LONDON (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur was lucky enough to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup when Son Heung-min's late penalty secured a 3-2 win against Southampton on Wednesday.
Son Heung-min from Tottenham Hotspur scores his third goal from penalty spot REUTERS / David Klein
As with the 2-0 win in the Premier League against Manchester City at the weekend, Jose Mourinho's team was often outplayed, but showed character to start a home game against Norwich City.
South Korean striker Harry Kane has often been the best player when he was injured. In the 87th minute, he changed again after goalkeeper Angus Gunn defeated him in a hectic final.
Son's conversion was his eleventh goal in the FA Cup since the start of the 2016/17 season – more than any other player.
Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho said it was difficult for Southampton to earn more.
"I have to be honest and say that I think the best team on the field lost, but my team has more heart and has reached its limits," said the Portuguese, whose only triumph in the 2007 FA Cup came with Chelsea ,
“There were so many difficulties building a team that the options weren't options to change the game. My team deserved to win – but the best team lost. "
Southampton played almost all of the football after unfortunately falling behind in the 12th minute when Jack Stephens tried to block Tanguy N’dombeles off-target shot but only distracted him past a helpless Gunn.
Ralph Hasenhuettl's team reacted dynamically when Danny Ings shot a shot against the crossbar after 18 minutes.
In the 34th minute, Shane Long equalized from close range after Hugo Lloris parried the ball after a clever turn and a low shot by Nathan Redmond.
Southampton's James Ward-Prowse was taken off the pitch with a knee injury five minutes before the break. After the break, however, they dominated possession of the ball when Tottenham was used in return.
One of them should have seen Spurs regain the lead when Son crossed for Lucas Moura, but he walked on.
Both sides exercised caution in the search for victory. Southampton seemed to be on the way when a great forward attack from Redmond ended and Ings missed a clinical right-wing shot past Hugo Lloris.
Roaring from the crowd, Tottenham moved in as Moura danced through Southampton's defense and shot a low shot in the corner.
With the overtime Dele Alli played in Son, who gunned Gunn but stumbled with minimal contact.
A short VAR check confirmed the penalty and Son put the penalty cool.
Reporting by Martyn Herman; additional reporting by Ken Ferris, editorship of Toby Davis and Ed Osmond