and aggression — the brand of football Pochettino brought with him to the St Mary’s Stadium before leaving for Tottenham in May 2014.

The Argentinian could not have enjoyed the way his players were being put under constant pressure and there were a number of nervy moments as they attempted to stem the tide of Saints attacks.

 

Former Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama had given away the free-kick for the goal on his first return to his old club and Mousa Dembele was booked for chopping Nathan Redmond down to end another attack.

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