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# 2020 09 20 12:00 Southampton vs Tottenham Hotspur

On September 20, 2020, Southampton faced Tottenham Hotspur in a Premier League match at St Mary’s Stadium. Tottenham secured a commanding 5-2 victory, highlighted by a remarkable performance from Son Heung-min and Harry Kane.

### Key Statistics and Analysis

1. Scoreline and Goal Timings:
• Southampton: 2 (Danny Ings 32′, 90+2′ (pen.))
• Tottenham Hotspur: 5 (Son Heung-min 45+2′, 47′, 64′, 73′; Harry Kane 82′)
2. Possession:
• Tottenham had 47% possession, while Southampton held 53%. Despite having less possession, Tottenham was more efficient and clinical in their attacking play.
3. Shots:
• Tottenham registered 14 shots, with 6 on target, showing excellent conversion rates. Southampton managed 10 shots, with 5 on target, reflecting their offensive efforts but lack of defensive solidity.
4. Passing Accuracy:
• Tottenham displayed a passing accuracy of 78%, completing 322 passes out of 411 attempts. Southampton had a passing accuracy of 80%, completing 380 passes out of 477 attempts. Both teams demonstrated reasonable ball control, though Tottenham’s more direct play proved more effective.
5. Defensive Statistics:
• Tottenham made 12 tackles compared to Southampton’s 13, indicating a competitive defensive effort from both sides. Southampton committed 10 fouls, while Tottenham committed 11, highlighting a physical and closely contested match.
6. Set Pieces:
• None of Tottenham’s goals came from set pieces, with all goals resulting from open play. Southampton’s second goal came from a penalty, highlighting their limited set-piece success.
7. Individual Performances:
• Son Heung-min was the standout performer, scoring four goals, all assisted by Harry Kane, demonstrating a lethal partnership. Kane also scored a goal and provided four assists, playing a crucial role in the team’s victory. Danny Ings scored both goals for Southampton, including a late penalty.
8. Tactical Overview:
• Tottenham employed a 4-3-3 formation, focusing on quick transitions and utilizing the pace of Son Heung-min. Southampton used a 4-4-2 formation, pressing high and attempting to control the midfield. However, they struggled to cope with Tottenham’s counter-attacks and defensive lapses.
9. Disciplinary:
• The match saw three yellow cards, one for Southampton (Moussa Djenepo 88′) and two for Tottenham (Pierre-Emile Højbjerg 63′, Giovani Lo Celso 90+3′). The cards reflected the intensity and physical nature of the match.
10. Corners and Offsides:
• Southampton won 3 corners compared to Tottenham’s 1, indicating some level of offensive pressure. Tottenham were caught offside five times, while Southampton had three offside calls, reflecting Tottenham’s aggressive forward play and attempts to break through Southampton’s defensive line.

### Summary

Tottenham Hotspur’s 5-2 victory over Southampton was marked by a masterclass from Son Heung-min and Harry Kane. Son scored four goals, all assisted by Kane, who also added a goal himself.

Despite Southampton taking the lead through Danny Ings, Tottenham responded emphatically, exploiting defensive weaknesses with precise and lethal counter-attacks. Southampton’s possession and pressing strategy failed to contain Tottenham’s quick transitions and dynamic forward play. The match highlighted Tottenham’s attacking prowess and the potent partnership between Son and Kane, while Southampton’s defensive vulnerabilities were exposed.